Real Answer Real Authors: Why did you decide to publish?
Stephanie: I have been in love with writing for as far back as I can remember. More specifically, over the course of the last 10 years, I have flirted with writing a book. In January 2012, I declared that I would commit myself with action to my dream to share divine insight on challenges and triumphs I experienced, particularly those in academic environments as a means to encourage, assist and affirm others. I thought publishing would be a primary and significant method to share my message.
RARA: What titles have you published to date?
Stephanie: I have published, “Later Never Came Until Now.” “Later Never Came Until Now” is a 47,000 word faith-based reflective narrative designed to empower from both a scholarly and scriptural perspective exploring elements that came “nigh my dwelling.” As a child, I was told “you may not understand it now, but you will later.” As an adult, I realize that I missed so many opportunities to apply what I was being exposed to and learning in the moment.
The main character is me, the product of a single parent household from the south side of Chicago, who was perpetually interested in everything but school, yet surpassed obstacles to eventually attain a doctorate degree while holding ever connected to faith in God. Through narratives from age 9 to 40, this book will take the reader on a journey through laughter and tears to fully appreciate turning tough trials into triumphs and struggles into successes.