Originally trained as a teacher in Philosophy, from 1977 until 1988 Stella worked in Kenya where she established a teacher training scheme for the Aga Khan Educational Fund, Geneva. In 1988 she relocated to Denmark.
Stella gave up full-time technical writing and editing almost 4 years ago to concentrate on her creative writing. She worked through the Norwich Writing Center (associated with UEA), completed the Faber Academy Writing a Novel online course in April 2017 and went on to the Faber Academy Work in Progress course.
She is currently studying on the Cornerstones Edit Your Novel course.