Slave to a 100 lbs. GSD (German Shepard) and a computer she calls “Dave”, you’ll often see her riding a 19 hand Shire nicknamed “Gunny” to the local coffee shop near the Santa Monica mountains. Stephanie reads for the love of words, and writes fiction about Dark Hearts and Heroes revolving around social taboos. When ever asked, she’ll reply her whole life can be seen through a comic ~ sometimes twisted, sometimes funny but always beautiful and its title is adventure. Come play! – See more at: http://www.snmckibben.com/#sthash.PVOU0hu7.dpuf
What inspires you to write?
Pictures! You know the saying a picture says a thousand words…or something like that. Well, photos, paintings, and even moving pictures (movies) inspire me to write. They all seem to reach inside my soul and the best way I can express what I’m feeling and how to share them is through words.
Tell us about your writing process.
I subscribe to Neil Gaiman’s writing process. When Mr. Gaiman told his friend American Gods was helping understand how to write books, his friend said–American Gods is teaching you how to write THAT book. In other words…
For me, each book is a new process. I’ve done the fly by night seat-of-my-pants writing, the outlined to death writing, the combination of the two, I’ve even written a book by a Charades method in which I rearrange words in a sentence to give me the elevator pitch and then the plot and even the hook.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. I even have a Pintrest board titled: My Characters Talk to Me. It’s what my characters say. Some are in the books. Some are just what they say to me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never-ever listen to reviews. Just keep writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m a social misfit so self publishing seemed the way to go. I wanted control over my covers, the editing and the endings of my stories.
When a crit partner told me she was going to put her manuscript in a drawer, because she wanted to have a publisher and not do it herself, I stepped up and told her I wasn’t going to let her manuscript rot. I formed my publishing company and we’ve been writing ever since!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe it’s just like any other business. It goes up, it comes down, technology changes the players and shapes the future of HOW you get books, but not THAT you read books. It’s not frighting, it’s a challenge like life.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?