Stephanie Harte was born and raised in North West London where she still lives with her husband Barry, daughter Sarah, son James and Cairn terrier Ruby.
She was educated at St Michael’s Catholic Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school she trained in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy at London College of Fashion.
She worked for many years as a Pharmaceutical Buyer for the NHS, based at Barnet General Hospital purchasing medicines and related supplies for North London hospitals including, Edgware General, Finchley Memorial, Napsbury & peripheral sites . Her career path led her to work for an international export company whose markets included The Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
Since 2007 Stephanie has been teaching regular beauty therapy workshops at a London based specialist residential clinic that treats children with severe eating disorders.
Kitty Murphy’s Ticket to Paradise is her debut novel.
Kitty Murphy’s Ticket to Paradise [Kindle Edition]
Set in 1980s London, 18 year old Kitty and her four older brothers lived at home with their Irish parents. Their house was filled with love and humour but could be smothering at times and their mother’s obsession with the humble potato surely wasn’t normal. When Kitty’s given the opportunity to move in with friends and enjoy her first taste of freedom she thinks she’s been given her ticket to paradise.
She’s swept off her feet by Rupert the man of her dreams with a bottomless bank balance. However this is no ordinary love story and suddenly everything changes. Kitty’s idyllic life is turned upside down and takes an unexpected turn when she discovers Rupert isn’t quite as perfect as she thought he was.
With the help of her family and friends and some of her legendary cocktails she must get her life back on track.
If you never experienced the sheer joy of big hair, shoulder pads and leg warmers you probably didn’t grow up in the 80s. This light-hearted novel will transport you back to a time when they were the height of fashion!
Winter warmer novella featuring characters from the novel, Kitty Murphy’s Ticket to Paradise.
Wight Christmas [Kindle Edition]
When Kitty and Liam arrive at Sea View Paradise Holiday Park on the Isle of Wight, hoping to relax and unwind, they never imagined their two week holiday would turn into a long term stay.
December 1988 and Kitty’s full of festive spirit. She loves everything about the season, the parties, mulled wine, mince pies and mistletoe. She even likes turkey. Nothing can dampen her enthusiasm for it, not even a sprinkling of drama between partners old and new.
But the countdown to Christmas isn’t going smoothly and their Yuletide plans are put in jeopardy when out of the blue, an unfortunate accident occurs.
Then things go from bad to worse, when a blizzard threatens to trap them on the island, with unexpected guests. Being snowed in could either turn out to be frightful or delightful. Will their winter wonderland be sugar and spice and all things nice or tinsel, tears and tantrums?
Kitty’s Christmas Collection Part Two.
Let it Snow [Kindle Edition]
Let it Snow is part two of Kitty’s Christmas Collection. Set on the Isle of Wight, in December 1988, it features the characters from the novel, Kitty Murphy’s Ticket to Paradise.
Having a white Christmas is something people always dream of, isn’t it?
The snow continues to fall at Sea View Paradise Holiday Park, making the prospect of being snowed in a very real possibility. That could be a great adventure or a complete nightmare.
Spending time with our nearest and dearest should be an enjoyable experience. However, playing the gracious hostess to a chalet full of uninvited guests isn’t Kitty’s idea of fun. With her patience pushed to the limit, Kitty’s about to be put to the test, as tempers are starting to fray.
Kitty’s usually full of festive spirit, but her visitors have outstayed their welcome, so the only spirit she wants to be full of this year is the contents of her drinks cabinet. Will Kitty ever regain her love of the season, or will she turn into Scrooge?
A bittersweet romance set in the swinging sixties.
Peppermint Park [Kindle Edition]
Peppermint Park stood on a tree-lined street in the affluent suburb of Chigwell, Essex. It looked picture perfect on the outside, but behind closed doors, family secrets were hidden from public view.
To escape a life of torment, Violet boards a plane bound for San Francisco with her boyfriend, Bradley. Once they stepped inside the boundaries of Happy Acres, a hippie commune, they entered a different realm, one without clocks and calendars, where smoking marijuana became a daily pastime.
Violet and Bradley were having the time of their lives. But was their amphetamine-fueled existence about to come crashing down around them? Surely you can never have too much of a good thing, can you? Join them on their journey as they take a leap of faith into unknown territory in search of a new beginning.