Author Interview: Stephanie Ayers
Name: Stephanie Ayers
Latest Release: The 13: Tales of Illusory
A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
Stephanie Ayers is a published speculative fiction author, full-time world-building ninja, and graphic designer from central Virginia crafting her own story and resisting adulthood at all costs. She mothers her children, two cats, and a pitbull; neglects housework as often as possible; loves her husband; and avoids all things zombies.
Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough and currently writes content for Our Write Side.
Bannerwing Books published her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, most notably The 13: Tales of Illusory, a collection of her short and scary stories. Her poetry has been published in Ambrosia, in magazines and literary journals.
Her favorite quote is: “The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayers
A Few of My Favorite Things (Fast Five)
Favorite Books: The Stand, Cold Kiss Goodbye, Through the Looking Glass, The Forgotten Garden, and Inkheart.
Favorite Songs: Anyway by Martina McBride, Chasing Cars by Soul Patrol, Dream On by Aerosmith, Nothing Else Matters by Metallica, Shape of You by Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5
Favorite Movies: Hope Floats, Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood, The Messengers, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins
Favorite Foods: pizza, pasta, ice cream, chips, second breakfasts
Favorite TV Shows: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Law & Order SVU, The Voice, This Is Us
Tell me about The 13. What inspired it? And what can readers expect when they pick it up?
Actually, I started writing the stories separately, having found my voice tended to the supernatural. I wanted to put a collection of short stories together, but had trouble coming up with a theme. My writing partner, A.L. Mabry commented that I write a lot of soul collecting, and that would make a great theme for the collection, and I agreed. When it came down to crunch time though, the stories I had collected were more suited as “enchanted horrors” and I ran with it.
As for inspiration, I can never really pin it down. The ideas just blossom in my head, and if I am lucky enough to have time to write them out, they develop into stuff people like to read.
I fully expect readers to look over their shoulders and be afraid to read the stories in the dark at night, alone.
What about The Elven Games? When can we expect that to hit the virtual shelves?
The Elven Games began as a response to a Master Class prompt before I took it over from its creator. Everyone enjoyed it so much, and that Tribba is just so LOUD, I had to keep going. It’s been 2 years in the making, and the ending keeps getting further and further away. I plan to devote most of January working on it if I can get Edgar out of hibernation. I honestly don’t know when it will hit the shelves, but I know it is highly anticipated, and it will get there someday.
A large part of Til Death Do Us Part is set inside a hospital. What kind of research did you do to make that believable?
I went off my memory, watching a lot of hospital/rescue themed shows (ER is one, House is another) growing up. I just followed what I saw in my head in each scene, though I have to admit that much of it comes completely from TV dramas.
How do you juggle being an executive creative director, designer, writer, and parent? Do you have any tips for those of us also struggling to stretch 24 hours to their breaking point?
With extreme caution! Seriously, if I took on juggling as a hobby, everyone would tell me to stick my day job! Ha. I have to admit I haven’t really written as much of late as I used to. Running a site like Our Write Side with the devotion I have to it, really takes up a lot of my day. All of my children are in school, so as long as I manage to stay off Facebook, I can get things accomplished, one at a time. When they get home, I interact with them, do mommy things, and after they go to bed, I usually “plan” to write or work on something, but get sidetracked by Facebook and chat. Editing isn’t a huge thing with me yet, as I am just starting out with my editing services. I help friends when they need it at any given time, and I’ve started planning bedtime a little earlier so I have time to read.
The best I can offer as far as management goes is that you just have to work out your own system. Avoid social networking as much as you can to get your work done, and give yourself a few minutes reward after each task accomplished if you need to. I have found ways to stay active in communicating with those who need me while not getting sucked in to the Facebook timeline and distractions. I use Chrome as my browser and apply many of the extensions to help maintain my focus. I have added a facebook extension that brings my chat up in a little window, allowing me to keep an eye out for important messages without breaking my stride, and I also added extensions like Instapaper, for saving articles I need for research, an extension that times out tabs after so long when I’m not looking at them (very helpful for Facebook and etc).
I do my best to stay ahead on blog posts. I take one week of each month to put my posts together (the ones I can preplan anyway) so I don’t have to do as much work throughout the month, and use that time for other projects, like designing book covers and blogs, formatting for our publishing house, author graphics, and working on my own projects.
What fuels your writing? (Take this anywhere you want to take it.)
I have ADHD. There’s always something in my head. I’ll even get all ragey if I have loudness in my brain that I desperately need to put down on paper and no one lets me do it undisturbed. My characters fuel my writing, the things I see on the road while driving—like that lone abandoned shoe.
Another huge factor that fuels my writing is being read. I write for my readers. I want to be read, to have my words enjoyed, to bring people into the worlds in my head. My readers absolutely fuel my writing.
Tell us about your writing hideout.
I don’t have a real one, so I’ll tell you all about my dream hideaway. The gentle branches of the willow tree surround me as I sit on the soft mossy carpet Nature provides me. A small stump awaits my notebook, perfect in height so that I can lean over and write with ease. Twinkles of light float around me, and tiny fingers caress my hair. Dainty, feathery kisses tickle my ears as words fly onto the paper. Lilacs and honeysuckles scent the gentle breeze, never harsh enough to disturb my writing, as a small stream rushes by just beyond my hideaway. The stream ends at a waterfall, the rushing water soothing and lulling my muse.
Link us to your web presence. (Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc.)
Tag Line: Can you survive all 13?
Back cover blurb: 13 enchanted horrors. 13 spine-chilling tales. Down, down in the depths they fell, bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 13?
Title: The 13: Tales of Illusory
Author: Stephanie Ayers
Publication Date: October 4th, 2017
Paperback Price: $10.99
Digital Price: Pre-order $1.99. Will go up to $2.99 on October 4th
ISBN ebook: 978-1-946382-14-6
ISBN print: 978-1-946382-15-3
Amazon Kindle Amazon Paperback: Coming soon!
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