Monday, January 17, 2011

Guest - Stephanie Rowe

Good morning everyone! Today we have a new to me author but one I hope to see more books from her as her career progresses. I asked Stephanie what inspired her books and got a very interesting answer. Sourcebooks has offered a giveaway of two copies of Kiss At Your Own Risk  Read my note at the end to find out how to enter the drawing.

Now, grab your coffee and danish and enjoy :-)

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My answer isn't going to be what you might expect.

The question seems innocuous enough: "What inspired your new series?"

It's a series about tortured heroes, fiery but vulnerable women, a psychotic but somewhat endearing villain who just happens to be the grandma of Death, but that's not what I'm going to talk about. I'm going to talk about what inspired my series on a deeper level.

See, a couple years ago, my life kinda of imploded. You know, the kind where you sit blankly on your bed, numb with shock, terrified beyond words about how you're going to recover? Well, my life blew up both professionally and personally at the same time, and it pretty much eviscerated any sense of myself that had currently been in residence at that time.

So, in response, what does a girl do? Well, I hunkered down and poured myself into my writing. I was so determined to recover, to write that amazing book, to springboard into greatness, and then everything would be better. If I could just fix that one thing, everything would start to fall into place.

Didn't happen. Oh, sure, I wrote a ton, but I couldn't sell anything. Turns out, I was writing from a place of sheer, unadulterated terror and desperation. I had nothing inside but desperation and fear, and it showed in my writing. My writing was forced, it was my attempt to "fit in" and write what I thought someone might buy. I was so scared to tap into my inner self, to let my passion fly, unable to let go of my death grip on the safety of the known.

I realized, at that point, that I had two choices. I could give up on the writing and try to find a safe, predictable career that would give me the security I was craving, OR I could let go of the fear and the desperation, allow myself to relax, and begin to write from love again. And so began the process of writing with irreverence, with freedom, and with no judgment or goals, other than to enjoy myself. It was incredibly difficult to let go of all the fear when everything in my life was still fragmenting, but I knew that it was the only way to emerge from the dark place I was in.

But I did it. I started a new document, and I began to brainstorm. I let go of judgment, I let go of fear. I released the need to write something that would sell. Instead, I opened my heart and listened to my soul, and I began to create with freedom and peace for the first time in perhaps my whole life. And this story, this series, was the result of that process. When I got my author copies, I felt the most amazing sense of accomplishment. To me, this book is my triumph, my ability to tap into that well of creativity and non-judgment at a time when I thought I would never get there.


KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK BY STEPHANIE ROWE – IN STORES JANUARY 2011

He needed a killer woman…
Blaine Underhill is one lucky man after having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch. Now he’s determined to save his still-enslaved friend, but in order to do so, he’ll need the help of one of the world’s most lethal women.

She was drop dead gorgeous, literally…
Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being a Black Widow. Having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she’s one short week away from freeing herself from this killer curse forever.

When Blaine tracks her down and convinces her to help him, little does Trinity know that the next seven days are going to be murder!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Four-time RITA Award nominee and Golden Heart Award winner Stephanie Rowe is a nationally bestselling author, and has more than twenty-five contracted titles with major publishers such as HarperCollins, Dorchester and Harlequin. Stephanie has charmed reviewers with her unique blend of humor and otherworldly magic. She lives outside Boston, MA, where she is working on the next two books in the Soulfire Series: Touch if You Dare (July 2011) and Hold Me If You Can (September 2011).  For more information, please visit http://www.stephanierowe.com/

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-- Lynda Again
Make sure you check out the review I've done for Kiss At Your Own Risk. It's a great book and, if you like urban fantasy, I'm sure you'll like it. 

As I said earlier, Sourcebooks is offering a giveaway of two copies of Kiss At Your Own Risk. To enter the drawing, leave a comment AND send me an email ( lynda@lyndakscott.com ) with KISS in the subject line AND the answer to this question in the body: 

Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being _______________

Include your snail mail addy and on Friday, Jan 21, I'll put all your entrie

17 comments:

DR. NORM said...

Very nice. Good interview.

Chicks of Characterization said...

Wow, what a wonderful interview! I am so glad that things have turned around for you! Seems there is always light at the end of the tunel, even when the darkness has it covered.

The cover of this book is AMAZING!! And the blurb, OMG, who could NOT be attracted to that!!! LOVE IT!

Thanks so much for sharing!!

Wishing you many, many sales!!

Andrea :O)

Nicole North said...

Wow! Inspiring interview! I'm so glad you found yourself and your real writing genius in such chaos. The book sounds fascinating!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

This is an impressive author and a touching story. It will help other writers.

Congrats on your success!

Jacqueline Seewald
TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS

Alexis Morgan said...

Stephanie--

Waving at you from Seattle! Your new series sounds terrific--congratulations!

Barbara Edwards said...

Great insights into overcoming your implosion. Congratulations. It is a good interview

Stephanie Rowe said...

Dr. Norm, thank you!

Andrea, thanks for your nice words. Isn't the cover amazing? Sourcebooks did such a godo job on it!

Nicole, I'm so glad you for my interview inspiring. Thanks for your comment!

Jacqueline, thank you! I am always happy to share my journey in hopes that it can help others, as those before me have helped me.

Alexis! Hiya sweetie! Thanks for stopping by! Your books are rocking! Congrats on all your success!

Barbara, thank you!

Jessa Slade said...

So glad to have you come roaring back, Rowe! Although with covers like this, maybe instead of roar I'll say rowr :)

annalisa said...

Congratulations on the release of Kiss At Your Own Risk. The book sounds awesome and I love the cover! :)

Thanks too for sharing your story with us. It was very inspirational.

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Linda Andrews said...

The books sounds great and your post is certainly an inspiration. Nice job in turning a bad situation into something that promises to be a rip roaring good time.

Hope things are better for you now.

Stephanie Rowe said...

Hi Jessa! LOL on the cover. It is hot, isn't it?

Thanks, Annalisa! I'm glad you found my story inspirational. So many people have helped me, I like to provide inspiration for others when I can.

Thanks, Linda! Life is good now. :)

Pauline B Jones said...

LOL! Just reading the blurb made me laugh and big kudos to you for not letting life whack you down! Most inspiring!

writerwellness said...

Writing saves the day again! Good luck with Kiss. Keep writing no matter what.
Joy Held
Writer Wellness, A Writer's Path to Health and Creativity
Who Dares Wins Publishing

donnas said...

Great post. Looking forward to picking up a copy.

Lil said...

Thoroughly enjoyed your post. I am always interested in a book that comes from a place of fearless creativity. It makes me itch to see what has come forth.

Congrats on the new release and the new series.

Lynda K. Scott said...

Congrats to Pauline and Donna! Wookie, my alien kitten, selected you as one of the winners of the Stephanie Rowe book, Kiss At Your Own Risk. Sourcebooks will have the book sent to you soon.

Enjoy!

Pauline B Jones said...

Thanks so much! Excited to win!