Stefanie Worth Interview
Today I am speaking with Stefanie Worth
. Good Morning Stefanie
, and welcome to Fallen Angel Reviews. The readers are so eager to learn more about Stefanie and her books.
, I absolutely love your website. Why not tell the readers what Stefanie has going on with her writing today?
Thanks for the compliment on my web site, Linda. I decided to have a little fun with my online presence and I was lucky enough to find a designer who could translate that vision for me. In terms of my writing these days, Iím actually busy learning. It seems the more I hurdles I make it over, the longer my track becomes. A constant undercurrent to the actual writing is finding the best way to balance my family, job and personal needs with my publishing deadlines.
Is there a particular book that you would like to share with us today and tell us a bit about it?
Yes, Iím very excited to share my novella HeavenSent.com with Fallen Angelís readers. Itís the story of a pair of co-workers who donít realize theyíre just what the other is looking for and the guardian angels who lead them to each other.
Itís a contemporary paranormal story that deals with the challenges faced by many women in todayís tough economy. I like the blend of fantasy and reality brought to life in the story and the plotís surprising twists.
Readers can delve deeper into the story on my web site at http://www.stefanieworth.com/HeavenSent.html where I have a book trailer, Chapter One excerpt, and a contest for those who subscribe to my newsletter.
Do you have any works in progress at this time?
Iím currently working on another novel for Dorchester thatís targeted for publication in 2011. Itís a follow-up to last yearís novella, Can You Believe, which was part of The Holiday Inn anthology. Readers get to find out what the future really has in store for newlyweds Fallon and Naymond.
How many hours a day do you spend writing?
Not as many as Iíd like! About 2-3 is what I fit in. Typically itís after the kids go to bed, though occasionally I can manage a short block of writing after work.
Do you have a character that is especially close to your heart?
I donít have a favorite yet. I like my heroines. I try to make them modern and realistic, courageous but challenged. None of them are perfect -- even in a supernatural setting. But I love helping them overcome their obstacles to contentment and win in the end.
Why not describe a day in the life of Stefanie.
Not too many thrills and chills in my world. I usually begin my day just before seven a.m. (typically after too little sleep lol) by getting reading for work and getting my kids ready for school. Once theyíre off, Iíll check my email, maybe update the status on my Facebook, Twitter and MySpace pages, and send out early correspondence. Then Iím off to the day job.
I work in nonprofit and have for my entire career. Itís hectic but rewarding. Lately, Iíve been trying to work in a few 10-minute spurts of walking because the increase in my writing work leaves me less time for exercise. During the day, I keep a notebook and digital recorder handy to record any story ideas the crop up.
After work, Iím pretty kid-focused with homework, extracurricular activities, dinner, etc. Depending on the activity, I can take my laptop or a notebook and write or edit while I wait. If I can get them bunked in by 9:30 or so, Iíll take a half hour or so to decompress, maybe make a phone call or two, before heading to my office in the basement. My writing time stretches to cover books, blogs and promotion. My goal these days is to be in bed before two a.m. Sometimes I make it, sometimes I donít.
My weekends are very hodgepodge. Writing definitely gets worked in between the kidsí varied schedules and all those things I canít fit into a weekday.
What are some of your hobbies besides writing?
Iíve gotten a little boring the last few years as Iíve focused on my writing. When Iím not on deadline, I try to dedicate more time to the kids. This summer, for example, we spent every evening riding bikes when I got home from work because my youngest finally mastered her two-wheeler. Yay! Other than that, I crochet occasionally and I enjoy dancing. I have my eye on a Swing class, but I havenít figured out how to fit that in yet.
I have found that some authors listen to music while they compose. Is music your solace while writing or do you have another comfort as you write?
I love listening to music and so using it while I write was very natural for me. I used to load my favorite CDs onto my computer and create writing soundtracks that way. But it was a bit confining because my music collection just doesnít cover every writing scenario. Then last year, my son introduced me to Pandora.com. Now I can have music for every writing mood -- action, suspense, love scenes and heartbreak. Itís dependable, versatile and cheap!
Was there any one person or event in your life that finally inspired you to sit down and write your first book?
My family was always supportive of my writing habit. Iíve been keeping diaries and writing poems since I was pretty young. But it was actually after Iíd left my critique group to focus on my family and career that a former writing colleague encouraged me to pick up my story again and finish that first book. I sold it a year later as Where Souls Collide.
Do you have a favorite movie that you could watch over and over again?
There are few, depending on my state of mind. For romance, I can watch Ghost or Love and Basketball again and again. In the Sci Fi realm, I love re-watching The Matrix series. And on any given day, if a Johnny Depp movie crosses my remote, I am so there. Just because.
Stefanie why not share your website, Facebook, Myspace or any links with us.
Iím all over the internet:
Web site -- www.stefanieworth.com
Face book -- www.facebook.com/stefanieworth
MySpace -- www.myspace.com/stefanieworth
Iím also part of a multi-genre group blog called Novel Spaces where we write about the craft and our lives at http://novelspaces.blogspot.com.
Do you have any indulgent behaviors one might find surprising?
I actually enjoy gardening. Living in Michigan, I relish the warm season and fill it with buying and planting flowers. One day, if I get a sunnier yard, I may even try my hand at an herb or vegetable patch. Second place goes to the task of home pedicures. I love having soft feet and polished toenails -- even if theyíre hidden by thick socks and boots.
Whatís your favorite comfort food?
That would have to be Asian dishes: salt and pepper scallops, chicken fried rice, shrimp pad Thai and sushi -- though I havenít worked my way past California rolls yet. One day Iíll do the food justice and master chop sticks.
If you had a bucket list, what is one thing you would have on the list that you would like to absolutely do in your life?
Good question. I have set a pretty attainable goal of having a lake house one day. The idea of living in a natural setting and spending my days writing gets me through a lot of real-world 9-5 moments.
, thank you for spending time with us today, and I wish you success in your writing. We look forward to reading more of your books.
Thanks so much for having me, Linda!
Interviewed by: Linda L.