Interview with Stefanie August

When did you first start writing?
My first foray into writing was at age three or so; stories about things going on in my life done on scrap or colored paper with crayons and pencils. I wrote a cook book on how to fry an egg after reading "Green Eggs and Ham", by Dr. Seuss. I was fascinated as to how eggs could turn green and since we did not often eat friend eggs in our home I wrote that if you placed them in green food coloring they would fry up nice and verdant! I used words that I heard my folks use. Verdant was one of grandmother's ways of saying her plants were doing well.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Katz Against Pavlov: Katz Wakes Up is my current manifestation in writing. It's about an investment banker who has to choose between a life of loneliness as a man at the top of his game or living authentically. It's a statement on how we are isolated by our social strata. It's also a statement on how we treat each other given our good fortune or not. This is part one of a longer novel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am compelled to remain authentic in my work and to assist others in realizing their best work. As the publishing industry has conglomerated we writers have less opportunity to get picked up by larger corporate houses unless we are very aggressive in our promotion and sales or get lucky finding a good agent. Being an indie author from conception to print to pr and marketing is challenging yet rewarding especially when you see your finished book!
What do your fans mean to you?
Most of my fan base are artists working in various mediums, I consider them friends who support my creative work and vice verse. We challenge each other to remain productive! I want to present my best work to fans and give them a sense that they too can accomplish their goal of writing, painting, etc.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A cat named Waldo!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about my next creative project - it's obsessive - or working on marketing.
What is your writing process?
I always have small scraps of paper and a pen handy since I get creative ideas very frequently. If I do not have them handy I write my ideas down as soon as I can. I have completed 6 books this way and have outlines for several more.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first grown-up story I remember reading is "The Member of the Wedding" by Carson McCullers. It was so explicit in its detail about coming of age - I felt connected to the character since I was a gangling kid myself and always wondering what to do with my life - I felt totally out of place with who I was in my family and writing helped me find myself.
Describe your desk
A long slender brown half table - one side contains my note pads, the other a large glass of water with lime, (or a glass of Merlot later!) a lamp for added light - a large screened PC - no junk - I get distracted!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am just joining the Smashwords community and look forward to sharing my work! It is a step in the right direction!
Published 2017-12-05.
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Books by This Author

Own Your Process: Key Steps To Success As A Creative Artist
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,280. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Time Management
Own Your Process: Key Steps To Success As A Creative Artist is a nuts and bolts guide and journal for creatives in any media who are serious about showcasing their work and generating income from it.
Katz Against Pavlov: A Novel About Walking Part 1: Katz Wakes Up
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,570. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Charles Darwin Katz is an Investment Banker, poised to become a partner of the New York City based firm Lincoln Lester Wealth Management upon marriage to the daughter and sole heiress, Charlotte Denise Lester. Still, he feels trapped. A story of personal and spiritual transformation.