Here Comes the Queen--That's Author Stephanie Queen

I'm having virtual coffee this morning with my pal Stephanie Queen who is a USA Today bestselling author and one of my Authors of Main Street friends.

Stephanie lives in New Hampshire with her cat, Kitty, her pretend chauffeur, Myren, and her real life sons. She spends most of her time writing snappy stories, cooking for whoever stops in and not dusting.

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Stephanie Queen Tackles the Dirty Dozen

1. In which genre do you write and why that particular genre?

I write in romance and romantic suspense and I'm now gravitating to the thriller end of the spectrum. I love love and complications and adventure. I find that's the kind of story that excites me when I read and when I think something up to write. I love being intrigued!

2. What's your most recent book and what's it about?

I just released the novella Small Town Glamour Girl Wedding for the Authors of Main Street Boxed Set: Weddings on Main Street, with ten fellow authors. Just in time to put everyone in the mood for June Brides & Weddings!

Julie and Jack are over-the-moon in love, but with their soon-to-be mothers-in-law battling for influence over the wedding plans they fight to keep the peace. Finally when their mothers reveal a stunning secret from the past, Jack and Julie must re-think the wedding. Will they or won’t they say I do?

3. As an author, what can readers expect when they read one of your books?

Fun! I always manage to have some kind of humor or something playful, even in a more intense story like Playing the Game. And my all time favorite thing is writing snappy dialogue - lots of flirting and word play!

4. How did you "become" an author? For instance, was there a moment when you said: "I think I'll write a book."

It all started with the Nuns. In second grade at Sacred Heart School we were assigned to write stories and mine got picked to be printed in the school newspaper. I was hooked and I've been writing stories ever since.

5. What's the best thing about being an author?

I love inventing people, giving them loves and lives and whole worlds and communities of characters.

6. What's the worst thing about being an author?

There is never enough time to write all the stories about all the characters that I think about--unless...maybe if I live to about 110...

7. Do you have editions of your books available other than ebook editions?

I have print versions of most of my novels and I also have audiobooks for The Throwbacks and The Hot Shots. I love audiobooks - I'm hooked on them! It's the only way I get through my sessions at the gym!

8. Do you listen to audio books? If so, what device do you use?

I love listening to audiobooks, not only at the gym, but also driving. I use both my Kindle and my iPad. I try to be versatile!

9. What device do you use to read ebooks?

See above - and I also just got an iPad mini that I can't wait to try out - that's not excessive is it?

10. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

If you love to write, then keep going until you succeed. (Of course, your definition of success may vary)

11. If you could tell readers one thing, what would it be?

Be kind to authors and tell us what you think (politely!) It takes a whole lot of effort, work and heart to write a novel!

12. What is your big dream (or goal) as a writer?

My goal is to write and publish 100 books. I have a ways to go! Of course along the way, my dream is to be a mega-seller and have movies made of my books.
In the meantime, I will be happy making a living as a novelist.

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  1. Great interview, ladies. That was as fun as a Stephanie Queen book!

    1. Thank you, my friend! Did I ever mention to you that Jill James is Myren's favorite pen name?

  2. Joan, you have the best author interview questions!

    1. Why thanks! Great having you on the blog. As I've said before, your book cover is simply stunning.

  3. Joan and Stephanie,

    A very interesting interview! I so agree with your response to #11. We put so much effort and heart into our work. Readers need to understand that.

  4. 100 books! That's 20 more than Agatha Christie! (I think.) Although not as many as Queen Nora. But 95 more than Stephanie Meyer. Go girl!

  5. Great interview. For me too it started with the Nuns. LOL

    1. Hi, Mona. Ooh, don't mention the nuns. When I was 8, I was terrified of those ladies. They were all so mean.

  6. Wonderful interview, ladies! 100 books, movies and every wonderful thing that goes with it is a great goal. I hope we all make it!