About the Author

Stacy Padula was named “Top Inspirational Author of the Year” for 2022 by the International Association of Top Professionals (New York, NY). In June of 2021, she was broadcast on the famous Reuters Building in Times Square as “Empowered Woman of the Year.” Her “Gripped” book series is currently being adapted for TV by Emmy-winning producer Mark Blutman.

She began writing her “Montgomery Lake High” books when she was a teenager because she saw a need for realistic Y.A. books that address topics such as substance abuse and bullying. After completing the “Montgomery Lake High” series, she began writing “Gripped,” which serves as both a prequel and sequel to “Montgomery Lake High.”

She is the founder and CEO of Briley & Baxter Publications, which donates 10% of its publishing royalties to animal rescues each month. She has edited and published a variety of titles, including Boston Bruins Anthem Singer Todd Angilly and Rachel Goguen’s “The Adventures of Owen & the Anthem Singer,” LaTonya Pinkard of Netflix’s Last Chance U’s “Nate & His Magic Lion,” and former NHL player Norm Beaudin’s upcoming memoir “The Original: Living Life Through Hockey.”

She has accrued years of experience working with adolescents as an educational consultant, mentor, life coach, and youth group leader. Her first novel, “The Right Person,” was published in 2010, followed by “When Darkness Tries to Hide,” “The Aftermath,” “The Battle for Innocence,” and “The Forces Within.” 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 her 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. In 2019, she also wrote her first screenplay, an adaptation of her novel “The Aftermath” and worked on writing a pilot for “Gripped” which caught the attention of Hollywood producers. “Gripped” is currently being adapted for TV by Emmy-winning producer Mark Blutman

In 2020, Stacy began writing a third book series with NBA Coach Brett Gunning. Geared towards children ages three through eight, Stacy and Brett’s “On The Right Path” book series has been endorsed by Joel Osteen, Mike D’Antoni, and Kevin McHale as a series that belongs in every school, library, and household.

Awards: Stacy Padula was featured in Marquis Who’s Who in America (2018, 2019, & 2020) 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.” Then in 2020, she was named “Empowered Woman of the Year” by IAOTP. Each of her novels have risen to best seller status in a variety categories on Amazon from 2010-Present. From February through March of 2019, “Gripped Part 1” was the #1 New Release on Amazon Kindle in its category. In November of 2019, “Gripped Part 3” was the #1 New Release on Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle in 3 different genres. In May and June of 2020, “Gripped Part 4” became the #1 New Release on Amazon in multiple genres as well. In November of 2020, Stacy Padula was named a “Social Impact Hero” by Authority Magazine for her support of animal rescues through her publishing company. That month, she was also chosen to be featured on the cover of T.I.P. Magazine, an international business publication. In April of 2021, “On The Right Path” because the #1 New Release on Amazon in its genre. In June of 2021, Stacy was featured on the famous Reuters Building in Times Square as Empowered Woman of the Year. In 2022, she was named “Top Inspirational Author of the Year.”

Background: Stacy Padula grew up in Pembroke, Massachusetts and graduated from Silver Lake Regional High School. She was a Presidential Scholar and on the Dean’s List at Wentworth in Boston.

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. She is also a co-owner of BLE Pictures LLC, the newly formed production arm of the Gripped TV series.

In 2018, Stacy married her husband Tim O’Halloran, a respiratory therapist at Beth-Israel Deaconess Hospital. The couple resides in Plymouth, Massachusetts with their two miniature dachshunds, Briley and Baxter. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, taking online classes, following the stock market, attending Bruins games, playing fantasy sports, reading about psychology, hosting Bible studies, taking her dogs to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.


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