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Writer Nic Stone On Growing Up The Daughter Of A Police Officer

The author of the novel Dear Martin speaks at the University of Houston Aug. 16.

Nic Stone
Writer Nic Stone is the author of Dear Martin and the forthcoming novel, Jackpot.

In her debut novel, Dear Martin, writer Nic Stone told the story of a high school student who starts writing letters to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after an encounter with racist police officers.

At first blush, you’d think she was writing from the perspective of someone who’s only had bad experiences with law enforcement, but that’s not true.

Stone is the daughter of a police officer.

Dear Martin and Jackpot, by Nic Stone

In the audio above, she tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about her views on law enforcement, how those views have changed over the years, and about the kinds of media she wishes were available when she was growing up.

She also talks about her upcoming novel, Jackpot, which is about a young African-American woman who sells a lottery ticket she’d bought, which turns out to be a winner. To get it back, she has to enlist the help of someone from a very different walk of life.

Stone is coming to Houston to give a back-to-school lecture at the University of Houston on Friday, Aug. 16. She says she plans to talk about the importance of failure in finding your calling. She, herself, dropped out of college twice before eventually finishing and becoming a writer.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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