Stephanie Wrobel

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Stephanie Wrobel grew up in Chicago but has been living in the UK for the last three years with her husband and dog, Moose Barkwinkle. She has an MFA from Emerson College and has had short fiction published in Bellevue Literary Review. Before turning to fiction, she worked as a creative copywriter at various advertising agencies.

Darling Rose Gold (US & Canada)/The Recovery of Rose Gold (UK) is her first novel, coming March 17, 2020.

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Stephanie Wrobel By planning before I ever sit down to write. I start macro (how does it start? how does it end? what happens in between?) and then get more and more…moreBy planning before I ever sit down to write. I start macro (how does it start? how does it end? what happens in between?) and then get more and more granular, until I have at least a one-sentence summary for each chapter. If I know what's going to happen next, nothing blocks me.

I also give myself permission to write poorly without judgment, especially in the first draft. I think writer's block is just a fear of being bad, but you can always improve what you have. It's a lot easier to make something that's just okay good than it is to perfect a story that only exists in your head. Less pressure, more fun!(less)
Stephanie Wrobel Just one?! Then I have to pick the actual act of writing. On the best writing days, I'm not making a lot of active decisions; instead, my fingers are…moreJust one?! Then I have to pick the actual act of writing. On the best writing days, I'm not making a lot of active decisions; instead, my fingers are just a conduit between my brain and the keyboard/page. Several hours can go by without me noticing. Coming out of that state of flow feels, to me, like waking up from a really deep nap.

Research has to be a close second though. I love obsessing over a topic and learning everything I can about it.(less)
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I don't read a ton of romcoms, but this book kept popping up everywhere I looked. I gave it a spin, and now all I want to read is romcoms because my heart is warm and fuzzy. This book is about my birth home and my adopted home. It's about love and ...more
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I’m trying to think of a way to summarize my feelings for this book but am coming up short, so I will say things like it’s tied for first of the best books I’ve read this year. I’m jealous of everyone who has yet to read it for the first time. I ...more
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Imagine if your hilarious best friend told you a really juicy story about a gaggle of rich new mothers while also delivering a sharp commentary about the expectations put on women. This is that book. Put it on your list, kids!
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Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen    West
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Such an engrossing read—on parenting, teaching, politics, and growing up. Do you all remember Great Books? While I 1000% do not miss high school, this one made me nostalgic for all those group discussions in English class.

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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
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Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
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I read this in less than 12 hours because I couldn’t stop. Absolutely fascinating—so many overlaps between my cult research and the way Holmes ran Theranos. Reads like a thriller, so fiction and nonfiction lovers alike should be satisfied!
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Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
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A lot of people have compared this book to Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, which I agree with.

I was surprised by how quickly I got wrapped up in this story. It reminded me of reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. I love the way these writers
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“It was easier to manipulate someone if they didn’t perceive you as a threat.”
Stephanie Wrobel, Darling Rose Gold

“The debt between a child and her mother could never be repaid, like running a foot race against someone fifteen miles ahead of you. What hope did you have of catching up? It didn't matter how many Mother's Day cards you drew, how many cliches and vows of devotions you put inside them. You could tell her she was your favorite parent, wink like you were co-conspirators, fill her in on every trivial detail of your life. None of it was enough. It had taken me years to figure this out: you would never love your mother as much as she loved you. She had formed memories of you since you were a poppy seed in her belly. You didn't begin making your own memories until three, four, five years old? She'd had a running start. She had known you before you even existed. How could we compete with that? We couldn't. We accepted that our mothers held their love over us, let them parade it around like a flashy trinket, because their love was superior to ours.”
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“That’s what separates the sane from the not: knowing madness is an option but declining to choose it.”
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