Interview with Stephanie Arth

When did you first start writing?
It was around 2009, and I was finishing up 4th grade. People everywhere were finally getting into reading books, but I jumped straight to writing them. I kept a large four ringed zip-up binder filled with paper, notebooks and pencils glued to my hips.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love seeing my creations come to life in someone else's mind, and hear the excitement in their comments of my work. Its a true motivation when I write, to think about just how the story effects them emotionally.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans will always be a strong source of motivation for me, and I'd like to think of myself as good friends with all of them - even if I haven't spoken to them. They are my inspiration, and I always try to bring them what they crave in an exciting story.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was called "Lilly". The tale of a girl with a heritage of a great demon slayer, and the school she is brought to specifically to train her for the job of killing the demons that plague the world. When I look back, it wasn't very well thought out but it was a nice concept to consider. (Perhaps some day I'll re-write it; for now it sits in an old notebook in my dresser).
What are you working on next?
"Rise Of The Night" is my next book, and will be based off of the common love for werewolves that society seems to be growing an adoration for. And my firm desire for the book is to place a different view on the classic creature; they are not all lovey mate-obsessed creatures, but creatures once bred for war and blood. Love? Now that is just a side-product of acceptance.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am strongly influenced by the humor of Janet Evanovich, the adventurous Christopher Paolini, diversity of the norm expressed by Alex Flinn, and the hot romance portrayed by Gena Showalter
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was "Harry Potter". I was in the first grade, and honestly hated reading. No books caught my attention, and they were incredibly stupid to me. I'd never liked "A Series of Unfortunate Events", or any of the "Nancy Drew" books. But something about a boy discovering he was a Wizard struck me, as well as the large girth of the books. I finished the first book in two days - which was shocking, considering I'd only really learned how to read that year, and could proudly say I hated it.
After that, I could never stop reading and I was very picky about the material I read. And it urged me to start writing my own books by 4th grade.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a tourist town for the rich, and due to my dislike of snow(and most people) I stayed indoors and read. I read things from 500 page books to labels on the pay of cans, and no one could stop me. Eventually, I found that I ran out of things to read. And I decided that since I had the time, and the ideas, I would spend my days writing. My first notebook was filled up with ideas by day three.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone has become a strong source for reading. Its far easier to find books online, and keep them close without carrying over 10 pounds around with you.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing I am watching shows that could influence my writing, or I am spending my time thinking about what I'll be writing next. My entire world revolved around books, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Published 2015-05-24.
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