Stephani Martinell Eaton

Stephani Martinell Eaton grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. where she spent most of her time thinking up stories and writing family newsletters to her out-of-town grandparents. Grandparents are a fantastic audience.

Before turning to writing professionally, Stephani taught English, first in middle school and later in high school and college. She has an MS in Teacher Leadership from Johns Hopkins University. She also holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts where she won the Candlewick Picture Book Award and the Marion Dane Bauer Award for middle grade fiction. The highlight of the MFA experience was spending a week in the UK with one of her literary heroes, Katherine Paterson, and her future agent, Lori Steel.

Stephani is the coordinator of tours and volunteers at Reynolda House Museum of Art and Gardens in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she helps bring stories to life for visitors. In her free time you’ll find her gardening, reading, or planning a travel adventure. She lives with her husband, their two children, and two lively and affectionate Shelties.

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