Stephanie A. Cain

Biography

Stephanie A. Cain writes epic and urban fantasy for fun and a history blog for work. She lives in Indiana. She enjoys hiking, reading, singing, and general geekery. She has three cats, which she is well aware puts her firmly in crazy cat lady territory, and way more dice and painted miniatures than she needs.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read a lot, of course. I love authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, Patrick Rothfuss, C.S. Lewis, Laura Van Arendonk Baugh, Patricia C. Wrede, Yangsze Choo, Robin McKinley, Elizabeth McCoy, and Maggie Stiefvater.

When I'm not reading, I spend a lot of time playing with my cats, Eowyn, Strider, and Eustace. I am sadly addicted to Skyrim, so I spend time playing that. I also love organizing things, much to my friends' and coworkers' chagrin. I go hiking as often as I can, and I'm an unapologetic bird nerd.

Professionally, I spend my days promoting tourism in my county and showing people around a 19th century version of a man cave. If you're ever at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum in Crawfordsville, say hello!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lots of ways! Recommendations from friends is the biggest method, but I've also found writers I like through social media, especially Twitter. Sometimes the recommendation algorithms show up with something that interests me, so I give it a try.
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Books

Stormshadow
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Series: Storms in Amethir, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,660. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Princess Azmei of Tamnen has a decision to make, and she doesn’t like either option: marry Prince Vistaren of Amethir--a man she’s never met--or let her kingdom’s war with Strid go on with no end in sight. Seeing no alternative, she agrees to meet Prince Vistaren, with the caveat that the marriage treaty won’t be ratified until then. But not everyone wants the marriage to go forward...
Stormsinger
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Series: Storms in Amethir, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 11,600. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Captain Arama Dzornaea thought she was just supposed to transport Crown Prince Vistaren Doth'Mara to meet his contracted bride. As the king's top privateer, she thinks she can handle anything. What Arama doesn't anticipate is storms out of season, an unruly stormwitch, and a strange witchery echo that puts Arama, her ship the Dawn Star, and everyone aboard smack in the middle of a mystery.

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Smashwords book reviews by Stephanie A. Cain

  • Kitsune-Tsuki on Dec. 19, 2012

    I very much enjoyed this story, which read quickly and smoothly--too quickly, in fact! All too soon I was reaching the last page and wishing for a sequel. I was quickly drawn in by the main character, who is observant but a quiet sort of man, the sort who doesn't tell all he sees or knows. I didn't have any difficulties with the Japanese terms. I felt nearly all of them were woven in so deftly the meaning was easily inferred, and on those occasions when I couldn't figure it out, I could just check the glossary. Admittedly, I've watched a fair bit of anime, so I'm familiar with some Japanese terms. The descriptions in the story are evocative without being overdone. I loved seeing the main character grinding his ink or watching people dance in the moonlight. The story itself was fascinating. I began to suspect early on that all was not as it seemed, but the twist I began anticipating was not quite the twist I got! Very well crafted, and the ending, while it wrapped up the story, also left me wanting more about these characters.
  • Queen of Roses on June 03, 2013

    I have to start my review by confessing I read a lot more fantasy than I do science fiction. I enjoyed this novel a great deal. The characters were engaging and distinct, and the plot grew in suspense as it gained momentum. I thought the mystery was well built and the twist at the end wasn't one I saw coming, but made perfect sense. I look forward to reading more of Elizabeth McCoy's writing.
  • The Lady of Roch Shan on April 18, 2014

    What an engaging narrator this story has! I wished I could have spent more time with her. Very cannily written in the tradition of an old faerie story, this hints at some lovely mythology while the reader wonders how the mystery will end. Really enjoyed this.