Stef Ann Holm was born in Southern California near Hollywood. With the fantasy worlds of Disneyland and Universal Studios at her doorstep, her imagination was stimulated at an early age. She attended Chatsworth High where Kevin Spacey, Mare Winningham and Val Kilmer entertained on the school’s stage. As a semester elective, Stef Ann enrolled in drama and played a Fandango hostess in the chorus of Sweet Charity. It was the beginning and the end of her acting and singing career. She got a “C” in Drama and an “A” in Creative Writing.
She sold her first romance in 1987. While waiting for a load of laundry to complete at the laundromat, Stef Ann made up the name for her heroine, Camry, when she saw a Toyota Camry parked outside in the lot. Who knew that model would end up being so popular, making her in-depth research seem so shallow. Stef Ann has had twenty-four novels and one novella published. Her editor calls her contemporary romances, “Slices of life stories about real people.”
Stef Ann lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, extended family and her squirrel-crazy Yorkshire, Cocoa Puff.
I’m often asked how I became a writer. There’s no one moment that made me take this career path. I’ve always liked to create stories on paper, whether I was using a crayon or a pencil. When I was entering junior high, my parents moved from one area of the San Fernando Valley to a hillside home (which they still live in.) My bedroom had this amazing view of the Valley at night. I set up my desk to face out the window, and used a key-stroke typewriter with a faded ink ribbon. Staring at the Santa Monica mountains, I tapped out novels about teenagers and first loves. Growing up in Southern California in the ‘70s shaped much of my thinking and creativity, and I love that it’s a part of my history. Many of us alums from Chatsworth High who fell into writing, thank our creative writing teacher, Mrs. Farquar, for inspiring us to reach farther. Today I live in Idaho and the view out my window is far different. I still write romantic stories, only now my muse comes from feeding the many birds in my yard and finding tranquility with the ducks who swim slowly across our pond. I start my day with a cup of coffee and gather my thoughts at sunrise in our backyard.