About Stephanie

stephanie parrillo verni


Book Launch
My colleagues Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus (left), Chip Rouse (right), and me (center) at our Book Launch at Stevenson University on February 3, 2016. Published by Kendall-Hunt Publishers, the book is entitled Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice.


From the early days at Camden Yards in Baltimore working for the Orioles.
From the early days at Camden Yards in Baltimore working for the Orioles.

STEPHANIE (PARRILLO) VERNI  is the author of three books: Beneath the Mimosa Tree (2012), a contemporary romance; Baseball Girl (2015), a women’s fiction story loosely based on her life working in professional baseball; and Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice (2016), a textbook she wrote with two of her colleagues (Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse) published by Kendall-Hunt. Writing has been in her bones, and she’s been writing since middle and high school, when she tormented boys with horrible, mushy, rhyming words. She realized then that writing would always be a way of life for her, for better or for worse.

The product of a very normal upbringing with two loving parents and a younger brother, she studied Mass Communication as an undergraduate at Towson University, and then continued at Towson to receive her master’s degree in Professional Writing. In her sophomore year of college, she began working for the Baltimore Orioles in public relations, community relations, and Orioles Productions, and it was during this time that she became romantic about baseball. Helping to plan the move from Memorial Stadium to Camden Yards was a thrill; afterwards, helping to plan the 1993 All-Star Game, Cal Ripken’s 2131 Celebration, and then events surrounding the back-to-back playoff years in 1996 and 1997, were some of the highlights of her career working in the sport. In her tenure with the club, she served as the Assistant Director of Community Relations and then Director of Publishing. She cites her work as editor of the Cal Ripken Commemorative Publication, which celebrated Ripken’s tying and breaking of Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak record, as the pinnacle of her career in baseball.

Concurrently, she also worked as an adjunct professor at several community colleges until she segued into full-time teaching at Stevenson University in the Business Communication department where she is presently Professor of Business Communication. In 2011, while teaching full time, she returned to school to further her education and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from National University in San Diego. She teaches feature writing, magazine writing, public relations writing, advertising, sports communication, professional communication, interpersonal communication, and travel writing. She also serves as the internship preparation instructor and the advisor to 47 House, the integrated marketing communication club.


For a couple of years while her kids were younger, Stephanie became certified as a fashion consultant and helped women (and some men) build wardrobes that suited their lifestyles. She’s always loved fashion and clothes, and even had the opportunity to go to New York Fashion Week twice. She believes we should all feel good about ourselves, no matter what shape or size, and that clothing is an extension of our personalities.


A fan of living near the water, Stephanie resides in Severna Park, Maryland, a community outside Annapolis, with her husband, two children, and two extremely noisy, but cute, parakeets.

Her two novels, Beneath the Mimosa Tree and Baseball Girl, were created with love.




A W A R D S   F O R   H E R   N O V E L S

BENEATH THE MIMOSA TREE earned a Bronze medal in the Annual Readers’ Favorite Awards Contest for 2012, tops in its category for Contemporary Romance. It also received a 2013 National Indie Excellence Award as a Finalist for Romance.

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For more information about Stephanie and her work, visit her website and blog at Steph’s Scribe — http://www.stephsscribe.com or email her at stephanie.verni@gmail.com.
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Baseball Girl: Hot off the Press, March 2015






Catonsville Library Fundraiser, October 2012.
Readers Favorite Tent at the Miami Book Fair. Miami, Florida. November 15, 2012.
Readers Favorite Tent at the Miami Book Fair. Miami, Florida. November 15, 2012.
Baltimore BookFest, September 2012.
The Ladies of the Book Club, Ellicott City.
The Ladies of the Book Club.
That's me...editing some nonsense. :-)
Making final edits to my first novel. My hands are usually shaking at this point because you know you are hours away from publishing it.





12 thoughts on “About Stephanie”

  1. Congratulations! Look forward to reading your blogs! I will share with my co-workers so they can see and read how great you are!

  2. Hi Steph!!
    I love love love your site! FANTASTIC! I’m in OC on vaca and have FINALLY gotten the chance to log on…been carrying your blog address with me with great intentions ever since our dinner. I’ve been reading you stuff for the past 45 minutes and am totally mesmerized by your work. I’m totally connected. Reading “the Help” now and plan to finish this week so I’ve got it DONE before it comes out in the theatres next week. Then onto the ELEPHANTS. Was gonna write in to your readers about the “South of Broad” by Conroy and couldn’t find where or how to do that – please advise. Can’t wait to have dinner again with you and Anthony. Enjoy what’s left of the summer! Lauren Sapienza

    1. Hi Lauren!

      Thanks for the compliments! I’m so happy you’re enjoying the blog. To recommend your book, just go to the Book Recommendations tab and click. You can post your recommendation in the comments area. Let me know if you have any trouble with it. Looking forward to meeting up again soon. Enjoy your vacation!


  3. Stephanie,
    What great blog. You are such an amazing writer.
    I look forward to reading more.
    I hope to see you sometime soon

  4. Hi Stephanie,
    Stumbled upon your blog quite by accident and so pleased I did. There should be more hopeless romantics in the world, I think. I know I number in their ranks, and I’ve always been a sucker for those happy endings.
    Warm regards from Australia!
    Nicole 😀 xx

  5. Hi Stephanie,
    Wow! I am so glad to come and visit your blog. It is great, indeed it is. I am so impressed that you are an author and working in a creative environment. I would love to have that! I will be back for more!

    Kind Regards,

    1. Daniela,
      Thank you for stopping by to take a peek. I loved the post Freshly Pressed picked! So creative and fun. I’ve been blogging for over a year, and I still enjoy it very much. It definitely keeps the creative juices flowing.

      I look forward to following your blog as well.
      Keep in touch–

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