Interview with Stephanie Jandreau

What are you working on next?
Publishing the first title in The Platinum Series: Amethyst.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charlaine Harris, Diana Gabaldon, E.L. James, Anne Rice, Stephenie Meyers and Sylvia Day all have writing styles that I enjoy reading.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family life is fulfilling and sitting down at my laptop to write, journeying into a world of my own creation​.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a full-time mom, running a busy household. I enjoy gardening and painting.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Facebook posts. Searching Amazon. Word of mouth.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, its the first book in my series, The Platinum Series: Amethyst.
What is your writing process?
Settling in with a cup of coffee or tea, listening to music and imagining the world I'm creating. I mentally write all the time, when I driving or washing my hair or doing housework. My characters are constantly on my mind.
How do you approach cover design?
I think of symbolism, trying to capture the essence of the story with a single image. Colors and composition play a big part of what appeals.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's impossible to answer because always changing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire 6"
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media and word of mouth.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I started writing Milican’s story in March of 2010 as a favor to my eldest son who asked for a short screenplay to enter the 48 Hour LA Film Project: Los Angeles.
“Mom, what character do you see as?” Coy asked.
Nonchalantly I replied, “A vampire.”
“Okay, well just write fifteen pages,” he instructed. But when he called back a week later, I had written over sixty pages and after I summarized the story he responded, “Mom, just finish your book.”
I laughed, “I’m not writing a book.”
“Yes, you are. I can’t film that story in a fifteen-minute film and do it justice.”
And with that, my passion for writing was born. I started in earnest doing research and fleshing out her characters. During the process, I fell in love them, their journey, and they took on a life of their own. I pushed beyond my bounds, overcoming the struggles of dyslexia as I chronicled Milican’s journey through the decades.
Amethyst is just the beginning of The Platinum Series.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escaping into a world that I've created, developing unique characters that are relatable and having readers enjoy the story I wrote.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I have fans, they will mean the world to me without them my writing is solitary. My beta readers are the closest thing to fans that I currently have and they are my biggest champions.
Published 2015-03-18.
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