Jeri Smith-Ready

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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
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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 are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Awesome. Seriously. I also use parentheses way too much (or maybe just enough).

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. If you mean physical trait, it’s probably my smile. I must have a weird face, because whenever I’m not smiling, people ask if I’m upset. Nine times out of ten, I’m just thinking. Then they insist I must be annoyed at something, and eventually it becomes true. If you mean personality trait, people usually say I’m incredibly nice. I’m proud of this, because it means I’ve totally fooled 99% of those who’ve met me.

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!

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