Woohoo!!! Happy Hump Day all my fabulous bloggers!!!
Today is a very exciting and also very sad day!!! I have a very special blogger & author to interview and it will be my LAST INTERVEIW for awhile!!
I've had so much fun in all of this, but it's time this tough cookie takes a break from giving the blog love and starts treating herself to some hot fudge brownies, sparkles & blogging. Oh yeah... be on the look out for tomorrow's blog... it's going to be epic!
NOW MEET TODAY'S FEATURE!! She's fabulous!! I just dove into her novel last night and ALREADY I'm in love! This is an ADULT novel.
Featured Writer: Stephanie Haefner
Novel - A Bitch Named Karma
When author Lexi Marshall’s perfectly fabulous life of designer clothes, nights on the town with her sexy boyfriend, and a successful writing career literally go up in flames, she must take on Karma and fight to gain control over her life.
Lexi believes her cliché-filled novels are the reason for Karma’s wrath and after a high calorie pity party, she’s determined to rebuild her life to what it once was...that is, until her gynecologist utters a phrase she never expected or wanted to hear: she’s pregnant. Unfortunately, the father is her fresh out-of-the-closet best friend and not the new man in her life.
1. Do you believe in Karma? Have you ever had to face it head on?
I’m not sure if I absolutely believe in karma per say, but I do believe in treating people the way you would want to be treated. And there have been a few times where I’ve definitely got what was coming to me! LOL!
2. Any other books currently in the works? Care to share some secret sexy details?
Of course I can share!! I recently signed two contracts with Lyrical Press. They are both romantic fiction stories, much shorter than a novel though. The first is Paradise Cove, a story about a woman, who in the blink of an eye, decides to leave her boring life and buy a resort in Cancun. The second is titled Soap Dreams, about a woman and the love from her past, who is now back in her life. And I’m currently hard at work on the sequel to A Bitch Named Karma, titled Karma Kameleon. Very excited for that, and hoping my readers will be just as excited to read the next chapter of Lexi’s life.
3. What is a day in the life of Stephanie like?
LOL, well, it’s not all that exciting! I have two kids and am lucky enough to be able to stay home. While school is in session, we are up around 7:15 and the next hour is a whirlwind of breakfast, getting dressed, teeth and hair brushing, lunch making, etc… Once my daughter is on the bus, it’s just me and my son. We go to the gym in the morning and then clean up and do any household chores that need doing. After lunch, my son takes his nap and I have the house all to myself. Silence is never as golden! I hop on the computer til my husband comes home from work, then my son gets up, my daughter comes home and we have dinner. After dinner is cleaned up, there’s homework, family activities, baths, whatever else. Bedtime for the kiddos then it’s either some TV time, or I am back on the computer. But right now it’s summer, so that entire routine is out the window. Not entirely sure how I managed to add almost 30,000 words to my manuscript in July!
4. Did you always know you’d be a writer or did you set yourself up first on a different path before discovering? Did you know you’d always write Romance?
Ha…I will try and keep the answer to this one brief! I had always had my hands in artsy things when I was a kid and writing little stories and even illustrating them was something I did. And I kept a diary…religiously. I have several of them….chronicling every day of my preteen and teen years!! I ended up going to a vocational high school and took Horticulture. (We learned how to arrange flowers, do landscaping and grow plants in the greenhouses.) I joined the FFA, but we didn’t really do the things most FFA kids did…we were a city school and mainly participated in floriculture contests and parliamentary procedure contests. I was the reporter for our chapter and started writing little articles about our club’s happenings and had them published in local newspapers. That was when I first saw my name and words in print and I liked it! My senior year I applied to two colleges- one for Floriculture Merchandising and another for Journalism. I was accepted for both programs and chose Floriculture. To this day I am not even sure why. I worked in the floral industry for several years as a floral designer, even ran my own business for a while, specializing in wedding florals. But then I started writing fiction. One day I just picked up a pen and wrote down one of the many ideas that popped into my head. I remember feeling so accomplished after writing 11 pages of text (single spaced). I went on to work on other stories and it just took over my life. I lost all interest in my flower business and decided to give it up.
When I first started writing seriously, I didn’t have a clue what to even call it, but romance was definitely there. My early inspirations were from the diaries I wrote as a kid…when crushes and teen romances were my entire world. And that’s what I enjoyed reading about, so naturally that is what I wrote about. I think romantic stories speak to everyone, even if they won’t admit it. I don’t know one single person who is not looking/hoping for love!
5. Do your characters speak to you? Or do you make them talk?
When I write, I kinda watch a movie in my head….and then write down what happens. So I guess they talk to me!!
Fun & Random Facts
Pizza joint: Little place near my house called Deniros…love the blackened crispy pepperoni!
Sweet or Salty: Not sure if I can answer that one….whenever I eat one, I always crave the other right afterward!
Snow Princess or Cloud Princess: I’d have to say Cloud Princess. Not a big fan of snow.
Fashion Designer or Floral Designer: LOL!! Too funny that you ask that!! I’d have to say Floral Designer…because I already know that is something I am good at!!
Zombies or Vampires: Definitely Zombies! But I have a soft spot for them…I won a trip to LA last year and was fortunate enough to see a scene being filmed for Zombieland. So so cool!
Book: I have to say The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, by Ann Brasshares. They’re the only books I have read several times and can still cry and laugh every time.
TV Show: Man, another tough question! Just one??? How I Met Your Mother, Glee and Dancing with the Stars. Sorry…don’t think I could pick a fav out of those!
Stephanie is one of my favorite bloggers! Always a sweetheart, and some of the best posts!! Be sure to stop by and say hello!!! Here is her website and lyrical press site as well!