Stephanie Black has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages and has enjoyed creating make believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger. She was born in Utah and has lived in various places, including Arizon, Massachusetts, Ireland, and northern California. She enjoys spending time with her family, occasionally plays the violin, and enjoys chocolate and cheesecake.
STEPHANIE: The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, was an amazing, gripping, and eye-opening book.
LDSWBR: What books are you giving/asking for this Christmas?
STEPHANIE: My daughter has requested books by Brandon Sanderson, so we'll likely see a couple of his books on Christmas morning. My other daughter requested Connie Willis's hilarious time-travel-meets-Victorian-England novel To Say Nothing of the Dog, which is one of my very favorite books. I had Josi Kilpack's Key Lime Pie on my wish list, but ended up buying it for myself before Christmas :) I'd like Annette Lyon's Chocolate Never Faileth cookbook. And my son requested three volumes of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (he already has two of them).
LDSWBR: If you could only participate in one Holiday activity or tradition this year, what would it be?
STEPHANIE: I love our family Christmas Eve traditions, where we enjoy a dinner of seafood chowder, crackers, and cheese. We pull Christmas crackers (the ones that have a little prize and a crown inside). After dinner, we have a Christmas Eve program--this year, I've heard rumors of a Christmas Eve talent show. My husband always reads some poems, including Eugene Field's "Jest 'Fore Christmas" and Ogden Nash's "The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus." When we're done with the program, it's time for the kids to hang their stockings. I love Christmas Eve with the family--it's so fun in its own right, but also so exciting because Christmas morning is yet to come!
LDSWBR: So, Stephanie, are you an eggnog or warm apple cider girl?
STEPHANIE: Warm apple cider, definitely!
LDSWBR: Thank you, Stephanie. Merry Christmas!
- Oh, Say Can You See? by Laurie (LC) Lewis
- Backlash by Traci Hunter Abramson
- Alma the Younger by Heather (HB) Moore
- True Miracles with Genealogy by Anne Bradshaw
- Dingo by Anne Bradshaw
- Second Kiss by Natalie Palmer
- Cross My Heart by Julie Wright
- Cold As Ice by Stephanie Black
- Meg's Melody by Kaylee Baldwin
- Save the Child by Margaret Turley
- Anasazi Intrigue (ebook) by Linda Weaver Clarke
- Mayan Intrigue (ebook) by Linda Weaver Clarke
- The Star Prophecy by Joan Sowards (and Walnut Springs Press)
- A cute, handmade apron by Joan Sowards
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