Hello, and welcome to Stephanie’s Novel Fiction! I’m so glad that you stopped by to visit my blog!
My name is Stephanie, I’m about to turn 41, which I guess makes me “40-ish”, I’ve been happily married to an amazing man for over 20 years, and we have 3 wonderful kids: 2 teenage boys and a 7 year old daughter.
I’m an avid reader and have been as long as I can remember. I’d probably stay curled up on my couch or in my bed reading a good book and drinking cup after cup of hot tea or coffee (depending on my mood 🙂 ) if I could get away with it! Secretly, I have also always wanted to write a book but besides doing a lot of creative writing, journals, and papers for work and school, I’ve never had the time to start the novel that has been brewing in my brain for decades…I should say made the time. One day I will get that novel written though!
Anyway, I thought I would create this blog to have a place to share all my reviews with people who love books as much as I do! I’m hoping to meet many more people like me in the blogging community who love to read and understand why books are my passion!
Besides being a passionate reader, I also have my Master’s degree in English and Comparative Literature with specializations in British Literature, Cultural Studies, and Rhetoric and Composition from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a minor in History. I’ve been teaching a variety of college English literature for over 16 years, with Early British Lit, Contemporary Lit, and Interpreting Lit classes being my specialties. Since I love all things books, it is a joy for me to pass on my passion for books and literature to my students even if they don’t always love what we read. It’s still such an enlightening experience!
I’m also a fighter of several chronic autoimmune disorders and pain disorders: Lupus (my post explaining my diagnosis), Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and Fibromyalgia, among others. These are disorders with no cure, but they are treatable. However, they leave me with a wide variety of symptoms and can often cause severe flare-ups that can leave me incapacitated for days at a time. When this happens, I have no choice but to take time away from work and the computer since too much “screen time” exacerbates my neurological symptoms. I mention this so my followers, publishers, and readers understand that if I’m not blogging or posting very much or sporadically, it is because my health is limiting my abilities to function as I would like. I do thank everyone for understanding that my health and family must come first since my blog is not my job and is done for the pure love and enjoyment of all things books.
I hope that you will join me as I share my book reviews of not only brand new fiction that is about to be published or has just been published, some fiction that is fairly new (and waiting on my “to be read” list), and some of my favorite older fiction, whether they be from decades past or my beloved classics. I’ll also be occasionally sharing my thoughts and contemplations about life in general, living my day to day life with Lupus and fibromyalgia- both of which have severely impacted my life, parenting two teens and a 7 year old, marriage, and the ups and downs of balancing family and work! Please join me as I share my life’s journey not only through the joys of reading and my beloved books but also through the adventures of my crazy but oh so, wonderful life…