Severna Park author Stephanie Verni’s third novel, “Inn Significant,” is set in Oxford, and also features St. Michaels and Easton.
“Inn Significant” is a contemporary fiction novel that follows Milly Foster as she struggles to find her way out of a state of depression two years after receiving the horrifying news of her husband Gil’s untimely death. As a last-ditch effort and means of intervention, Milly’s parents convince her to run their successful inn during their absence as they help a friend establish a new bed and breakfast in Ireland.
Milly reluctantly agrees; when she arrives at the picturesque, waterfront Inn Significant, her colleague, John, discovers a journal written by her late grandmother that contains a secret her grandmother kept from the family.
Reading her grandmother’s words, and being able to identify with her Nana’s own feelings of loss, sparks the beginning of Milly’s climb out of the darkness and back to the land of the living.
“I was inspired by the towns on the Eastern Shore and wanted to pay homage to the beautiful places we have right across the Chesapeake Bay,” said Verni, who grew up in the Annapolis area. “Whereas my first book paid tribute to our city of Annapolis, I tried my best to capture the tranquility and loveliness of the Eastern Shore in this book. Sometimes inspiration for a novel comes from experiencing places—and falling in love with them.”
A graduate of Towson University, Verni earned her first master’s degree in professional writing from Towson University and a second master’s degree in creative writing from National University in San Diego. She spent 13 years working in public relations and publishing for the Baltimore Orioles as the club’s director of publishing, and one year at the Baltimore Sun as the creative services manager in communications. She is a full-time faculty member of business communication at Stevenson University, where she instructs writing and communication courses.
She has written two other works of fiction, “Beneath the Mimosa Tree” (2012) and “Baseball Girl” (2015). Along with two of her colleagues, she is the co-author of the textbook “Event Planning: Communicating Theory & Practice” (2016), published by Kendall-Hunt.