"Don’t be afraid to be who you are, ask questions, be honest, be kind, hang in there."
"It feels like I’ve answered a calling with the writing of The Black Flamingo."
"Magic, longing, Camelot."
"Celine is the most like me of any character I’ve ever written, and it was cathartic and frightening to write a character like that."
"I started asking myself what it means to be a strong black woman."
"Write honestly. Openly. With heart and kindness and hope. There are readers who need to hear what you have to say."
"I made it my goal to reclaim a genre that has erased so many of us from our own history."
"Social media’s such an insidious, elegant scam."
"Find the road. Find the gates. Find the girl."
"There truth will tear them apart."
Over the years, Stacey Lee has explored 1849 Missouri, 1906 San Francisco and the magic of smell. Now, in her newest YA historical fiction novel, The Downstairs Girl, Stacey transports readers to 1890 Atlanta, Georgia where her protagonist,…