It’s time for another author interview! Today’s interviewee is Mrs. Stephanie Eding, a new YA author with an incredible personality. Her new pirate fantasy book (*squeal!*) has a beautiful cover & a brilliant plot line. There aren’t enough YA stories involving pirates, especially women pirates, so I am quite excited to read her book! I will definitely be putting Unanchored on my purchase list.
As if I haven’t given enough reasons to go find her & her book immediately, Stephanie has a great attitude & is such a kind, friendly person. I highly recommend following her on Twitter. You can find all her links after her interview.
Speaking of, without further ado, I hope you enjoy my interview with Stephanie Eding!
1. How did you get the idea for your book?
I’ve always loved pirates but never really thought I’d write about them. I started binge-watching Once Upon A Time and swooned over Captain Hook’s character. The idea of a bad-boy captain with a good heart totally intrigued me. That seemed to be all it took for my brain to take off into story mode. I really wanted to develop the idea of a quirky captain meeting his match in a his strong-willed captive. Finn and Cecily ended up flying onto the pages more easily than anything I’ve ever brainstormed!
2. What made you want to start writing?
I always knew I wanted to be a writer—I just didn’t know what I wanted to write. I started out thinking I’d do short magazine articles or self-help books. It turns out those are very much not in my skill set! When we moved eight hours away from my hometown, I felt kind of lonely and out of place. That’s when I started getting ideas for novels, and I fell head-over-heels in love with writing them!
3. If you could live in one fictional world, where would it be?
Oh dear! I’m torn between living in Tolkien’s Shire and Jane Austen’s 18th century world of romance. Either way, there are epic dance parties, and I am all in for that!
4. Which fictional character do you most identify with?
I’ll say I identify with Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. She’s quiet and very much a people-pleaser. She goes with the flow just to make others happy and often misses out on her own happiness because of it. Butthere’s still passion and longing within her that I find so relatable!
5. Name a Disney song that is always stuck in your head.
Ever since I was a child, I haven’t been able to cleananything without singing “Sing Sweet Nightingale” from Cinderella.
6. How long did it take you to complete your first novel? Are there plans for any sequels in the future?
Unanchored took me about 40 days to write—and then I edited it for two years. The sequel is currently in the works. My hope/plan is that these pirates turn into a trilogy!
7. If you could give advice to aspiring young authors, what would it be?
Don’t give up. You’ll want to, because writing a book and seeing it to the shelf is seriously hard! It’s worth it, though. I promise. Read for other authors. As you learn to be a good critique partner, you’ll gain so much knowledge about your own writing and what works and doesn’t.
8. List three adjectives that describe your
Quirky, tired, puntastic.
9. Favorite book/book series?
I love Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. It is an A+ fairytale retelling, and I just adore how she connected all of the characters and storylines throughout each book.
10. Can you let the readers know what your new book is about in 100 words or less?
All Cecily has ever wanted was her freedom. When her master gambles her away to pirates, she finds herself inconveniently thrown in the ship’s cell. Cecily has heard tales about her new captor, Captain Worley, and the horrid deeds he’s done, but when she catches him in the rather un-pirate-y act of helping the less fortunate, she questions the rumors. With the Royal Navy hot on their trail, Cecily has to decide if she’s willing to turn her captain over to the government in exchange for her freedom or join Captain Worley’s seemingly benevolent mission for a life at sea.
I hope you enjoyed my interview with Stephanie! You can check out her links below. If you follow her on Twitter, make sure to tell her you read her interview on my blog! Please don’t forget to follow me on Twitter as well! (@HogwartsGrad_7)
Thanks for reading! Remember, never, EVER leave the house without your wand.
Author Page www.stephanieeding.com/