Friday, November 4, 2011

Please welcome author Stephanie Beck

How/why did you start to write?
I've been writing romance since I was fourteen. I was a huge romance novel junkie and I got frustrated because many of the stories weren't ending how I wanted them to. On a very old, very chunky computer my mom found at a garage sale I started writing and since then I've always had something in the works.

How did you become an author?
With a box full of notebooks I'd been working on for years, I just figured it was time to do something with the characters and stories I'd grown to love. I researched the whole writing process, submitted to a few places--very badly--and then found a group of writers who were willing to tell me what I was doing wrong (there was a pile of things). Shortly after that, I joined the Muse Online Writers Convention, pitched Poppy's Passions to Lyrical Press and I haven't slowed down since.

What was your first published piece?
Poppy's Passions, a menage novel featuring Poppy and the three Paraby brothers was my first. I'm thrilled because I have it in three versions: notebook, eBook and in paperback now.

Where was it published?
Lyrical Press. They are a fabulous company based out of New York. Renee Rocco did the cover art and Pamela Tyner, a beautiful soul, edited it and gave me many writing lessons.

How long ago?
April 19, 2010--I don't think I'll be forgetting that date. My writing dreams came true...and I made some wicked good cupcakes.

What did you do before embarking on your writing career? Was it an asset to your writing? How?
Life and being busy are two huge assets for any writer. Occupation wise, I worked as a nurse aide for several years and I think that taught me how to listen and appreciate a good story. More recently I've been a wife and mom, two things that keep me busy and constantly keep me learning and provide me with inspiration.

What inspires you?
Elderly couples holding hands. Teenagers looking at each other with googly eyes, but who are too shy to do more than that. Parents playing in the park with their kids. Life inspires me and makes me happy.

Please share one of your successful marketing techniques
I love hosting fun game-show type events online. Meeting readers from all over the world and even right next door thrills me and helps me make connections that sometimes result in awesome knitting patterns and fudge recipes.

Who taught you knit?
Early in our marriage, when our daughter was barely a year old our house burned down. My husband and I stayed with his parents for a winter and in that time my mother in law taught me how to knit.

What knitting method do you use? Continental or English?
I can do both and it's nice to switch it up.

What is your favourite stitch pattern? Your favourite item to knit is...
I like the way moss stitch looks and I'm a fan of most checkerboard style looks. Hats are probably my favourite things to make. They're usually pretty quick to finish and are something I personally love to wear.

Do you currently have stitches on needles? If so, what will it be when you cast off and sew up the seams?
I always have a project or two...or three...and yes, sometimes four-through we're not going to talk about that-in the works. Right now I have a baby hat, a sweater for myself and a summer tank for myself in the works. Before long I have big plans to make another skirt for my younger daughter.








Blurb...

Maggie Chase has a wild night of passion planned with the help of Madame Evangeline's dating service, 1NightStand. A single night with an incredible man, what more can a busy girl ask for?


Sam Peterson requests that Madame Evangeline help him find a woman who isn't after him for his money. Maggie may just fit the bill, but with her list of fantasies in hand, she may be more than he bargained for.


Forever isn't on either one of their minds, but maybe it doesn't have to be.


Excerpt...


"Maggie Chase?"


"That's me," she said, adjusting her purse higher on her shoulder. The big tote quite match her outfit, but the sexy clutch she preferred wouldn't have held a change of clothes and her toothbrush.


"Follow me, please. Madame Evangeline has arranged for your caller to meet you in the lounge."


Lounge. Which meant they were going to the super-fancy part of the Castillo. She loved how decadent she felt within the expensive, gorgeous walls of the hotel. Rare art and beautiful fabrics surrounded her at every corner. As an interior decorator, she recognized them for the treasures they were. Could they have held back on the gold plating? Sure, but it suited the hotel and Vegas lifestyle.


As they meandered through the crowd, Maggie wondered why she wasn't more nervous. One-night stands and paid escorts never entered her normal strategies for getting laid. Not that she expected the guy waiting for her to be some gigolo, but still, hooking up with a stranger to get string-free sex should have felt at least a little wrong. And maybe it did. Maybe that little bit of naughty provided the catalyst making her so hot.


Her escort stopped short, and Maggie nearly tripped. She grabbed the booth end before she fell on her ass and embarrassed herself, while forcing her heels to stop before she impaled the poor man. The stilettos were tall and wickedly sharp. They were plain wicked, but that didn't mean she wanted to draw blood with them.


"Mr. Peterson, allow me to introduce Ms. Chase. If either of you have a need, wave from here. I'll be watching."


With those instructions, the liaison walked away. Despite the dim light, Maggie could see the man across from her. A stranger. A hot stranger wearing a gray shirt too nice to be called casual but far from fussy. He stood and offered a hand, showing a slim-to-the-point-of-scrawny frame, but when he leaned forward, his face, lean like the rest of him, made her breath catch.


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Parting words

Thanks so much for hosting me. I love finding new people with knitting and writing things in common. : ) (It was my pleasure Stephanie. Happy knitting and writing.)

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6 comments:

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, Stephanie

Liz said...

I admire anyone who can knit! I'm so useless at most if not all of the domestic arts...and I love the sound of the pantiless story! thanks for the interview guys.

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for your comment and for appreciating knitting, Liz. : )

steph beck said...

Thanks, Liz.
I used to think I was a yarn-works failure. It takes a great teacher to get the spark.

I hope you'll check out Panties Optional--not only is it a fun title, its a fun policy!

Steph Beck

holessence said...

An enjoyable interview to read. Thank you both - Leanne and Stephanie.

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for commenting, Laurie.