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Stephanie Whitaker

||  YOUNG ADULT AUTHOR ||

 

Bio

Stephanie Whitaker grew up with a passion for the imaginative. She began as an artist, drawing, and painting. College was the obvious next step and Stephanie dove into it with gusto, receiving a degree in Graphic Design from International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She quickly found that Graphic Design was not enough to contain her imaginative spirit and began creating fictional worlds, and inspiring characters in young adult stories. Stephanie enjoys leaving the real world behind to join her characters on epic journeys that are sure to inspire with unexpected twists and the occasional red Ford Mustang tossed into most of her stories in honor of her father.

She has a growing platform on Instagram and Twitter, where she took part in #WriterInMotion and won a professional editorial critique in the #RevPit event February 2019 from R.R. Campbell.

When Stephanie isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book, gardening,

or outdoors enjoying nature with her family.

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Favorite Music: Today's Top Hits / Imagine Dragons / Maroon 5 / Bebe Rexha / Shawn Mendes / Halsey / The Score / The Cab / Lauv / Jonas Bros / Pink / Katy Perry / Bryce Fox / Ed Sheeran / Billie Eilish / Sam Smith / Taylor Swift /+more

Favorite Authors:  Marie Lu / Sarah J. Mass / Suzanne Collins / Veronica Roth / Kiera Cass / J.K. Rowling / Stephanie Myer / Julie Kagawa / Leigh Bardugo / Tahereh Mafi (I love her descriptive style) / Marissa Meyer / R.L. Stine / V.C. Andrews / Llsa J. Bick (I will never look at Zombies the same after reading her books)

Favorite Movies: Anything with superheroes, magic, action or a touch of romance.

Favorite TV Shows: Grey's Anatomy / Game of Thrones / The Walking Dead / Supernatural / The Handmaid's Tale / Awkward / The Good Place / Chicago Med

I've worked as: A fitting room attendant at K-Mart (my first job), Burger Flipper slash Sandwich Maker at Wendy's Restaurant (while making my way through college), and Graphic Designer both at a Newspaper and Print Shop.

A unique fact: I was diagnosed with Scoliosis at seventeen, but rarely let it stop me from doing all the things I want to do. My spine is S-shaped, so I appear straight but inside and out I'm a Twisty Girl.

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Stories by Stephanie:

 

Defying Gravity

Status: Plotting

Defying Gravity is a Science Fiction Romance with fantasy elements.

Blurb coming soon!

 

Downfall

Status: Entered into #PitchWars 2019

Seventeen-year-old amputee, Remi Alexander, is a Runner for camps full of survivors of an alien invasion. She warns them of impending attacks, but never stays long enough to develop any deep relationships. Fearing those responsible for her parent’s murder are still hunting her for the key her mom gave her the day she died, Remi avoids settling in any of the camps. All while keeping her prosthetic arm a secret. The similarity of her metal appendage to that of the armored aliens severs her further from the other survivors. But she longs for the life she had before the invasion and the ability to stop running from her traumatic past.

When she stumbles into and saves Caspian—her former crush and the one responsible for the loss of her arm—she reveals more about her parent’s deaths than she ever intended. Fearful of Caspian’s intentions and her repressed emotions, she flees when he shows an unusual interest in the key her mom gave her. But a smart-mouthed sharpshooter, named Arson gives her a taste of the life she so desperately wants, and her armor of avoidance begins to crumble.

When she discovers both boys are keeping secrets, she will have to figure out who to trust when Reapers attack the camp and Caspian tries to convince her that she holds the key to ending the alien invasion. If only she can stop running long enough to face her fears and insecurities before she loses everything and everyone she loves, all over again.

Comments From Beta Readers:

"I couldn't stop reading." J.W.

"Remi is one of those characters I could really relate with and root for. She never lets her disability drag her down. She powers through and it is inspiring." - B. C. 

 

The King's Magic

STATUS: Editing

Seventeen-year-old Princess Theadessa is good at keeping secrets: her mother’s illness, the Shadow Demon persona she dawns to join in street fights, her love for her best friend, and the truth of how the magic passes from one king to the next. Her secrets are in danger when war threatens to reach Parthian’s borders. Because, in the kingdom of Parthian, only the royal family possesses magic and when her mother passes the magic will choose Theadessa’s match, and the next king, and he could be anyone.


Seeking power, the neighboring kingdoms send their princes to capture Theadessa’s heart and gain the magic they believe comes with the crown. Overwhelmed by a palace full of power-hungry princes and her mother’s illness, Theadessa sneaks away from the castle and searches for a cure.


When a letter arrives, promising a cure, Theadessa leaps at the chance to postpone her accent to the throne and save her mother. But she soon discovers she isn’t the only one who has been keeping secrets. Kidnapped, Theadessa will have to fight back against those who would use her for the magic she possesses or learn to trust her heart and the magic she resents.

Comments From Beta Readers:

"The romance is swoon-worthy, the magic intriguing, the action scenes excellent! And you have a great cast of characters."  - Paulette W.

 

Within Reach

STATUS: Finished

17 year-old Augustus and his best friend, Jackson are your typical seniors in high school. That is what Jackson has led Augustus to believe. 


Unknown to Augustus, Jackson is his Guardian Angel. But Augustus wasn't always Jackson's only charge. Jackson lost one and he's not about to lose another.


When they hear the first scream out by the lake, Jackson's first thought is to protect Augustus.


They find is a girl, bloodied and beaten, only she's not just a girl. She is an Angel sent to investigate a growing horde of demons building in the sleepy town of Glenwood, IN. 


Together, the three of them will have to work together to figure out why the demons seem hell bent on killing all three of them.

Comments From Beta Readers:

"Your descriptions are stunningly beautiful!"  - K. Blackwood

"You did an exceptional job of world building and characterization." - Saph

Can be read for FREE on Wattpad.

 

The Anger You Hold

STATUS: Finished

One accident and Charlie lost her life. Her death was a mistake, one she wishes she could go back and change, along with all the cruel things she said to her family before she died.


Dead and miserable, Charlie awaits her final judgment along with thousands of other lost souls, including a charismatic spirit named Adam. When a Reaper shows up with a personal invitation to join The Tournament of Souls where the winner gets their life back with a clean slate, Charlie jumps at the chance. She believes it is her only chance to make things right. However, the Tournament proves harder than she ever imagined.


There are dark bargains that are unknown to her and allies with untold secrets. When it comes down to it, Charlie's sanity will be tested, and she will be forced to face her own worst demons to set her life right. Sometimes it takes Death to make some people realize just how much they have to lose.

Comments From Beta Readers:

"Parachute guy is so funny, sweet and endearing that I almost wished he was the main character."

"I gasped out loud at the twist. I didn't see it coming and it pulled the rug out from under me, but in a good way."

- Katherina M.

Long-Listed for Open Novella Contest

Can be read for FREE on Wattpad.

 

Hi!PE

STATUS: Finished

Chloe Davis doesn't do drugs, but it's New Year's Eve in Times Square with her best friends and the pressure is on. There is no saying no this time, but as she always feared, everything goes wrong when she says yes for the very first time.


She's never taken drugs before, and what she experiences is so out of this world she thinks that it all must be a crazy hi!ped-up hallucination. People screaming and attacking each other. Blood drenching the ground and Holden Jones coming to her rescue.


Holden, on the other hand, finds himself faced with a dilemma, save the hot girl and her friend or get his stupid butt out of the mother freakin' zombie-filled city on his own. Too bad for him he's a nice guy. With only his dad to worry about he finds himself pulled into Chloe's drama. The drama that only seems to get deeper as the days wear on and the complications keep coming.

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Some language, drug use, blood violence

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Comments From Beta Readers:

"Yes, there's a twist! But without spoiling too much else, this story throws some very well implemented curveballs that kept us turning the figurative pages" - The Open Novella Contest Judges

"This has been such a good story! I’ve never really been into the whole zombie craze, but I really enjoyed the twists you took with it and how real all the characters felt. So deserves to be on the shortlist"

Short-Listed for Open Novella Contest

And an honorable mention from the Judges.

Can be read for FREE on Wattpad.

 

BLUE

STATUS: On-Hold (for now)

17 yo Dawn lives in the slums outside The City of Lights and yearns for adventure and the chance to find out what really happened to her parents during their last supply run into The Lost City.

While Blue, the electrically endowed young man who powers The City of Lights, blames himself for the disaster that caused it all and wishes he could end the world-wide power outage plaguing mankind - his control over his abilities a turbulent disaster waiting to happen.

When forced to choose a bride, Blue picks Dawn when he recognizes her from one of his secret escapes outside the walls of the city. But when he learns that Dawn’s Gran has died and savages from The Lost City attack them, he questions his decisions.

Dawn learns the truth behind the consistently worsening electrical storms and the fact that Blue is on the verge of losing control. She searches for a way around their impending nuptials and a cure which turns out just might lie in the one place she hopes to find her parents - The Lost City. Now all they must do is escape the one city everyone else is fighting to get into. And learn to work together before Blue loses his tenuous hold on his powers.

Reviews by Beta Readers:

"I can so relate with the main character and it's official, I'm in love with Blue!" - Abigail

"I want more and can't wait until you finish it!" - Deana S.

 

SPARK

STATUS: On-Hold (for now)

16 yo Zack didn’t know stealing a police cruiser would lead to discovering the truth of his birth or the girl who would change his life forever. The same girl, his brother, is in love with. All he wanted was an outlet for the impulsive urges that incites an unexplainable compulsion to action through his entire body.

16 yo Drew knows what Zack is going through because he feels it too, the urge and desire to learn more about his past. Only he tamps down the impulses and filters it into his desire to work up the courage to tell his best friend, Camilla, he loves her.

When all three of them learn, they are Phoenix—an ancient race of fiery beings—led by Elders, they must cut off connections with their loved ones and fall in line with the Elders plans and the prophecy that intertwines them or risk losing everyone they love. But when they discover they are destined to destroy mankind, the three of them will have to fight against their destinies and work together to save the world and ones they love or watch as everything goes up in flames around them.

Comments From Beat Readers:

"I love your characterization! You seem to truly know your characters so well and make them react to things in a realistic way. It makes the reading all the more enjoyable." - Kirsten Setty

 

IGNITE

STATUS: On-Hold

Book 2 of the Spark Trilogy is currently unavailable.


I apologize for making you wait.

Please check back regularly for updates.

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Ignite is Book #2 of The Phoenix Trilogy

 

BURN

STATUS: On-Hold

Book 2 of The Phoenix Trilogy is currently unavailable. 


I apologize for making you wait.

Please check back regularly for updates.

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Burn is the final book in The Phoenix Trilogy.

 

Favorite Quote:


"One must always be careful of books and what is inside them,

for words have the power to change us.

- Cassandra Clare

 

Email

One of the greatest perks of writing is getting feedback and interacting with readers. Contact me if you’ve got any comments or questions for me, I’d love to hear from you.

Indiana USA

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