Book Awards
  • Tortuga Bay, 2 gold medals, 2016 Florida Authors and Publishers Assoc. Presidient's Awards (YA Fiction; YA Romance/Coming of Age/New Adult; Finalist, 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award, Finalist 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards in the categories of Mainstream/Literary, Women's Fiction, YA/New Adult Fiction, YA Historical Fiction
  • St. Nic, Inc., 2nd Place, Royal Palm Literary Awards (2015), Published Mainstream/Literary Fiction,  
  • Renegade, 2nd Place, 7 Hills Literary Competition (2012), Children's Chapter Book
  • Drug Policy and the Decline of American Cities, 1st Place, Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize (1993)

Profiles on the Web of SR Staley

  • Under the Crossbones, podcast hosted by comedian Phil Johnson. We discuss pirates and writing historical fiction. 
  • Between the Covers, video cast hosted by author Tracy Lawson, discussing St. Nic, Inc. 
  • Empowered Living Radio, hosted by Tori Eldridge on Blog Talk Radio, discussing school violence and bullying. 
  • Interview by M.R. Street at (August 3, 2013)
  • Interview and profile at Writers4Higher (October 6, 2012)
  • Profile on TWA blog (reprinted in Tallahassee Democrat, August 4, 2013)
  • My personal journey from secular humanist to Christian Humanism
Sam "SR" Staley has
  • Written 11 books, including 5 nonfictin and five fiction books;
  • Written more than 100 professional articles and reports
  • Written more than 100 commentaries for newspapers such as The New York times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribute, the Los Angeles Timses, and others
  • Visited 100 US cities and 43 US states
  • Traveled to China more than 30 times, as well as  Japan, UK, France, Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Austria, Switzerland, and...Canada.
  • Testified before the US Senate and the US House of Representatives and dozens of state legislative committees.
  • Given more than 200 talks, including scores of keynotes at professional conferences.

Sam “SR” Staley ( is a multiple award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction books with a Black Belt in the self-defense based martial art of To-Shin Do. His writing explores the uncomfortable realities, everyday heroism and ethical dilemmas faced by contemporary children and adults in a society that values personal freedom and choice. He explores these themes in empowerment novels such as A Warrior's Soul and Renegade that explore courage and violence in modern schools as well as adventure stories such as The Pirate of Panther Bay and Tortuga Bay. His book on college sexual assault, Unsafe On Any Campus? College Sexual Assault and What We Can Do About It was released on July 28, 2016 by Southern Yellow Pine Publishing. ​

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