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Stephanie Willing Writes

 Author and Audiobook Narrator


stories of myth, magic, and grit

West of the Sea

Paleontology-loving Haven West’s mom disappears after a long struggle with depression right as Haven discovers she’s inherited a monstrous family secret: she can turn into an amphibious cryptid. Haven, her sister, and new friend set off on a road trip to find her mom—and get some answers. 



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Writer, Reader, Mom

Stephanie Willing is a middle-grade writer with an MFA in Writing for Young People from Lesley University. Her debut middle-grade novel, West of the Sea, releases August 15, 2023, from Viking Children's. She loves reading all kinds of books, narrating audiobooks, and sitting in coffee shops. She has two young sons, and it's a miracle she gets any writing done at all. Stephanie is represented by Alexandra Levick at Writers House.

Animal Fossil

I was still in there, right? The real me. Not this horror.

I curled up into a little ball on the narrow riverbank and covered my head with my hands. I hadn’t known a body could feel like home until I was shoved out of one shape and into another.

West of the Sea, now available

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