Interview with Stephanie Haggarty

When did you first start writing?
I remember my first story was in grade 1 when I was 6 years old. It was written for a competition called the Macintyre Young Writers. It was a about a baby eel running away from home, it didn't win a prize. But I finally got one in grade 7 :D
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There are a few reasons actually. Since around 13 I've always wanted to become an author, which was why I went to university to learn more about it. During my under and post grad studies I realised just how difficult it was to get a book published through a publishing house. These houses often focus on the marketability more so than the content of the book. In their opinion if they think that a book isn't mass marketable then they won't take it on. Also author's don't make as much money as they deserve. The going royalty rate from a publishing house is usually around 10% or 15% if they're lucky.
Going indie allows me greater control over all aspects of my story. I'm a bit of a control freak in this aspect of my life.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that I can express myself creatively. I am able to mould my ideas into something physical and then tweak it to perfection.
What is your writing and ideas process?
Years ago it used to be writing on paper before I became used to using the computer as a substitute. But recently I went and spilt soup all over on keyboard so currently it is MIA. I was able to use uni computers during the day but at night I was left feeling computer withdrawal. After the second night though I re-discovered notebooks and I even broke through some writers block with a YA trilogy I'm currently planning. I also made up a entire new book in another night.The lack of distractions that come from my computer definitely frees up my mind to let it wander.
In terms of ideas I'm usually thinking all sorts of random stuff. If I like what pops into my head I will keep tabs on it and add bits and pieces to it as time progresses. Some stories are in need of lots of extras, while others don't need it so much. I kinda depends on what genre and story line I'm taking.
Describe your desk
Old unused/abandoned computer to my right covered with David Wong's John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders. There is also a lamp, a bottle of water, hairbrush and a hankie. To my left are stacks of paper that I propably won't move for a while, notebook, diary and various books. I have a calender posted on the wall along with other bits and pieces that remind me to work. Like some notices of people from my uni that have already published before me.
Published 2014-06-18.
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Books by This Author

The Witch's Room
Pre-release—available June 6, 2018. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,190. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
When one of them becomes pregnant, sisters Daphne and Edwina are forced by their mother to go to the Witches of Evelyn to take care of it. The stories are that she was a wicked witch who lured men to their deaths, but at the same time, her coven provides a valuable service to the surrounding communities.
The Backup Girl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,950. Language: Australian English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
What is going on with my life? My hot neighbour, Beau, has a girlfriend; my brother is a dick who keeps taking the car (my useless parents let him. Why?); Alice, is supposed to be my best friend, but I can now see isn't. It seems that the only thing I have is that high school is almost over. But until it is I have to deal with all of this and the only way I'm going to is if I take control.
From the Mountain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,430. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Serrah has lived alone in quarantine since a virus brought from a crashed spaceship almost destroyed her community. Belief is that it was intentional, but Serrah has other ideas. And with the crash of a mysterious object she might just begin to understand what is happening.
My Cousin Megan
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,110. Language: Australian English. Published: June 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Long story short, my cousin Megan has gotten herself knocked up and her Mum wants me to help her figure out who did it.
Feet or Fins
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,720. Language: Australian English. Published: May 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Horror » General
Actions have consequences, sometimes dire ones. Emaleah committed a grave crime against her kind when she broke a rule that was designed to keep her family and species safe. Now thirty years later, Myliah, her twin sister is mistakenly suffering the retribution that was meant for her.