REGINA: So Stephanie, you have also written other books. Could you tell us about them, please?
STEPH: Sure. All That Remains and Are Your Dirty Little Secrets are contemporary romances published through IUniverse. Across the Fickle Winds of History is a time traveling paranormal about Olga Romanov, the eldest daughter of the last Russian Czar.
REGINA: You recently published a children’s book. What’s the name of that and what’s that about?
STEPH: It’s called The Giving Meadow. It’s about a caterpillar who travels through a meadow making friends. Caterpillar meets a frog, ladybug, bee, and snake and they all learn to share. I originally wrote it for my church’s preschool program for Easter and then showed it to Vivian (Gilbert Zabel) at 4RV and she asked for it. I was tickled pink. It’s available on the Internet at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as the 4RV site.
REGINA: How does writing as another personae, such as S.G. Cardin in “Destination:Berlin” change your writer’s voice?
STEPH: Destination: Berlin is much more action-orientated than The Hungarian, which is darker and moodier.
REGINA: Tell us about “All that Remains” please.
STEPH: “All That Remains” is a contemporary romance. It takes place in Manchester, NH. Wealthy widower, Darrin Barring, is being sued by his deceased wife’s parents for custody of his child. (Almost similar to The Hungarian, in a way!) He hires a feisty lawyer, Kristina Rivera, to help him with the case and they fall in love.
REGINA: As a busy wife, mother and 911 dispatcher, how in the world do you find time to write?
STEPH: I usually write when I’m at work on down time between calls or on the radio. At home, I set aside time, an hour or two in the afternoon. The kids are usually playing their Nintendo DSs or the Wii and it gives me time.
REGINA: What are you planning next?
STEPH: “The Count’s Lair,” Book 2 in the Budapest Moon series will be published with Desert Breeze in Feb 2011. Count Anton Varga has never had a family, but when he meets pianist Lady Amelia Andrassy, he discovers he wants to make her his wife. Will his secret get in his way?
Also, my short story, “Shadows and Light,” a sci-fi/speculative will be included in Desert Breeze’s Borealis Anthology. Both Elijah Kess and Persephone Talon are hiding secrets as they investigate the Uudon Trade on the Borealis. Can they join forces or will their headstrong personalities keep them apart?
REGINA: You seem to really love history. Did you like it in school? Political science is quite relevant, isn’t it?
STEPH: Political Science was interesting to study. It’s very complex though and I think you have to have a passion to stick with it. My love of history developed when I was a senior in high school. I took a Russian History class my senior year and it sparked my curiosity about history’s influence in our lives today.
REGINA: Tell us about the “Fickle Winds of History” please.
STEPH: I originally wrote a story in 1995 called “Human Nature,” that I never published. It was about 5 teenagers with superpowers and the only reason they could survive was the fact they were clones. “Across the Fickle Winds of History,” was part of a story arc within that story. I wrote it in the first person from Olga Romanov’s point of view. She was the eldest daughter of the Czar (Nicholas II) with a “heavy” look at Anastasia. A Russian scientist goes back in time to change the laws of succession to allow Olga to inherit the throne. Paul, Ian, and Stephanie go back in time to stop him. Paul ends up falling in love with Olga. The epilogue is first person Anastasia and explains how she was lost to history.
REGINA: What do you like on TV (if anything)? How do you unwind? What is your very favorite way of “escaping”?
STEPH: I don’t escape. Very rarely do I have that opportunity. Right now I’m watching the new Battlestar Galactica. It’s an awesome series, well done. Compelling. I’m hooked. The Sharon Cylon baby’s fetal blood just saved the president from dying.
REGINA: Silliest moment?
STEPH: I haven’t done anything silly in quite a long time. Trust me. I guess my silliest moment was when my friends Karen and Aly visited me in Berlin back in 1992 and we walked all over Berlin singing Fleetwood Mac songs.
REGINA: What advice would you give to someone just starting to write?
STEPH: Have patience. We are so used to instant gratification in today’s world and writing requires a lot of patience. Nothing happens instantly in the writing community.
REGINA: How do you organize your promotional activities? Do these endeavors add to your enjoyment of your writing career? How?
STEPH: Promotion has come to slow to me. I want to write, and write and write, but in order to enjoy some degree of success you have to promote. I’m still learning the various ways to promote on the Internet because it’s hard to get out there with two boys at the house.
REGINA: You told us your younger boy has Sensory Integration Dysfunction, (SID). How has that effected your writing?
STEPH: Well, I try to be sensitive when writing children into any story. They are smart, bright, lively, and pick up on things quickly. Joe is all that, but he has to “adjust” and learn how to manage his condition. It will come with maturity.
REGINA: Here’s an excerpt from Destination: Berlin
Sharon stirred and opened her eyes. Germany always seemed overcast, but the clouds in the sky hinted at a growing storm. The air felt unusually humid, as it would be back in Maine right before a shower broke out. As she sat up, she glanced skyward. They would need a roof over their heads tonight.
Sharon’s eyes cut to Dimitri. He was walking toward her from the direction of the Havel, waving his hands, air-drying them.
“Good morning to you. Where did you go?”
“To the canal to splash some water on my face,” he replied.
Sharon fidgeted, her ribs throbbing with a mild, yet consistent pain. She reached over her briefcase and withdrew her pain pills, taking two in a dry swallow.
Dimitri knelt down next to his duffle bag and took a brown paper bag, giving it to Sharon. “Eat.”
She took an apple and the last piece of brotchen out of the bag. “We’re empty.”
“You’re worried,” she said, eating.
“We were lucky yesterday. I have no doubts surveillance will be increased along Bundestrasse One. Perhaps we shouldn’t go this way.”
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Thanks again, Stephanie. You are just fascinating and so much fun! Please come back really soon for another visit and keep us posted on all you are doing!