Stephanie Fowler Just a writer on a journey with a pen in hand.

Once Upon a time...

I won this literary award called the Sophie Kerr Prize in 2001. It is the largest undergraduate literary award in the country and I won it as a senior at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland for a series of creative non-fiction short stories about the place I call home - the Delmarva Peninsula. That collection was (overly) titled Crossings: A Journey Into God's Country and my fifteen minutes of fame were delicious.

I added one more story to the collection and wound up self-publishing it under the much shorter title of Crossings. Sure, I tried the traditional route and agents and so on, but like every other writer before me, rejection letters piled. (That was a good thing.) I learned. The book lives. The sun comes up and goes back down.

Currently, I am working on my second book - a non-fiction novel about the murder of my high school English teacher, Alice Davis. This is heavy material and it causes my editor to drink more than normal, but it is a story that needs to be told. My desire is to tell it; my fear is that I won't do it justice. I'll be posting blog(ish) style updates as I move through the project. It's a new blog so bear with me. My old one died of malnutrition in 2012.

"There is no greater Agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou

Salt Water Cures all.

My self-publishing endeavors led me form an indie / self-publishing company in early 2013 called Salt Water Media in Berlin, Maryland. We're a little one stop shop for writer folks like me ... folks who have stories they want to tell but need help doing it so that it looks professional and proper. "Just because you self publish doesn't mean that it has to look like you did it at Kinko's," I say to my clients.

As I began to meet all these neat indie authors with cool stories and phenomenal reasons as to why they were picking their subject matter, one thought continued to nag me: I wish other people could hear these stories about why they are doing this work. And so, my good friend Tony Russo (twice published by the History Press) and I decided to create a podcast about and for indie authors. We called it "So, What's Your Story?" and we've been at it since February 2016. It's surprisingly not terrible!

"You want to write a sentence as clean as a bone. That is the goal." - James Baldwin
(The writer's life is equal parts journal, alcohol, and vomiting your soul onto a keyboard. Trust me.)
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