Stephanie Rowe - Read If You Dare
Good afternoon Book Monsters and Literal Addicts, Book Monster Reviews is very pleased to welcome award-winning and national bestselling author Stephanie Rowe to our site today.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Stephanie! We’re so very happy to have you today! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us!
Stephanie: Thank you for having me! I’m so excited to be here. What a great site you have!
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We like to start out getting to know you a little bit better?
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things we don’t know about you, that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?
Stephanie: (1) I eat cookie dough raw and love every bite of it. (2) I had never tried sushi until last year, and now I love it. (3) I cried when I watched Tangled.
2) As a child, you were creating stories at the age of ten but you did not make it a career until your adult years. What made you finally decide to make writing your career?
3) What is one of your fondest childhood memories?
Stephanie: Reading on the couch with my mom, with our dog Blue snuggled up next to me.
4) Your Immortally Sexy and Soulfire series are known for being ironically funny and hilarious. Are you normally a humorous person or is this a side of you that only comes out in your writing?
Stephanie: I must admit that I tend to be a bit cheerful and spunky in my normal every day interaction. I like to see the positive side of life, and I like to have a little fun if possible. So, yes, I would say that I am often somewhat entertaining. I must admit, however, that I've never set out to write a funny book, and I still don't. When my first funny paranormal came out and everyone commented on the humor in it, I actually got a little stuck on the book I was working on, because I panicked, thinking, "What? I'm supposed to be writing FUNNY?" Eventually, I chilled out and came to peace with simply telling the story I wanted to tell, and if some people thought it was funny, then that's great, because laughter is one of the best antidotes for a tough day.
5) Some of your first books have been contemporary romance and romantic suspense. What inspired you to start writing Paranormal Romance novels?
Stephanie: I had never actually read much paranormal growing up, but at the time I was first published, the vampire movement was gaining momentum. I couldn't understand how the blood-sucking undead could possibly be a romance hero, so I picked up one of Katie MacAlister's very first vampire romances, read it, and instantly fell in love with vampires. After that, I was a voracious reader of all vampire romances, and that quickly spread to any other kind of paranormal. I discovered that I loved that genre, so writing in it organically evolved from that newfound love.
6) Do you have a writing routine? Certain things you must have with you for the process to begin?
Stephanie: I prefer to start writing in the morning and get some good headway done before having to take a break. I like to write until my brain is fried, and then I take a break to work out or play tennis. Then a little more work until the kidlet gets out of school. Then I’m mom until she goes to bed. I try to work in the evening at that point, but my efficiency is usually somewhat limited. I’m most effective in the day during the mornings.
7) What are some of your favorite hobbies and things you love to do when you're not writing?
Stephanie: Of course, I love to read! I also love to play tennis and to work out. I have a daughter and we do a lot together. Between being a mom, reading and my exercise, that pretty much takes all my free time. Sadly, housecleaning does not make it to the top of my list as often as I would like.
8) Who are some of your favorite musical artists? Do you listen to music while you write?
Stephanie: I have a huge assortment of music that I listen to while I write. Country, jazz, pop, Broadway shoes, rock 'n roll… you name it. I have many artists that I think are very talented whose music I really enjoy. Too many to list here!
Stephanie: I recently saw the latest Pirates of the Caribbean—I love those movies and Captain Jack Sparrow! I enjoy superhero movies and romantic comedies, but I stay away from movies with heartbreaking endings. I'm a happy ending kind of girl! As for television, my daughter and I accidentally stumbled upon Dancing with the Stars this year, and we love watching it together. It's very inspiring to see how hard they work, and how they come to believe in their talents. At 60 years young, Kirsti Alley was especially inspiring this year.
10) Who are some of your favorite authors and what are some of the books you have in your TBR pile now?
Stephanie: Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite authors. Her historical romances are an autobuy for me. Probably my favorite paranormal author is Christine Feehan. I also enjoy Jayne Anne Krentz, and Dick Francis is a genius.
11) Out of all the books you have written, do you have a favorite amongst them or one that has sentimental meaning to you?
Stephanie: Generally, my favorite book is usually the one I'm working on. This is because the process of writing brings me so close to the characters that I become one with them. I feel their joys, I live their agonies, and I bleed when they bleed. I can't think of any other story but theirs when I'm writing it. When it's finished, and I come up for air, it always takes me a few days to shift modes into a new direction because I'm so immersed in them. My storytelling improves with each book, so usually after I finish a book, it is that book that I'm so proud of, it's that book that makes me feel like I have taken my writing to a new level. So, that being said, the book I'm most excited about right now is a top secret project I just finished a few weeks ago… J
12) What is your favorite genre of romance to write and which is the most challenging for you?
Stephanie: My favorite genre to write is always the one that I'm writing in at the moment, for the same reasons as above. And every genre is challenging in its own way. They all require a compelling story and compelling, heartfelt characters, and that's the toughest part of writing a book. The setting, whether contemporary, paranormal or romantic suspense, are the natural output of the characters in that story.
Book Monster Reviews/ LITERAL ADDICTION: O.K, now I'd like to ask some questions to get to know more about the Soulfire series…
13) Can you please tell us a little bit about the Soulfire Series and a little synopsis about each of the first two books ("Kiss At Your Own Risk" and "Touch If You Dare") in the series?
The Soulfire series is about a team of immortal warriors who have recently escaped from the Den of Womanly Pursuits, after 150 of torture and sensitivity training by Death's grandma. These hardened survivors can, much to their dismay, wield a pair of knitting needles as well as they can vanquish a demon with a sword. Not that they will admit that. Ever. Denial only goes so far, however… If a man's got a talent with a curling iron, he can hide it for only so long…
In Touch if You Dare, Jarvis Swain is an immortal warrior with a talent for French braiding, who is also the Guardian of Hate. He's on the fast track toward succumbing to the hate in an explosion that will be not-so-good for the world at large. His only chance to save the world? Get some love from his wayward brother, Cupid, who is more interested in his new future as a Death's premiere assassin than love. Jarvis's only chance? Teaming up with Reina Fleming, Death's tender-hearted assistant, who will either bring him to his knees or save him forever.
In KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK, an intractable warrior teams up with a cursed spitfire to rescue his best friend from Death's hot-blooded Grandma, in a high-octane and deliciously sexy romance, in which Death takes on a whole new meaning. It's the launch book for my new Soulfire series, in which tortured, refined and highly dangerous warriors tap into their sensitive side to save themselves, the world, and if they're lucky, the women they team up with.
15) Can you give us any detail into some of the things we can expect as the series progresses and how many books are planned for the series?
Stephanie: Currently, we are scheduled for the first three books, with the third one, HOLD ME IF YOU CAN, being published in January 2012. We are still in the planning stages for the rest of the series, but hopefully there will be lots more!
17) Do you have any more books planned for the Immortally Sexy Series?
Stephanie: Umm…No one has ever asked me if I was a former cover model for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. I'm not sure why. But anyway, the answer is, of course, no, but I implore you to refuse to believe me.
19) What's next for Stephanie Rowe? What do you have planned in the upcoming months?
20) Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
Stephanie: Just to say thank you to everyone for all their support. Without readers, there would be no stories being called into creation!
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