How did I realize writing was my thing? I gave it a shot. When I was done, I wasn’t left with a masterpiece — but my soul breathed a happy little sigh letting me know I was on the right path.
Stephanie has always loved to lose herself in the world of fantasy and romance. Writing stories gave her the chance to explore new and exciting adventures. Ever since she was young, she devoured books that allowed the reader to choose their own adventure. When the endings didn’t satisfy her she found ways to reimagine those same stories in her mind. She feels lucky to now have that opportunity to do that with her own novels. Love and superpowers have always fascinated her – she dreamed of finding both as she grew up.
Luckily she has, with her husband and three children. Living in a storybook part of the world in New England, she gets to work on her passion for creating fantasy worlds, dreamy heroes and heroines, and writing kickass characters to entertain her readers. These days, you’ll find her with a cup of coffee writing in her office, curled up on the couch reading, working with aspiring writers, and enjoying time with her family.
Why did you start writing?
I can’t think of a time when I wasn’t writing. When I was in elementary school I would enter a contest every year where we not only created an original story but the cover from cardboard and old wallpaper samples. I still have one of those stories! From then on I would jot down story ideas and imagine myself submitting a story to an editor and all my author dreams coming true! Then one day I just stopped writing. Life, my day job, something in me put that dream away. Until a good friend who I had started to beta read (reading her stories prior to publication and offering suggestions) asked why I wasn’t writing myself. After her encouraging pushes and shoves, I finally took the leap and never looked back.
What surprised you about the writing process?
How much work it is. I never expected it to be easy but I had no idea how much I didn’t know. That when you’re writing there are things you NEED to know before you even think about your story. You should be familiar with story structure, character wounds, character motivation and goals, arcs, and that there are so many ways to plot a story. Each writer I know has their own method that works for them. The list of what surprised me is huge and I continue to add to that and learn something new every day.
What recommendations do you have for someone who is interested in starting a writing career?
Learn the craft. Read books related to your genre. Join a writers group ~ a local chapter, Facebook groups. Surround yourself with other writers that support you. Learn how to market yourself (this is true whether you self-publish or traditionally publish). Ask questions. Get to know what type of writer you are. Create a plan. Work to have scheduled writing times even if it’s once a month to start. Be flexible.
Do you ever provide signed copies of your books?
On occasion. Typically if signed copies are up for grabs you’ll hear about it in my newsletter first!