Bio

I’m a recovering lawyer turned professional writer. Please check out my short fiction, freelancing work, podcasts, and personal blogs under the Portfolio tab.

For an abridged version of my life story, read on!

I grew up in a suburb of Detroit and I still say “pop” and not soda. I attended the so-beautiful-it-looks-fake Stanford University, where I started off as an English major and then switched to International Relations when I realized that majoring in English requires reading Shakespeare. I graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in International Relations and honors in Latin American Studies.

A month after graduating college, I went to work as a paralegal in the São Paulo, Brazil office of a large British law firm. I spent nine months there, eating mangos, learning Portuguese, and discovering the many wonders of Brazil. Here is an adorably wide-eyed interview I did when I had first moved there. I fell in love with the country, the music, the people, (and, it must be said, the mangos) and vowed to return. You can read more about my time in Brazil here.

After working in and traveling around the Southern Cone, I returned to San Francisco and lived with my grandparents for four months while I worked as a receptionist at an international backpacking hostel. My duties involved telling people which bus routes to avoid, leading pub crawls, and making sure no one burnt the place down. (Mission: accomplished).

In the fall of 2006, I started at Harvard Law School, determined to go into human rights law and change the world for the better. (Original!) I got involved with the human rights clinic and worked at a fantastic human rights NGO in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the summer between my first and second years of law school. As time went on, though, I became disenchanted with what I was doing at law school and began to seriously question the impact that human rights laws have on people’s actual lives. Looking for something with a more tangible impact, I became involved with the Harvard Program on Negotiation. I really loved it. I still think if I ever return to the law, I’ll seek out a job in negotiation. More about my law school experience here.

Like pretty much every non-billionaire who attends law school, I ended up having some serious bills to pay when I graduated in 2009, and so I took a job at an international law firm in Washington DC, practicing international investment arbitration law. Although I was based in DC, my firm sent me to São Paulo again for six months, which was challenging and rewarding, professionally and personally. (Plus, I rekindled my love affair with mangos.) I worked at the law firm until October 17, 2012, when I quit to pursue my lifelong dream of writing professionally. Since then, I’ve lived and worked in Johannesburg, London, and DC.

These days, I live just across the river from Washington, DC in Old Town, Alexandria with my husband Alastair and our kids, Lucia and Ewan. When I’m not writing, I’m knitting, watching TV, cooking, or doing crossword puzzles — often all at once.

Please contact me at stephanie [dot] early [dot] green [at] gmail [dot] com.