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. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all lives. What makes me perfectly happy (spending most of my waking hours in the same house as my husband, squirreled away writing books, surrounded by animals) might drive someone else absolutely nuts.

So I think we all have to figure out what would make us happy and work towards that. Meaning, don’t reach for other people’s definitions of happiness.

This can take a really long time. It did for me. I was pretty clueless what I wanted to do with my life until I started writing in my mid-twenties. Even then, I went back to grad school because I wanted a backup plan. But eventually I knew that only writing would make me happy.

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 are your 5 favorite songs?

A. It’s SO hard to say, but here’s what first came to mind: “Inside Out” by Eve 6, “Aneurysm” by Nirvana, “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, “Aly Walk with Me” by the Raveonettes, and “Holiday” by Green Day.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. I’m writing this interview while on an airplane, so if we’re talking RIGHT NOW, I’d like to be home in bed. But in general, the place I’d most love to visit is New Zealand. But I’m worried I might never come home.

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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