Interview with Adrianna Stepiano

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors stretch over several genres. First of all, I have a guilty pleasure; I'm a huge romance reader. Not the erotica romance, more of the feel-good romance. Typically, I'll read authors like Nicholas Sparks or Sophie Kinsella. I'm not much of a serious reader, the 'too close to the real struggle of life' stuff gets to me, it bums me out. However, I can't get enough of Khaled Hosseini. His books are devastatingly beautiful. I feel the same way about Lisa See's novels. Her writing is beautiful and though they contain quite a bit of life's struggles, I can't put them down. Peony in Love was one of those novels. It was a bit of fantasy combined with real life. Great book!

Of course, because I write YA Fiction, I read a lot of YA Fiction. I try to read fellow indie authors. One of my favorite indie authors is Colee Firman, her Unbinding Fate series is spectacular. I also read Amy A. Bartol. Both of these authors reside in Michigan, that's probably why they have appealed to me, as I am also a Michigan based indie author. Read them, they're great!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
As I'm a late night writer, I really do need inspiration to get out of bed each day, so this question is very fitting. First, I have school aged children, so technically I'm forced out of bed. What keeps me awake? Well, that's easy to answer. The 'story' keeps me from crawling back into my bed on those harsh winter mornings. What I mean by the 'story' is; I constantly have possible scenes swirling around in my head. They're there until I pull them out by writing them down. I can't relax until that scene is out of my head and onto the paper.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do have a couple of part-time jobs. Because I'm still a fairly new author, I don't quite make enough from book sales to rely solely on that for my bills. I teach art and design classes to all ages, toddler through college aged. Truth be told, I'm not sure I'd ever give up teaching, it keeps my mind fresh and surprisingly, it helps my writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Many times other authors will send me an eBook in exchange for an honest review. I do appreciate this type of an exchange because I, at one time, relied on this method for just getting my book 'out there'. The rest of the time I read authors that I have read before. I use my Goodreads library to queue up my next book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course, but it was pretty lame. I won't share. That's just for me.
What is your writing process?
When writing, I have to listen to music. I have spotify playlists that I cycle through. I also have books surrounding me with highlighted passages that trigger thoughts. Most of the books that surround me are about the ocean, factual books because often times I'm writing about being in the ocean.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Truth be told, I wasn't an avid reader as a child. My parents made me read for 30 minutes a day, I rejected it as many children do when their parents 'make' them do anything. I do regret the way I acted though, I wish I would have embraced it. I was a stubborn child. Live and learn, I guess.

It wasn't until college when I began reading. Mostly, this was because my boyfriend at the time was really into comic books. He introduced me to graphic novels and comics. I didn't read the typical superhero stuff though, I read a lot of Frank Miller and Sam Keith. I was really into The Maxx. The illustrations were beautiful and the story was weird and twisted, which really appealed to me at that time.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm a graphic designer, so the approach I took to my cover design was painful. I over thought it, over designed it, revamped it, started over, started over again, hated it, loved it, questioned it, released it, retracted it...and so on. I'm still not entirely in love with it, but it's now out there on two different books so I can't really change it. Oh well, and such is the life of a graphic designer!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire, it's easy to use and easy to browse books on. My husband bought it for me a few years ago. It's a great little device, plus I can watch Netflix on it and post to Facebook with it.
Describe your desk
My couch, my dining room table, my patio table...I write from home so any corner of my house if fair game to serve as my desk for a few hours.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are amazing. The best part about being an indie author is that my fans can personally contact me, and I can personally contact them. I read every review, some of them are so brutal but others lift me up and keep me going. Thank you to anyone reading, you mean so much to me.
Published 2014-01-09.
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