Stephanie Debra Lewis was born just days before Jeopardy debuted on television and right after Ford unveiled its first model of the Mustang. She was raised in Los Angeles and parts of the San Fernando Valley but will forever deny “totally shopping in the Galleria” or “like, being a Valley Girl. For sure!”
Writing since she was in the third grade, she annoyed friends by inventing her own newspaper — “The Stephanie Scribbler” — and assigning each of them boring sections while keeping all the good parts for herself. She went on to have her own humor column in her high school newspaper reflecting her maiden name, “Mark” which was featured as, “Mark My Words!” College days saw more humor, articles, poetry, short stories, advertising campaigns and the birth of "The Nordis Spect Tales" — a fictional series about a quirky, offbeat, candid wife and mother who found ways to point out the irony in life even when there was none. She forms the basis of the current protagonist in Lullabies & Alibis.
College days saw more humor, articles, poetry, short stories, advertising campaigns and the birth of "The Nordis Spect Tales" — a fictional series about a quirky, offbeat, candid wife and mother who found ways to point out the irony in life even when there was none. She forms the basis of the current protagonist in Lullabies & Alibis. During college she wrote for the Northridge Review which was California State University Northridge’s literary magazine where she also served as fiction editor. She described herself as a starving writer trying to break in as a waitress. Subsequent work included writing brochure copy in real estate offices but when she ran out of adjectives for glass block and shag carpeting, she moved to San Diego where she discovered she was afraid of heights after hiring-in with a hot air balloon company. She was promptly put at a desk to write brochure copy once again. Up, up and away!
Stephanie currently writes an online monthly column about women balancing their lives in the business world. She continues to write screenplays (romantic comedies and psychological thrillers) and is hard at work on her next project, “My Pyschism,” which merges spirituality and faith with the “real” world. She has always been intrigued by the concept that things are not what they appear to be and the hidden meaning behind the mundane. Twists, turns and surprises are something she looks for in the fiction she reads and if she can incorporate that “I didn’t see it coming” moment into her own work, it’s been a great day.
But Stephanie’s greatest creative achievements will forever be the six fully fleshed-out characters that leap off the pages (and the sofas!) as they come to life in her Carlsbad home where she currently resides with her husband, Ron. Daily chapters include the Trials and Tribulations of Brilliant First Born Son Mitchell, Two Drama Queens played by Jamisyn and Eliza, Dustin and Benjamin — the Twin Boys Learning How to Drive, and Desmond the Hyperactive Clown-Boy Who Stuffs Play Doh in the Toaster. And that was just this morning.
Below, Stephanie "horses" around with her family in Mexico.
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