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Nicole C. Kear

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Nicole C. Kear is the author of the memoir Now I See You (St. Martin’s Press), chosen as a Must-Read by People, Amazon, Martha Stewart Living, Parade, Redbook, and Marie Claire UK among others. Her books for children include the middle grade novel Foreverland, the chapter series The Fix-It Friends, and the middle grade series The Startup Squad, co-written with Brian Weisfeld (all published by Macmillan Kids’ Imprint). Her essays appear in the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, New York, Psychology Today, Parents, as well as Salon, the Huffington Post and xoJane. She teaches non-fiction writing at Columbia University and the NYU School of Professional Studies.

A native of New York, she received a BA from Yale, a MA from Columbia, and a red n
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Nicole C. Kear Hello Kim! So much of this process has been so surprising, and that's really been a big part of the fun. The thing that's shocked me the most, though,…moreHello Kim! So much of this process has been so surprising, and that's really been a big part of the fun. The thing that's shocked me the most, though, has been how terrifically supportive and enthusiastic the blind and visually-impaired community has been. I've been flooded by message from people who say they felt like they were reading their own story, and that has been so incredibly gratifying to me, and it's also been surprising (in the best way). I just didn't expect that the story would resonate so deeply, and that readers would be so wonderfully vocal about communicating the ways in which it's impacted them.

I've been surprised, too, but the power of some of the swear words I use in the book, on readers. I guess living in NYC and having grown up in a family that employs pretty colorful language, I've built up a tolerance to the effect of profanity, and I read so many different kinds of books, I'm not surprised to find it in literature. But some readers have expressed that the profanity's too much for them, and that's something I didn't expect. It's been eye-opening for me; I think the language serves an important purpose in my book and is integral to both the humor and my specific voice, but it's something I'm more aware of now. (less)
Nicole C. Kear Hi Don! Yes, my husband is a huge character in the book, and one of the things I've been really happy to see is readers observing how much the book is…moreHi Don! Yes, my husband is a huge character in the book, and one of the things I've been really happy to see is readers observing how much the book is a love story, not just a valentine to my husband, but to my kids and my family of origin. I think Family in general is so much at the heart of my book. So, yes, he's essential, but you're right, he enters the story only in relation to me and my journey of acceptance. There was so much I cut -- so many scenes with David that I loved but which didn't really serve to advance the story, and the question I had to keep asking myself was, does this serve a purpose to this specific story, not just the general "story of my life." He will definitely have more of an audible voice in the future, though not just in my books and stories -- he's an author himself, and is working on a beautiful book of fiction!(less)
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Renew your faith in humanity, at the circus


I love the circus. More, maybe, than most adults. I did, after all, spend a summer at circus school, in San Francisco, after my junior year and in college, I took a theater intensive in "post-modern clowning." So I may be biased, yet it's difficult for me to imagine someone not loving the circus, provided that person has a pulse.
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“Sticking your nose in a book might seem like the very opposite of grabbing life by the balls, but reading had always been one of my great loves, and it was one of the things I was most terrified to lose. Sure, there were always audiobooks, but the holy communion of bringing your eyes to paper and sweeping them across the page, left to right, left to right, left to right, the rhythm of that dance, the quiet of it, the sound of the page turning, the look of crinkled covers stained with the coffee you were drinking when you read that chapter that changed your life--you didn't get any of that when listening to an audiobook, and I wanted as much of that as I could get, while I still could.”
Nicole C. Kear, Now I See You: A Memoir

“Despite the fact that I hadn't been a child in a decade, my mother still acted like the deed to my life was in her name and I was just some renter she had to hand the keys over to who'd probably fuck the place up beyond repair.”
Nicole C. Kear, Now I See You: A Memoir

“Be careful!” My mother and grandmother repeated it with a cultlike persistence, pairing it so frequently with “I love you” that to this day I find it hard to divide the two.”
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