I’m an author, freelance writer and interior designer based in Memphis, Tenn. My third novel, How to Look Happy, launched in January 2016 through Gemma Halliday Publishing. My first two books, Now a Major Motion Picture and 30 First Dates, launched in 2015. Find more about them on my Books Page.

Day to day, I cover design, architecture, art and lifestyle topics for newspapers and magazines, and I’m always in search of the next cool story and the perfect place to put it. In recent months, I’ve written features on subjects ranging from amazing houses to daring DIY experiences to the region’s hottest designers and trendsetters. I also write regular home features for The Commercial Appeal, the Memphis metro’s major daily newspaper.

I earned a BA in Journalism in 1998, and in past years I’ve worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, corporate communications writer and managing editor of a daily business paper. In 2008, I earned an MS in home design & merchandising and spent three years doing “field study” (i.e., working as a staff designer) at a traditional Southern interior design firm – one of the coolest experiences of my career. Now, I put everything I learned at that job into play as I interview designers, tour amazing spaces and report on the latest trends in the world of home style.

My non-fiction and fiction work has garnered awards from the Tennessee Press Association, the Memphis Society of Professional Journalists and SOLA Writers. In 2014 my first completed novel was chosen as a second-round finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, and in 2011 I was chosen to participate in the Moss Workshop in Fiction at the University of Memphis with author Richard Bausch. I’m active on Twitter (@staceywwriter), Facebook ( and Pinterest (swied1).