25 Jan 2014

Come and meet the awesome Stephanie Keyes!

I'm chuffed to bits to have the awesome author Stephanie Keyes with me today! So let's get on with the interview...

Do dreams inspire your writing? What did you last dream about? 
Yes, absolutely. I dream that I was on the run from the Russian military in the woods somewhere. Though, I have a feeling that the military symbolizes my kids somehow. I haven't written that story yet! The book I just finished featured a house that I use to have nightmares about all the time. In that instance, dreams impacted alot of what I wrote.

When did you first start writing? And when were you first published? 
When I was fourteen. I had some newspaper articles published locally as a teen, however my first book, The Star Child, was published in 2012.

What is it about the YA fantasy genre that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres? If so, which? 
I think what appeals to me most is the way teens are outwardly emotional in these. As adults, we often become jaded and we lose our sense of romance and adventure. This genre had it in spades. I don't have alot of time to read so I tend to read things in that same circle: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy. I enjoy books that have a strong romantic theme in theme, as well as a fantastical element of some sort.

What's the title of your latest book? Can you tell us about it? 
The Star Catcher. Yes. It comes out on November 10th, 2013. It is the third, full-length novel in The Star Childseries. Seventeen-year-old, Kellen St. James, watched his fiancee, Cali, get sucked into a portal in The Fallen Stars. Now he must get her back, and all while learning to channel an amulet that contains all the power in the universe.

What inspired you to write it? 
After the first two books in the series, I had to make sure fans got a complete ending to the story. The Star Catcher ties everything up for readers.

Is it part of a series? 
Yes. The Star Child, series.

Have you ever spotted anyone reading your books anywhere? 
No, but I have, on several occasions, met people who bought one of them and wanted me to sign their copies or had taken it out of the public library. That is such an amazing feeling. Especially since, every reader that I met told me they loved the books. Readers make all of the insane hours I keep worth it.

Who designs your gorgeous covers? They're absolutely gorgeous!!
Aw, thank you! That would be Najila Qamber of Naj Qamber Designs. She is a mind-reader as well as an artist!

If your latest book was made into a film, who would you cast? 
Here's the dream cast:
Kellen—Adam Brody Leighton, Thomas John Patrick Welling, or Logan Lerman
Cali—Saoirse Ronan
Gabe—Hunter Parrish
Singer—Emmy Rossum

What's your favourite fantasy book that made it to the big screen? 
So far, none of mine have. I've heard that Sweep by Cate Tiernan was planned for a movie, but I haven't heard anything else about it. I would LOVE to see that series as a film.

What were the last two books you read? 
Underworld and Awaken, both by Meg Cabot

Name one female author who you think deserves to be better known. 
OR Melling

Where do you write? 
At my awesome desk in my family room at home. Just love it.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
A Jazz Musician or a Journalist.

In the movie of your life, who would play you? 
Photo credit: G155 via photopin cc
Ashley Greene

Speed Round...
Top drink to make you tipsy?
Shopaholic or shopadon't? Shopaholic
Sky high heels or closer to the ground? Closer to the ground
E.L. James or Jilly Cooper? I don't know Jilly Cooper, but Googled her. She sounds more like me.
Cry baby or tough cookie? Tough Cookie.

Stephanie Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and the soon to-be-released finale, The Star Catcher (November 2013), all from by Inkspell Publishing. Mrs. Keyes is hard at work on a new YA Paranormal Romance.
When she's not writing, Stephanie is also a graphic designer, international speaker, teacher, musician, avid reader, and Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she's best friend to her incredible husband of eleven years.
Mrs. Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University and a M.Ed. from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Society For Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as a featured author in the global group of writers, Love a Happy Ending.com and Love a Happy Ending Lifestyle Magazine.
Website: www.stephaniekeyes.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/StephanieKeyes
Amazon: Author.to/StephanieKeyes
Photo courtesy of Kristina Seraphini Photo


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Suzy! I am thrilled to be here and receive the moniker of "Awesome"! Woot! It's a lovely site you have here

  2. I agree it is an awesome site! Your books sit beautifully on it, Stephanie! You must read Jilly Cooper sometime. She's worth it. :) xx


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