Interview with Stephanie Yarns

What is your writing process?
My writing process right now it... Hectic! I am sure that will continue until I am able to support myself with my books. I work and my schedule is always different. Luckily for me, I work at night and am usually home by 10 pm. I do my best writing at night and I do enjoy writing until the sun comes up. When the light in my eyes makes it impossible to see the screen, I know it is time for sleep.
If I cannot get on the computer to write, I ALWAYS have a notebook with me. I have tons of notebooks filled with handwritten parts of my stories. Sometimes I actually prefer doing it that way as it gives me a chance to do some small editing as I go. And then there are the times when I will chuck everything I put in the notebook out of the window and go off on a completely different track!
What do you read for pleasure?
This one is easy! Any and everything. I read all genres. As long as it keeps me turning pages. I have pushed on through slower starting novels to find they completely draw me in. I get as lost in space as easily as I get swept up into a historical romance. Steamy erotic scenes captivate me just as quickly as the tense scene where an underwater diver it placing bombs under a nuclear powered aircraft carrier. Does it have words? Yes? Then I want to read it!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What ever phone I have! HA! I have not yet ventured into the realm of tablets and e-book readers. I just use my phone. Unless I am in the bath. I have a tendency to drift into sleep in a warm bubble bath. A paperback is easier to dry off. And cheaper!
Describe your desk
Cluttered! This was an easy question as well. As I sit here, I have DVD spindles and a couple of empty wine bottles. Unopened and open mail a couple of glasses. My coffee cup that I am using. Yesterdays coffee cup. A printer, router. Two containers of pens. Lamp oil, I don't know why that is there. A bottle of cleaner that I will use when I immediately finish this interview and clean my desk. Speakers and my monitor. And my cat! Her favorite place to lay in behind my monitor. I could have it worse. she could have picked my keyboard.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This one might get me in trouble... Okay. I ADORE The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Books and movies. So, i guess you could say Tolkin is behind my current WIP. I knew the ending of The Hobbit. And I was okay with it. And then Peter Jackson had to drag my heart even further into it by creating a romance involving certain dwarf and elf. Knowing that it would end badly for then, I got a bit emotional. NaNoWriMo was right around the corner and I had nothing to write about, though I had promised myself I would participate. I saw a writing prompt on Pinterest and BOOM! My idea was born. Having always loved fantasy, the size and scope terrified me a bit, okay, a lot. But as I started writing the book inspired by those star crossed lovers, I discovered I had never enjoyed anything more.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't handle rejection well. I knew that finding an agent was going to tear me to shreds. I had accepted it. I sent out a few queries, and got the expected "No, thank you. We wish you well." letters. I decided I was horrible at writing query letters. Writing a novel is so easy compared to them. You have 60 to 80 thousand words to tell that story. What I found I could not do was tell the same story in two paragraphs. Then, by chance, I found this site. It felt right and I moved in.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating. Creating lives and caring about them. Creating worlds so different from my own. Creating a story that moves me, makes me laugh and cry and get angry. Creating on paper (or e-reader) the movies I see playing in my mind. And being able to share that with the world.
What are you working on next?
That is so very difficult to answer. I have so many ideas fighting for there place and my fingers only type so fast. I think however, I will be working on the novella I put off to do Nano. It is an erotic thriller with the working title The Game He Plays." It's the story of a psychologist who has to go into witness protection after a prisoner escapes from the prison where she was working. He stalked her before, going so far as to murder her fiance. She finds happiness, and he finds her.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My computer chair. And a cup of coffee or hot tea. And my cat, demanding to be fed. I always have an overwhelming urge to put my fingers to the keyboard. It's always a struggle to decide what comes after feeding the beast. Coffee, tea, bathroom, or writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing. Is that sad? Okay, sometimes my movies in my head run out and when that happens, I paint or make jewelry, or crotchet, or watch movies. Or I am at work. Or asleep.
Published 2014-12-06.
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