stephanie parrillo verni
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.
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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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