S T E P H A N I E V E R N I
Every once in a while you just need a change.
I needed two.
I cut my hair and I altered my blog.
I’ve been a blogger since 2009 at Steph’s Scribe, and it just felt stale. The blog needed a change and a face-lift. It needed more structure and a tone that said, “pull up a chair and let’s chat.” A new name was needed, and while Steph’s Scribe served me well for all these years, I couldn’t be happier with the new direction of the blog.
Welcome to A Cup of Candor.
Since I was 13 years old, I have wanted to write. Blogging allows us such a great opportunity to do that and to reach so many people. I’ve written thousands of blog posts at this point that it’s become part of who I am now. I can’t imagine not having this outlet.
If I’m not here blogging, you might find me writing novels. To date, I’ve authored three award-winning 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.
My full-time profession is that of Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University. I have an MFA in Creative Writing from National University in San Diego and 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. I am the proud advisor to 47 House, the integrated marketing communication club. And a recent accomplishment was publishing a textbook along with two of my colleagues, Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, entitled 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.
While an undergraduate at Towson University, I got a job working for the Baltimore Orioles in public relations. After college, I stayed with the ballclub for 13 years and was the assistant director of community relations and then director of publishing. 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. 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.
I love fashion, and when my kids were little, 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. That’s why I added a category of fashion just for fun! My philosophy on fashion is that clothing is an extension of our personalities. So my mantra is this: wear whatever makes you feel good about yourself!
I love writing, and that’s why you’ll see me so often on A Cup of Candor. I hope you’ll follow along and join in and comment.
You can also find me on PAPERBLOG
A W A R D S F O R M Y
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.