Stephanie Dethlefs, writer

I write contemporary middle-grade fiction, creative nonfiction, blog posts and guest posts about writing and the writing life, and whatever else tickles my fancy.


Middle-Grade Fiction

Unspoken (2020)

Sam is used to being what everyone needs him to be. So when his family falls apart and he has to change middle schools, he keeps his feelings buried. Willa, an isolated 7th grader who doesn’t speak, captures his attention just by being herself. The two unlikely friends challenge each other to speak up in a story about the true power of friendship and what can happen when we believe in the importance of what we have to say.

available wherever books are sold
ISBN-13: 9780578499130


Creative Nonfiction

Essays have been published in Literary Mama, Tahoma Literary Review, Christian Science Monitor,, Underwired, and a number of local publications.


On Writing – Guest Posts

5 Things Pixar Teaches About Cause and Effect, diyMFA (December 2022)
Get to Know Your Ideal Reader, diyMFA (October 2022)
From Pantser to Planner, WOW-Women On Writing (April 2021)
No Time? Write Anyway.  Bulletproof Writers (April 2021)

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A little more about me…

I live in Bellingham, WA with my husband, two teenagers, two cats, and a spunky dog. I love taking walks, coffee dates with friends, and naps. I enjoy bad jokes and puns more than anyone probably should.

I’m an avid reader, an introvert, an Enneagram 4, and I’m slightly obsessed with sunflowers and dahlias, though I can’t keep plants alive no matter what I do. I love to be in, on, or next to the water as much as possible.

You can find me on Instagram and Medium.