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Author Profile: Angie Thomas

Each month, we research our authors so that you can learn more about their background and how their stories came to life.



Where she comes from & where she is now: Thomas was born and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi.  

Where she studied: Thomas has a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University (“and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop.”)

You might know her from: The Hate U Give is Thomas’s debut novel, but she was an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. This grant is not affiliated with the DBC but is unbelievably cool: it’s awarded to diverse applicants who are unpublished writers or illustrators pursuing a career as a children’s author and/or illustrator.

When’s she’s not writing: Before she was a published author, Thomas was a teen rapper.  She’s still got skills, check them out.

Thomas on writing: “I wanted to make sure that I gave Starr’s story as authentically as possible, and this is probably gonna sound odd, but I looked at Harry Potter. One of the things JK Rowling does beautifully is that every person in Harry’s life, no matter their role, you can tell that they are the main character of their own story.” –Thomas

There’s so much more to know: Loved The Hate U Give and not ready to let go of these characters? Me too.  Luckily, there’s a movie version of this story currently in development with Fox 2000.  To follow along with Thomas, check out her Twitter account.