A writer’s job is to find the right word(s). To create sturdy, nimble sentences polished with fresh tone and grace. And sometimes have a little fun. Kind of like mad libs, right?
Because bios are typically flat, inflated, predictable and/or all of the above, I’d like to offer an alternative: Steph’s Bio Lib. (Or, if you must, the straight-up scoop is available too, just give me a call or let’s grab a beer.)
Stephanie Hunt edited and helped me to finish my recent book, Genghis Khan and the Quest for God (Viking, 2016). Without having been to Mongolia, her editorial insights raised the quality of my work, expanded my potential readership, and above all she saved me from many “obvious idiocies” that I had somehow missed in my writing. She added clarification where she could and demanded it of me where she could not. Finally, she even wrote the final sentence of the book when my own conclusion was too weak.
During the 20 years I edited Skirt!, Stephanie’s essays were a mainstay of the magazine. Literate, thought-provoking and deep, her work drew a fiercely loyal following month after month. And if she didn’t appear in an issue (as rarely happened), I was sure to receive letters from readers demanding to know where she was and when she would be back. Stephanie is that rare writer who makes you think, “I wish I’d written that” — I know because I’ve so often envied her talent. It was a great privilege to have her in the magazine. She shines.
Stephanie has been my top go-to writer for 14 years. As a longtime contributing editor, she not only brings great ideas to the table but expertly crafts anything I ask her to write. Whether profiles, travel stories, or issue-oriented features, Stephanie delivers well thought-out and researched articles that educate and entertain our readers.