Stephanie's Muses



If you told me when I started out on this publishing journey that I’d be on my third literary agent right now, I would have thought you were crazy. I’m not that type of girl. Really. I’m still best friends with the same girls I’ve known since middle school. I keep in touch with people I…


I want to give away copies of my new book, IN DEEP!! There will be three different prize packages that you are eligible for: (A personalized copy of IN DEEP + the IN DEEP playlist;  A Personalized copy of IN DEEP + one of THE SUMMER OF FIRSTS AND LASTS; or a personalized copy of IN DEEP + one of CRIMINAL)

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#scandal Is Here!


A YA love story. A mystery. A satirical romp through the social mediapocalypse. #scandal has finally arrived! Grab a copy from your favorite bookstore or order online!

Wooo! Can’t wait to read this!

A message from my subconscious about gun violence. Last night I dreamed of an art exhibit: a giant map of the United States made out of beautiful, colored glass tiles. They were magnetized to the floor and seemed to dance, flipping side to side like an elaborate run of dominoes, displaying a rainbow of colors. Then all of a sudden they exploded, tiny pieces of glass shattered outward, all colored bright red. Moments later they magically, magnetically pulled together again. I watched this with a white haired man over and over. We always jumped when the explosion happened. After the fourth or fifth time, he said to a museum attendant, “You have to stop this. Turn off the magnets when it shatters. It can’t be fixed like that. It’s a puzzle and we have to put it together.” The museum attendant listened and after the next explosion, the man and I got down on our knees and started putting the pieces of glass back together. Others stopped and stared, some joined in automatically, some asked, “Is it hard?” The more people join, the faster it goes, we told them. Quickly we reassembled the West Coast, watching the glass change from red to purple to blue to green as we did so.

Yes, this is how I feel about gun violence. Everytime it happens, we as a country shatter. Then boom, we reassemble, magnetized and pull it together like nothing happened. We can’t keep doing that or it will never stop. It’s time to get down on our hands and knees together, pick up the pieces, manually reassemble. CHANGE. Change ourselves, change our viewpoint, our laws. Stop the violence.


Right now, children’s literature is seeing an intense flare-up in the ongoing conversation about the diversity crisis in children’s books. While this conversation has been going on for decades, now social media has given the people having it megaphones, and they are using them to brilliant ends….




Stop sexualizing my body stop shaming my body stop policing my body

holy shit this is perfect. spread this like wildfire!


Nothing Really Matters

Embrace your insignificance!
Words by Stephanie, illustration by Allegra.

Happy Earth Day! As this piece will tell you, the woods are my current muse!


Nothing Really Matters

Embrace your insignificance!

Words by Stephanie, illustration by Allegra.

Happy Earth Day! As this piece will tell you, the woods are my current muse!


Out in paperback this week, reviewers say CRIMINAL is “searing,” “gripping,” “hard-hitting,” and “…a book for any teens who might consider themselves lost and desperate for love and belonging.”


Welcome to Day 2 of the This Side of Salvation Superfan contest! Both of my local baseball teams (the Orioles and the Nationals) won on Opening Day yesterday, so I’m a happy fan. I’m also a happy author, because


Yay! Check out my official release week post for…

This Side of Salvation release week!


I’m thrilled to announce the official release (at last!) of my YA contemporary debut:

This Side of Salvation


Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure:  The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined…

What Others Are Saying:

“THIS SIDE OF SALVATION is impossible to pigeonhole. It’s a mystery, a love story, a tale of friendship, of prejudice, and of a family overcoming tragedy…Jeri Smith-Ready has her finger on the pulse of American youth.” — Printz Honor winner and NYT Bestseller Elizabeth Wein

“This is a frighteningly realistic story that delicately handles the issues of religion and family—an emotional mystery sure to be popular and perfect for discussion.” — VOYA, **Highlighted (Starred) Review**

“[A] smart, well-rounded, and unpredictable tale…bringing to light issues of belief versus free will, spirit versus body, and family versus self—while never being heavy-handed.” Booklist, **Starred Review**

“This book has some of the best written, strongest, and most satisfying character dynamics that I have read in a long time…There are no extreme moral rights and wrongs in this book. These people just are, and they work, and they make this story beautiful.” — Bibliopunkk

Giveaways Galore!

I’ve got two ongoing giveaways to celebrate the release of This Side of Salvation.

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