1. What 3 things would you like readers to know about you? 1) I’m not a serious person—I spend way more time telling really bad jokes than probably anyone you know. 2) I’m a hopeless romantic. 3) I read almost as music as I write.
2. Tell us about your books. Genre, titles, any favorite characters? WIP’s, upcoming releases? I have four releases out now that are part of The Star Child series—The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and The Star Catcher. They are all Young Adult ParaRoms about a seventeen-year-old prodigy, Kellen St. James and a Celtic goddess, Calienta. In the series, Kellen and Calienta are busy fighting The Children of Danu the faeries of Ireland gone bad. Together, they must fight to save the world from Arawn, the Lord of Faerie, and later, a new big-bad, the Star Catcher. The final book in the series, The Star Catcher, was just released on Bovember 10th, 2013, so now I am working on polishing a new YA Novel that incorporates my love of both music and spooky things.
3. Is there a common thread in your books? How do your values show up in your writing? Jungian philosophy? What do you want readers to take from your writing? Yes. I think the common thread is that no matter where you come from, what’s happened to you, you can choose who you want to be and how you want to act. That being said, I’m also a certified Myers-Briggs instructor, so I do truly believe in a lot of Carl Jung’s teachings. Particularly, this notion that you are born with certain preferences in terms of how you prefer to interact in the world. I had fun type-watching my characters. I know all of their MBTI types, for example.
4. What do you look for in a good book? In what ways would you say your books exhibit these qualities? An escape. I like reality to a point, but generally, I want to go to a world that takes me out of my own. So I usually seek out books that are set in different countries or worlds. In The Star Child series, all of the books are set in places I’ve visited, like Ireland, Maine, etc. They were all escapes for me. I broke the mode with my most recent WIP, though. It’s set in my hometown of Pittsburgh.
5. What are some of the best social media, marketing, and publicity tips you’ve come across? Don’t talk about yourself constantly. I try to employ that whenever I can. Also, and this is my own personal take, I look at the people I meet on social media as just that—people. Not social media connections. I wouldn’t meet a stranger for the first time and say, “Hey, I’m Stephanie Keyes. Buy my book.” That seems rude and pushy. I just try to be myself and hope people have an interest. If they do, it won’t be because I’m trying to shove my own agenda down their throats.
6. What are some things you know now about writing and being an author that you wish someone had told you at the very beginning? The importance of a goof critique group! I wrote for five years before I caught on to the idea of joining a critique group. I have learned so much from the experience. My writing has developed tremendously since I first attended and I’ve made some life-long friends. There is something to be said for getting to know like-minded people.
7. Along that same line, what are some of your favorite resources? Writer’s Digest was the first resource I ever found. Definitely check out their website. World Literary Café is fantastic. Also, search out groups in your genre and see what they have to offer.
8. What lifts your spirits when you’re discouraged? Nutella.
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 Love a Happy Ending Lifestyle Magazine.
The Star Child http://viewBook.at/thestarchild
After Faerie http://myBook.to/afterfaerie
The Fallen Stars http://viewBook.at/thefallenstars
The Star Catcher http://myBook.to/thestarcatcher