Stephanie Joyce Cole lived for decades in Alaska. She relocated to Seattle, in a household that now includes a predatory but lovable Manx cat (no tail!) named Bruno, and a young standard poodle named Rusty, who is in perpetual motion. Stephanie has a law degree from UCLA and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Since 1986, she has been associated with Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR), an award-winning literary magazine housed at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She is currently a Senior Affiliate Editor for AQR. When she's not writing, she's hiking, creating ceramics, practicing yoga, traveling, volunteering and discovering new ways to have fun--and oh yes, reading, reading, reading.
"My goal is to write books that are entertaining and also thought-provoking, stories that will carry readers into an adventure in small-town Alaska. COMPASS NORTH can be described as mystery/suspense, women's fiction, romantic fiction or plain old mainstream fiction.
If I had to pick out one particular person who will enjoy my books, I would describe someone who has worked hard all day at the business of life. She's tired as the day draws to a close, when she finally has a little time to sit in a comfortable chair, pour herself a glass of wine or a cup of tea, and pick up a book that she wants to transport her. For a while, she wants to be somewhere else, maybe be someone else. She wants her day to drop away. I'd like to give her that."
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