My Google+ Hangout with Stephanie Sprenger

By Estelle Erasmus

Stephanie Sprenger

I first met Stephanie Sprenger on twitter. She was talking about a virtual book club and I found the thought intriguing, since I was already part of a brick and mortar club.

Then I became a fan of Stephanie’s smart, funny and poignant writing on her site Mommy, For Real.  After which I learned she was also a music teacher.  As a classically-trained opera singer, you know my passion for music.

One day I read that Stephanie was one half of the dynamic duo (the other half being the talented Jessica Smock) of the HerStories Project. They had edited and self-published a book about friendships called The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship and were working on another book for which they were  requesting submissions.

I get asked to submit to projects quite often and have to pick and choose the ones that make the most sense and resonate the most for me. The book titled My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends gave me the opportunity I had wanted to write a valentine of sorts to my best friend Laura, who I met years ago when we were both working at magazines (me as an editor, her in ad sales), and who I had a fourteen year break with, before getting back together when I was pregnant with my now five-year-old daughter.

My piece was accepted, and then I learned how professional and inclusive both Stephanie and Jessica are, and how adept at building community, which is one of my passions.

Watch Stephanie talk about

*How she and Jessica Smock connected.

*Why they picked the subject matter they did for their first and second book project.

*What she learned from her first experience publishing an anthology.

*Recommendations for submitting an essay to HerStories for their new project.

*Her plans for the future.


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34 thoughts on “My Google+ Hangout with Stephanie Sprenger”

  1. Great interview, cant wait to go back and read the first HerStories book and the Susanna Sonnenberg book. Always love the idea of combining motherhood and feminism and making a difference in the world, as the HerStories project is certainly doing! (FYI: The video was having some problems and I had to start it three times in order to watch it.

  2. What a fun interview!!! I had the thrill of working with Stephanie and Jessica in their first book and it was such a wonderful experience! I’m not sure how I didn’t know this but I did not realize that they still have not met face to face. I love that!! Estelle thanks so much for your great interview with a really great lady, writer, blogger and editor!

  3. I move a lot (8 states and counting), and I have relied on my female support system to help me through all that change and other changes. Thanks for the interview / book overview on the topic of female friendships. It’s good to talk about such things overtly (and to talk about the publishing process).

    1. Hi Karen,
      Stephanie and Jessica are both so inclusive and transparent about the publishing process and I was glad that I could provide a forum for even more info.

  4. Another great interview, Estelle! This is such a great topic, My girlfriend relationships have certainly been complicated and blessings throughout the years.
    I miss my best friend so much, she passed away in February.

  5. Love, love, love! What a fantastic idea to do the Google Hangouts like this. I’m so inspired! You are such lovely ladies, both inside and out and very, very inspiring.

  6. This was a terrific collection of stories that just about any woman can relate to. And your story was wonderful, Estelle.

  7. Friendships are dynamic relationships and the road isn’t always smooth!But for some reason, we think it should be. If it were, it would be the only kind of relationship road that was!

  8. I always find this topic so very interesting. I have a best friend for the past 18 years and it’s so complex and at times lots of work. I will check out her book and vids for sure. Thanks much for sharing this topic that touch so many of our lives!

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