About Me


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20841993_10155523297888954_3655226197486168242_nEvery 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 the Annapolis area, and reside in Severna Park, Maryland, a community outside Annapolis, with my husband, two children, and Poe, our chirping parakeet.

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.

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You can also find me on PAPERBLOG

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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.

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For more information about Stephanie and her work, visit her NEW site A Cup of Candor or email her at stephanie.verni@gmail.com.
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12 thoughts on “About Me

  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!

      Steph

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

  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,
    Daniela

    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–
      Stephanie

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