Tell me about yourself, Stephanie?
I once was a super introvert with social anxiety, but now I’m an extroverted introvert with social anxiety, which makes for some awkward conversations. Great writing fodder, though. I’m only in my 30s, but I grew up without watching much TV or gaming. The desert of Southern Arizona was my playground and fueled my imagination. I wrote my first “novel” at the age of 10 about two girls who make an adventure. That’s actually the title — “Two Girls Make An Adventure.” They both end up marrying the same prince because it was before I learned about polygamy. (Which, when consensual, I fully support as an adult, but kids have no clue.)
Tell me about your current Book:When an archaeology student uncovers an ancient Roman amulet, Serafina must protect it with from the mysterious forces trying to take it from her or die trying.
"Vampires, Immortals, Bacchae—they’re all the same. The name may change, but their appetites never do."
Ever since archaeology student Serafina Finch found an ancient Roman amulet on a dig in Italy, she's been having dreams. Strange dreams that leave her with an eerie sense of foreboding. But between a busy college schedule and a boyfriend she's hoping to marry, she doesn't have time for strange.
Then a mysterious cult takes an obsessive interest in the artifact. Serafina finds her life in chaos as she's thrown into the supernatural world, where vampires and witches alike claim ownership of the amulet. Her amulet.
As her connection to the amulet grows, she discovers a dark secret about her past. Serafina realizes she must protect the powerful relic at all costs—even if it means losing one of the people she loves most.
What are you working on now?Book 2 in my Immortal Relics series! Her Majesty’s Fury continues the story of Serafina and the amulet and should be out early this fall. I’m also writing a short story for an anthology about a pandimensional flying inn. When I can squeeze in the time and brain power, I’m outlining book 3 in my series, Descent to Hel. (Yes, one L.)
Tell us something that people don't generally know about you:I am allergic to hair dye and have nerve damage in one of my cheeks which makes me smile off-kilter. I also deal with depression and anxiety (I kind of wonder who doesn’t these days) and advocate for mental health awareness and reform.
What is a favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?Writing is the easy part. LOL.
What is the best piece of writing advice you give to new authors?Research, reading, watching writing-related videos, going on a walk, etc. — all of that is part of the writing business. If you need to take a break from the actual writing, do it. You’re not giving up, you’re resetting and reinvigorating your creative brain.