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Interviews + Reviews

Interviews + Reviews


Breakfast Television Montreal. November 2017
Montreal author Nicole Blades new fiction novel is called “Have you Met Nora?”. The book addresses real-life matters of race and identity, as the biracial main character “passes” as a white woman. Click here to watch!

Minorities in Publishing Podcast. November 2017. 
Jenn speaks with Nicole Blades (Have You Met Nora?, Earth's Waters, The Thunder Beneath Us and the Hey, Sis! podcast) about her new novel, the prevalence of colorism, and how she utilizes her experience in journalism in her fiction writing. Click here to listen.

Happy Ever After USA TODAY. November 2017.
Interview with Nicole Blades, Author of 'Have You Met Nora?' Click here to read more.

The Morning Show w/ Greg Berg. November 2017.
Interview with Nicole Blades, author of "Have You Met Nora?"  Click here to listen.

K.M. Jackson Author Blog. October 2017
Have You Met Nicole—I Mean Nora? Today on ye old blog I’m thrilled to have my friend and fellow Kensington publishing sister, Nicole Blades here to answer a couple of question on her latest release: Have You Met Nora. Click here to read more.

Between the Covers. October 2017
The Baltimore Public Library Blog's Q&A: In Have You Met Nora?, Nicole Blades blends mystery, intrigue and romance in a fast-paced, tense story about identity, and I was thrilled to talk with her about her novel, her other writing experiences and her dream movie cast for this captivating novel. Click here to read more.

Writer's Bone Podcast. October 2017
Nicole Blades, author of Have You Met Nora? (out Oct. 31) and The Thunder Beneath Us, returns to the podcast to discuss what went into crafting the characters in her new book, how long it took her to write and edit the novel, and the themes she wanted to explore through her mixed race, and very secretive and conflicted, main character Nora. Blades and Daniel Ford also talk about what inspired her to start a podcast with her sister, and what’s coming up on Season 2 of Hey Sis! 🎙️ Click here to listen.

Weird With You Podcast. October 2017
The Return of Nicole Blades. We talk to Blades about the process of getting a book published, and all the little things that no one tells you! Click here to listen.

The Pulse AM 620. October 2017
Author @NicoleBlades calls us to talk about her latest book: "Have You Met Nora?" Click here to listen.  

Booklist Review October 2017
"Blades (The Thunder Beneath Us, 2016) blends mystery, scandal, and intrigue.  ...  Readers are encouraged to stick with the story for an unsuspected and somewhat uncharacteristic twist at the end." Click here to read the full review (paywall).

RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars October 2017
“The cover of Have You Met Nora? disarms readers before plunging them into the complexity of the characters and raging battle between truth and survival. Author Nicole Blades shows us eloquently what Nora truly looks like as she transcends her past. Powerful imagery portrays the immeasurable love of a mother amidst horrendous betrayals and we are able to feel the crescendo of tension as Nora’s joy and fear pours out across the pages. Whether the dialogue is seductive, playful, all business or introspective, it lends to the appeal and credibility of the well-developed characters. The pacing complements the internal and external conflicts faced when identity is not only in the eye of the beholder, but in the hands of who holds your secret. This is definitely a page-turner worth reading again and again.” Click here to read the full review (paywall).

Read More Co.: Q&A with Nicole Blades. August 2017
Nicole Blades is a novelist and freelance journalist who has been putting her stories on paper since the third grade. Click here to read more.

Weird With You Podcast July 2017
We are joined by author, journalist, and podcaster Nicole Blades to talk about books and writing habits in this literature fueled episode of WWY! Click here to listen.

The Enthusiasm Enthusiast Podcast July 2017
Nicole Blades is many things. She’s a journalist. She’s an author. She’s a bundle of talent and insight partnered with the gentle spirit we’ve come to expect from Canadians. Click here to listen.

Am I Allowed To Like Anything? Episode 50 May 2017
Nicole and host Darian talk about, cultural moments in the media industry, the writing process, Big Little Lies and more. Click here to listen.

Interview on Sheer Hubris May 2017
Sandra Hutchison interviews Nicole on her journey from an indie to a traditionally published author. Click here to read more.

WRBG Book Club: "Have You Met Nora?" Cover Reveal March 2017
She’s blossomed from wealthy surgeon’s beautiful daughter to elegant socialite to being the top fashion stylist in the country. And Nora Mackenzie is only days away from marrying into one of New York’s richest, most powerful families. But her fairy tale rise is rooted in an incredible deception... Click here to read more.

One Bad Mother Episode 194 March 2017
This week on One Bad Mother, Biz is joined by guest host Nicole Blades to wonder if we HAVE to like our kid's friends. Plus Nicole admits to the goldfish swap, Biz feels beat up and we talk to Theresa who questions the sustainability of parenting. Click here to listen.

Nicole Blades’ Three Bookish Thoughts February 2017
Three Bookish Thoughts is a My Jamaican Vignettes series where authors are invited to share their thoughts on books. Each feature the writer is asked three simple questions, ranging from currently reading lists, favorite authors, book inspirations, and book adaptations. Click here to read more.

Breaking the Binaries: "The Thunder Beneath Us" January 2017
Nicole Blades' second novel, The Thunder Beneath Us, centers and elevates Black female life while remaining authentic to the experiences of ordinary Black girls. Click here to read more.

There Wee Read Review: The Thunder Beneath Us January 2017
To the world, Best Lightburn is a talented writer rising up the masthead at international style magazine James, girlfriend of a gorgeous up-and-coming actor, and friend to New York City’s fabulous. Click here to read more.

Nicole Blades Participates In Book Signing At West Hartford Public Library December 2016
Ten years ago, on Christmas Eve, Best and her two older brothers took a shortcut over a frozen lake. When the ice cracked, all three went in. Only Best came out. Click here to read more.

Why I Write: Nicole Blades December 2016

Nicole Blades sat down to take her LSATs and realized that practicing law was not how she wanted to spend the rest of her life. She has been putting words to paper since a child and an English teacher encourage her to pursue this career. Click here to listen.

Breakfast Television Segment: Nicole Blades November 2016
Born and raised in Montreal, Nicole Blades moved to New York City to launch her journalism career. She's back in town with a new novel called "The Thunder Beneath Us." Click here to watch more.

This Week for Dinner Podcast #46: Nicole Blades and Her Caribbean Coconut Sweet Bread Recipe November 2016
We’re kicking off the second season with a really lovely interview with author Nicole Blades. Click here to listen.

Writer's Bone Episode 154: Author Nicole Blades November 2016
Nicole Blades, author of The Thunder Beneath Us and Earth’s Waters, talks to Daniel Ford about her lifelong love of reading and writing, how she developed the character Best Lightburn, and why writers need to use their own voices to write the stories they would want to read. Click here to listen.

Harlequin Junkie Spotlight: The Thunder Beneath Us November 2016
THE THUNDER BENEATH US is about a young woman living a life that seems equal parts flawless and fabulous. Click here to read more

Author Nicole Blades Doesn’t Feel Constrained by the Women’s Fiction Label October 2016
When it comes to writing advice, I tend to think simple is best because it’s the most direct and the most useful, the kind of advice that doesn’t wrap us up in trying to figure it out, leaving us time for, you know, writing. Click here to read more.

West Hartford Life October 2016
Nicole Blades is a writer. It has taken her a long time to come to terms with her profession... Click here to read more.

The Mixed Experience October 2016
I loved talking with writer Nicole Blades about her novel, The Thunder Beneath Us which is on bookshelves this month!  Don’t miss this interview. Click here to listen.

SheKnows Interview, The Thunder Beneath Us March 2016
Are the events of our past forever fault lines in our future?  In Nicole Blades' new book, The Thunder Beneath Us (Kensington, Fall 2016),  she chronicles the life of Best Lightburn, a young woman with a charmed life who harbors a painful past that she has tried to deny. Click here to read more.

Tales From Another Mother Runner March 2015
 To celebrate our first four stops on the Tales From Another Mother Runner Tour (#TAMRTour for short...TAMR rhymes with BAMR, btw), we're going to profile four essayists on the East Coast who are going to be celebrating with us in person. Click here to listen.

"How Cute! Is He Yours?" The Longest Shortest Time March 2014
After a lot of silent outrage, Nicole finally came up with the perfect quippy comeback to "Is he yours?" But would it work? Click here to listen.