Stephanie Scott

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Hello! I write Young Adult and Romance stories about characters who put their passions first. I love dance fitness and cat memes and have a slight obsession with Instagram. I live outside of Chicago with my tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find me on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA. My debut ALTERATIONS about a fashion-obsessed loner who reinvents herself was a 2017 Romance Writers of America RITA® finalist for Best First Book. My next book FALLING INTO PLACE is a sweet second chance romance releasing April 2018. I am also a contributor to the young adult short story anthology WELCOME HOME.
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Stephanie Scott What a great question. When a theme becomes a trend, with multiple books being published in a close timeframe, it can probably seem as if topics are…moreWhat a great question. When a theme becomes a trend, with multiple books being published in a close timeframe, it can probably seem as if topics are being romanticized. When these books are made into films, that idea of romanticism likely further escalates. A 90 minute movie can't always capture the deeper point of view you get from a book.

I think you need to look at each individual book. A number of books came out this year about teen suicide and self-harm. Of the few I read, each approached the issue from a different angle. Two I highly recommend are Teach Me To Forget by Erica Chapman and Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. Both books approach sensitive subjects with care, and show characters struggle with consequences and grittier details that are anything but romantic. Even the friendships and romances within the books show the struggle and pain of these experiences.

The question then is, what factors cause an issue to be romanticized? What approaches to terminal illness, mental health, etc are damaging to young readers? Identifying problematic representation by being watchful and critical is important. We might not always be able to identify what is problematic on our own--we all miss things based on our own bias and experiences. But, we can listen to those who do know. We can read non-fiction books written by professionals, listen to friends and those who've suffered. The more we listen without being quick to judge, the more room we make for experiences outside of our own. When we approach people who are suffering with empathy, that leads to understanding. (less)
Stephanie Scott There are so many free resources online to get started! For YA writers: Adventures in YA Publishing's blog is a good place to start. Check your…moreThere are so many free resources online to get started! For YA writers: Adventures in YA Publishing's blog is a good place to start. Check your favorite author's website for writing resources. For info on literary agents, check out Writer's Digest blog Guide to Literary Agents to get started.(less)
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Falling Into Place Release Day!

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It’s release day for Falling Into Place!

The is my first book written for adults and is available in print and ebook. If you’re a Kindle U reader, you’ll find Falling Into Place and the rest of the Camp Falling Pines series there!

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Mia Hammond hates her job, but after her last career went down in flames, well, a girl needs to keep a roof over her head, right? When she...

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