Essayist, journalist and book author Stephanie Gold began writing in 1994. In that year, after 10 years of teaching composition and literature in the public schools of San Francisco, Stephanie traded in the blackboard for the keyboard and accepted a contract from Open Road Publishing to write Israel Guide, a 600-page guide to Israeli history, culture, cuisine, and travel. She followed up that project with two more travel books--Jerusalem Guide and San Francisco Guide-before turning her attention to other genres of writing.
When Amazon.com was first getting started and hiring freelancers, Stephanie became both Expert Travel Editor and Expert Reference Editor, responsible for writing book reviews and monthly columns about travel and reference publications. At the same time, Stephanie started freelancing for national magazines on any number of topics: everything from the rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents through guide dog training to the delights of spam-eating and spam-carving contests to a personal essay on her mother’s death.
Stephanie developed her interest in writing and travel in Caldwell, New Jersey. She edited the high school literary magazine (“The Organism”), and her short stories opened Early Admission doors to Wesleyan University, where she continued to study writing with mentors such as Annie Dillard, Phyllis Rose, and Tony Connor. She attended university in London during her junior year, and traveled from Crete to Morocco during vacations. Stephanie's interest in travel has remained robust--in 1986/1987 she spent a gritty, heavenly 15 months traversing Malaysia, Thailand, China, Tibet, and Nepal, ending up in Turkey for a month before finally heading home to San Francisco to teach.
These days, Stephanie writes freelance articles with an emphasis on personal essays and health/well-being journalism. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including More, Reader’s Digest, Psychology Today, and KQED Perspectives.
Stephanie and her husband split their time between their San Francisco Cole Valley) apartment and their Boonville (Anderson Valley) home. She still roots for the Yankees, and returns to New York periodically to gorge on pizza and bagels.
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