“These little things make all the great difference. When they are gone you must fall back upon your own innate strength, upon your own capacity for faithfulness.” Joseph Conrad
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She holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from the University of Montana, and teaches through the local 406Writers workshop. She lives with her husband, Matt Land, and two daughters Emilia (“Mia”) and Coraline Land, in Missoula.
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Stephanie juggled several house cleaning and landscaping clients through college, along with single-parenting her two daughters. She was a recipient of the Women’s Independence Scholarship for three years.
Her memoir is forthcoming through editor Krishan Trotman at Hachette Books. It tells the story of raising Mia primarily on her own, focusing on a year of them living in a studio apartment when Stephanie worked full-time as a maid. It’s a story of surviving domestic violence, long hours of gritty work, chasing dreams, and redefining the single mom narrative, and what makes a house a home.
“Your friends urge you to leave town and never look back. It takes six years, but you do. You’re a single mother, on your own, 500 miles away from family or friends. But you make new ones. You enroll in the creative writing program at that university you called years ago. You get published. Every weekend one summer, you both go camping, hiking, or rock climbing. She starts kindergarten. You’re in school full time and clean houses. There’s not a lot of money, but you make it work. And a little girl watches your every move.”
-excerpt from “Your Every Move,” published through Literary Mama.