Frequently Asked Questions

Updated June 4, 2011

Where do you get your ideas?

Some people claim that I harvest them from the dreams of sleeping innocents, but that's a slight exaggeration.
Seriously, most of my ideas come while I'm listening to music, often in a moving vehicle of some sort. There's probably an explanation for this, but I don't want to think about it too hard. Never look a gift idea in the mouth, right?
How long have you been writing fiction?
Since February 1995. It took six years to get my first book published, then another (yikes!) five years for the second one. Since then, they've been coming out on a regular basis, one or two per year through at least 2013. Thank you very much if you've helped me realize my dream (and stay employed) by buying or borrowing one of my books.
What are your books about? When are they coming out? What order should I read them in? Where can I buy them?
All these questions (and more!) can be answered in the Books section of this website. If you can't find the answer there, it must be a really fascinating question, so please contact me to ask.
What age ranges are your books appropriate for?
Shade and This Side of Salvation are for ages 14 and up. My Aspect of Crow trilogy is probably fine for 14 and up, while my urban fantasies (the WVMP Radio vampire series and Requiem for the Devil) are probably better for 16 and up.
Will Requiem for the Devil ever have a sequel?
Nope. Not every book needs a sequel. After a lot of consideration, I've decided to keep that series to just one book. If you like the style and tone of Requiem, you’d probably like Wicked Game and Shade.
Which internets are you on?
I’m active on Facebook (where I also have a fan page), Goodreads, and am totally addicted to Twitter, so come friend me!
How old are you?
Old enough to say, “Next question?”
Let’s talk about my needs now. How can I get an autographed copy of your books?
One of these ways:


  • Join my newsletter. I give out a limited (but generous!) number of autographed bookplates by request with every quarterly issue. PLUS, before each issue, I draw two names at random to win free autographed books or Advance Review Copies (ARCs), so...bonus! Sign-up boxes for the newsletter are located on the right-hand sidebar of this page and most other pages on the website. 
  • OR, Send your copy of the book to me at P.O. Box 66, Westminster, MD 21158 with a self-addressed stamped envelope for return. Let me know how you’d like it personalized. Again, allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
How can I get books or ARCs to review on my blog?
The quickest way is to send a direct request to my publisher (Pocket Books for the WVMP series and Simon Pulse for SHADE). If you don't have a contact there, then fill out my contact form and I will send the publisher your request. 
The following information is required in the original request to me:
  • Name and mailing address. NOTE: my publisher can send books in the SHADE series to US, Canadian, and UK addresses only. Books in the WVMP series will be sent to US addresses only. Though some of my books are published in foreign languages, I don't have contacts at those publishers and therefore cannot handle requests from any countries but those listed here.
  • Your blog's URL address
  • Which book(s) you'd like to review Again, please include all of this information or your request will be delayed until I have time to write back and ask for the missing parts. Could be weeks. Mmm, nah, probably months.
Will you read my work and refer me to your agent/editor?
Sorry, but for legal reasons (not to mention lack of time), I can’t read fiction that isn’t already under contract to be published.
But wait! I have a contract. Will you blurb my book?
First of all, congratulations! Second, I prefer blurb requests go through my agent, Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd., because it's hard for me to say no to a new author, even when my deadline schedule says I really should. Thanks!
I'm looking for advice on how to get my book published. Can you help?
Since each career is unique, I can't offer specific advice to aspiring authors. Writers organizations such as SFWA and RWA are generally reliable resources.
I sent you an e-mail but you never replied. What’s up with that?
I try to reply to reader e-mail within the week, but deadline pressures have caused me to get behind, and for that I am truly sorry.
Also, I get a ton of spam at my business e-mail address. If you haven't heard back from me after a month or so, I might have accidentally deleted it, especially if your subject line was “Hi” or “For Jeri” or “med$ at the best prices 4U!” Consider resending the message with a subject line such as “Shade is the best book ever.” Or just use the contact form.
How do I subscribe to your quarterly newsletter?
Just type your e-mail address into the box at the top of this page (the one that says “Sign up for Jeri’s newsletter”). Each issue has at least one contest, so sign up and win stuff!
Jeri Smith-Ready

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Jeri Smith-Ready is a Maryland author of novels for teens and adults.

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BOOKS by Jeri

This Side of Salvation — April 2014

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In Jeri's first YA contemporary novel, 16-year-old David confronts his desires and his demons in this novel about what it means to be left behind—literally, figuratively, and spiritually

A smart, well-rounded, and unpredictable tale.Booklist, Starred Review

"Shattered" — December 2013

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Free Shade series novella

The truth about what happened to Zachary in 3A, and how he survived the aftermath.

"Bridge" — April 2013

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Shade series short story

To find eternal rest, Logan must make peace with his brother before Mickey's guilt over Logan's death drives him to take his own life.

Intense and earnest. Kirkus Reviews

Lust for Life — December 2012

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Final book in the award-winning WVMP series

Ciara must battle vengeful vampires and her own demons to win her ultimate happy ending.

"Let It Bleed" — June 2012

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WVMP novella. A can't-miss "bridge" between BRING ON THE NIGHT and LUST FOR LIFE! Now includes the bonus short story "Thief."

Shine — May 2012

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Final book in the award-winning SHADE trilogy

When tragedy spikes a worldwide fear of ghosts, Aura will do anything to save her generation's freedom—and the life of the boy she loves.

Shift — May 2011

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Sequel to the critically acclaimed SHADE

As Aura uncovers new truths about herself and the Shift, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets...and her heart.

Bring on the Night — August 2010

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When a fatal virus spreads through Sherwood—and corpses rise from their graves—Ciara not only gets a crash course in zombie-killing, but is forced to put her faith, and her life itself, in the hands of magic.

Shade — May 2010

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Jeri's teen fiction debut, now available in paperback

First in a worldwide generation of ghost-seers, Aura's relationship with the dead changes forever when her boyfriend dies and comes back to haunt her.

Smith-Ready changes the world simply by changing our ability to see.

Publisher's Weekly, starred review

Bad to the Bone — May 2009

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Smith-Ready pours plenty of fun into her charming, fang-in-cheek urban fantasy.

Publisher's Weekly, starred review

The Reawakened — November 2008

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The stunning conclusion to the Aspect of Crow trilogy.

Wicked Game — May 2008

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WICKED GAME was consistently surprising and original...I highly recommend it.

— #1 NYT Bestselling author Charlaine Harris

Voice of Crow — October 2007

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To save her family, protect her home, and reclaim her soul, Rhia will travel to the Descendants' towering white city…even to the Land of the Dead itself.

Eyes of Crow — November 2006

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Lovers of fantasy are about to embark on a great new series.

Romantic Times

Requiem for the Devil — April 2001

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A tale of redemption, written with flair and style...Highly recommended.

Library Journal