About Stephanie Flores:
Stephanie Flores was born, and still continues to live in Miami, Florida with her husband and pain-in-the-neck mutt. When she’s not swatting the thousands of mosquitoes in the area, she’s teaching science and art to middle school students. What better person to envision a fully imaginary world than someone who teaches pre-teens all day? As a child, her obsessions were turtles, dragons, Greek mythology, and pizza-not much has changed in adulthood. ‘To Enter the Path’ is her debut novel.
What inspires you to write?
I started in middle school. Really got in to the creative writing assignments a 7th grade teacher had us do. After that I was hooked! Jotted short stories in a notebook, wrote scenes in drama club until I focused on one story. It was a fun, creative way to vent and create a world that I had full control over, and it cushioned the blow of my teenage angst years.
Tell us about your writing process.
Do I call what I do a process? lol
It starts with a sketchbook full of dialogue, or scenes I’ve written between characters. These can be anywhere from the beginning of the book, to the end. Once I have a collection of events, then I write all the information in between.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
The crazy lady that seems to be talking to herself as she’s walking her dog, or mindlessly perusing through the stores and appears to be mumbling, that’s me! It helps me to actually act my character’s dialogues out.
What advice would you give other writers?
A good editor and beta readers are priceless. They really shatter that false persona of excellence we all get when we write our ‘masterpieces’, but their comments really make you wake up and realize the silly little mistakes.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Time. I self-published because of time. I didn’t think I could survive the constant waiting for submitting. Each publisher had a 6 month wait-period, and you could only submit to one at a time! It could be YEARS before someone bit the line I cast.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self-publishing has definitely taken over. Its convenient and everyone can do it, but it did take away the feeling of accomplishment when someone chose to publish your book.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?: eBook
Link To Stephanie Flores Page On Amazon
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