Stephanie taught middle school language arts for over a decade, and every year after reading books like Hatchet, her students would ask, “why aren’t there any survival novels with girls?”
After ten years of this same question, Stephanie decided to remedy the situation. Her first book, He Named Me After the River, is the fictional story of a 14 year-old girl and her mother’s struggle to survive after a white-water rafting accident on the Madison River. Stephanie is currently working on a new book about three girls who go backpacking in the Olympic Mountains in search of Sasquatch.
Having spent her childhood exploring the wilderness around Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Montana, Stephanie knows first-hand the inherent value of spending time experiencing the joy and challenges of being in nature.
When she’s not writing, she’s spending as much time as possible outside with her husband and daughter camping, fly-fishing, and cheering on the Seattle Sounders. She serves on the board of the Kitsap-Olympic Peninsula chapter of Trout Unlimited, and is the co-founder of Tacoma Women on the Fly, a women’s fly-fishing club in partnership with Trout Unlimited.
Stephanie is an alumna of the Whitworth University School of Education and Pepperdine University. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Pacific Northwest Writing Association.