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 The inspiration for The Gravity of Us stemmed from my admiration for the 60s space race and the missions that followed. Over the last decade, I've rea…moreThe inspiration for The Gravity of Us stemmed from my admiration for the 60s space race and the missions that followed. Over the last decade, I've read dozens of astronaut/engineer memoirs, watched every documentary I could find, and I've even been known to raid antique shops in my search for LIFE magazines from the era.

While I've always been fascinated by the science and technology behind these missions, one thing always called out to me in the background of every memoir or documentary. The astronaut families essentially became the celebrities of this era, frequently gracing the covers of magazines and giving interviews for national news outlets. This meant the astronauts' spouses and children had to be immaculately dressed, polished, and ready to entertain, all while not knowing if their husbands or fathers would come home alive that night.

In The Gravity of Us, I wanted to capture this brilliant tension while also showcasing a contemporary queer love story. Thanks for this question! (less)
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 w…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)
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“Don't aim to fix people. Fixing seems so permanent, so absolute. Like there's no room for error. Aim to make things better.”
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“If you want to kiss me, kiss me because you like me. Not because you think it will make you happy. You can't just kiss away all the bad feelings I have. You can't kiss me and make me better.”
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