Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Interview & Giveaway with Stephanie Witter

1. When did you first start writing, and was there something in particular that inspired you? 
I started quite late compared to some authors that started when they were little kids. I've always read tons of books, but I never felt the need to write before I was in high school. Of course, it sucked, but I was thrilled by my accomplishment. Back then, I was more into fantastic and fantasy novels, but now I feel better writing Contemporary novels, inspired by some little things of my past and big things I hear about on the news, or see in movies. From then, my crazy brain get lost and I try to piece everything together. But one thing I love the most is to write emotional stories and it's probably because I'm quite sensitive.

2. What first attracted you to your genre when you began writing? 
Contemporary romance novels can have many layers and that's what I love. In these books, there's the romance under the spotlight, but there are also great supporting characters, emotions flying everywhere and I can write almost anything. I love using dramas and emotions to create stories that will move others. It's easier to focus on the emotions when you write Contemporary Romance novels instead of Fantasy, Fantastic or Dystopian books because in these other genres, you have to bring to life a whole other kind of world. I'm not yet ready for these genres, but I'd love to one day.

3. In regards to your own characters, who is your favorite to write and why? 
I would say Skye. It's probably because she moves me so much. I know, it's weird because it's only fiction, but her pain, her hidden strength and what she goes through gut me. And I spent so much time in that head of hers that I love to write her story.

4. What other genres (besides your own) do you enjoy reading? 
I love to read anything as long as it's fiction. Though, I'm not a huge fan of historical books, if a blurb makes me want to read it, I'm not going to turn around and look for something else. I love to read thrillers, everything YA, Dystopian novels, fantastic, fantasy, some science-fiction, classics... I'm hopeless. I'm so addicted to books that it worries some of my family members. :)

5. As a reader I know how difficult it can be to name a ‘favorite’ book, would you mind listing your top three? (Past or present authors) 
Une Vie by Guy de Maupassant, Le Dernier Jour d'un Condamné by Victor Hugo, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. It's so difficult to list only three!

6. What are some ‘must haves’ when you sit down to write? 
Music, chocolate, a soda or tea and some calm. If there's someone I know in the room, I can't write. I hate it when someone tries to read over my shoulder or when someone is trying to talk to me when I'm trying to get into my character's head.

7. If you became trapped as a character in a book or series, which would you choose and why? (Any book, any series, new or old) 
I would love to be either Hermione Granger in Harry Potter's books because I grew up reading them. Who wouldn't dream that Hogwarts existed? Without the bad guy, of course. Or I'd love to be Katniss from Hunger Game. I love this series and this strong character is quite awe inspiring. Although, being a tribute is everything but appealing. :)

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