Photo cred: Robb Davidson Photography

Photo cred: Robb Davidson Photography

Stef used to write about cardboard boxes, but thinks writing books is far more exciting.

Stef is the author of A PLACE FOR PLUTO, Honorable Mention for the Council for Wisconsin Writers Toft/Wright Children’s Literacy award, a 2018 Barnes & Noble story time pick, 2019 TXLA 2×2 Reading List Book, 2019 UK Summer Reading Challenge book, and a 2019 LITA Golden Duck Notable Picture Book.

Her other books include THE VERY LAST LEAF, illustrated by Jennifer Davison and Q & U CALL IT QUITS, illustrated by Jorge Martin. Her forthcoming books include EVERY DAY’S A HOLIDAY and MOVING TO MARS, publishing in 2022.

She holds a BA in advertising from Marquette University and an MBA in Integrated Marketing Communication from DePaul University.

Stef is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She’s bounced all over the midwest with her college sweetheart husband and her three historically and literary named boys and currently resides in the Milwaukee area.

Stef is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis.


Inspired by:

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. by Judy Blume

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Self-Help by Lorrie Moore

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Storybots (Netflix)

School House Rock