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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stacey Ballis  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1970 in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Ballis was born in Chicago.

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

Inappropriate Men by Stacey Ballis released on Mar 25, 2004 is available now for purchase.

Sleeping Over
ISBN: 037389516X

Red Dress Ink. 2005

Sleeping Over by Stacey Ballis released on Mar 22, 2005 is available now for purchase.

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.

How to Change a Life
ISBN: 0425276627

Berkley. 2017

A dare between friends leads to startling revelations and simmering tensions in the latest novel from the author of Wedding Girl.

Eloise is happy with her life as a successful private chef. She has her clients, her corgi, and a recipe for the world’s most perfect chocolate cream pie. What more could she need? But when her long-lost trio of high school friends reunites, Eloise realizes how lonely she really is.

Eloise, Lynne, and Teresa revamp their senior-class assignment and dare one another to create a list of things to accomplish by the time they each turn forty in a few months. Control freak Lynne has to get a dog, Teresa has to spice up her marriage, and Eloise has to start dating again.

Enter Shawn, a hunky ex-athlete and the first man Eloise could see herself falling for. Suddenly forty doesn’t seem so lonely—until a chance encounter threatens the budding romance and reveals the true colors of her friends. Will the bucket listers make it to forty still speaking to one another? Or do some friendships come with an expiration date?

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Speaking Engagements

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