Stephanie Barr

Biography

Although Stephanie Barr is a slave to three children and a slew of cats, she actually leads a double life as a part time novelist and full time rocket scientist. People everywhere have learned to watch out for fear of becoming part of her stories. Beware! You might be next!

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
That was actually a big deal because I'm completely devoid of artistic talent. So, I talked to a bunch of people hogging artistic talent and tried to get them to do what I envisioned. Friends and family and total strangers who would work for vastly different levels of pay (or none at all).

Lots of talent going on, but some artwork was forthcoming in a reliable way or the work didn't have the look or feel I wanted. They had beautiful work but it didn't fit my books (in my opinion). In the end, I was reduced to teaching myself paintshop skills, looking for stock photos I could license for this and building them myself. I had to simplify my original thoughts, but I'm actually pretty pleased with the results. And I learned new skills which, as a rocket scientist and an engineer, I can't help but be pleased with.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Five? I can't say for sure. But, at this moment, I'd say, "These Old Shades" by Georgette Heyer, "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" by Robert Heinlein, "Partners in Necessity" by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, "Imitation in Death" by JD Robb and maybe the "Bleach" series by Tite Kubo, but I could have readily picked any of a few dozen other books I go back and reread for entertainment over and over.

The books I write and the books I read have one thing in common: characters, characters I want to spend time with, care with, feel for, identify with. You get extra credit if you can add humor (as I try to do myself).

Characters I identify with must have some internal integrity and genuinely care, if not about everyone, about someone outside themselves. I'm particularly fond of protective characters who falls for protagonists who are quite capable of taking care of themselves and/or turning gender stereotypes on their ear (as I frequently do). Characters should also have flaws and learn and grow, because static characters are flat and uninteresting. I also, personally, prefer them to be intelligent and sarcastic, given that that's my favorite form of humor. But it's not enough that the author TELL us they're intelligent - we have to see it in "action." I especially like books where the character's personality comes out quickly in the dialog or actions.
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Where to find Stephanie Barr online


Books

The Taming of Dracul Morsus
Series: World of Dracul Morsus. Pre-release—available August 1, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,750. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Mage Dracul Morsus has renounced the world of men. Or so he thought. When Xana shows up on his doorstep, she has every intention of changing his mind. Xana is the last thing Dracul thinks he needs. She is, in fact, a woman who will drive him to hell and back again. Literally. More than once. Because the most powerful thing in every realm is Xana's force of will.
Technical Difficulties and Other Stories that Follow Saving Tessa
Series: Chroz Industries. Price: Free! Words: 14,930. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
After an adventure that nearly got Dylan Chroz, Tessa Miller, and Nathan Lawrence killed, one might think they'd want anything but more adventure, but what could be more intrepid than getting married. Short stories from New York, Rome, and places closer to home demonstrate that, for anyone associated with the Chroz family, trouble is always on the menu.
King of Swords (and other prequel stories to Tarot Queens)
Series: Tarot Queen. Price: Free! Words: 18,930. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Tarot Queens are imbued with great power, but there is always a price. In restrictions. In limitations. And implications for what is predicted can be far more powerful than even the Queen can envision. Follow Melan as she navigates the dangerous shoals of her own power. Find also a story to introduce Dante da Silva and his methods for success.
Power Struggle and Other Stories from the Bete Novels
Series: The Bete. Price: Free! Words: 11,230. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Before the Bete and the other castaways crash landed on their new home across the universe, they fought different battles on the land of their birth. Meet Xander, Laren, Rem, K'Ti, Sinda El and Kindren Forn before they all bound themselves together in a fateful journey that would alter the course of their lives and and the lives of those they left behind.
Second Slavery and Other Stories from the World of Dracul Morsus
Series: World of Dracul Morsus. Price: Free! Words: 18,010. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Dracul Morsus was born a magic user of incredible power, but he's forsaken the world of men. Xana was a slave. Fylyx and Xylyx, well, defy description. What brings them all together? What indeed.
Delicate Dangerous Queens
Series: Jenri World. Price: Free! Words: 26,680. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Four prequel stories for key players from the Curse of the Jenri. Delicate Dangerous Queens - Saldomar finds his familiar and a bit more. Not a Doxy - Cristo thinks she's over hear head, but maybe he is. Hidden Treasure - holding off an attack alone might be the best thing that happened to Denra. Not Quite a Knight - Riko finds people who won't let him do his job alone - damn good thing.
Ideal Insurgent
Series: Randian Empire. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,820. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
The two top analysts escape their intellectual enslavement, intent on taking the Empire down using any method possible, not the least of which were their great analytical minds. Bryder was well-suited for this task, a chaos agent with laser-sharp instincts, a grudge against the Empire, and contacts with rebels throughout the Empire. But Nayna was the one they'd really have to watch out for.
Easy Prey
Series: Randian Empire. Price: Free! Words: 17,180. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Three short prequel stories for the upcoming release of Ideal Insurgent, but these stories can stand on their own. Find out how Bryder meets Nayna, Bryder meets Damon, and what makes Nayna so damn special, especially paired up with Bryder.
Legacy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 132,590. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Life brings setbacks to us all, but the suffering does not define us. Our choices do. We are who we choose to become.Some stories introduce new and unforgettable characters, while others offer new glimpses into the personal histories of characters familiar to readers of Stephanie Barr's novels. All focus on those who refused to bow their heads to fate and instead forged their own futures.
Curse of the Jenri
Series: Jenri World. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 138,910. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00)
Finally, a Sword & Sorcery epic like it ought to be: manly hero who swings a massive sword and stumbles into spells, lovely wife who can kick his ass, a fleet of fiery and fierce compatriots, dastardly villains with vile intents, even griffons, all that and a dragonet. Oh, and six kittens. Because every manly man needs kittens, right? RIGHT?!? Some violence, language and sexual situations.
Musings of a Nascent Poet
Price: Free! Words: 39,430. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
What do you call poetry that rhymes, has rhythm, tells stories (accessible to normal people not just intelligentsia) and runs longer than 20 lines, sometimes far longer? Unsellable in today's market. Also charming, thought-provoking, evocative, even brilliant, the kind of stuff that, if written 150 years ago, would have been taught to you in school. But written today. Sort of.
Saving Tessa
Series: Chroz Industries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,380. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In 2045, smart tech is everywhere and the teenage prodigy Dylan Chroz is the best. But being the best means being in demand sometimes by any means necessary. So what do you do when they steal your girl to make you perform? Do what they want? Or do you outsmart them and do your damnedest to smoke out every one of them so they never can do this again? That is, if Tessa doesn't beat you to it.
Nine Lives
Series: The Bete, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,680. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Laren's "perfect" foster brother had no business getting sick with a deadly, and potentially contagious, disease just when the other colony was taken over by humans that hated the shapeshifters (Bete). Or when Darma was showing signs of Bete powers when she wasn't riling Laren up in ten different ways. What they needed now was a cool clear head. Who would have guessed it would be his?
Beast Within
Series: The Bete, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,280. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
When a spaceship filled with teenage refugees ends up stranded on a strange planet, few would guess that there were those aboard as strange as anything they would find. The shapeshifting Bete hidden among the rest are driven to hide their talents when those same talents may mean survival. In the end, what makes a beast? An animal shape? A touch of magic? Or a paranoid mind? Some language and vio
Tarot Queen
Series: Tarot Queen. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,310. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
A talented diviner leaves her home of four centuries to find a cure for the demon who woos her, only to find his demonic condition is the least of their many worries. Despite his many capabilities, she will have to depend on her own talents, skills and ingenuity far more than anyone ever envisioned. Contains some sexual situations (not erotica) and a modicum of violence.
Conjuring Dreams or Learning to Write by Writing
Price: Free! Words: 72,200. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00)
Magic-wielders, shape-shifters, mermaids, empaths and diviners and even teddy bears and computer programmers wander through 26 stories, written into life for situations thought-provoking, compelling or absurd.

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