So, I’ve decided to do some different things on my blog. In addition to reviews and discussion type posts (in the future) I am going to spotlight different authors at least once a week. This will include interviews, guest posts or spotlight posts. Or interviews in addition to a book review.
I’m kicking this part off with an interview of a very good friend of mine, Stephanie Blakeman. Stephanie is the author of the romance novel, If the Key Fits (read my review here). She is in the process of writing her second book. In my review post, I explain a little about how I met and got to know Stephanie. Well, we have only become even closer since that post 🙂 I consider her a good friend and I can’t WAIT to read book number two. I know this lady is going to go places and do great things!
Now, for the interview:
(1) How would you describe your writing process?
My writing process is very organized. I have to start by outlining my book. From there, I write each section and then piece them together.
(2) Do you have any strange writing habits?
I have to put each of my characters on an index card with all their characteristics and life history on the back. I have to know the background of each character, even if they have a small part. This tells me how they will react to certain situations and why.
(4) How do you choose character names?
I like to choose names that flow well. I actually came up with the last name of Calvert before Casey ever came along. When picking names for strong characters, I try to think of a last name with strength and power. Casey is an everyday name that portrays a normal girl. Casey Calvert: a sweet, normal girl with a badass upbringing.
The Rosemary Beach Series: Abbi Glines, Ugly Love: Colleen Hoover, F*ck Love: Tarryn Fisher, Bared to You: Sylvia Day (Great choices)
Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Sylvia Day, Tarryn Fisher, Jamie McGuire (Again, great choices. This is why we are friends haha!)
Marrow: Tarryn Fisher. You have to have a secret deep, dark soul to appreciate Tarryn’s books. She writes for herself, not for what the readers want, and I admire that about her.
My biggest accomplishment was moving three states away at such a young age and starting a new life. It was a big jump, but without it I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I have always loved reading and writing. I remember writing short stories in journals when I was young. I wanted to write stories like the ones I loved to read.
Just do it. Sit down, write, and publish. Don’t over think it. Don’t think about what others will think. When I am writing my first rough draft, I don’t stop to reread or correct. I just write. You’ll be surprised what comes out of your mind when you’re not holding back. You will reread it and think, “Damn, did I write that?” (Fantastic advice)
I would love to own a gym. My husband trained MMA and we have always wanted to have a gym like that in our town. We would want it to be a judgment free zone where confidence is made and respect is earned on the mat. (I would totally be training there if this happened. We need this to happen.)
I can’t say there is anything I wouldn’t consider writing about. I actually enjoy incorporating tough topics into my writing.
Currently I am writing the background story of If the Key Fits. Yes, it had been titled and will be another full-length novel. To all the haters who want more Gavin; your dreams are about to come true.
I don’t listen to music when I write, but I do hear songs and start writing scenes in my head. In my current writing I’ve been hearing “Heavy is the Head” by Zac Brown Band. It’s definitely the theme song for the fall of the Sinner’s Breed MC and its leader.
Back in ‘92, on a cold spring night… Nope. Never mind, that wasn’t me.
You know, I can’t even think of the last time I was in a hard to get out of situation. The next question will easily explain why.
Being a disappointment. I know that I am not, but I can’t stand the thought of letting someone down. I’m a people-pleaser at heart and will go out of my way to spare feelings and avoid conflict. It’s a fatal character flaw I possess.
I want the definitions of they’re, there, and their written on my tombstone. In case anyone forgets them, they can come visit. Judging by Facebook statuses alone, I would get a lot of visitors.
Sadly, I lack any coordination or musical talent, but I can clean an oven like nobody’s business.
Are you ready for this? I’ve never been to Disney World. I think I’m the only person in the world who can say that—German children included. ( I have never been either. Road trip?)
I don’t know what my name would be, but I would want to be able to heal people. I would be able to do things like suck all the cancer cells out of a child’s blood leaving them happy and healthy again. Would this make me a type of vampire? Yeah, I guess so. Weird, but a great concept all the same.
(8) If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
I would want to be a dog—preferable a shih tzu. Why you ask? Come visit my house on any given day and watch Blade sunbathe by the window all afternoon. You’ll understand.
I want to be a New York Times Best Selling Author. Yes, I have lofty goals.
I would want an Australian accent. I pray that it comes with a tan.
Along with a two others, I actually have the tattoo that Casey has in If the Key Fits. That tattoo was the inspiration for the whole book and carries deep meaning to me.
I have a scar on my hand from that bar fight in ‘92. Fine, it’s from washing dishes. What a loser scar. I cut my hand open washing a glass that busted.
I don’t remember having a fondness for any certain toy. I was a Barbie girl of course. I had more clothes for my Barbies than I probably had myself.
My favorite food is any type of good, heavy carbs. I love bread, pasta, potatoes, and all those terribly yummy things. I have a soft spot for Mountain Dew even though I try to avoid it like the plague.
No, I don’t believe I would. There are so many women who think they need to make it in a “man’s world.” I’m perfectly accepting of the fact that I am not a man. All I want to be is a strong woman who never forgets her worth.
This was so much fun. Your answers were great! Thanks again, Stephanie!