Interview with stephanie costanzo

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was 13. Fan fiction was my poison, and I still occasionally write it to this day out of boredom or when I'm having a mental block with my other writing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Z?. It is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Johnen Vasquez filled with perverse and dark humor. I love the imagery and the story, dark as it is, has some very heart felt moments and hilarious ones as well.
2. Burn Journals by Brent Runyon was the first autobiography I ever read and enjoyed. I cried and laughed throughout the book and connected with the author in a way I never thought possible.
3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Ahser is another book I really connected with. I read it in high school during a period of my life where I did contemplate suicide and to read that story and just how much the main characters death affected everyone helped me see how much others would miss me if I was gone.
4. The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx was an experience. My older brother was into heroin and other drugs like Nikki and I've seen first hand what they can do to a person. Reading about Nikki's struggle and his recovery was an amazing read and I recommend it to everyone.
5. The Crow written and illustrated by James O'barr. Ever since I can remember I had a fascination with the movie The Crow. When I discovered it was based off of a graphic novel I had to find it and I was not disappointed when I did. The art work is beautiful, the story heart breaking, and the ending was very satisfying.
Describe your desk
I actually don't have one. All of my writing is done on a laptop sitting wherever I feel most comfortable at the moment. Most of the time I sit on the couch or relax in bed, create a blanket fort, and write until I don't feel like it anymore.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the outskirts of Hawley PA, a very rural place where the closest store was a 20 minute drive, depending on the driver, and the woods blocked your view of most civilization. Once I moved to the city I realized just how much I hate it and how much better it was. In my writing my hatred for the city can easily be heard and my love for the country side bleeds through.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind Don't Feed the Deer is actually based off of my anger towards my old neighbors. They always would throw food out for them and never considered the consequences. Most days there would be herds of them just sitting in their front yard and my dog had come close to being attacked by a buck because of them. I was talking to my older brother about our old house and we started joking about what would happen when they ran out of stuff to throw at them, and thus Don't Feed the Deer was born.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on my novel Thinning the Herd which is close to the finishing point but not quite there yet. It is about a homicidal woman who ends up taking care of a young girl while killing people she thinks deserves to die, and when her boyfriend finally comes home after being in hiding, the three join together and create a family business out of killing in the name of saving the innocent.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing I'm working, or watching Netflix. Occasionally I'll play a video game here or there and read books or fan fictions on the internet. Most of the time however I am writing and it does take up most of my days.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is usually get comfortable, look over what I have already written if I'm continuing a piece of work, or just start winging it until I actually have a plan on where it is going. After I'm done for the day I go back and look over what I wrote. If I like it, I keep it and maybe do some edits, if not, I scrap it and start over the next day. After I've finally gotten an idea on what exactly the story is going to be that's when I start to plan out what exactly is going to happen in the story but fill in the middle parts as I go.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It may not be the first story I ever read but it is one I remember the most, the only problem is the cover was missing and it seemed like a knock off of Harry Potter. It held to the theme don't judge a book by its cover and things may look sharp and pointy on the outside, but on the inside they are squishy. That theme really kept with me and a lot of the characters in my stories follow it. The cuter the person/animal is, the more likely a chance they are evil.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The best part about writing is, I get to take everything in my head and shove it out to make room for more stuff. If it wasn't for writing my head would probably explode from all of the ideas that are in it fighting over who gets what seat.
Published 2014-02-02.
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Books by This Author

Don't Feed the Deer
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 2,300. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
The Buckmin family has been feeding the deer that reside around their home in the woods. When they don't have any food the deer turn on the family and rip them apart one by one. The parents are the first to go and their three teenaged sons try to escape. Only one escapes but in his panic he crashes his car, leaving no one alive.