October Spotlight: Stephanie Scott


October – November

A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. – Franz Kalka


Our October Dare to SOAR participants!

Robin Skylar
Cindy Maday
Lynne Wall
j. leigh bailey
Stephanie Scott
Chris Foutris
Sherry Weddle
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell
Savannah Reynard
P.E. Calhoun

Author Spotlight

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Stephanie Scott

Almost six years ago, I started my first National Novel Writing Month. I’d always wanted to write a book but never quite knew how to start. I discovered this world-wide writing event with just enough time to dive in. I had no plan. It wasn’t pretty. (But I finished! Barely.)


Five years ago, I joined a local writing group that met at a public library. This was my first experience with critiquing and submitting my own work. Nervewracking! I was gravitating toward writing young adult stories and knew it would never be enough to simply trade pages in the library. I wanted to pursue publication!


Four and a half years ago, I attended Chicago North Romance Writers’ Spring Fling conference. I didn’t write romance, mind you, but RWA came highly recommended according to blogs and industry pros. A young adult author was on the list of published authors, so I read her book prior to the conference to prepare. I ended up meeting her in the elevator and she promptly took me around to all of her local RWA friends, insisting I visit the meeting closest to me, Windy City. (Thanks, Erica O’Rourke!)


It didn’t take long to realize I did in fact write romance, and this discovery helped me finish the manuscript I was working on. Once I knew the relationship was a core component of the story, I used advice I learned from attending Windy City meetings and reading about romance to stitch my story together.


This year I’m going into my sixth NaNoWriMo (I missed one year) and it’s planned as a romance. My first young adult book is set to be published in December. My critique group of three years, formed from Windy City, is cheering me on, along with my other chapter friends and writers across the US and beyond who I’ve met from conferences. I’m proud to be a member of such a giving group who has helped me in so many ways.


About Stephanie:

Stephanie Scott writes Young Adult stories about teens who put their passions first. She enjoys dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving her broke. Born and raised in Kalamazoo where there are no zoos, she’s a Midwest girl at heart. She now lives outside of Chicago with her tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find her chatting about all things books on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA. ALTERATIONS is her first book.


If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous alterations_fc_fnlfamily. 

When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app. 

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The “new and improved” Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she’d have to make.