Author & Screenwriter

About Shari (and the pug)

Shari Simpson is a playwright, author, screenwriter, and public speaker. She co-wrote the off-Broadway hit "Maybe Baby, It's You" and the Disney Channel Original Movie THE SWAP with longtime writing partner, Charlie Shahnaian. The first book in her series "SleepWakers", entitled "Sam Saves the Night" was published on October 1, 2019 by Disney/Hyperion; Book #2 will be on the shelves November 17, 2020. Shari has written for the New York TimesHuffPost, BrainChild, Book & Film Globe, and co-wrote and starred in a series of comedy videos for Nickelodeon with Wendi Aarons. She currently has a feature film, FOREVER LOST & FOUND, in development with Broken Road Productions​ and a TV series, HOPETOWN, in development with Vast Entertainment.

Mila Kunis is a pug. She is sweet, cuddly, and will eat the food right out of your mouth if you're not paying attention.

SleepWakers 1


"Filled with surprising twists, this series kick-off underscores essential truths about finding one’s unique spirit." Publishers Weekly

"Readers will find much to enjoy in the zany humor, engaging characters, and bizarre adventures - and much to think about in the underlying themes of bullying, stereotypes, and superficial judgments." School Library Connection

"Simpson’s quick-paced tale is lightened by snarky dialogue, driven by young people surrounded by caricatured adults, and features a fiendishly clever, truly scary mean girl." —Booklist

SleepWakers 2

  Coming 11/17/20!

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Everything seems to be quiet and peaceful in the nighttime world of the SleepWakers now that Madalynn, the evil genius leader of the MeanDreams tribe, is dead. And yet, Sam can't shake her sneaking suspicion that something is still lurking in the darkness. Then one night, as Sam drifts into that place in between wakefulness and sleep, Madalynn materializes, whispering a tortured, "Sam... help me..."

And as if that wasn't freaky enough, Sam is certain that the mysterious and dangerous Dr. X is reattaching SleepWakers' souls to their bodies-- a process that can't be reversed and one that will force the SleepWakers to return to their perilous sleepwalking ways. With Madalynn's life on the line and the future of the SleepWaker world at stake, it's up to Sam and her tribe to rescue them all.


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