Born in Gainesville, Florida,
Mari Ann Stefanelli received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida and has more than 15 years’ experience in the PR field. Her career included managing local level politics, educating the public about cancer prevention and detection at the American Cancer Society, and promoting life-saving new drugs at Hill and Knowlton's pharmaceutical division.
As much as she loved her clients, she loved writing about them even more. She revamped her career to focus on writing, editing, and creating events that inspire and sustain writers and authors. She lives in the Atlanta, Georgia, area with her husband and children.
A Word from Mari Ann:
As a youngster, I loved stories. I read constantly––including the dictionary while I ate breakfast each morning. I also loved listening to people share their stories. My favorites were the ones my Italian grandfather told me about working in the coal mines and my Southern grandfather's stories about...anything. He could talk about dirt and I'd be enthralled. Over the years, my passion for the written word continued to flourish, and while I was in college, I realized I wanted to capture these stories. Even more--I wanted to write about the people who shared them. Sometimes I did that. But mostly I carved out a happy existence in the public relations world, where I wrote about my clients and their products and services.
In the providential way life sometimes comes together, I’m now able to focus on what I enjoy most: listening to people, telling their stories, or helping them tell their own. I’ve also launched an annual writing retreat,The Writer’s High Retreat®, which debuted in 2015.
I’ve been blessed to find the writer’s high®––that blissful experience when the mind, the heart, the soul, and the body work in harmony to create effortless and beautiful prose. Let me show you how to do the same.