Nicole Blades is a novelist and journalist who the author of a pair of wonderful, captivating books, The Thunder Beneath Us and Earth’s Waters. The Montreal, Canada native born to Caribbean parents has been putting her stories on paper since the third grade. She was a journalist Essence magazine, the co-founded the online magazine SheNetworks, and worked as an editor at ESPN and Women’s Health. Now a freelance writer, her features and essays have appeared in MORE magazine, Cosmopolitan, NYTimes.com, WashingtonPost.com, MarieClaire.com, BuzzFeed, SELF, and BlogHer. Nicole has been a speaker and panelist at BlogHer and MA Conference for Women. She also created Ms. Mary Mack, a blog that aims to bring compassion and common sense back to parenthoods. Please visit her at www.nicoleblades.com.