Stephanie Maher Palenque was born and raised in New Jersey, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice, and her M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing, from Seton Hall University in South Orange.She went on to earn her Masters in Education (M.Ed.) from Northern Arizona University. She is currently working on her PhD in Psychology with an emphasis on Cognition and Instruction at Grand Canyon University.
She spent more than ten years in the publishing industry as an employee of Reed Elsevier, Little, Brown and Company, a subsidiary of Time Warner Trade Publishing, and The Coriolis Group.
In addition to being a full time faculty member in the English Department at Grand Canyon University, she devotes time to her
business, "The Word Nerd." "The Word Nerd" offers writing,
copyediting, proofreading, indexing, and instruction services to the writing and publishing
Stephanie copyedits, proofreads, and indexes books for major trade, technical, and academic publishers. She is the President of the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Indexers (ASI) and is a 2004 Honoree of The Order of the Kohlrabi.
Stephanie's writing, both fiction and non-fiction, has been published in regional and national magazines including: Arizona Foothills Magazine, Arizona Highways, Images AZ, Arizona Bride, Food & Lifestyles Magazine, Amateur Chef, Scottsdale Magazine, East Valley Magazine, Ahwatukee Monthly, Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine, City AZ, City NY, and Catersource. Her book on cocaine, Busted! Crack & Cocaine was published by Enslow Publishers in 2005.