Friday, November 9, 2012

Author, author... all about it !!

Today we have with us

Stephanie Queen...

Welcome, so great to have you here with us.  Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Thanks for having me on your blog!

About me--I’m NOT short or redheaded, unlike the heroine in my upcoming release THE HOT SHOTS. But I do share a restless yen for adventure like she does. I get my kicks in a safer way—no escaping from terrorists with a Scotland Yard hunk on the run for me.

So far, the only terrorist I’ve had to escape from lately is my cat, Kitty. She runs a mean household—err…Queendom.

Other than that, I live peacefully in my house—I mean castle--among the bucolic hills and dales (?? Don’t ask me what a dale is) of New Hampshire where I write up a storm—when there’s not a power-sapping storm raging outside.
Do real life events find their way into your stories?
I’m not saying I ever jumped off the USS Constitution into the Boston Harbor, but I may have done a bit of running for safety here and there (see comment about Kitty).
If my next story features a heroine stranded with a hero after a hurricane, then you’ll know for sure.
Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?
If the true identity of Oscar, the mob informer in witness protection, were ever revealed, I’d be on the run for real!  (Only half-kidding) (Not saying I actually have a relative in witness protection, just saying—well—NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!)
Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?
Lately, I’m into James Bond as inspiration. I’ve always loved larger than life heroes and a dash of adventure in my romance stories.
When do you write?  Early morning? During the day sometime or all day?  After the kids go to bed?
I’d have to take some serious doses of No-Doze to stay up past my kids’ bedtimes! I have two college student sons who seem to live like vampires by the light of the moon and have an aversion for morning sunlight.
Me, I’m a morning person, but I’ve been known to write any time I can get an inspiration—including while driving down the highway at 70 miles per hour. (Okay, so I’m exaggerating. I tend to slow down and pull to the right when I write against the steering wheel. Besides the horn ends up beeping and traffic seems to steer clear—by a wide margin) (half-kidding)
How do you feel about marketing your book?
Luckily, I like writing. Marketing turns out to be more writing! (Here I am!) Whether it’s Tweeting (@StephanieQueen) or Facebook where I have a Stephanie Queen page or blogging on my website, it’s all writing. (See how I just did some marketing right there?)
What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?
See above—although I don’t know “what works best”. Believe me, if I did, I’d sell that secret and become a gazillionaire. My rule of thumb is to have fun with whatever marketing I do.
Do you like to pitch stories to your publisher or do you wait until you have written the story and have a final manuscript to turn in?
I’ve done it both ways, but I find if I haven’t finished a novel and I pitch it and an editor likes it—that gives me extra motivation to write fast!  Guess I’m a good-at-writing-under-pressure-because-I’m-scared-to-death-of-disappointing-an-editor kind of writer.
Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing?  If so, what is it?
I have a few chapters of a women’s fiction novel in the works. But I put it on the back burner because it’s got a more serious literary theme and so I’m worried it will ruin my reputation.
Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?
What would be the fun if I didn’t?
Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 
Favorite 5
1)   Favorite Male Actor  - Sean Connery (what? I’ve seen re-runs of his old movies…)
2)  Favorite vehicle – 1963 Corvette Stingray
3)  Favorite way to relax – On the couch popping chocolates, reading a romantic thriller with an old romantic comedy movie on the TV in the background. (Or maybe I’m laying on my pink velvet divan…)
4)  Favorite ice cream - Pistachio
5)  Favorite outfit – Jeans and a UConn sweatshirt—Go UConn!
And for a bonus:  If you could pick any place in the world to live, besides where you are now, where would it be?  (Of course, without the hindrance of jobs or money needed)
Anywhere along the northeast U.S. coast—preferrably on a high bluff (concession to the recent hurricane!)
Where can our readers find you?? 
Twitter: @StephanieQueen
Facebook:  Stephanie Queen
Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?
THE HOT SHOTS will be available on November 16th on This is book 2 of the romantic comedy mystery series, the Scotland Yard Exchange Program.  Book 1 of the series, THE THROWBACKS, is currently available wherever ebooks are sold.

Decorator Sophia Alano’s career gets side-tracked from the moment she meets hot shot Scotland Yard detective Chauncey Miller. On the run in Boston, Chauncey must now protect this spitfire Pixie from the madman out for revenge. But once he catches their would-be killer, how does he hold onto his Pixie decorator?
Now before we let you leave us today, do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share?  I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try and share.
Sunbeam Food Mixer Recipe – adapted and baked numerous times and eaten by Stephanie Queen
(“Short-Cut” Method)
Preparation:  Have shortening at room temperature. Assemble all ingredients and utensils needed. Grease two deep 8-inch layer cake pans and sprinkle with flour, shaking out excess. Preheat oven to baking temperature. Sift flour once before measuring.
Sift into large bowl of Mixmaster:
2 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 ½ teaspoons double-acting baking powder or 3 ½ teaspoons fast-acting.
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup shortening (soft)
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat on No. 3 speed—2 minutes, scraping bowl while beating. Stop mixer. Scrape beaters.
          2 eggs, unbeaten
            ¼ cup milk
Beat on No. 3 speed 2 minutes longer, scraping bowl while beating. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake:  (350 degrees F)—moderate oven—25 to 30 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool. Ice with Fudge Icing.
Makes:  1 medium sized cake.
Stephanie,  I can't thank you enough for being here today.  It was great learning more about you and I'm seriously anxious to try that delicous cake recipe.
Readers, make sure you get your copy of The Hot Shots today! 
Until next time, happy reading !!


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