Stephanie Staal
47, Brooklyn, NY

What do you do for work?
I’m on my second act as a lawyer (actually, it might be more like my third or even fourth act…). I work as an appellate court attorney in Manhattan, assisting the judges in analyzing appeals. The court hears all kinds of cases — civil, criminal, family — and the job entails a ton of fast-paced research and writing. Prior to that, I worked in the media and publishing industries for over 15 years, first as a literary scout (with Nina!), and then as a journalist and editor. I was 36 years old, with my daughter entering first grade, when I decided to go to law school. It was probably one of the most difficult decisions of my life, which I questioned almost every day during those three years it took to get my degree. Now that I’m nearing a decade as a lawyer and love what I do, I know it was the best choice for me.

Claim to fame?
I don’t think I would call it a claim to fame exactly, but my proudest moment was handing in the final manuscript for my second book, Reading Women, two days before taking (and miraculously passing) the New York Bar Exam.

Secret aspiration?
My not-so-secret aspiration is to retire to a small house on the Puget Sound with two dogs, many books, and a wine cellar — and start writing mysteries. Basically I want to be a 21st century version of Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote, but sexier and better dressed.

Last Google Search?
Those of you in the Facebook Group will get this: “Singapore kiss.”

Favorite thing to do when no one is around?
I was struggling to think of something funny or unusual here, but with a toddler and teen at home, I’m just so thrilled to have any time alone that my favorite thing to do is to lie down on the couch, close my eyes, and let my mind wander.

What are you reading now?
I’m on vacation and have in my bag Normal People by Sally Rooney, Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee, and City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

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The Woolfer Newsletter Team
Stephanie Staal and Nina Collins have worked together and adored each other since 1994 when they were both babies in the world of book publishing. Stephanie is a lawyer, journalist, & author of READING WOMEN, and Nina is the founder of "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?" Hillary Richard is also a lawyer and co-host of the Raging Gracefully podcast. Sidney Morss is a recent NYU grad and the youngest member of our team.

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