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Stephanie Whitaker

||  YOUNG ADULT AUTHOR ||

 

Bio

I write stories, most of which are strange and twisty and filled with interesting characters with curious problems. 


After earning a degree in graphic design, I went on to work for a newspaper and currently manage a print shop filled with a bunch of goofballs that can always put a smile on my face. I live surrounded by corn fields in the vast open stretches of Indiana with my husband, two kids, three cats, and an English Bulldog, who knows how to clear a room with a single fart.


Fun Facts about Me:

     •   According to 23andMe and my mom who was obsessed with genealogy and carted my

          three siblings and I to libraries and cemeteries nearly every weekend, I am mostly of 

          Irish decent.

     •   I was diagnosed with Idiopathic scoliosis at seventeen. Which is a spinal deformity causing my spine to be

         S shaped.

     •   I enjoy fishing and canoeing, despite my inability to swim.

     •   My first job was as a fitting room attendant at a local store, where I met my husband.

     •   I put myself through college (first in my family) by working night shifts at a fast-food

         restaurant, and attended classes during the day.

     •   My weaknesses are brownies, gummy bears, and cherry cheesecake.

     •   My story, Hi!PE made the shortlist for the Wattpad Open Novella Contest in 2019 with an

          honorable mention. https://www.wattpad.com/user/swhitaker80

     •   I won a spot in the February 2019 #Revpit Mini-Event, where I received professional

         editor feedback from R. R. Campbell. https://reviseresub.com/mini-events

     •   I took part in #WriterInMotion on Twitter and for the second round was chosen as the Social Media        

         Coordinator for the writer blog series. https://writerinmotion.com/

     •   In honor of my dad, who loved cars and passed away from lung/bone cancer in 2015, I add a Ford Mustang

         to most of my stories.

     •   I’m actually an awkward, anime loving teenage girl, trapped in a defective adult body.

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

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Defying Gravity

Status: Writing

Ari would do anything to save her friends from the disease plaguing the NorthStar space station, even if it means stealing a dropship and landing on Earth without permission. With the return of their humanity in the form of a pill the only cure she must prove the planet can sustain life or risk losing those closest to her.

Only the landscape is desolate, and a threatening storm building in the distance threatens her quest. Unwilling to go back empty-handed, Ari gets caught in the storm where a boy guides her to a downed spacecraft filled with plant life. The exact proof she needs. Startled by the emotions Lennox awakens in her and the alluring scent of his blood, she steals a plant and flees, intending to leave him and her budding feelings behind.

But when Ari discovers Lennox has stowed away aboard her dropship, he puts her plan to get the plant safely back to the station at risk. Now she must fight to keep him alive on a space station with limited life support and safe from those who would kill them both to destroy the plant. With her heart working against her, Ari must defy all the rules to save her friends or lose Earth and the boy who makes her feel more alive than she has in hundreds of years.

Defying Gravity is a Science Fiction Romance with fantasy elements.

 

Shadow Heart

Status: Plotting / #WriterInMotion Round 2 Extended Story

Fantasy

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.

 

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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