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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

SCARS book cover

Kendra must face her past and stop hurting herself--before it's too late.

Awards: #1 in the Top 10 ALA Quick Picks, ALA's Rainbow List, a Governor General Literary Award Finalist, Staff Pick for Teaching Tolerance.

Yes, it's my own arm on the cover of SCARS.

HUNTED book cover

Caitlyn, a telepath in a world where having any paranormal power at all can kill her, must decide between saving herself or saving the world.

Awards: A finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.


Kate sees visions of the future--but only when she has an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, and a schoolmate killing herself, Kate must trigger more attacks--but that could kill her.

Awards: 2013 Gold Winner, Wise Bear Digital Awards, YA Paranormal category.

STAINED book cover

Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Cheryl Rainfield has been said to write with “great empathy and compassion” (VOYA) and to write stories that “can, perhaps, save a life.” (CM Magazine) SLJ said of her work: “[Readers] will be on the edge of their seats.”

I write the books I needed as a teen and couldn't find. I draw on my abuse and trauma experience for every book I write--it's important to me to encourage healing and hope, and to break silence--but I also write to entertain and to move people. And I write strong girl characters and LGBTQ characters in all my books.

I still get reader letters every week telling me how SCARS helped them stop cutting; get help; talk to someone for the first time; know that they're not alone about being a survivor, being queer, or using self-harm to cope; and even keep from killing themselves. That is a HUGE part of why I write. I also hear from readers who tell me that they don't have any of those experiences, but that my books helped them have greater compassion for others who have. And I hear from readers that STAINED helped them feel stronger or braver, like they could get through anything that comes at them. What a good feeling! I delight in all the letters and read every one, though I can't always write back.

I think we all need reminders of positives, so this is mine right now for you:

I hope you remember always that you don't deserve to be hurt, not ever--not even by yourself.

You do deserve to be treated with compassion, empathy, and love by others and by yourself.

I hope you take good care of yourself. And I hope you keep connecting with others. We need those connections. And we need to treat ourselves gently and kindly, as kindly and gently as we would a friend.

P. S. if it helps you, feel free to download this video and play it whenever you need to. I mean every word.

I am so honored that YA author Jennifer Brown calls me "a hero for girls", saying "When it comes to using past experiences as power, there is no greater female voice in YA than that of Cheryl Rainfield." (beaming)

STAINED is featured in the Wiki video 12 Compelling Young Adult Thrillers

Listen to a radio interview with me on Matters Of The Mind where I talk about being an incest and torture survivor, why I write, and about my books SCARS, STAINED, and HUNTED.

SCARS was my first published book--one that took me more than 10 years to get published and more than 50 revisions before I finally got a publishing contract. So if you have a dream, keep moving towards it; don't give up!

It's my own arm on the cover of SCARS, and bits of my story are woven into the fiction. STAINED also draws on a lot of my own experiences, including being held captive, being withheld food and drink for long periods of time, rape, and mind control. The tagline for STAINED is: "Sometimes you have to be your own hero." Because we can save ourselves. I did, many times over. And that's what Sarah has to do. And if you need to, you can do it, too.

I talk more about why I write, my history, and more on my About page.

Strong Positive-Message T-Shirts, Hoodies, Notebooks, and more

If you’ve read my books or interviews about me, you’ll know that I write about strong-girl (and emotionally strong boy) characters, and that I draw deeply on my own trauma and healing. I had to save myself over and over again until I was finally safe, and I had to draw on my own strength to survive. I believe we are often much stronger than we think we are, and sometimes we don’t know just how strong we are until we’re faced with painful situations where we have to draw on our own strength to cope.

The three designs:

  • You Are Stronger Than You Know;
  • Sometimes You Have To Be Your Own Hero; and
  • You Don't Deserve To Be Hurt, Not By Anyone - Not Even Yourself
are available with or without the added hashtags #MeToo #TimesUp on many products with no minimum order at Threadless, including notebooks, water bottles, pencil cases, and more, and of course T-shirts and hoodies.

You ARE strong. Remind yourself or let someone you love know you believe in them.

SCARS and STAINED are both available as audiobooks, and they're both narrated by the same narrator--Emily Bauer--who does a beautiful job. There is also a free SCARS Teaching Guide (that can also be used as a Reading Guide). Download your free copy here. (Starts the download immediately.) It's in Word doc format.

Want free goodies that tie into my books? Go to the Books link, and on each separate book page you'll find goodies for that book.

My post on banned books for Banned Book Week: "Books Save Lives. Don't Try To Take That Away." I care a lot about the issue because my own book SCARS has been challenged a few times, and because I know how much I desperately needed books as a teen that would reflect back my own experiences and let me know I'm not alone.

You might also want to read "The Sadness of Banned Books" a poem I wrote for Banned Book Week

My response to the WSJ article that slams Scars. YA saves!

Writers: do you want to polish your manuscript and take it to the next level? You can hire me to edit your work. I am a multi award-winning author who trained as an editor.

Affirmation Cards: Love Yourself!

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