Author Interview – Stephanie Summers

Here is the interview that I did with author Stephanie Summers who is part of the “FangTastic’s Book Mixer Event! Her slots are Jan. 27th 12-3pm EASTERN! Thank you Stephanie for taking the time to do the interview with me and for being an apart of the event!

How long have you considered yourself an author?
That’s a tough one to pin point. I’d say early 2014 because I first published in March, but I also had a short story chosen for publication before that.

How many books do you currently have out and please list titles per each genre?
I have three novels and an erotic short story available now. Craving, Haunting, and Awakening are all part of The Willow Creek Vampires Series. Saved by the Bear is an erotic short story, and all my work so far falls in the paranormal romance genre.

Of all of the books that you have written which was the hardest to write for you and why?
Haunting was the hardest for me to write. It wasn’t so much that the material itself was hard, but more that it was the second book in the series, and I had all those insecurities that are easy to find when you try and write something that is as good as or surpasses that first book. I had times where I wondered if I’d be able to keep the readers’ attention with Haunting, but it looks like I did alright in that area!

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
Connecting with people I never would have otherwise. My favorite thing is when someone reaches out to me and tells me they really connected to my characters or got lost in the world I built. Giving people an escape from the real world is a wonderful feeling.

If you could give your younger self a piece of advice when it comes to your author career what would it be and why?
Start writing right now and don’t stop! I often wish I would have started this years earlier than I did because I didn’t start writing until I was over 30 years old. I’d love to see what I might have come up with in my 20s or as a teenager. It’d be neat to go back and read some of it, but alas, it isn’t there.

What do you think is the one hardship that most authors face and what ways do you suggest they do to deal with it as best as possible?
The biggest hardship I think would be that feeling of being alone in a huge world. There are so many of us indie authors out there, yet it’s easy to feel like you have no one to really connect with on a level where you can discuss the industry and the writing process. People who are not in the industry don’t always get it when you start talking about specific things, and that can be tough. The best thing to do is to reach out to some people and make connections. I guarantee there are others out there who are feeling the exact same way and are looking for someone to talk to.

If you could have dinner with any author past or present and could only ask them one question who would it be and what would you ask them?
I’d dine with George R.R. Martin. I’d simply ask him, “What the fuck, man?”

If you could have your dream home built anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
That’s easy! New York City. My grandmother was born in Brooklyn, and I’ve always felt like that’s where I was supposed to be, too. I jokingly refer to myself as a New Yorker, twice removed.

If you were to guess how you readers would describe you in three words what would they be?
Sweet, funny, weird.

Are you currently working on any other projects that you would like to share with me?
I have two other projects going on at the moment, among many others planned. The first one revolves around, Remy, the hero/vampire of my Willow Creek Vampires Series. This one will explore his backstory and how he came to be a vampire in the first place. The other project is a contemporary rock star romance that features a huge hunk of man beast named, Ash London, and his band, Ferrum. That one is called Take Me On. Both are due out sometime early to mid-2015.