• Upcoming Events…Come and see me!

    September is right around the corner, and there are lots of events on the docket. It will be a busy month as I continue promoting BENEATH THE MIMOSA TREE. I’ve had a lot of support from friends & colleagues, local businesses and groups, and students–both current and former. Here’s a list of events I’ll be attending in September, so I hope to see you around town. * * * SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 — Greetings & Readings Book Signing, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Greetings & Readings, Hunt Valley, MD Greetings & Readings, Event & Author Link * * * SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 — METAvivor’s 3rd Annual Author’s Luncheon, 11 a.m.…

  • Video Trailer #2 for Beneath the Mimosa Tree

    Here’s the second video trailer for the book with the author’s overview of the novel. Also, friends in the Severna Park, Arnold, and Annapolis areas—”Beneath the Mimosa Tree” is now available at Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery in Park Plaza.

  • Hometown Publicity

    If you can’t count on your hometown to give you a little book publicity, who can you count on? I’m so thrilled that The Severna Park Voice covered my first book talk and wrote about it in its latest issue (click on this to read it). Thanks to Meredith Thompson, the journalist who covered the story, and Hayley Gable Bowerman, Editor of The Severna Park Voice, for deciding to feature it. It’s such a thrill. To my friends who went to Severna Park High School with me, it’s great to see our town is still what it always was–a tight knit group of people who love where they live. Honestly,…

  • I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

    * * * This was a big week for me. For the first time in my life, I can say I’m an author. I’ve written a book. I’ve endured the anxieties that come along with self-publishing, and miraculously, I’m still standing. It’s been a week where sleep has meant very little, but my friends have meant a lot. Launching one’s own piece of writing is a test. It’s truly a test of one’s own nerves. I’ve asked myself if I have the gumption to subject myself to criticism and opinion when the writing and plot of my book are dissected. I’ve got to have thick skin; it’s true. If I…

  • “Beneath the Mimosa Tree” Featured in The Villager (with thanks…)

    I would like to take a moment to thank The Villager staff, Stevenson University’s student-run newspaper under the direction of Chip Rouse, for featuring an article about my upcoming novel and its release in the latest edition. Morgan Buckingham interviewed me and wrote the story. (Nice job, Morgan!) To see the article and peruse the newspaper online, including the savvy PageTurnPro technology, click here. Thanks for your interest in the novel. It won’t be long now! I imposed a February deadline on myself! ~Stephanie

  • Be Careful Or You’ll End Up In My Novel…and other thoughts…

    *** Sometimes I want to toss my novel out the window. I completely understand what Dorothy Parker meant when she said, “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” I’ve been working on Beneath the Mimosa Tree for so long that I would be lying if I didn’t say I could throw in the towel. Writing is painful sometimes. We are hard on ourselves. But then I think of what Raymond Carver said: “Technique alone is never enough. You have to have passion. Technique alone is just an embroidered potholder.” Luckily, I have the passion. I could put my novel out…

  • Feeling Blue

    *** I’m not my cheerful, optimistic self today. I got little sleep last night as my son regressed from the effects of this virus/sinus infection/thing he has and can’t seem to shake, so the two of us hunkered down in the basement for sleep where it’s dry and the humidifier does its best work. I’m supposed to be at graduation ceremonies today, but instead I’m home with him and missing the excitement. I’m feeling blue because he’s blue, I’m blue, and unfortunately, my knee is blue, too. I mean that. It’s slightly black (and blue). When he was sick the first time around and was having a severe coughing fit,…

  • The Latest on My Novel, PART II

    *** I thought I’d post an update as to the status of my novel,  “Beneath the Mimosa Tree,” which I do promise, is forthcoming. Two folks have edited it, and it is now in the hands of my third and final editor, Mr. Jim Abbiati. Jim is the author of several books, and you can read more about him and his work if you visit his site at ajabbiati.com. I highly recommend his works of fiction. When Jim gives me his final edits and comments, it will be my job to prep it and get it ready for publication. It won’t be long now. I read through the entire book…

  • The Latest on My Novel

    Many folks have asked me recently when my novel will be “available.” First, I thank you for asking. Second, thanks for taking an interest in it. And third, to answer the question, my goal is to have it available in early November. I haven’t written many new blog posts recently because I’ve been feverishly making my final edits on the manuscript. With thoughtful help and suggestions from some of my dear friends and family who have served as final “readers” for this novel, I’m in the home stretch. I’m both excited and anxious to have it out there, and hope that folks will enjoy this somewhat sentimental story and its…

  • Birth

    Giving birth is not an easy task. There’s a reason it’s termed labor. Labor of any sort is work. However, you’ve mulled over the decision to go through with the idea of having and raising a child. Nine months go by and you have no choice but to see it through. There’s no turning back. You sweat. You might even regret (during the intense pain, of course!). And then afterward, you forget. Getting to this point with a blog is much the same way. I’ve mulled it over now for months. I’ve thought that I should try it. I’ve sweat through the idea of it, and though I have no…