Once upon a time there was a girl who went adventuring. She traveled through dangerous lands, distant times, and the dark of space. She endured all manner of magical quests and deadly missions that revealed dark secrets that threatened worlds. She even defeated a few evil overlords and nasty villains. Later in life she settled down with her smoking hot husband in a little house tucked away in the haunted woods where she could write about her adventures and explore the worlds she only daydreamed about.
Most days Stephannie Beman can be found in front of her computer weaving tales about sexy-as-sin alpha males and strong, adventurous women who plunge head-first into a forbidden love, and whose relationships are meant to be, even if they fight it. In her worlds legends walk, myths live, and love is eternal.
Just writing the books I want to read and hoping you love them too.
Why do you write?:
You mean I had a choice? Damn!
Seriously though, I’ve always had a story rattling around in my head. As a child I loved to explore new worlds and have adventures as someone else. The natural progression would have brought me eventually to acting, professional storytelling, or writing. In High School writing won. I can’t act and I’m adverse to public speaking. Writing gave me an escape, a chance to explore the worlds in my mind, and a way to create and express myself. Writing is as important to me as breathing, it’s something I need to do.
What is your writing routine?:
I wake up early in the morning, brew some coffee, and work towards a 2,000 word goal. Sometimes I make it, others times not so much. Then I get my little ones off to school and review my to-do list I wrote up the day before and start to work through the most important to the lest. If I feel inspired to write some more I do that first. In the afternoons I check emails, work on book cover designs, post to my blog, update my website, or any other writing business work.
Where do you get the ideas for your books?:
Everywhere. Books, news articles, movies, commercials, dreams, life, my kids, while taking a shower, cleaning house and mowing the lawn. Ideas are all around, it’s just a matter of asking “what if?” My Lord Hades came from the myth of Hades and Persephone. Loving Khyrsolia was born from a situation where a killer is stalking the tribe. Loving the Goddess of Love evolved from an event in My Lord Hades.
What is your writing process?:
Once I have the idea for the book, I may start writing off into the dark, or I might create a rough outline of major events on notecards. If the book is part of a series I make sure that everything flows with the timeline. Lately, I’ve found Scrivener very helpful to use. Once the outline is finished, I write it while it is still fresh in my mind.
If I find I’m having a hard time writing, I’ll take a break to figure out why. It’s a good indication that something is wrong with the plot or I’m headed the wrong direction. Stopping to figure out what’s happening saves me time. It’s the best process I’ve found that works for me.
Why did you chose indie publishing?:
Half way through my second novel I started to study the publishing industry and I didn’t like what I read about the traditional publishing world. I want to enjoy my children’s childhood. I help run a ranch with my hubby, and I have a household to run. I want to enjoy writing for the sake of writing. I didn’t want to write for the need to crank out book after book so that I won’t be forgotten. I didn’t want an editor to tell me what I had to change or do with my book because it was the current trend. I didn’t want the pressure of writing what the industry believes sells rather than what I enjoy.
Do you have any advice to give other writers?:
Write what makes you happy. Be that fantasy, fiction, romance, thrillers, non-fiction, horror, or erotica. Do what works for you. If that’s writing everyday, then write every day. If that’s creating a project folder of maps, research, character sketches, setting sketches, outlines, etc. Do it. If it’s just writing without a plan, have fun at it. Don’t let anyone tell you what you must do, or the right way to write. We are all different and as long as we all end in the same place, a completed written work, who gives a shit how we got there.
Stephannie Beman’s Published Work:
2017 Writer’s Notebook Planner
2017 Project & Task Planner
Forbidden Alliances with Inna Don (April 2015)
Forbidden Angel with Inna Don (January 2015)
Death’s Lover (November 2014)
The Stagecoach Bride (November 2013)
Loving Khyrsolia (August 2013)
Keeping Mhairi (May 2013)
Loving the Goddess of Love (November 2012)
An Angel in Tartarus (June 2012)
Love is Blind (January 2012)
Persephone (May 2011)
My Lord Hades (December 2010)
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