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Fabulous Fiction!

So this weekend I’m finally making great strides in Into Darkness!  The first 1/4 has already endured and passed the first revision pass. I’m working on the second quarter of the MS now. While I’ll have to stop working for about five hours this afternoon (another grad party) I’m hoping to have half the manuscript through its first revision paces come Tuesday. I also have next weekend off so with any luck (and a lot of hard work and concentration) I will have the first revision pass 100% complete by the second week of June. Then it will go to Kim (my awesome editor at Darkerwood) for edits and any further revisions it might need. Then it comes back to me, then it goes back to her, then it goes to proof, then it goes to print. And then – then I can concentrate on finishing up My Neighbor Enslaved, The Rite (my experimental Erotica Horror short, not the movie), and then I’ll be able to get back to Thirteen Covens after some plot double checking and recalculations there.

For whatever reason Into Darkness was just a clunky bitch-and-a-half to initially put together. Every time I think of it I’m just further reminded how every book is different. I don’t know that I’ll ever get bored with writing because of this. I can honestly see how Nora Roberts and other prolific writers (Stephen King comes to mind) can write books so frequently and steadily without seeming to get bored. This is why. It’s never the same story or the same characters or anything.

Oh — and something I’ve been wanting to proclaim out loud for about a week now — not all of my main characters are me and not all of the characters I write are based entirely on any individual I may know. I take traits from everyone in my life and mix and match them in my characters – along with the people I run into at the grocery store. Now I may have had more concrete character associations in the first few novels (this includes the unpublished ones), even a little so in Left Horse Black (which is where it kind of ended) — but let’s face it, I’m not all of my main characters. So if my main character is being smacked around by her ex or she’s running off to Hollywood to live it up with the stars — I’m not doing those things!  You’d be amazed how many people think my OTS MC, Elizabeth Tanner, is really me and how all of what I’m writing is based on my real life. Seriously, folks — I may have an interesting life (I think it is), but it’s not nearly that interesting.  Sure, I write certain things from experience. Like the occult. And sure, some stuff in the OTS books is based on my real life (I’m not saying which parts – those who know that part of my life well enough will know). Hell, I throw some reality from my own life into every piece of fiction I write. But I assure you the bulk of it is fiction. M’kay? I’ve never been a murder suspect. 😉

Don’t you just love how obnoxious this blog is? It’s like a spiritual, mundane, writing mix-o-rama. At least most authors have the sense to keep their personal + writing blogs separate. I’m just not ambitious enough to do that.  (Lazy bitch only wanted one website – remember?)

Now off to write some more before a graduation party. Thanks for reading! 🙂


Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

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