Hi Readers! I figured I haven’t done a quick introduction and overview for some new connections here, so here it goes! I’m also sharing some throw back photos of the books I’ve published (and my many hair-dos since!)
1—Why am I holding The Postcard in the first photo? This week marks the one-year anniversary of publishing my collection of short stories that has gotten some buzz lately: a 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite and a finalist award in National Indie Excellence. So thrilled for both!
2—When did I start blogging? Back in 2011 with the support of some of my students, namely Bill Ritson, who helped me name it Steph’s Scribe and set it up on WordPress.
3—Why do I post so many fashion photos? I don’t know, you guys! I just love fashion, dresses, and am in the process of overhauling my wardrobe to be a little more sophisticated. Think Audrey Hepburn.
4—What’s the method to my madness of publishing four books and a textbook in seven years? Time management and devotion. There really isn’t much more to it than that except for a belief in myself as a storyteller.
5—What’s on my playlist? Honestly, you’ll find me listening to a bunch of stuff, from Kanye to Michael Buble to the Rolling Stones to Eminem. I also love musicals and music from movies. Currently, I play the soundtrack to Game of Thrones while I write.
6—How long have I been a professor? I started teaching my first class—public speaking—in the early 90s. I was working for the Baltimore Orioles at the time and fell in love with teaching. By 2000, I was an adjunct raising kids and by 2008 I became a full-time professor at Stevenson University.
7—Should I get an MFA in creative writing? I earned my MFA in 2011. I don’t regret a single second of it. It taught me to be a better writer, evaluate writing with more vigor, and be a better teacher. I don’t think you NEED an MFA to be a writer, but for me, it pushed me and made me better. Click here to learn about National University, my wonderful alma mater.
8—How do you spend your free time? If I’m not writing, I’m hanging out with my husband and kids, family and friends. I’ve been sneaking up to the pool to read books this summer, and am making my way through a very long “to read” pile. I also love to travel.
9—What are you working on now? I’m in the final stages of proofing and editing my new work, Little Milestones. I’ve also queried some agents to see if anyone is interested. That’s a big, new step for me.
10—What are the biggest lessons I’ve learned in life? Mind your own business. Be happy. Don’t compare yourself to others.
Hope you are all having a great Thursday. Be kind to yourselves and others, and I look forward to learning more about you! XxOo