Vicki Stiefel grew up in professional theater—her family owned and ran the Ivoryton Playhouse for forty-two years, an Equity stock theater in Connecticut. She joined the family business and worked as an usher, walk-on, secretary, apprentice, and assistant business manager. Her theater upbringing has been one of the defining elements in her life.

She has worked as an assistant producer for a New Jersey stock company, a professional photographer, a high-school Drama and English teacher, a hamburger slinger, a scuba-dive-shop manager, and an editor. She's counseled adolescents and worked with law enforcement professionals.

She is the mother of Blake and Ben, and the stepmom of Mike, Melissa, and Sarah. All terrific kids.

Stiefel's short story, "Ginny's Curve," appeared in ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE. She was a contributing editor to DIVE TRAINING and the film critic and columnist, as well as feature writer for WORCESTER MAGAZINE. Her work has also appeared in NEW WOMAN, the HARVARD POST, ALERT DIVER, the IMPROPER BOSTONIAN, and many other national and regional publications. At present, along with her fiction writing, she is the Special Sections Editor for The Meetings Group/Primedia Business Magazines & Media.

She has lived in Maine and New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts and Arizona, and is a graduate of Ithaca College with a double major in Speech/Drama and English Lit.

All of the above, plus passions for knitting, scuba diving and fly fishing; an addiction to all types of writing and film; Macintosh computers, digital imagery, and photography (check out her LightPlay Photos, which will be online very soon); Zuni fetish carvings and musical comedy scores, which she sings in the shower, unfortunately not an Equity venue; and a fascination with people in all walks of life inform her fiction.

She lives on Chickadee Farm in New Hampshire with her husband, novelist and outdoors writer William G. Tapply, and her animal menagerie—Muffin, Burt, Gracie, Cranberry, and Cody, the black bear who visits on occasion.

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