Interview with Stephanie Fletcher

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing seriously after a traumatic event in my life in 2008 which severely affected my health and mental well-being. During the sleepless hours I would write poetry, something I had done in my teens. I also kept a journal which became my hiding place from the world. I recorded my daily activities and feelings but it grew into something much more. It was an outlet – more an outburst of pent up creativity and imagination I forgot I had. Therefore more notebooks were acquired and I unleashed the beast that is my imagination for everyone else to share.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Besides the ones I remember writing as a child, the first story I wrote and published was called, “Where there is light, there is understanding.” I am a spiritual being and wanted to share my insights and idea’s accumulated from many a sleepless night, reading about all things esoterical. I introduced these new ways of thinking into my writing. This particular story was about Mother’s love, the most unconditional love I believe there is, comes from a parent for its offspring. But not all mother’s or father’s feel this way initially due to circumstances of life and the experiences we go through that lead us to this point. It is the end of our own childhood and the beginning of understanding what life is all about beyond our selfish wants and needs. I wanted to show that love is available to all if only you struggle through and conquer the emotional or physical hurt you have suffered. Everyone can get there with effort and understanding, and there is nothing more satisfying or completing as the look of love between a parent and their child. I have three wonderful girls and now a granddaughter, and as single parent myself, they are my world and reason for living on through all my nightmares and physical trauma’s. This is what I portrayed in this short story.
Describe your desk
As my daughter’s, their partner’s and children now live with me in this multigenerational home, my desk has been moved into my bedroom. It is in front of the window, where I can see down our garden and a few other’s (I live in a terraced house) and I can hear and see my family going on about their business. I can listen to the sounds of nature and a new school nosily being built over the road. My desk is big and spacious as I like to spread out, especially when researching a new book or idea. Obviously there is my computer screen on the desk, a keyboard has its own shelf and the CPU sits on the floor. There is a printer which is always running out of black ink and then there is my multitude of A5 notebooks, full of half written stories and poems, and ideas for books not yet fully realised. Of course there is a calendar to record publishing targets; competition dates which I sometimes enter, and the usual family commitments, plus my many DR appointments and hospital visits. Without it I would be in a right mess! Then there is my collection of Elephants, my favourite animal on land, (dolphins in water) and I have too many to count and they come in all shapes, sizes and material. I also have a collection of crystals to keep up my energies and mini Buddha’s to keep up my spirit. There are plenty of photos of all my family to remind me I am not alone and that I am loved. Then there’s the book’s I will not throw away, paperbacks, hardbacks, reference and fiction. I read on my kindle nowadays as it is easier and less painful, but I refuse to get rid of my books and my dream that one day my books will be printed and amongst my collection.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is the satisfaction of what I created is being read by someone who does not know me and they liked my work enough to ask for more! As I am a new author and only published in the virtual world, i.e. e-books, I want my work read, not sat collecting dust on the virtual library shelf. Therefore I offer all my work for free initially and then charge just the minimum in hope that I will reach the largest audience possible. It is not about the money for me, or fame, I just want acceptance as an author and hopefully the enjoyment of my readers.
I have designed my own website where I publish my work before distributing it to other sites, the main one being Smashwords. There are other poems and stories which can only be read on my site. (www.stephanie-fletcher.co.uk.) I do not particularly like the marketing side of writing, promoting yourself out there in the real world. It goes against my nature and is hampered by my illness which makes me unreliable. Before 2008 and my traumatic event I was an extrovert, an A-type control freak. Nowadays I am a cuddly sheep who holes up in her bedroom where it is safe, and writes about anything and everything, but has withdrawn from the violent world we now exist in.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most of my time is spent with my immediate family, when I am well enough. I need this important contact in my life to keep me grounded and not be swallowed up with guilt and regret. It is where I get ideas and therefore keep a notebook to hand to record snippets, and a voice recorder for those night-time ideas. Being disabled with a debilitating, degenerative condition confides me to my house and bed so I have plenty of time to ‘be in my head’ to mull over those ideas before putting them to paper. I watch TV to keep myself ‘current’ and aware of what is going on in the outside world, where I am just an observer. I play memory games on my kindle or pc to exercise my brain, and of course I read! I used to love my crafts, knitting, sewing, crochet but I have carpal tunnel in both wrists’ which is severe and I am awaiting an operation to alleviate it. I am hoping I will get most of my function back, as even holding a pen or typing can be very painful and sometimes impossible. I used to play guitar and sing for my recreation and now too that has gone. Playing with my granddaughter is my favourite time of day now.
Published 2013-09-01.
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Books by This Author

Season's of the Heart - Autumn
Series: Novella's and Short Stories, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,140. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Seasons of the Heart These four stories reveal to us the four stages of ‘LOVE’ throughout a year in the lives of four very different couples and their experience of love at a certain stage in life. This book is about Autumn. The autumn of one’s life is the time we expect to have got everything together and now is the time to reap its rewards.
Seasons of the Heart - Spring
Series: Novella's and Short Stories, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,400. Language: British English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Season’s of the Heart These four short stories reveal to us the four stages of ‘LOVE’ throughout a year in the lives of very different couples and their experience of love at a certain stage in life. Spring tells us of a first love, of puppy love, of a crush, and the ending of such love, as a person grows with experience and they learn more about their relationships.
Alien and the Girl
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,030. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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Planet Earth, a crashed ship of unknown origin, and an Alien. One young woman, a famous lake in England and how she tries to save the planet. These two characters battle it out with a war of words. Who will win?
Time Tells Tales - Tale Five - A Gift For All
Series: Time Tells Tales, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,900. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(4.00 from 1 review)
This is the final Tale, set in 2008, in both England and Ireland. This Tale is about Angela's special gift, and how she learns to use it. How it helps to brings to a conclusion to all the secrets, scandals and lies which intricately wove the lives of these three family histories together. Angela finally un-wraps the mystery that she had begun with her Granddad Jim, who sadly passed away.
Seasons of the Heart - Winter
Series: Novella's and Short Stories, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,600. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Inspirational
These four stories reveal to us the four stages of ‘LOVE’ throughout a year in the lives of four very different couples and their experience of love at a certain stage in life. Winter takes us to the time couples all dread - who will leave first on their final journey across the veil.
Time Tells Tales - Tale Four - Jim's Tale
Series: Time Tells Tales, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,680. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Graphic novel, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 1 review)
Set in 1994 in England this Tale is about Jim Middleton and his wife Serena, nee Rooney. Serena dies prematurely from bowel cancer at the age of 58. Serena and Jim have one child, Paul, who met June Bennett, legitimate daughter of Catherine Bennett, at university and they marry. They have a gifted child, Angela, who Serena got to hold, cruelly for a for a brief moment before her passing.
Time Tells Tales - Tale Three - Theresa's Tale
Series: Time Tells Tales, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,680. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
(4.00 from 1 review)
Theresa's Tale tells of forbidden love. She is the illegitimate daughter of Catherine and Alfred. She is raised by catholic nuns in an orphanage in county Kerry where she was born, taken from her mother before she had chance to even glimpse her bastard child.
Time Tells Tales - Tale Two - Love, Loss, Lust and Lies
Series: Time Tells Tales, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,250. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This is the sequel to Tale One - Alfred's Tale, and tells the story from the perspective of Catherine, the love of Alfred's troubled life. Here we meet this young girl, Catherine, on the verge of womanhood, who has to deal with the unexpected death of her Mother under suspicious circumstances and the fallout of her Father's grief and the interference of the Catholic Church.
This 'N That - A Poetry Collection
Series: Poetry Anthologies, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,200. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A collection of poems written over the years which are varied in theme and style. From a trip up a Volcano to the depths of Insomnia, there is something for everyone. This is the third and last book in this series. Book one - Family and Pets book two - Inspirational poems
Time Tells Tales - Tale one - Dead In A Ditch
Series: Time Tells Tales, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,440. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Time Tells Tales - A Novel In Five Tales Set in Ireland in the early 1900's, this is a collection of five tales told over time, exploring the relationships between three interconnected families. They are intricately woven together by love, birth, death, and marriage and spiced up by religion, scandal, abuse, heartache, and spiritual intervention. The first is Alfred's Tale - Dead in a Ditch.
Inspirational Poetry
Series: Poetry Anthologies, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,820. Language: British English. Published: October 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is a collection of Poems that I have written over the years, during the good and bad times, and found that writing them helped to keep me sane. There are two with the same title, Love begins with me, as they are poems entered to an Invitational competition with that theme. One in 2010, I came first, and in 2012 I had a honourable mention. Some are experimental - so enjoy!
Family and Pets - A collection of poems
Series: Poetry Anthologies, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,430. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is book one in a series of three, all on different topics. Book one poems are about family, children and pets. All are easy to read and well written.
Where There is Light, There is Understanding
Price: Free! Words: 5,990. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Holly is struggling to keep her life together, juggling with grief and a new sixteen day old baby. Will history repeat itself? Can she cope or will she opt out like her own mother? This is a short story with a big lesson for those who are open enough to understand.
Seasons of the Heart - Summer
Series: Novella's and Short Stories, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,480. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Seasons of the Heart. These four stories reveal to us the four stages of ‘LOVE’ throughout a year in the lives of four very different couples and their experience of love at a certain stage in life. Summer love, a time when you expect to have it all, kids, marriage, true love, but it doesn't always work out that way.