Stephanie McCoy was born in Florida and spent many a summer driving across country to visit North Carolina after her family moved to California. She received her BA and MFA from Mills College. In between degrees she was a Fulbright Fellow in Hamburg, Germany. She was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2018. In 1998 her book, Brilliance in the Shadows: a biography of Lucia Kleinhans Mathews, was published by the Arts & Crafts Press. Sweet as Cane, her first novel was published in 2012. Her second work of fiction, The She-Novelist in Venice, is based on the American author Constance Fenimore Woolson, and is a work in progress. Ms. McCoy is also writing a young adult sequel to Sweet as Cane, entitled My Darling Hattie Belle.