Young Adult author Stacy A. Padula, a native of Pembroke, Massachusetts, has accrued years of experience working with adolescents as a private educational consultant with extensive experience in the fields of college counseling, tutoring, and standardized test preparation, as well as a mentor, life coach, and youth group leader. For roughly eight years, she was the director of a tutoring company in the metrowest of Massachusetts, where she managed a staff of thirty tutors and developed all company curriculum. In 2016, she left the metrowest and founded South Shore College Consulting & Tutoring based in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 2019, she founded another company: Briley & Baxter Publications, named after her two miniature dachshunds (who are far more popular on Instagram than her – ha!).
Publications: Stacy Padula’s first novel, “The Right Person,” was published in 2010. In 2011, “When Darkness Tries to Hide” was published, and it was followed by “The Aftermath” in 2013. In 2014, both “The Battle for Innocence” and “The Forces Within” were released, and in 2015, all five books hit the shelves of Barnes & Noble. For Stacy, it was a dream come true to see her books for sale in the popular, mainstream bookstore! In 2016, Barnes & Noble chose Stacy to be a featured author for its teen book festival. In 2019, she released a new book series titled “Gripped,” that takes place in the same “world” as Montgomery Lake High but focuses on different main characters. “Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told” was released in February 2019, and “Gripped Part 2: Blindsided” was released in July 2019. “Gripped Part 3: The Fallout” was released in November 2019, and “Gripped Part 4: Smoke & Mirrors” was released in May 2020. Stacy is in the process of writing “Gripped Part 5.” In 2019, Stacy also wrote her first screenplay, an adaptation of her novel “The Aftermath.”
Awards: Stacy Padula was featured in Marquis Who’s Who in America (2018) for excellence in literature and education, Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2018, 2019, & 2020), and Cambridge Who’s Who for Young Professionals (2009). In 2018, she was awarded the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2019, the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP of New York, NY) chose Stacy Padula as its “Top Educational Consultant of the Year.” Later in 2020, she was awarded “Empowered Woman of the Year” also by IAOTP. Each of her novels have risen to best seller status in a variety categories on Amazon from 2010 onward. From February through March of 2019, “Gripped Part 1” was the #1 New Release on Amazon Kindle in its category. From November through December of 2019, “Gripped Part 3” was the #1 New Release on Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle in 3 different genres. In May of 2020, “Gripped Part 4” became the #1 New Release on Amazon Kindle in 2 different genres from pre-orders alone.
Background: Stacy was a Presidential Scholar and on the Dean’s List at Wentworth, where she studied Architectural Engineering and Interior Design. After graduation, she worked at an architecture firm in Boston from 2006-2008. Although she enjoyed her work, she felt something was missing–she wanted to spend more time helping people grow academically and spiritually. For close to a year, she split her time between tutoring, writing, and working at a design firm in Plymouth. When she fell in love with tutoring, she left the A&D industry completely and took a full-time position with a private education company. She attained tutoring certification in 2009 through The International Tutor Association. Her career took off, and within one year, she was promoted to Program Director. Stacy knew she had found her niche! During her eight years with that company, she received multiple promotions and held a variety of titles, including Manager of Curriculum & Instruction and Director of Operations. In 2016, Stacy founded South Shore College Consulting & Tutoring. Then in 2019, she founded Briley & Baxter Publications—a publishing company that uses part of its monthly proceeds to support animal rescues. Stacy is currently enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School’s online Entrepreneurship Specialization to pursue her passion for business and Yale University’s Financial Markets Specialization to pursue her love of math. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, attending Bruins games, reading about psychology, taking her dogs to the beach, and spending time with her family, husband Tim, and friends.
Stacy writes young adult novels in the hopes of preparing teens to face the social “war zone” that is high school—to help kids deal with the stress and peer pressure and to encourage them to “steer a straight path, pursue God, and not fall for the false promises of the world.”