It is so awesome to have Stephanie with us today. She has been writing since she was ten years old and started with writing songs. Her writing progressed into short stories, poetry, screenplays, and more recently, her novel Dark Revelation. That’s the one we want to share with you today – YAY!!! While Dark Revelation is of the YA genre, her other WIP’s (Works in Progress) are more adult in nature – and no – not that kind of adult.
Stephanie was born in San Antonio, Texas but spent most of her youth in Germany (that’s where T.L.’s family is from by the by.) She joined the military and traveled the world…well more than we have that’s for sure!! She lived in Japan, spent time in India, and currently resides in Sacramento, California.
Stephanie is surrounded by her close friends, family, and animals. She resides with her oldest daughter, Illeana; youngest daughter, Kathryn; Punky & Snoopy (two cute Chorky’s), and their cat, Miss Kitty. She misses her son, Gavin, terribly who lives in Georgia.
She is currently working on the second book in the Dark Revelation series. Yes, we cannot wait for it to come out. Oh, and don’t you just love this cover? It was created by Nikki Fortugno. You can find her website at: http://www.artfullykumo.com/
~~~We asked Stephanie to share with us one of her greatest moments as a writer. Let’s jump right in!!~~~
Stephanie, have you ever had a moment, even if it was a split second when someone noticed you for the unique person you are or complemented you on a job well done? Do you remember what that feels like in your heart?
I haven’t had just one moment that has felt great, I have had many. There are many people out there who are less than encouraging; this also includes traditionally published authors. When I’d read that some of these authors that I personally read thumb their noses at Indie authors, I was almost hesitant to even carry forward. Too many other Indies put out sloppy work, and I will say my first go at it wasn’t the cleanest, but it wasn’t the worst. I finally got an editor, beta readers, and felt good about the product that I put out.
One of the greatest moment I have experienced as a writer was when a fellow author told me that I had a great YA voice and that I had great potential to create something great. That author is Todd Brown. It wasn’t just the fact they expressed to me that I had a great YA voice – it was the way it was expressed. I have had several moments of self-doubt throughout the creation of Dark Revelation. More than I can even count. I combined multiple layers of mythos on top of each other and wasn’t sure how well it would be received. But what is creation other than breaking the boundaries we tie ourselves to? His words of encouragement gave me the extra belief I needed in myself to push forward.
Don’t give up, and don’t listen to the bull that other people will feed you. Find your groove and stick with it. Find a beta reader, find an editor and most of all, find that belief in yourself. You started this journey with an idea that YOU felt was great, don’t cheat yourself the possibilities that only YOU can create for yourself.
Okay folks, Dark Revelation is on sale this week on Amazon for 99 cents, so grab your copy before the price goes back up: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Revelation-The-Series-ebook/dp/B00AXOR7S6
To wet your appetite, here is the synopsis of the story:
Ryleigh Simmons just turned seventeen. After losing her parents in a fatal accident, Ryleigh moves in with an aunt she was unaware of and is introduced to family she never knew existed. After finding out she is a descendant of the Fae, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the assistance of Tristan – a long lost cousin. Ryleigh’s Uncle Finar wants nothing more than to consume her and those like her to become the most powerful Fae in existence and Ryleigh is the only one who can stop him.
Slowly starting to stir, she could hear the voices say, “Shhh, quiet – she’s coming around.” Ryleigh groaned as she attempted to open her eyes. “It’s okay, little one, wake up,” she could hear the soft voices calling to her.
Ryleigh opened her eyes and shut them immediately. The blinding light felt like fire raging through her skull. She could hear rustling around her. Opening her mouth to speak, her voice caught the gravel coating in the back of her throat. “Hello,” she choked up.
You can connect with Stephanie:
You can reach Stephanie at: SEMyers.Author @ gmail.com. She would love to hear from you!
Stick around, read her blog, follow her on twitter and most of all — read her books! Thanks Stephanie so much for being with us today!! We always enjoy learning something new about our author friends!
K.R. and T.L.