Interview with Stephanie A. Cain

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read a lot, of course. I love authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, Patrick Rothfuss, C.S. Lewis, Laura Van Arendonk Baugh, Patricia C. Wrede, Yangsze Choo, Robin McKinley, Elizabeth McCoy, and Maggie Stiefvater.

When I'm not reading, I spend a lot of time playing with my cats, Eowyn, Strider, and Eustace. I am sadly addicted to Skyrim, so I spend time playing that. I also love organizing things, much to my friends' and coworkers' chagrin. I go hiking as often as I can, and I'm an unapologetic bird nerd.

Professionally, I spend my days promoting tourism in my county and showing people around a 19th century version of a man cave. If you're ever at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum in Crawfordsville, say hello!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lots of ways! Recommendations from friends is the biggest method, but I've also found writers I like through social media, especially Twitter. Sometimes the recommendation algorithms show up with something that interests me, so I give it a try.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't know if this is the first story I ever wrote, but the first one I remember writing was in second grade. It involved unicorns trying to fix a huge crystal that hung from a rainbow in their unicorn land. I remember it being heavily influenced by the movie The Dark Crystal. :)
Describe your desk
It's a huge oak monstrosity that I acquired at Purdue University Salvage for $95. It's basically a wooden version of a tanker desk, and it's as sturdy as a tank. I've made a few modifications for ergonomic reasons. I removed the shallow center drawer and put in a keyboard try that rolls out. I've also got a hutch on top of it to hold my printer and act as a catnap platform (that latter purpose was NOT intentional).

The surface of my desk has a clear plastic writing mat on it. Under the mat, I put pictures, poems, quotes, and anything else that inspires me about what I'm currently working on.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing back from people who like my stories and connect with my characters. It's such a thrill to have my words touch someone enough that they leave a review or comment on a blog post or send me an email. I love knowing that my imaginary friends are interesting to readers even if those readers don't have the characters living in their heads all the time. :)

A close second would be the amazing rush of excitement when a new project is just coming together, when I'm getting ALL THE IDEAS and bouncing around trying to connect them and chomping at the bit to start putting words on paper.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a short story for my writing critique group. As soon as I finish that, I will be wrapping up a sequel to my novelette Stormsinger. I'm really looking forward to sharing it with people who have already met Arama and Prince Vistaren and are wondering what happens next!
Published 2013-12-31.
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Books by This Author

Stormshadow
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Series: Storms in Amethir, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,660. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Princess Azmei of Tamnen has a decision to make, and she doesn’t like either option: marry Prince Vistaren of Amethir--a man she’s never met--or let her kingdom’s war with Strid go on with no end in sight. Seeing no alternative, she agrees to meet Prince Vistaren, with the caveat that the marriage treaty won’t be ratified until then. But not everyone wants the marriage to go forward...
Stormsinger
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Series: Storms in Amethir, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 11,600. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Captain Arama Dzornaea thought she was just supposed to transport Crown Prince Vistaren Doth'Mara to meet his contracted bride. As the king's top privateer, she thinks she can handle anything. What Arama doesn't anticipate is storms out of season, an unruly stormwitch, and a strange witchery echo that puts Arama, her ship the Dawn Star, and everyone aboard smack in the middle of a mystery.