S T E P H A N I E P A R R I L L O V E R N I
Thanks for stopping by. My name is Stephanie (Parrillo) Verni, and I’m a blogger. I’m also a professor at Stevenson University and a writer. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, fashion, and home decor.
To date, I’ve authored three fictional books in the category of contemporary/women’s fiction. They include my most recent release, Inn Significant (2017), a story of love, loss, and recovery set on Maryland’s Eastern Shore; Beneath the Mimosa Tree (2012), my first novel, set in Annapolis and centered around the theme of forgiveness; and Baseball Girl (2015), a women’s fiction story loosely based on my life working in professional baseball.
Additionally, along with two colleagues, Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, we wrote and published Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice (2016), published by Kendall-Hunt. This textbook takes a look at the “why” behind event planning and attaches communication theory to it, in addition to offering practical help regarding all aspects of event planning.
I guess you could say writing has been in my bones since I was a kid; I’ve been writing since middle and high school, and am guilty as charged for tormenting boys with horrible, mushy, rhyming words. I guess I knew then that writing would always be a way of life for me, for better or for worse.
The product of a very normal upbringing with two loving parents and a younger brother, I studied Mass Communication as an undergraduate at Towson University, and then continued at Towson to receive my master’s degree in Professional Writing. In my sophomore year of college, I began working for the Baltimore Orioles in public relations, community relations, and Orioles Productions, and it was during this time that I 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 the events surrounding the back-to-back playoff years in 1996 and 1997, were some of the highlights of my career working in the sport. During my tenure with the club, I served as the Assistant Director of Community Relations and then Director of Publishing. My work as editor of the Cal Ripken Commemorative Publication, which celebrated Ripken’s tying and breaking of Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak record, was the pinnacle of my career in baseball.
Concurrently, I also worked as an adjunct professor at several community colleges until I segued into full-time teaching at Stevenson University in the Business Communication department where I am presently Professor of Business Communication. In 2011, while teaching full time, I returned to school to further my education and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from National University in San Diego. I teach a variety of writing courses including feature writing, magazine writing, public relations writing, and travel writing. I also teach courses in advertising, sports communication, professional communication, and interpersonal communication. For six years, I served as the internship preparation instructor. And, I am the proud advisor to 47 House, the integrated marketing communication club.
For a couple of years when my kids were younger, I became certified as a fashion consultant and helped women (and some men) build wardrobes that suited their lifestyles. I’ve always loved fashion and clothes, and even had the opportunity to go to New York Fashion Week twice. My philosophy on fashion is that we should all feel good about ourselves, no matter what shape or size, and that clothing is an extension of our personalities. So my mantra is this: wear whatever makes you feel good about yourself!
I love the Annapolis area, and reside in Severna Park, Maryland, a community outside Annapolis, with my husband, two children, and two extremely noisy, but cute, parakeets.
I love writing, and that’s why you’ll see me so often on Steph’s Scribe. I hope you’ll follow along and join in and comment.
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A W A R D S F O R H E R N O V E L S
INN SIGNIFICANT earned a Finalist Award in the 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards for Women’s Fiction.
BASEBALL GIRL earned an Honorable Mention Award in the Annual Readers’ Favorite Awards Contest for 2015 for Sports Fiction.
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.
BENEATH THE MIMOSA TREE LAUfNCH PARTY, STEVENSON UNIVERSITY