Phil Stamper

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Phil Stamper grew up in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing. And, unsurprisingly, a lot of student debt. He works for a major book publisher in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog.

THE GRAVITY OF US is his first novel, but he’s no stranger to writing. His self-insert Legend of Zelda fanfiction came with a disclaimer from the 14-year old author: “Please if you write a review don’t criticize my work.” He has since become more open to critique… sort of.

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Phil Stamper I've always been obsessed with NASA's 60s/70s space programs, so I knew one day I'd write a YA contemporary or historical in that setting. Obviously…moreI've always been obsessed with NASA's 60s/70s space programs, so I knew one day I'd write a YA contemporary or historical in that setting. Obviously writing a sci-fi might have made more sense with current YA trends, but to me, what was happening on the ground in that era was even more fascinating.

Originally, I wanted to write a gay teen love story into the Mercury/Apollo missions, but as I started to develop the characters in that historical setting, I kept thinking the story felt more relevant and exciting as a contemporary (/near future) piece. So I scrapped it and rewrote it as a contemporary for NaNo 2016. I thought I'd just give it a shot, and it became my debut!(less)
Phil Stamper I'm OBSESSED with spaceflight, and I always have been. But writing sci-fi just isn't my thing (though I love to read it!) so I never knew how to…moreI'm OBSESSED with spaceflight, and I always have been. But writing sci-fi just isn't my thing (though I love to read it!) so I never knew how to incorporate my love of space into my contemporary YA writing.

I've read just about every Mercury- and Apollo-era memoir out there, and while reading THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB, I realized that I was equally obsessed with the dynamics of the astronaut families—those who were left on the ground, thrust into the spotlight, and expected to be picture-perfect American families... all while dealing with the stress of knowing the astronauts are risking their lives every day.

Though this is a present-day story of a NASA mission to Mars, I wanted to pull in the family dynamics of the space race era and build in a love story between two sons of astronauts. And I'm so excited to share it with the world! :)(less)
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“Headphones on, I fix myself so I can go back to fixing the world.”
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“People aren’t broken, and therapists couldn’t fix them if they were. But maybe someone can make things a little better, or help them be a little happier.”
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“Oooh, look at my athlete. You’ll have to show me your somersault someday.”
“Oh, so I’m your athlete now?”
My face flushes with heat, and I reach for the air-conditioning. As I direct all vents toward me, he leans forward, slowly, and plants a soft kiss on my cheek.
“I like the sound of that,” he says. “Being yours.”
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