Who do you think you are? A daunting question for the debut author… but also one to inspire a genre-fluid novel based on the writer’s fascination for what makes humanity tick. Born in Hong Kong to expats from Liverpool (and something of a nomad ever since) Stephanie is now based in London, but manages her sanity by escaping to any kind of coast.
Before returning to her first love of creative writing, Stephanie spent much of her youth pursuing alternative forms of storytelling, from stage to screen and media to marketing. This included reading Drama at Bristol University, an improvised play at the Edinburgh Fringe, six weeks at The English Theatre of Hamburg, a year of reading the weather report on Hong Kong TV, a few nervous lines with a future James Bond, a car chase in a cult Cantonese action movie, regular contributions to an indie cultural mag in LA, many lines of copywriting and some well-earned wrinkles acquired at her own PR company, specialised in design.
In the meantime an enduring love affair with words (some may say she talks too much) and fiction have led her down many a wormhole on the written page. But any storyteller can attest that creating a few characters for company is a thrill (or therapy) that’s tough to match. Even if the day job means confining such imaginary friends to the witching hours or countless misplaced weekends. Or when new ideas, themes and obsessions must be followed like Alice’s rabbit, no matter where they may lead.
Drawn to what connects rather than separates, Stephanie is intrigued by the space between absolutes and opposites, between science and spirituality, nature and culture. This curiosity has been channelled into her debut novel, Bone Lines, and into short stories such as Human Error for New Orbit magazine. When not bothering Siri with note-taking for her next books, Stephanie can be found pottering about with poetry, or working out what worries/amuses her in an opinion piece or an unwise social media post. Although, if she had more sense or opportunity she would be beachcombing, sailing, meditating or making a well-disguised cameo in the screen version of one of her stories. (Wishful thinking sometimes has its rewards?)