I love hearing my readers, but before you email me, please check below to see if your question has already been answered. I get a lot of the same questions, and I’ve decided to put the answers in one easy-to-find-the-answers place!
Q) What book(s) are you currently working on?
I’m working on republishing the Children of Khaos Series before handing them off to a great editor/proofreader. I’m also writing a YA series about Sara Greenway under the name Steph Beman.
Q) I noticed that most of your books are gone, why did you unpublish them?
Since some of those books were poorly edited and in need of an overhaul and a better editor, I decided that it was time to remove those books from sell and start over. I’m not sure when they will be republished, but I’m hoping soon.
Q) When will your next story be out? Why does it take you so long to publish your work?
My life has been a little unsettled and very busy for the last few years. I’m working to get rid of most the distractions that keep me from focusing on doing the things I love and hopefully I’ll succeed.
Q) Why do you have series within a series?
While the two series may share the same setting, timeline, and even some of the some of the characters, the focus of their series arcs, theme, and even the genre maybe different.
Q) What genre do you write?
It took me a long time to figure out exactly what genre I write. And it didn’t help that whenever I asked any of my fellow writers what they thought my genre was, the answer was varied. Some readers sent emails to tell me that they thought I had placed my book in the wrong genre category.
Some thought my books were paranormal, while others thought they were fantasy. Some believe I had written a romance, while others saw a fictional tale. It had too much romantic elements to be in the fiction category. It didn’t have enough romantic elements to be in the romance category.
Imagine my confusion as I was bombarded from all sides with differing opinions as to what my genre was. And then I had people wanting to know what genre I wrote. I finally came to the conclusion that my genre is a mix of paranormal, fantasy, or sci-fi–with elements of romance and erotica. I place it in the romance section of the online bookstores.
Q) Do you have stories that sound good in concept but suck when you write them? Will they ever be published?
At last count I have 20 stories started and 18 abandoned and alone in my filing cabinet. This doesn’t include the numerous snippets of story ideas that languish in my digital filing cabinet waiting for their moment in the spotlight.
I find that most failed stories happen when there is a spark of an idea but no planned ending to write toward. Without a goal they don’t work. Some of those story fragments will end up in other work, others will never see the light of day. I’ve cannibalizing bits and pieces in future work.
The largest of note is The Raven King. The story is a monstrosity that was nearly 400 pages which I went through and cut out all the melodrama and concepts that could have been cool once but that did nothing for the story. It comes down to figuring out the problem with piece and cut out everything that made it a mess until the basic plot was a sound one.
Q) Is Stephannie Beman a pen name? Do you write under a pen name?
I’m almost afraid to answer that. *Worries about stalkers* Um…no, Stephannie Beman isn’t a pen name, and no, I don’t have any pen names. However, I am writing books for teens under Steph Beman with my daughter. If you would like to know about any pen names I might pick up in the future, please click the link and sign up and I’ll let you know when I’m ready to reveal them.
I still have a question for you
Now if you’ve still got questions that weren’t answered on this page or you’d like a more in-depth answer to, I’d love to hear them, and I’ll try to answer them as soon as possible. Chances are, if you have a question, then someone else does, too.