[Blog Tour] Interview with Nic Stone, Author of Dear Martin!

Author: Nic Stone
Pub. Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 224
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.


  • What inspired you to write Dear Martin?

To put it simply: seeing Dr. King quotes used in opposition to Black Lives Matter protests after the killings—often by police officers—of unarmed African Americans. I’ve been a Dr. King fangirl for a long time, and it really bothered me to see people using his words to oppose the exact type of nonviolent social activism he’s most famous for. So I decided to ask a question: what would Dr. King say and do were he alive to witness the present state of American race relations? 

  • Which character was your most favorite to write? The Least?

I really enjoyed writing SJ. She’s the character most like me in her approach to thinking and talking about the world around her, and I really liked writing her snark (this is one area where she and I are different: I hate sarcasm). Least favorite is definitely Blake Benson. He’s just a garbage can of a person, lol. Refuses to take a look at himself and is grossly entitled. I’m tempted to write another book just to put him through hell. 

  • What is your favorite tv show and book at the moment?

Believe it or not, I don’t watch any TV! I just don’t have time. Too many things to write! Favorite book now and forevermore is The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, but favorite recent read is definitely Jason Reynolds’s Long Way Down. That book is like nothing I’ve ever read before. It’s masterful. 

  • What else are you writing?

My next YA comes out next fall and is a sort of trilogy of novellas that follows three friends as they struggle to navigate the intersection of friendship and romance and figure out who it’s okay to love. It’s a fun one. Also working on some things I’m not allowed to talk about yet! 

  • Any advice for aspiring authors?

I’ll give you two pieces: 

  1. Think critically and learn to dissect the world around you. How does it function? Why are people the way they are toward one another? The better you get at dismantling the real world, the better you’ll be at constructing imagined ones. 
  2. Eavesdrop like there’s no tomorrow. For one, listening to other people’s conversations gives excellent insight into things like human motivation and emotions. Second: listening to other people talk is one of the best ways to get a handle on things like inflection and rhythm, both of which are integral to narrative voice. 

About Nic: 
Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.

You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her husband and sons on most social media platforms as @getnicced.

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of DEAR MARTIN, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
10/16/2017- LILbooKlovers- Interview
10/17/2017- YA BibliophileReview
10/18/2017- Mama Reads BlogGuest Post
10/19/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
10/20/2017- Eli to the nthExcerpt

Week Two:
10/23/2017- Chasing FaerytalesReview
10/24/2017- Omg Books and More BooksInterview
10/25/2017- BookHounds YAReview
10/26/2017- Novel NoviceGuest Post
10/27/2017- The Bookish LibraReview

Week Three:
10/30/2017- Never Too Many To ReadReview
10/31/2017- Mrs. Knott's Book Nook- Interview
11/1/2017- Reese's ReviewsExcerpt
11/2/2017- Novel InkReview
11/3/2017- Wandering Bark BooksGuest Post

Week Four:
11/6/2017- Amanda Gernentz HansonReview
11/7/2017- Lisa Loves LiteratureExcerpt
11/8/2017- Feed Your Fiction AddictionReview
11/9/2017- Lost in Ever AfterInterview
11/10/2017- A Backwards StoryReview


  1. This book sounds amazing, I need to get my hands on it.
    I love the interview, I like seeing the inspirations behind books.
    Cora ❤ http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    1. Thank you! I always ask authors what inspired them to write their books because it's nice to see where the inspiration comes from. :)