First off, I come from a rather large family – I have two brothers (which down here is a large family). Why is that relevant to my writing? Because I've spent most of my childhood playing pretend. And when I was old enough to write, my bestfriend told me she'd started writing a book.
I was like... 'Hmmm... a book you say? I can do that, too. You're on!'
And we wrote side by side until I actually wanted more. She treated it like a mindless hobby, I persevered – coming up with more characters, plot points, settings... my brain was a mess. I set out to write the best book series the world has ever known. And... I'm still working on it.
But, let's leave ancient history behind. How do I do things now? I'll confess that most of my writing comes from accepted challenges.
|From memegenerator.net (hee hee)|
Challenge accepted! I ended up writing about Hunters. And the setting helped a lot.
Saving Grace was me screaming my lungs out at all the bad-New York Times #1 Bestseller-fallen angel books I read last summer. Fallen had some good things, but the plot was not one of them. Could I turn the bad things into good things and make something completely different? Challenge accepted!
What both books represent? My frustration at the heroine always being human while the guy has the special powers and lack of personality. I want my women to be strong and equal to the men. It's how it's meant to be.
The thing is, every time, after the initial glint of the idea shimmers through my mind, the writing bug takes over. I write and write and write, and when I go back to edit, I can't even remember how I got a prticular idea for a plot twist, because, right now, even I wouldn't have thought about that one.
I rise to the challenges my imagination sets for me. So, the next thing I write (I already have an inkling) will be another challenge accepted.
That's right. I write to spite people. Or myself. Mostly myself. Especially when the characters run amok. But they all reach their destination in the end. ;)
Born and raised in Romania, the only girl amongst two brothers, Stefanie has spent her childhood playing pretend and inventing characters. Once she actually learned how to spell in English, she started writing the adventures of her alter egos. Hundreds of thousands of words and thirteen years later, after two years of learning the craft of writing, Steph still tests the waters of her imagination, coming up with stories and characters. Her first Paranormal Romance novel Hunters will be released in July 2012 from Melange publishing.