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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stacey Ballis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1970 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Ballis was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stacey Ballis is a writer, educator, and television broadcaster. She is the director of education and community programs at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Previously, she taught high school English in the Chicago Public Schools for four years and was the director of education at a professional Chicago theater.

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Titles At Your Library

Inappropriate Men (Red Dress Ink)
ISBN: 037325055X

Red Dress Ink. 2004

Unhappily married, Sidney Stein finds herself drifting into an illicit affair with Geoffrey Fahl, an older man, and then leaving Geoffrey to plunge into the dating scene, until a series of disastrous dates and unexpected romance turn her life upside down. A first novel. Original. 100,000 first printing.

Sleeping Over
ISBN: 037389516X

Red Dress Ink. 2005

Five thirtysomething girlfriends--Max, Robin, Anne, Lilith, and Riv--dive into the often turbulent waters of work, love, men, and life, learning the difference between romantic and platonic relations, and the many meanings of "spending the night." Original.

Room for Improvement
ISBN: 0425209822

Berkley. 2006

Stacey Ballis tackles home improvement and reality TV—and reminds us that sometimes life and love are better left unscripted…

What do you get when you give two hopeful singles fashion consultants and interior designers, allow them four days to perk up each other’s homes and get a total style overhaul, then let their single friends celebrate the results at a fabulous party? You get Swap/Meet, the newest reality show on the network block, where major changes are either embraced or embarrassing—and Lily Allen’s dream job turned nightmare.

At first, Lily was thrilled to appear on Swap/Meet. What better way for a Chicago interior designer to promote her business and enjoy some pseudo-celebrity? She just didn’t think she’d be doing take after take with the ditzy host, dodging sabotage attempts, and getting caught in the middle of the fashion czars’ lovers’ spat. Plus, the cute, curmudgeonly carpenter on her team knows just how to push her buttons. Episode by episode, through do-it-yourself disasters and matchmaking miracles, Lily discovers that a little bit of controlled chaos is the spice of life—and love…

The Spinster Sisters
ISBN: 0425213560

Berkley. 2007

Jodi and Jill Spingold are the Spinster Sisters...

With a radio show, speaking engagements, DVDs, and two bestselling books, they've built a thriving cottage industry helping other single women find happiness. Their futures have never been brighter-until Jill turns out the lights on Jodi by announcing her engagement.

Jodi is stunned. How can they be the Spinster Sisters if one of them is married? Complicating things is her own love life, involving three vastly different paramours offering three different kinds of happiness-none of which Jodi is sure she wants. And her ex-husband, backed by his lawyer girlfriend, may be angling for a piece of the Spinster Sisters empire.

Now, Jodi must make some tough decisions, keep the business afloat, and get to the altar to stand by her sister-even if means that from now on she'll be single all by herself.