More About the Author
Reporter, editor, author and freelance writer, Stephanie has been having her way with words since she first realized how verbs and nouns can work together. A native of Chicago, she realized she had come home when she moved to Boston in 1989. After stints as a journalist at the Boston Herald, the Associated Press and newspapers large and small, she turned to nonfiction narratives. She has written or co-written five books on Boston's history: Boston On Fire: A History of Fire and Firefighting in Boston; The Crime of the Century: How the Brink's Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston; The Cocoanut Grove Fire; East of Boston: Notes from the Harbor Islands; and (with Beverly Ford) The Boston Mob Guide: Hitmen, Hoodlums and Hangouts. Her sixth book, Drinking Boston: A History of the City and its Spirits will be published in October of 2012. Stephanie is much in demand as a speaker and delights audiences with her tales of the underside of the city of Boston. She continues to work as a freelance writer to support herself, her two cats, and her newly acquired addiction to craft cocktails. A clay artist, she sells her pottery through the Mudflat Gallery in Cambridge. She also teaches pottery and freelance journalism -- although her advice to young reporters consists mostly of "Run away while you still can." Despite her own advice, she continues to write for the Boston Globe and other publications and often stands on street corners with the cardboard sign, "Will Write For Food." She continues to try to improve her wicked smahdt Boston accent.