Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
Stephanie Grey can often be found writing at her desk, one of her cats curled up by her feet. She isn’t necessarily a crazy cat lady yet, but that’s only because of the limitations her husband has put on the amount of pets that they have.
She is originally from Tennessee where she obtained a degree in journalism from East Tennessee State University. These days she lives in Hawaii where she avoids the ocean because she doesn’t like being so low on the food chain once she is standing in ankle-deep water. She does, however, enjoy hiking, riding the mountain bike trails, and viewing the gorgeous sunsets.
Writing has always been present in Stephanie’s life. From a young age, she has been writing short stories for her family to enjoy. When she entered high school, she decided that she would one day write a full-length novel. She finally achieved her goal and completed her first novel on November 1, 2016. She continues to write and hopes to be able to share her stories with the world for many years to come
Tell us about your books.
My books may vary in genres, but they all have my streak of quirkiness to them that I hope readers enjoy.
How did you go about getting published?
I queried several literary agents before deciding to reach out to smaller publishers. Wild Dreams Publishing loved A Witchly Influence and signed me last summer. They’ve been wonderful thus far and have truly made this entire process a dream.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I prefer to write in my office in the afternoon. I especially love it when it’s raining outside. There’s something about it that helps calm my mind and helps me focus.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I enjoy spending time with my husband and two cats, as well train no-gi jiu-jitsu.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
They’re very important! If you’re with a traditional publisher, don’t be timid to ask for what you want. If you’re self-published and you aren’t handy with graphics, splurge for a professionally designed cover. It’s worth every penny.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Don’t lose focus or ambition. It’s difficult to market and self-promote and it certainly takes time to build followers for your pages, but your hard work will be worth it in the long run.
What’s your favorite book?
A Season of Passage by Christopher Pike
What are you reading now?
City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
What’s your next book project?
My next project is currently in its infancy where I’m working on the outline. I expect to complete it by the end of the year.