Stacy Padula, President

Stacy Padula is the author of ten Young Adult novels and two children’s books. Her first novel, “The Right Person,” was published in 2010. In 2011, “When Darkness Tries to Hide” was published, and it was followed by “The Aftermath” in 2013. In 2014, both “The Battle for Innocence” and “The Forces Within” were released, and in 2015, all five books hit the shelves of Barnes & Noble. For Stacy, it was a dream come true to see her books for sale in the popular, mainstream bookstore! In 2016, Barnes & Noble chose Stacy to be a featured author for its teen book festival. In 2019, she released a new book series titled “Gripped,” that takes place in the same “world” as Montgomery Lake High but focuses on different main characters. “Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told” was released in February 2019, and “Gripped Part 2: Blindsided” was released in July 2019. “Gripped Part 3: The Fallout” was released in November 2019, and “Gripped Part 4: Smoke & Mirrors” was released in May 2020. “Gripped Part 5: Taylor’s Story” was just released in August of 2021. She is currently writing “Gripped Part 6.” In 2019, Stacy Padula also wrote her first screenplay, an adaptation of her novel “The Aftermath” and worked on writing a pilot for “Gripped” that was embraced by Hollywood producers. In 2020, Stacy began writing a third book series with NBA Coach Brett Gunning. Geared towards children ages three through eight, Stacy and Brett’s “On The Right Path” book series has been endorsed by Joel Osteen, Mike D’Antoni, and Kevin McHale as a series that belongs in every school, library, and household.

Stacy was featured in Marquis Who’s Who in America (2018, 2019, & 2020) for excellence in literature and education, Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2018, 2019, & 2020), and Cambridge Who’s Who for Young Professionals (2009). In 2018, she was awarded the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2019, the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP of New York, NY) chose Stacy Padula as its “Top Educational Consultant of the Year.” Then in 2020, she was named “Empowered Woman of the Year” by IAOTP. Each of her novels have risen to best seller status in a variety categories on Amazon from 2010-2020. From February through March of 2019, “Gripped Part 1” was the #1 New Release on Amazon Kindle in its category. In November of 2019, “Gripped Part 3” was the #1 New Release on Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle in 3 different genres. In May and June of 2020, “Gripped Part 4” became the #1 New Release on Amazon in multiple genres as well. “Gripped Part 5” followed suit, as another #1 New Release. Stacy writes young adult novels in the hopes of preparing teens to face the “war zone” that is high school—to help kids deal with the stress and peer pressure and to encourage them to steer a straight path, pursue God, and not fall for the false promises of the world.

Stacy’s “Gripped” series is currently be adapted for TV by Emmy-winning producer Mark Blutman. Learn more here.

Mackenzie Wells, Communication Specialist & Copyeditor

Mackenzie is a graduate from the University of Georgia with degrees in both English and Public Relations. She has always adored talking about books, and she loves the opportunity to help others bring their books to life. Mackenzie feels honored to be trusted with the fruits of each author’s creative labors. Through copy editing and designing covers, she always aims to help the author get to the best version of their product for the audience. When she is not working for Briley & Baxter Publications, she is leading college students at the UGA Wesley Foundation or going for a walk at the State Botanical Garden. She is an avid reader (obviously), a dog lover, and a tea enthusiast. 

Lindsay Rourke, Copyeditor

Lindsay, who also works as an English and college essay tutor, graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Earning her Bachelor’s degree in history and her Master’s degree in teaching, Lindsay has an ever-growing passion for learning. She spent five years of her education at Sacred Heart University, where not only did she receive academic awards, but extracurricular as well. During her junior year, Lindsay was elected Scholarship Chair for her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. This position allowed Lindsay to live her passion and assist and encourage all 115 of her “sisters” in finding the best versions of themselves. Entering her senior year, Lindsay was awarded the Charles T. Eby Scholarship; “This scholarship recognizes outstanding achievement in the study of History and is awarded to a full-time history major entering his/her senior year who shows the most excellence and promise in the study of History. This is the History Department’s highest honor and is a mark of significant honor for the student.” After receiving this prestigious award, in Lindsay’s senior year, she was elected as the President of the History Club. Wrapping up her senior year, Lindsay graduated with the highest academic honors, Summa Cum Laude, and was awarded the Silver Medal of Excellence in History. Following her undergrad graduation, Lindsay started and completed her master’s degree, as well as field experience as a student teacher. During this time, Lindsay developed her passion for achieving personal connections with her students and creating a positive and individualized learning environment.

Michaella Barcia, copyeditor

Michaella recently graduated from Mercer University with a degree in English and a minor in Teacher Education.  She has a great passion for analyzing, discussing, and teaching literature. As a child, Michaella spent every night reading Harry Potter before bed with her dad, which ignited her love for reading. As result, Michaella grew up reading all genres of books and has dreamed of working with authors whose imaginations bring new worlds to life. She is excited for the opportunity to work with Briley and Baxter Publications. If you are looking for Michaella, you will find her surrounded by a stack of books with a mug of hot chocolate in her hands.

Maddy Moore, Illustrator

Sylvia Madison (Maddy) Moore is a recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania who completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaeology and Fine Arts. Moore grew up in a family of international coaches and has consequently lived and worked in various corners of the world including Singapore, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. She began her career as an artist at fifteen, where she would complete commission-based illustrations for clients around her school commitments. In recent years, Moore has worked full-time as a freelance artist with authors and designers from around the art world to bring their projects into fruition, including but not limited to comic book illustrations, character designs, cards and flyers, logos, and her personal work on the indie webcomic, “The Cloud Maker”. Moore currently resides in Delaware Country, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. Maddy’s art can be viewed here:

cathryn schofield, Illustrator

Cathryn Schofield is a recent graduate of Hope College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and Art History. Throughout her undergrad experience, she created a multi-media body of whimsical and childlike artwork inspired by the children’s books she read growing up. Some of Cathryn’s biggest illustration inspirations are Blueberries for SalErnest and Celestine, and the Madeline books. Though she creates in a variety of mediums, watercolor and gouache are her preferred ways to bring illustrations to life. When she’s not painting, Cathryn is the Programs and Events Coordinator for a local chamber of commerce and runs an Etsy shop where she sells a variety of artwork. Cathryn is thrilled to work with Briley and Baxter Publishing and use her love of all things bright and whimsical to capture author’s creative visions. Find some of Cathryn’s artwork here: and here: