S. J. Qualls


I didn’t begin my years with aspirations of becoming a great writer. Writing stories is a relatively new thing in my life, but I have always been a writer, a letter writer. My sister used to call my fat letters to her manuscripts. How I wish I had them all, they would have made some great stories.

I was born to two artists, in St. Paul, MN. I have lived in many places. I would love to call them all “home.” Artists can live anywhere, and we did, literally, from Northern Minnesota, to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California to New York City with many places in between.

I am a storyteller. My English education ended over half a century ago. If you find errors, think of me as a simple spinner of tales and enjoy the stories for what they are.

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Last Request
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,370. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
After Matt Crane’s wife, Judith, passed away, he tried to find his widowed daughter a husband. It had been Judith’s last request that El would find happiness again. El, however, was stuck in the past with her memories of her young husband who died tragically while he was in the army, far from home. She has no interest in her father’s ideas of finding happiness with another man.
The Kindness of Strangers
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,750. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Boy sees girl, boy falls for her, and then she meets him. This is not quite the order in which romance normally begins. The problem is that she’s trying to obtain a divorce, and her life is extremely complicated. She isn’t interested in romance, but she needs a friend. She thinks he is gay because of office rumors. They have lunch together and the trouble begins
The Rose Garden Julia 1919
Series: Julia, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,990. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is the fourth book in the ‘Julia’ series. She is doing her best to ‘continue’. Her life is cluttered with more than the usual problems. She worries about money and hassles with the plumber when Ronald makes an impromptu marriage proposal. The lawyer gives her unhappy news about the will and her troubles are only beginning.
Bad Things Julia 1916 to 1919
Series: Julia, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,980. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
(5.00 from 1 review)
“Bad Things” is the third book in my ‘Julia’ series. When her whole world comes crashing down around her, Julia was not prepared to ‘continue’ as she thought she would. Ghosts from the past haunt her, bringing her mind close to the edge. She made some bad decisions, only to regret them later. Would she ever find real love again?
Lincoln Avenue Julia 1911 to 1916
Series: Julia, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,720. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Lincoln Avenue is the second book in the ‘Julia’ series. Edward has decided to take advantage of Philip’s offer. He hopes Julia is able to find his friend a suitable bride and that he will leave her alone. He likes the idea of not having to pay for food or rent. Julia is stuck with her new inhospitable surroundings and Philip’s domineering mother, Emma. It couldn’t be good, for her.
Monroe Street Julia 1909 to 1911
Series: Julia, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,740. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Do you ever wish you could go back to a kinder more gentle time, when life wasn’t so hectic? Let’s go back to the “Good Old Days”, a hundred years or so ago to meet Julia. Sit down and enjoy a cup of tea with her as you learn about how “Good” it is. You’ll make a friend that you won’t soon forget.

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  • Moonlight and Roses on Oct. 19, 2012

    An enjoyable way to spend a gloomy afternoon, curled up in my chair reading. I found the story interesting. It was smooth reading that didn't require a dictionary by my side.
  • Daddy's Little Princess on June 28, 2013

    At first I was a little confused by first person for two characters, but once I got my head together... well, all I can say is... This writer does crazy really well! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
  • Tortuous Shadows on June 29, 2013

    I am useless at writing reviews. That said, I loved the book and when is the next one coming out? I would love to know where they are! I was pleased that nothing glistened that doesn't naturally.
  • I'm Sorry on June 29, 2013

    I really liked this, not the subject, of course, but the complete story told in a manner that moved me right along. Great job! Thank you!
  • Jigsaw on July 01, 2013

    Once I started, I couldn't stop until I finished. A definite good read. Not 'run of the mill'.
  • A Substitute for Murder on Aug. 01, 2013

    This story had me guessing, with so many suspects... just my cup of tea!
  • Free Writer on Aug. 03, 2013

    Wow, this was a good short story! You have to read it for yourself, I wouldn't want to give anything away. It doesn't take long and you will be glad you read it. It made my day!
  • Oberlux on Aug. 06, 2013

    I really got into this, it has been a while since I read this type. I wish you had said this was part of a series, some of us may not live to see the end. Very entertaining though, wish I knew the end, before mine.
  • Wing Beaters on Aug. 13, 2013

    This is really different! Was waiting for them to be asked for lunch! ;-) How do you dream this stuff up?
  • Mssng on Sep. 03, 2013

    Surprising little story, loved the end. Could have been a little longer, but it was a great pick-me-up for a rough day.
  • Forever Chocolate on Sep. 13, 2013

    Normally, I don't read erotica because it's long and drawn out to the point of stupidity. This little short was surprisingly fun and the ending was a flipper! However, I will have trouble eating chocolate for a while.
  • You Will Pay - For Leaving Me on Oct. 17, 2013

    I just spent a pleasant, yet suspense filled afternoon, reading this book. Good stuff, I am happy to have found it. You did that so well! Thank you very much!
  • The Blackhearted Saint on Nov. 29, 2013

    Interesting piece, not my usual read, lots of names and a few things I had to look up, but - I really got into it. Thank you for the opportunity to read it. I always thought there were some odd things about history. Amazing story.
  • Tales Of Mystery In The Gales Of History on Nov. 30, 2013

    Explanation and example of writing historical fiction. The author has a handle on it and I couldn't have put it better. Great job!
  • Quinn Checks In on March 17, 2014

    It would seem that Liam Quinn started out right and then took a slight dalliance to the left of the right path. After spending time in prison, he does his best to use his talents to get headed straight again. You have to give him credit for his brain power... and his ability to bounce back. As an insurance investigator, he does find his trouble. You can only like him. Highly entertaining and well written!
  • Murderous Relations on July 04, 2014

    Great who-done-it. I did not have this one pegged at all. Problems still with typos, wish I could give it a 4.5. I don't generally rip into typos, I'm sure I have them myself. I found it thoroughly entertaining, a little heavy on the descriptive side, but that's just me.Thanks, Martha!
  • Just a Word: Alzheimer's on Sep. 15, 2014

    Heart wrenching reality written to give a good understanding of this disease. A text book does not allow the love or the anguish. I understand there are different "varieties". I'm glad that I read it and thank you for the opportunity.