PERSONAL: Born in Silver Creek, NY; daughter of Harlan and Lorraine (maiden name, Meyers; later surname, Carver) Stearns; children: Alexander. Education: St. Petersburg College, A.A., 1990; University of South Florida, B.A., 1993; Springfield College (Tampa, FL), M.S., 2000. Religion: Nondenominational.
ADDRESSES: Agent—c/o Author Mail, Enrichment Books, P.O. Box 3362, Seminole, FL 33775-3362.
CAREER: Writer. Schoolteacher working in exceptional student education, St. Petersburg, FL, 1993–.
MEMBER: Publishers Marketing Association, Florida Writers Association, Florida Publishers Association.
AWARDS, HONORS: Royal Palm Literary Award for self-help, for Conscious Courage: Turning Everyday Challenges into Opportunities.
Conscious Courage: Turning Everyday Challenges into Opportunities, Enrichment Books (Seminole, FL), 2004.
SIDELIGHTS: Maureen Stearns told CA: "I believe I was put on this earth to foster personal growth in others. One outlet for this is my current work as a teacher in St. Petersburg, Florida. Writing is another way I reach out. During the coursework for my master's degree, I chose courage as my topic for an 'I project.' The goal of this project was to pull something out of one's self that had deep meaning and to develop it in some way. My project on courage grew into this book."