Shelley Stoehr's Author Newsletter

my current projects

February 3, 2005

Hi all! Well, I've been busily working on several projects. One is a new novel about a crystal meth addict and her road to recovery, called TWEAKED, which I'm currently shopping around.

Another project is one I'm revisiting -- A novel about teen pregnancy called, I'M PREGNANT, MR. SPARKS, which is about a teenager who has an affair with a teacher and becomes pregnant... and her subsequent conflicts over what to do about it. She is conflicted over whether to keep the baby, especially since her best friend is pushing her towards abortion. After a discussion with the baby's father, the protagonist, Amy, is conflicted even more.

I recently read in an issue of SCBWI's magazine that teachers, librarians, and young adults are interested in more novels dealing with teen pregnancy, so I've decided to revisit this book, which was lacking a lot of conflict and character-building issues in the first draft. As my husband and I consider whether to have another child, I find I have fodder for a lot more conflict for my main character. Between that and humanizing the teacher/father character, I hope to have a new, improved, and marketable book in the next month or so, I'll keep you posted!

As for my previously published work, CROSSES is still doing especially well. I have found by looking at Amazon that it's a little tricky finding where to buy available copies. First type "shelley stoehr" into the search engine. When my books come up, under "Crosses", click on "see all copies", then choose the copy with the green cover.

Or, you can order via a link from my site at www.shelleystoehr.com, or go directly to iUniverse.com. barnesandnoble.com and other online bookstores also have copies of CROSSES and my other books.

If you haven't read them, take a look at LOVE AND SEX, edited by Michael Cart, and LOST AND FOUND, edited by Jerry and Helen Weiss. I have short stories in both of those anthologies, and the other stories in the anthologies are also wonderful.

Last September, I appeared on several radio talk shows and most significantly, on "Real Life With Mary Amoroso", which airs on comcast Cable's CN8 at 6pm weeknights, and I understand my episode on cutting and CROSSES is occasionnally rerun.

Love to you all, and thank you for your continued support.
-- Shelley

Selected Works

Fiction
MG fiction: Izzy and bff Seven (whose name was supposed to have been “Steven”, but the “t” was left off his birth certificate) set out to rescue a dog, Bone, from its abusive owner. Although they fail repeatedly, they cannot stop trying – though Izzy wonders why not. What's so important that they have to risk "life and limb" to save this dog? But then Izzy learns a truth about Seven, a reality that is so horrible, she realizes it isn’t only Bone who needs saving – it is Seven.
Young Adult Fiction
A dangerous secret… Sixteen-year-old Kyra is odd. She can “mind-speak” with her adoptive father. She has no recollection of anything about her life before age ten. One leg is so badly damaged she has to walk with a brace. And all she wants in her junior year of high school is to be cool. Instead, she becomes a werewolf… Suddenly, a madman is hunting Kyra with plans to use her as his lab rat. A big grey werewolf is killing humans in her town. And worse, her adoptive father might be dating her biological mother. Torn among allegiances to her father, her newly discovered family, and the werewolf pack, Kyra must learn to control the beast within and find a way to stop the madman who threatens to destroy them all. A horrifying act… Selene is a beautiful, tough punk-rocker leader of the meanest gang in school—and a werewolf through and through. She is on the top of the world and plans to stay there. Then Selene kills a human and unleashes a murderous rage that threatens to turn her into a mindless, violent beast. Terrified of what she might become, Selene runs away. Now, far from home in the company of killer werewolves, Selene must run again. She must find a way to regain her humanity. And she must do it quickly, because someone is following her…
Nancy and Katie are best friends with one big thing in common -- they both cut themselves, “Not by accident, we do it purposely -- and regularly -- because physical pain is comforting, and because now it has become a habit.”
When sixteen-year-old Tracey runs away she finds that making ends meet in New York City for a young girl with few real skills is nearly impossible.
“I’ve discovered that if you wear a big enough hat, no one worries much about what’s going on inside your head,” says Cary. And no one, not even her boyfriend, Danny, knows about the things inside Cary’s head. Especially the feelings she has for Wendy, a girl with bright green hair and hard-candy sadness in her eyes.

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