Stacy B. Davids, Ph.D.writes fiction and nonfiction books for kids and is a licensed psychologist. She's also an independent publisher at Upswing Press. Her award-winning, 5-star rated children's picture book, ANNIE'SPLAID SHIRT, addresses the important concepts of gender roles, individuality, and self-esteem. You can get a sneak peak of the interior pages here.
As a kid, Stacy wanted to become either a teacher or a psychologist. She became both – First a special education teacher, then a clinical psychologist.
Besides being an author and indie publisher, Stacy works as a school psychologist. She has a special interest in students with disabilities. She lives in North Miami Beach, Florida.
When Stacy was a school teacher, she let the students eat and sing in class. And oh yeah, she helped them with their reading, too. She was nominated for Beginning Teacher of the Year. After she changed careers, she was nominated for Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year.
Stacy’s cat sits next to her while she writes. But his favorite hobby is bird watching.
Age 20, a pre-intern
Age 22, school article during 1st year of teaching
How Stacy Got Started Writing For Kids
Stacy had always enjoyed writing articles, essays, and stories…But one day, she decided to try writing a children’s picture book. That’s when she joined an SCBWI critique group. SCBWI is the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Stacy’s humorous fiction story, Cleetus, The Snap Rapper, didn’t get published as a book; however, it was published in a kids’ magazine. She has since started her own SCBWI critique group, and has officially been bitten by the writing bug.
By attending critique groups and conferences, she met people who helped her navigate the publishing world. She kept writing, polishing, and submitting her work to publishers.
Finally, she got the call she was waiting for. She celebrated her book contract by eating molten chocolate cake.
Stacy’s Educational Background:
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology M.S. Emotional Disturbances and Learning Disabilities B.S. Emotional Disturbances and Learning Disabilities FSU’s London Study Program – A semester in London during college