Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Stephanie Sammartino McPherson, a former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, enjoys writing about science and the human interest stories behind major discoveries. Stephanie and her husband, Richard, live in Virginia but also call California home.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

I had so many favorites, but the one I read over and over was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Anne Tyler, Louise Penny, and Tomie dePaola are among the many, many authors I enjoy.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I fell in love with books at an early age. After I read Little Women, I set my sights on being a writer.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Cultivate a wide array of interests. Make time to work everyday. Nourish your dream by reading broadly and joyfully.