Wednesday, July 07, 2010

A guest blog with Stephanie Morrill

When I shamelessly e-mailed Erica and asked if we could do a giveaway for So Over It on her blog, she suggested we do it today in honor of Heather, who’s taking her driving test. You’ll do great, girl!

In high school, I remember feeling like it was never going to be my turn to get my license. Partly because I didn’t turn 16 until I was a junior, and by then my friends had all been driving for a year. So when I turned 26 on my last birthday and had the realization that I’ve had my license for TEN YEARS now, it was shocking. I have a very hard time remembering what life was like before I had the freedom to just grab my keys and go. (Well, I have a kid now so that freedom has been somewhat restricted, but you know what I mean.)

There’s lots of evidence around me that I am, truly, an adult. Like the mortgage payment. My husband and daughter. The fact that I’m having mild contractions as I type this. (We’re expecting our second child any day now.) And the calendar claims my ten year high school reunion takes place next year.

Yet there are still days when I’m surprised to discover I’m an adult. This is probably a big part of why I write for teens. I don’t feel like I have a very good handle on this “adult thing” yet, but I have the diploma that proves I survived high school.

When I’m in storyworld, I continue to find it natural and easy to slip into teenage skin. So Over It may be the final installment of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, but it’s far from being my last young adult novel. Until they start holding insanely boring ceremonies at which they hand out certificates that say “You’ve successfully passed adulthood,” I think my writer’s heart will be teen-centered.

Author Bio

Stephanie Morrill is a twenty-something living in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and two kids. Her only talents are reading, writing, and drinking coffee, so career options were somewhat limited. Fortunately, she discovered a passion for young adult novels a few years ago and has been writing them ever since. Stephanie is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series and is currently working on other young adult projects. To check out her blog and read samples of her books, check out

Back Cover Copy

Senior year is over and Skylar Hoyt is ready to forgive and forget. Or at least forget. She wants a fresh start where people don’t know about her partying past or her younger sister and her baby. A place where she won’t run in to her ex-boyfriend every time she leaves the house. When she gets the chance to spend the summer in Hawaii with her grandparents, Skylar jumps at the chance to get out of town. But when her sister needs her, Skylar has to swallow her pride and come back home. Will she be strong enough to rise above the gossip and live the life God wants for her?

Erica here: My review of So Over It...GO GET THIS BOOK! I loved the entire series. Stephanie's writing is so flawless and flows so beautifully, I couldn't stop reading it until I got to The End. I really cared about Skylar and Connor and worried about them all through the story. I wanted them to make the right choices, and despaired over them when they didn't. I wanted Skylar to find out the truth about the situation that set her on the path to reinventing herself...the path that taught her that she couldn't reinvent herself, rather, she had to let God do the reinventing.

I highly recommend The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series to teen girls (and their moms.) Great reads, great characters, tough choices, wrong turns, and a really satisfying ending.

Leave a comment here today, and on Friday I'll announce a winner of a copy of So Over It by Stephanie Morrill.


  1. I have a teen girl in the house and she loves to read, but hasn't really been into any Christian fiction. I'd love a chance to win and give her a taste of a great read.

    And Stephanie, it think it is always a good thing to be young at heart. I know I am...let life be joyful amid all the responsibility, right?


  2. Happy to report that Heather passed her driver's test easy-peasy! Whew! Relieved mama...and daughter.

  3. This is a really good post. I'm stunned when I think about how long I've lived, how fast the years have passed, how silly and immature I am at times. Sometimes I get the strongest urge to climb a tree or turn a cartwheel ... I don't dare!

    And Erica, Heather will do great. I remember when my twin cousins taught me to drive. Once I missed the driveway and side-swiped the mailbox. :)

    I love this post. Made me remember some good times and re-examine myself.

    And I love and read books for teens! This series sounds great. Of course, if I won it, I'd have to go buy the entire series. :) Keep that teen-centered heart, Stephanie.

  4. As we knew she would! Congrats are in order. :)

  5. Congrats on the new driver in the house! Maybe the proceeds from your next book will pay for insurance. ;)

  6. Congratulations, Heather! Never doubted for a second :)

    Sherrinda, I was a big reader as a teen, but I didn't even know Christian YA fiction existed. You should also check out Jenny B. Jones' stuff for your daughter. She writes really funny books for both adults and teen girls.

    Jess, one of the things I love most about having a toddler is the freedom it creates (or maybe just the reminder it creates?) to seize those tree climbing/cartwheel moments. I'd forgotten how fun it can be to just turn on the music and dance because you can!

  7. laura4:31 PM

    i love this books i work at a library and i always recomend these books! they are really great

  8. Wish every teen and every parent had resources like this one.

  9. Great post! I'm always looking for great YA I can pass out to the teens in my life! Thank you Stephanie for doing something SO important.

  10. Anonymous2:24 AM

    What a great post. Long may you remain young at heart Stephanie.The years just slip on by so quickly.

    Would love the chance to win a copy of your book. Thanks so much for giving us all the opportunity.



  11. I am still a teenager at heart. I would love to win this for my neighbor's daughter.


  12. WOW, congrats, Stephanie!

  13. Hope I'm not too late to the party. Having so much fun out here in Virginia that I nearly missed this opportunity, for which Elizabeth might never forgive me! So, sign me up and we'll see what happens.

  14. T. Anne - No thanks needed. I do it because I love it :)

    Kevin, hope you're enjoying your time away! If you don't win, I'm pretty sure Erica has a copy lying around that Elizabeth could borrow...

  15. would love to read stephanie's latest...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com