About Stephanie

When I read other author’s websites, they often say they’ve been writing since they learned how. Not me. Although I grew up loving books and stories, I never thought about writing one of my own, until I had my son, Joe. He told me that I was “a way better story teller than anyone else” and although he was only three at the time, and highly prejudiced to boot, I decided to see if he knew what he was talking about.

It turns out he probably didn’t. I wrote and took classes and wrote and submitted manuscripts and wrote and was rejected and wrote and… finally I got the right story to the right agent at the right time. And the rest is history, but not really, because everything is just beginning.

My first book, Cinderella Smith, came out in April 2011. A second book, Cinderella Smith ~ The More the Merrier, came out in April 2012. The third in the series, Cinderella Smith ~ The Super Secret Mystery, came out in April 2013.

I love writing, letting my story swallow me up and take me where it will, but it can be lonely. So I’ve found it’s important to surround myself with good friends. My desk is in the kitchen which forces my family to wander past occasionally and my dog, Otis, always lies right by my feet. I also have two crows that hang out outside my window every day, keeping one eye on me and one eye on their food, (dry dog food).

Besides writing, I spend a lot of time being a mom and a little time teaching classes at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. That’s where I live, by the way, along with Joe, Otis, those two crows I mentioned and my husband, Tom. I’ve spent most of my life here, other than five years in Northern California, and love it most of the time. Except when the wintery part of autumn arrives and it’s cold and dark and wet and I know I have at least four more months like this ahead of me. The good news is, the weather inspires me to stay inside at my computer, writing away and feeling sorry for those two crows outside eating dog food.

If you want to know a bit more about me, check out some of the online interviews that I've done:

guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/ (May 2011)

www.storysnoops.com/blog/

middlegradeninja.blogspot.com/2011/04/7-questions-for-stephanie-barden.html

thecathinthehat.blogspot.com/2011/07/interview-with-stephanie-barden.html