Stephanie has been a national television news and public affairs producer for fifteen years. She was the senior producer at Tavis Smiley on PBS for nearly ten years, producing interviews for the nightly TV show and symposiums on poverty, equality, and discrimination. She was also the Coordinating Producer for the re-launch of the Arsenio Hall Show for CBS in 2014 and produced season one of Sundance Channel’s The Writers’ Room with Jim Rash, which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy. Her other credits include Conversations from the Edge with Carrie Fisher, Exhale with Candice Bergen, and The Arena with Jesse Ventura.
She is also the author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling art historical novel, Oil and Marble: a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo. The New York Times called it “tremendously entertaining,” comparing her to acclaimed historical fiction author Irving Stone, and Hudson Booksellers named it one of the best books of 2016.
Born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College. When not fighting for equality or writing novels, she can usually be found traveling the world in search of her next story.
If you could live anywhere on this planet and take everything and everyone that you love with you, where would you choose to live and why?
I'd move to Montmartre, in an apartment just outside the shadow of Sacré Cœur, steps from where Renoir had a studio and Vincent drank absinthe and Pablo painted Les Demoiselles. It's a neighborhood of artists and street dwellers and dancers from the Moulin Rouge. At the top of Paris, the world is at your feet.