Stephanie Dethlefs is a writer and book coach. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and she is the author of a middle grade novel, Unspoken. She has spent decades working with writers of all ages in the classroom, nonprofit organizations, workshops and more. She lives in Pacific Northwest Washington with her husband and two children.
I have always been a reader.
Although I have always thought of myself as a writer, I would be lying to you if I said I’ve always written. There have been long stretches of time in my life where, for one reason or another, I haven’t written anything just for the sake of writing it.
But I have always been a reader, and I have always been reading. I love to read, to immerse myself in worlds outside of my own and to experience the lives of the characters from behind their eyes.
That’s me on the right, reading with my little brother. If the color scheme and haircuts don’t give it away, this picture was taken in the late 1970s.
Because I am such an avid and dedicated reader myself, I always have another reader in mind when I write. I think about what readers might want to know, what they care about, what they dream about, what confuses them, and what might concern them about the world.
In other words, when I write, I write for YOU.
I live in Bellingham, WA with my husband, my two teenaged kids, two cats, and a new puppy. I love taking walks and taking naps. I enjoy bad jokes and corny humor. When I’m feeling adventurous, I enjoy hiking, paddleboarding, swimming, and basically any other outdoor activity.