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13087916_10154122514514534_1028234978104045852_nNico Medina was born on June 5, generic viagra 1982, in Orlando, Florida, where he grew up with his two sisters. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2004 (go Gators!), he moved with his then-boyfriend (and now-husband), poet/author Billy Merrell, to a sixth-floor apartment (no elevator) in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. On nights and weekends off from his copyediting job, Nico penned his first two super-serious novels, The Straight Road to Kylie and Fat Hoochie Prom Queen (Simon Pulse, 2007 and 2008), in a small room with a spitting steam pipe. He and Billy moved to a ground-floor apartment in Brooklyn on NYC Marathon Day 2007, where they have lived ever since and are known to throw the occasional Halloween rager.

In October of 2008, Nico and Billy tied the knot in his childhood backyard in Florida, before embarking on a celebratory weeklong cruise with more than thirty of their friends and family. Back home in Brooklyn, they somehow wrote Go Ahead, Ask Me (Simon Pulse, 2009) in a post-wedding haze. In 2010, Nico and Billy took the Chinatown bus to Washington, DC, to make their marriage legal in the eyes of the law.

Nico has worked in the children’s-book industry since 2004, when he began copyediting at Viking Children’s and Puffin Books. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Managing Editor of the startup publisher Egmont USA. Today, he is the Senior Managing Editor of Grosset & Dunlap/Price Stern Sloan, the dynamic publishers of more than 250 books a year. He observed the construction of One World Trade Center from his desk, which was pretty much a dream come true.

Nico has been a lifelong nerdist of multiple stripes—he read the World Almanac for fun, stares into aquariums and at historic maps for hours on end, and is a devoted fanboy of myriad movies, TV shows, and music acts. Today, he exercises his nerd muscles writing nonfiction for children—including illustrated biographies of Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, and Jacques Cousteau, as well as a book about Mount Everest—and pulse-pounding activity books, such as Arrested Development Mad Libs (PSS!, 2015).