WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE is out! Run, don't walk, to your favorite bookstore or library to get yourself a copy. Remember, if the bookstore doesn't have it on the shelf, they can always order it for you, free of charge.


I will be at the Wellesley Bookstore, Wellesley, MA on Thursday, September 11th, 2014, from 7-9PM with fellow young adult authors Kim Harrington, Diana Renn, and Erin Dionne. Hope to see you there!

I will be at the Boston Teen Author Fest, Boston, MA on Saturday, September 27th from 10AM-4PM. See you there!

I will be at the Odyssey Bookstore, South Hadley, MA on Saturday, October 26th, at 4PM. Joining me on a panel will be fellow young adult authors Hillary Monahan, Micol Ostow, and Jeff Hart. Hope to see you!


In celebration of the release of my new book, WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE, (in stores now), I'm launching a very exciting contest.

GUIDELINES: In WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE, the characters submit their worst nightmares for the chance to win a contest. The entrants of this book release contest will do the same. In five-hundred words or less, describe your worst nightmare. Entrants are free to use the word “nightmare” metaphorically or literally, as do the characters in the novel. E-mail your essay to: thenightmare.elf@gmail.com.

FORMAT: Your entry should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and have your name and e-mail at the top.

DEADLINE: Midnight, August 31, 2014

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone can enter. But, if you are under the age of 21, your parent or guardian will have to sign the release form, downloadable from the News section of my website: www.lauriestolarz.com/news.html. If you are 21 or older, you can sign this release form yourself.

Release forms can be scanned/e-mailed to me at: lauriestolarz@yahoo.com

Or they can be printed and mailed to:

Dark House Series Book Launch Contest
c/o Kathryn Green Literary Agency
250 West 57th St., Suite 2302
New York, NY 10107

* Please note that any entrees received without the required release form will be disqualified.

Click here to download the release form.

NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified by e-mail no later than October 1, 2014.

GRAND PRIZE: The grand prize winner will get to have a minor character in RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE, the sequel to WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE (due out in the summer of 2015), named after him or her (first name only or first and last name, as decided by the winner). The grand prize winner will also get an autographed copy of WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE, as well as publication of his or her winning essay on my website and Tumblr.

RUNNER UP PRIZES: There will be two runner up winners. Both will receive an autographed copy of
WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE. They will also get to have their winning essays published on my website and Tumblr.

Click here to download the release form.

Cost: $100.00

I will send you, via e-mail, a 26-page packet of information and exercises for character-building, plot structure, dialogue, point-of-view, revision, and more. In addition, You can submit up to 10 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font, standard margins) of writing for my editorial notes. I will critique the pages, addressing any issues, including but not limited to plot, character development, syntax, grammar, and dialogue. I will point out what I believe works and offer some advice for an overall direction.

After I give notes, I will be available via e-mail for follow up if you have questions.

This class is available now. I will take up to ten students at a time and get back to you within one week of payment.

To sign up for the online writing critique, please e-mail me: lauriestolarz@yahoo.com

New Merchandise:
Check out the new book-related clothing and gear through spreadshirt.com!

Bookplates now available! Bookplates are sticker-like labels that I will personally address to you and sign. It's meant for you to adhere to the inside of your book – the next best thing to an autographed copy. If you'd like one of these, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Attn. Laurie Faria Stolarz
c/o Llewellyn Worldwide Publications
2143 Wooddale Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125-2989