This week we’re featuring a Q&A with Senior Editor Stephanie Rische.
Where are you from originally and what brought you to Tyndale?
I taught eighth-grade English for several years before coming to Tyndale, and the perspective I gained through that experience helps me as I work on books for teens. I started as a copyeditor here, and now I’m a senior editor, working directly with authors on concept-level editing. I just celebrated ten years at Tyndale, and it’s truly a wonderful place to use my gifts and be part of a team that advances God’s Kingdom through words and stories.
When you were a young child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I have always loved words and books. While my friends were playing with dolls, I always wanted to play author. I’d write, illustrate, and bind my own homemade books filled with mystery stories and bad poetry. I had no idea at the time that I could actually get paid to help create books one day!
What was your first paid job?
When I was in high school, I was a gymnastics coach for the beginner-level girls, most of whom were preschool age. I loved their enthusiasm for life, and sometimes I picture their faces when I’m working on our books for young kids.
What do you like most about your job at Tyndale?
I love working with authors and helping them communicate truths about God and his Word. One of the other rewarding parts of my job is getting notes from our readers sharing how a certain book touched them. My all-time favorite was from a ten-year-old girl who had just finished reading one of our fiction books:
I used to think God was too busy to ever think about us, and the only times he did was when he was mad about something. And I thought he was just always frowning at us, so I never really talked to him. But then I read these books and I realized I was wrong. Especially when I read how Ellie pictured God smiling. Since then I’ve thought about him smiling about different things, and I talk to him a lot. Anyway I just wanted to tell you that and thank you very much for the books.
What is your favorite Tyndale Kids product and why?
It’s so hard to choose just one! Can I cheat a little and choose one for each age group?
My favorite teen product is So Long, Insecurity Teen Edition by Beth Moore. I wish I’d had this book when I was growing up and struggling to figure out who I was. It offers truths from Scripture about where our true worth comes from as daughters of God, and it features a full-color interior with surveys and photos of real girls.
For middle-grade readers, I love Dandi Daley Mackall’s Backyard Horses series. It features quirky, lovable characters, and I highly recommend it for any child who loves animals. These books are fun, engaging reads that have deep truths about life and faith—for kids and adults alike.
For preschoolers, one of my favorites is My Read and Rhyme Bible Storybook by Crystal Bowman and Cindy Kenney. These rhyming Bible stories are a delightful read while at the same time building a foundation for young kids in God’s Word.