A foodie who sometimes abuses hair care products, I write about love, relationships, fashion, family, and strength of self. I’m a writer, photographer, mother, and lifestyle connoisseur living in Boca Raton, Florida (having just moved from Austin, Texas)–a respite from New York, where I was born and raised. I knew I wanted to be a storyteller since the fourth grade, but I didn’t hone my writing skills until I worked with writers Mary Gordon, Colin Harrison, and Dani Shapiro while attending Barnard College.
After graduating in 1997 with a B.A. in English and a concentration in writing, I worked for eight years in advertising, at Juno Online Services, and later Young & Rubicam and Wunderman, as an interactive art director. While serving time behind a desk in midtown Manhattan, I realized I actually liked my job but didn’t see it as a career. I began to take night classes in photography and continued to work on my writing. Eventually, I broke into the red carpet world of photography (with my Nikon D300), shooting premieres, galas, and charity events by night, designing web sites in advertising by day. And on weekends, I photographed the grit and grandeur of New York City’s Meatpacking District for The Hotel Gansevoort, where my “Au Jus” photography collection adorns all the rooms, suites, and corridors of the hotel. Selected art prints are for sale.
In January 2004, I began stephanieklein.com. At its center is my blog, Greek Tragedy, named both after my heritage (I’m a quarter Greek) and a humbling experience in the Greek collegiate system–not to mention my tendency to be a bit, oh, dramatic. It’s where I tell things straight up and unfiltered. I blog for many reasons, mainly it’s my “throat clearing,” an online journal of thoughts and questions I try to write for myself. As my life changes, so does my blog.
The Independent in London discovered my “life-changing” blog the summer of 2004, when they dubbed me, “The Internet Queen of Manhattan.” Prior to this, I was unaware of my site’s popularity. But when I was later featured on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Styles section, in July 2005, I learned Greek Tragedy was in the top 1% of all blogs (including all those political blogs out there).
Between 2004 and 2005, I was determined to write a memoir about moving on after a failed marriage, so I worked on a book proposal, found a literary agent, and eventually signed a two-book deal with Judith Regan (now HarperCollins/William Morrow). In August of 2005, I left advertising; convincing myself I wasn’t quitting but was beginning a new full-time job from home. As a writer. For real.
And that’s where I am now. My first memoir Straight Up And Dirty is available in bookstores (hardcover & paperback). Based on the book, I created a half hour comedy series for ABC Studios, and wrote the pilot for ABC.
My second book, MOOSE: A Memoir (also available in hardcover & paperback) is a coming-of-age memoir about a time in my life I affectionately refer to as The Thunder Years–it’s about my time spent at fat camp, with the nickname Moose. I’m currently working on writing the screenplay with a production company in Hollywood.
And of course, I’m blogging on Greek Tragedy about all of it. Jump straight to the beginning of GREEK TRAGEDY to see where this all began. Thanks for stopping by, chiming in, and connecting. What I love best about this blog is that the people in our lives who are most important to us now, aside from family, began as just strangers. So many people who’ve become like family to me now connected with me through little white email screens and IM windows, across cities, and states, tweets, and facebook statuses. Please feel free to reach out and make a new friend here.