Johannah Davies (JD) Spero was born near a pristine lake in the Adirondacks and has lived in various cities such as St. Petersburg (Russia), Indianapolis, Dallas, and Boston. She has pursued her love of narrative through degrees in English, Russian, and teaching—and has worked as an actress, a yoga instructor, a web design entrepreneur, freelance writer, and a high school English teacher. She lives in the Northeast with her husband and three young sons.
Drawing on her experience as a high school teacher—this time with a social concern, Spero infuses the rites of passage for the teenager—cliques, first kisses, peer pressure, and bullying—with magic. This stresses how tenuous and critical this time is for young people in a new, fascinating way. Written from Sami’s point of view, Spero’s narrative puts the reader into the mind of a fifteen-year-old who must navigate the tumultuous waters of being the new girl—the underdog who starts to win and is intoxicated by it. Truly a page-turner, this action-packed story will have readers of all ages eager to see what happens next.
Spero’s debut novel, Catcher’s Keeper, was chosen as a Finalist in the 2014 Indie Excellence Book Awards contest and also made the top 5% out of 10,000 entries in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
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Author Top Ten Favorite Things
My favorite quote is also my protagonist’s.
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou
– TV show
Seinfeld for making me laugh.
Friday Night Lights for making me cry.
– Comic book character
– Candy bar
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!
– Junk food
Doritos! (original nacho cheese, of course)
– Place you visited
Our honeymoon destination was the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Can’t beat that. Ever.
One of my old favorite stand-bys when I lived downtown: The Parrish Café on Boylston Street in Boston
My parents have a cozy, rustic cabin on Elizabeth Island on Lake George, New York. It’s one of my favorite places on the planet.