Meredith Stoddard

Biography

Meredith R. Stoddard is a writer and fiber artist living in Central VA. She studied literature and folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before working as a corporate trainer and instructional designer for 11 years. She now devotes her energy to fiction and creative non-fiction. When her hands are not holding a book or touching a keyboard they are likely knitting, spinning or felting. You can follow her adventures in fiction and fiber on her website.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Voyager - Diana Gabaldon - It's the third book in the Outlander series and it's a roller coaster ride with tons of adventure and heart.

Jane Eyre - I knew Jane was a kindred spirit the first time I read it. I even had a professor tell me I reminded her of Jane.

Mansfield Park - I think all writers have a sadistic streak, because we make characters that we love and then we torture them with whatever trauma our imaginations can devise. No one tortures her characters quite like Jane Austen and I think Mansfield Park is Austen at her most sadistic.

Checkmate - Dorothy Dunnett - The final book of The Lymond Chronicles and it gives all the emotional resolution you could ask for for these characters. Francis Crawford is James Bond but 300 years earlier and minus the gadgets and the state support. He's an incredibly compelling character. Also, Dunnett's voice is AMAZING. If Shakespeare wrote prose it would sound like this.

The Wayward Bus - John Steinbeck - I love all Steinbeck, but I actually have a physical reaction to this book. It's such a simple premise, but the tension the he evokes between the characters sets the standard for this type of story.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lately, I've been getting some great recommendations from my reading friends. But I also like to browse and explore different genres according to my mood. I definitely like reading good independent fiction.
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Books

The River Maiden
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Series: Once and Future. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,020. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Celtic legends blend with modern sensibilities and style in this romantic thriller. Sarah MacAlpin has always felt like an outsider. Raised by her Scottish grandmother deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sarah grew up with one foot in the old world and one foot in the new world. Her childhood friends were the stuff of ancient Celtic legends.
A Fond Kiss
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,270. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
Nancy Manney is the bright, bookish daughter of one of Beaufort's most prominent families who longs to experience the world outside their small seaside town. She finds a kindred spirit in the adventurous young family tutor, Charles French. The only thing standing in their way is her father's pride and determination that she marry into one of the state's leading families.
The White House
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Price: Free! Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Two women reach for happiness amid the dangers of an eighteenth century colony. Annie Simpson is captured by Blackbeard and taken to an inn called The White House. There she meets Lizzie Poole, the innkeeper's daughter who longs for happiness of her own. Based on the legend of the Hammock House in Beaufort, North Carolina.

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Smashwords book reviews by Meredith Stoddard

  • Walk to Paradise Garden on Feb. 21, 2012

    One of the best independent books I've read. It is rare for me to become so emotionally invested in characters in a book, but I quickly grew to care for John and Evie. I found myself rooting for them. I couldn't put the book down for wanting to know what would happen to them. John B. Campbell's rich descriptions carry us along with the characters through the many changes and key events of the twentieth century in a story that is both heart wrenching and uplifting. It's truly a great read.