My name is Stephannie Beman and I was once a city girl who decided an adventure in the country would be loads of fun. I planned to stay a week, maybe two, and never left.
Why? Because I met the man of my dreams, fell in love with the quiet life in the country, decided cooking on a woodstove was so much easier than an electric one, found that ranching wasn’t as awful as I thought it would be, and for nearly 13 years lived my childhood dream of living in a cabin in the woods.
Now, I spend most days in front of my computer, drinking copious amounts of coffee, while I work on book cover designs or writing stories about headstrong characters who usually plunge head-first into adventure, mayhem, and love while traveling through dangerous lands, distant times, or the dark of space. Characters who usually find themselves going on magical quests, joining a deadly missions, or falling smack-dab into the center of some dark secret that threaten their worlds. Characters who battle nasty villains and defeat evil overlords all while struggling with their inner demons.
And if I’m not weaving tales of chaos, I’m usually creating my next handmade craft for the house or a friend. My favorites lately have been crocheting baby blankets, loom knitting socks and beanies, cross-stitching, embroidering tea towels, and carving wooden jewelry which often entails me wandering around the woods looking for the perfect piece of wood to use and chasing my rambunctious girls around the ranch.
However, my nights are strictly for spending time with the man of my dreams, who I just happen to be married to; hanging out with my girls, either teaching them to cooking or craft; or reading something from my huge to-read-someday pile.
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Who Am I? And What Do I Do?
(The Longer Version)
When I was a child, I wanted to be a witch or a shaman when I grew up (thank you mom for the book, “The Little Witch and the Riddle” by Bruce Degen, and the movie “Sheena”), but as I got older, I decided that I would rather be…
…a Writer. I loved telling stories that captivated and entertained long before I could read them. I naturally fell into writing the stories I wanted to read. So I started creating worlds using the fascinating information I’d gleaned over the years about the supernatural, criminology, and psychology. My worlds are populated by monsters, ghosts, witches, and everyday people who sometimes find themselves sucked into distant times, exotic lands, ancient myths, and the deep of space. Always did love the idea of aliens in the vastness of space thanks to the line in Contact about “if it was just us…seems like an awful waste of space”.
I write Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, and Science Fiction for teens and adults. Looking for books to add a few to your reading list? *hint, hint* Explore my worlds.
…a Book Cover Designer. I decided several years ago to offer the skills I learned from my artistic mother, art and art history classes, and study into book cover creation, photo-manipulation, and photo-blending to create affordable, eye-catching book cover designs for indie authors/publishers because I know how hard it is staring out in this business. Now, my design work is not everyone’s cup-of-tea, and that’s fine, but I do promise to do my best to create a cover you will love.
If you are looking for a Book Cover Designer? We might be a good fit, check out my Cover Design Services to learn more.
…a Handmade Artist. This is a fancy way of saying I create craft items to use and sometimes sell. I started my creative path young, cutting and sewing bits of fabric handed to me my mother and telling stories. I loved learning new crafts and added knitting, crocheting, wood working, jewelry making, cross-stitching, and the list goes on. Recently, my children and home have been my biggest inspiration to create things we love, but it is only so big and there are so many things to create. Which is why I decided to share some of my creations with the world. Check Stephannie Beman Handmade out for some ideas of your own.
…a Book Nerd & Movie/TV Geek. While I love reading romance novels about forbidden love and dark secrets that threaten worlds, sexy heroes who may or may not be warriors or assassins or spies, adventures in space, knights in shining armor wielding swords, magical quests, monsters who aren’t always so monstrous, and strong heroines who don’t always need the hero to save them and might even save the hero’s life; I prefer to watch Paranormal, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, and Thriller TV shows and movies like Doctor Who, Firefly (Serenity), Star Trek, Castle, Bones, The Walking Dead, Underworld, Supernatural, James Bond, Batman, and a few low-budget TV shows I’m too ashamed to admit watching. Sometimes I dream of having Netflix so I could watch all the interesting shows I’m missing, like Outlander and Games of Thrones, but alas my Internet bandwidth is so sad that it’s not possible. Although that might be a blessing in disguise as I would spend far too much time watching shows and never reading that To-Be-Read pile that is taller than my dear hubby or writing any of the numerous projects lurking on my To-Write-List.
Want to know what I’m reading for ideas of books to add to your TBR Pile? Check out The Reading List.
…a wife to a very understanding and loving rancher who chuckles at my random geekiness and tries his hardest to keep an interested smile on his face as I ramble on about my latest book idea or book I’m reading, peppered with a few random thoughts roaming through my head and sprinkled with a pinch of the inappropriate just to see if he’s listening. Sometimes I even manage to shock a laugh out of him.
…and a mother of two rambunctious girls, which is a very important job and not as easy as it might sound. I was always told that girls were easy to rise until they became teens. Well, those people never met my daughters. They are ingenious, mischief makers, who are extremely entertaining to watch. They also have a backyard that is about 300 acres, which they are bound and determined to explore and get lost in.