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  1. Dec 2, 2012

    I had to stop reading “Are You in the Mood”?, and contact you. You are hilarious! Not only is your honesty about the feelings associated with new motherhood refreshing, but as an actress myself, I could totally relate to the challenges of maintaining your self esteem in that profession. I am 55 years old, with four grown sons, and I remember well, like yesterday, all of those feelings.I’m only halfway through the book but it is making me laugh like nothing else has recently. Good job!

    • Jan 18, 2013

      Hi Marva, Thanks so much for writing. It’s gratifying to know I’ve made someone laugh over the torments of motherhood and the theater.

  2. Jul 25, 2013

    I just started Astor Place Vintage and I am loving it! When I read this article in our local paper I thought of you…
    Susie Stern

    • Jul 27, 2013

      Thanks for forwarding the link, Susie, and glad to hear you’re enjoying Astor Place Vintage!

      All Best,

  3. Sep 2, 2013

    Hi Stephanie,
    I loved Astor Place Vintage! I started it on a 16-hour ferry ride and just finished it this morning. (reading on the ferry was interrupted by my four small children). I have always loved any sort of time weaving novels, and I love NYC. The characters were wonderful and you perfectly captured parts of the female experience–there were a few chills up my spine in recognition of similar emotions. Thanks so much for enjoyable hours reading your novel! Best wishes,
    Helen (northern British Columbia)

    • Nov 21, 2013

      Hi Helen,
      Glad to hear the novel was able to transport you while being transported — with four kids no less!
      All Best,

  4. Nov 2, 2013

    I came upon a quotation from Astor Place Vintage when searching online for information about the Yersin School in Paris circa 1897. And now I am reading your novel through for the second time in as many days. The reference is to a flyer advertising French lessons using the Yersin Phono-Rythmic method found in the hatbox behind an old rug in the back of Jane Kelly’s storage locker.
    I am wondering how you know about the Yersin method and how you came to include the reference dating Olive’s experiences in New York. A couple of year’s ago, I inherited my maternal grandmother’s best friend’s diploma from Ecole Yersin Paris. That friend, whom I knew in my childhood, taught English and French diction using the Yersin method, first in Boston and then in Los Angeles from around 1917 to 1965.

    • Nov 21, 2013

      Hi Mary,

      That’s so interesting! But I’m afraid my answer isn’t especially exciting. When I was trying to come up with papers Amanda could find inside the hatbox, I did a search on EBAY for ephemera from that period. That is one of the things I found and decided to use because it sounded so “of the time,” but was also a bit unusual. I love hearing of someone’s personal connection to it.

      Thanks for writing, and I hope you enjoyed APV.


  5. Nov 6, 2013

    I am an avid reader and the library has always been my second home. While there a few days ago, I saw your book “Astor Place Vintage”. It captured me first because my very first job at 17 was on Astor Place. Then the word “vintage” made me wonder about tbe story. I absolutely LOVE stories about old Victorian New York. I am one-third into the book and LOVING it. Congratulations on such a wonderful novel. I hope to see many more!

    What else have you written?

    • May 19, 2014

      You can check out the page on this website where it says Previous Novels. My first novel, THOUGHTS WHILE HAVING SEX, is now available as an ebook on, by the way.

  6. Dec 23, 2013

    I have just finished Astor Place vintage and thought it was fabulous, what a concept trying to keep up with all the characters and time changes, so much fun! I was born in NYC and my mother was also at 912 2nd avenue. As a child we shopped at Arnold Constables, Gimbels basement and other dept stores of the era. Your novel was a joy to read and to bring back those fabulous days shipping with Mom, I am 71 years old now. NYC rocks!

    • Dec 31, 2013

      Barbara, I won’t pretend it wasn’t a challenge to get it where I wanted, but that concept always inspired me to keep going. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it.

  7. Jan 11, 2014

    Loved Astor Place Vintage. I would like to know if the moaning that goes on when she plays her tape has any significance? My reading group just said it was Angelina moaning…but it started so early in the book! Awesome book!

    • Feb 26, 2014

      Hi Debby,
      Thanks so much. As for your question, I’m not actually sure how to respond, as I’d rather leave it for the reader decide. Hope that’s not an answer that will have you moaning with annoyance!

  8. Jan 13, 2014

    Loved Loved Loved this book!!! I am a fan and will be recommending this book to my book club! Are you working on a new book or sequel?

    • Feb 26, 2014

      Hi Sandy,
      So glad to hear you loved the book. And just wanted to let you know that if your book club decides to read it, we could try to arrange a “visit” from me via Skype.

  9. Jan 27, 2014

    Loved this Vintage Novel….just ended too abruptly for me…I just didn’t want it
    To end. Hope there will be a sequel to it.

    Peggy Smith

    • Feb 26, 2014

      Hi Peggy,
      Don’t they say all good things must come to an end? Or something like that? Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed it while it lasted!
      All Best,

  10. Feb 11, 2014

    i liked your website

    • Feb 26, 2014

      Great to hear. Thanks for checking it out!

  11. Apr 25, 2014

    I enjoyed “Astor Place Vintage” so much that I felt compelled to write you. In addition to the entertaining, engaging and clever story and characters, I kept appreciating the references to so many things that are especially appealing and meaningful to me, including vintage fashions, head vases, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers movies, and perhaps my favorite – your inclusion of the Time/Life “This Fabulous Century” series, which I poured over repeatedly when I was growing up, and still revisit. The wonderful photos were also fascinating (I collect ephemera and old post cards). Thanks for a great read!

    • May 19, 2014

      Jennifer, it sounds like we’re psychic twins! So glad we had a chance to mind meld…


  12. Jun 10, 2014

    I didn’t want Vintage to end. Loved everything about it…want a sequel, however, why was Jane so bitter? You didn’t reveal anything about her, except her birth.

    Great book.

    • Jul 1, 2014

      Thanks Shirley! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I think Jane felt entitled to be bitter because of her age. I think she enjoyed being able to be that way. But yes, there’s probably more to it. Maybe Olive wasn’t around enough because she was at the store working all the time…? No sequel planned — I’m on to another story — so I guess we’ll never know for sure.

  13. Sep 7, 2015

    Hi Stephanie,

    I’ve recently discovered your literature by reading your novel “Astor Place Vintage” and love the atmosphere you’ve created and the caracters.

    Is there any other novel translated into spanish? If so, which Publishing House has published them?

    All the best,

    • Sep 17, 2015

      Hi Raquel, Thank you so much for your interest in my other books. Sorry to say that none of the others have been translated into Spanish, though. All My Best, Stephanie

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