Jeri Smith-Ready

Become a Fan

Jeri Smith-Ready is the award-winning author of the Shade trilogy, the WVMP Radio series, and the Aspect of Crow trilogy. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Like many of her characters, Jeri loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter at @jsmithready.

Photo courtesy of Geoffrey S. Baker.

Books by this Author

This Side of Salvation
Bring On the Night
Lust for Life
see more books by Jeri Smith-Ready


This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready

David confronts his desires and his demons in this novel about what it means to be left behind—literally, figuratively, and spiritually—from the author of the Shade trilogy.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Not being liked. A close second would be admitting my greatest fear.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Playing Wii Fit. I’ve always hated exercise with a passion, but I love video games, and I love beating my husband’s scores, so it’s super motivating.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Graduating college in only four years! I switched majors three times (before I discovered writing, I didn’t have much stick-to-it-ive-ness at anything) and had to take a very heavy load my last semester. I could’ve coasted like most seniors, but I really wanted to get an Honors degree instead of just a basic English degree. I had to write nineteen papers plus a thesis! But I did it somehow, and the courses I took that last semester blew my mind wide open, so I’m really glad I took the rough road for once in my life.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. This is hard, because I love villains. I often root for them if they’re more interesting than the hero. The first ones who come to mind are David Bowie’s Goblin King from LABYRINTH, and the Phantom from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. They were so fascinating and tempting and offered such magic.

Author Voices

November 03, 2009

Read a bonus "prequel" scene from SHADE and enter the first drawing for an Advance Review Copy! Drawing will take place on Friday, November 6, 11:59pm. Details at my blog. Other YA authors' signed books also up for giveaway, so stop on by!

Jeri Smith-Ready on the Web