Shelley Stoehr's Author Newsletter

Outsider Girls Write collection

February 14, 2012

Hi everyone! Having successfully published my novel, Somebody's Daughter, for Kindle, I've gone on to self-publish a collection selected and edited from my blog, Outsider Girls Write. If you'd like an (electronic) review copy, don't hesitate to contact me at

Peace, love and reading,
Shelley Stoehr, author

Press Release and Bio:

Outsider Girls Write is a collection of 74 short shorts (each less than two pages long), excerpted from my biweekly blog. I call my girls “Outsider Girls” because the girls in my head tend to be outside the mainstream. Although they are not the popular girls, or even the average girls, they have a lot to say. Some of the girls who write here also appear in novels or short stories of mine, while others have only begun to raise their voices loud enough to be heard. They have all originated in my biweekly blog,, a.k.a. OGW.
Meet the grrlz!

Shelley Stoehr has authored five award-winning novels for Young Adults, including the still popular, award-winning, Crosses. Shelley has published short stories in three Young Adult anthologies, most recently a short story version of Somebody’s Daughter in the anthology Truth and Dare. According to Kirkus, “With remarkably few exceptions, the short stories in this collection exemplify the best of the form, drawing readers immediately into the lives of characters who confront the hard truths of alienation, love, trauma and sex.”
Stoehr is known as edgy, hip Young Adult author,” and has a reputation for being truthful and real for older teens. School Library Journal said that “Stoehr’s narrative flow is a strength, as is her ability to capture the rhythms, attitudes, and feelings of teens”, and blogger Dave Kiersh wrote, “Stoehr writes about young women in a way that few others do. She presents characters and gives a voice to girls that are seldom heard about in today's commodified popular culture.”

Selected Works

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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