Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Meet Stephanie

Blogger Spotlight

Stephanie and I have not have the pleasure of meeting face to face, but from what I gather from our brief emails and her blog she is a lovely and ambitious person! We are both gamers and love animals! I thought that was pretty cool! I'm excited to share my interview with her and introduce you to her blog!

Without further delay, I'd like to introduce you to Stephanie from:

Chronicles of a Novice Writer

What Utah author would you choose to write your biography and why?

Jessica Day George. I like her writing style. She's one of the few authors in the world who've managed to land on my "buy without question" list. Meaning, for me it doesn't matter what she writes (within reason), I'll be buying it. I think she could make even my boring life history funny with her humor and witty style.

What do you love about blogging?

I love that blogging made me several good friends over the years. Friends who've become a listening ear when I need to vent or when I'm ready to throw in the towel on writing. Even friends who've become listeners for the non-writing part of my life.

What do you hate about blogging?

The pressure to reinvent myself with each blog post yet stay the same so I maintain an audience. After four years of blogging that pressure has grown exponentially.

What book would you love to have turned into a video game?

I would love to see Tamora Pierce's books turned into video games. Either her Song of the Lioness series or her Immortals series. Especially if Lego got involved and made it into one of their awesome games. If they did that, I'd be scrimping and saving to buy whatever console they released it on in addition to the game.

Who is your literature crush?

My literature crush is probably a tie between Belgarath (I know he's wicked old but he's hilarious and totally awesome so my crush is absolutely platonic. I just adore him.), Silk (also from David Eddings' series of the Belgariad and the Mallorean), and George Cooper, from Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness series.

For you, what does the perfect story have in it?

The perfect story has characters I want to root for and action beyond "get character A and character B to kiss and be a couple." Sorry, romance writers, but I need more than just will-they-won't-they action.

What is your favorite thing about Utah?

My favorite thing about Utah is that I always know which direction I'm going and how to get to most places in the valley. I studied abroad one term in college and lived in Colorado for just over a year. Both times I was completely disoriented every time I had to go somewhere. I never knew which direction was which. Also, I adore the grid system.

What is the book and/or series that made you love reading?

For this one, I probably have to go with either Nancy Drew or the Saddle Club series. I loved both as a kid and had dozens of the latter. I was notorious for staying up until 2 in the morning in elementary school to finish another book.

Did your parents read to you as a kid? If so, then what was your favorite bedtime story?

My parents did read to me. The first books I ever remember reading on my own were ones my dad helped me learn to read with. And those books still hold a dear place in my heart. If I'm ever asked for my favorite books of all time they're top on that list. I also distinctly remember a phase where I made my mom read "Horton Hears a Who" every night before bed. It's a long Dr. Seuss book so it was probably a delaying tactic when I didn't want to go to bed. But never deny books to someone.

What is your favorite fairy tale and why?

My favorite fairy tale is probably "Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle" collected by the Brothers Grimm. I like the message it sends a lot. Sure she ends up with the prince, but only after she's already made a modest success of her life and she is active in getting the prince. And the prince is awesome because he's looking for a girl who's happy with the barest of basics, not some spoiled rich girl/princess.

Thank you so much Stephanie for this fun interview! I'm glad I got to spotlight you!

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  1. I love that you read David Eddings! I haven't read any Tamora Pierce books, but I would totally buy that Lego version of it :) Nice to meet you Stephanie!

    1. David Eddings' early books, especially Belgariad and Mallorean were awesome. I discovered his books at about the same time as Tamora Pierce's and thus began my love affair with fantasy. I think Eddings' books could make some epic Lego games, too.

  2. Lots of lovely fantasy books that I need to get to! Hey Stephanie, will you come to our party in Sept. so we CAN meet you IRL? :)

    1. I can't be there that day, unfortunately. I have a prior commitment. :(

  3. Kami, great questions! This was so fun to read.
    And I agree that a good book needs more than a love story (although I do enjoy a good love story). There needs to be some adventure, too. And, yay, grid system! You have to try to get lost. :)

    1. Well, maybe you have to try hard in the Salt Lake Valley...I always get lost trying to figure out my way around in Utah County. I do enjoy a good love story, but action trumps romance.

  4. Thanks, Kami, for the fun interview! I loved the questions and having to think through the answers. I might have to steal some of them for future interviews I might do. :D

  5. Lovely spotlight! Stephanie is new to me too. :) I loved the Saddle Club when I was little and the grid system is one of my favorite things about Utah too!

    1. OMG, I don't think...no, I know, I've never met anyone else who's heard of Saddle Club let alone read the books!

    2. Now that I think of it, I don't think I have either!! It's nice to "meet" you, Saddle Club Sister.

  6. I love these questions!! Especially the video game one... you know.. since I love video games.

    1. Video games are fun. A bit addictive, maybe, but so much fun.