**Author Peek** Interview with Stephanie Queen
BEACHCOMBER TEST, Beachcomber Investigations Book 7
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full–time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Okay, but I refuse to tell you my chauffeur Myren’s last name. Don’t ask why.
I’ve always lived in the northeast, mostly New England and so I suppose I’m pretty much a Yankee—whatever that means. It doesn’t mean I’m unfriendly. As far as writers go—I’m very extroverted and love socializing and being around people. This poses a big challenge in such a solitary occupation as writing. But I find ways… (see reference above to Myren, my chauffeur)
Little known fact about me: I find it difficult to take interviews seriously.
1. How did you get started writing?
It was all because of the Nuns of Sacred Heart School in second grade. There was this writing contest…then I couldn’t stop.
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I write romantic suspense, but I can’t decide if it’s the love or danger that I find most thrilling. Myren, my chauffeur, thinks it’s the guns, without question. But he—contrary to his belief—doesn’t know everything.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
My first instinct is to say my favorite part of writing is when I write the end, but that’s too pedestrian and normal and serious. Plus, it’s not true. Although finishing a book is satisfying and that’s swell, my absolutely favorite part is brainstorming the premise and the characters. I love creating people who are so spectacularly fascinating that they could never exist, but who I get to hang out with all day.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
Wondering if the CIA could use someone with my imagination…
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Snack time is my time! (I should be joking, but I’m not.)
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?
Easy question. I love writing the hero most, hands down. I love those complex, overly confident, damaged heroes, so there’s lots of meaty stuff to get into. I think with female characters, there’s less latitude in the kinds of flaws or damage we can allow in her before the reader—who also happens to be female and identifies heavily with our heroine—will squirm at accepting the issues. But the reader, as well as the heroine, will always be more forgiving of that naughty hero as long as he comes round in the end.
I’m reading a Sandra Brown novel now and her hero is a very flawed assassin-for-hire with just enough in redeeming qualities to work with.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I’ve always loved reading, but my new favorite thing is listening to audio books. Love them! I listen to Daniel Silva and Lee Child thrillers every chance I get. Two of my books are available in audio and I’m in the process of developing my Beachcomber Investigations series for audio as well.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
My ideal location to write—or do anything—is on the coast overlooking the ocean. Maybe, not coincidentally, on Martha’s Vineyard where my Beachcomber Investigations series is set…
9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
I’d be that new cool shade of turquoise that’s IN and everyone loves because I like to be hip.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My book has a turquoise cover—just kidding. I have a new release out this week called Beachcomber Test. It’s book 7 in my romantic detective series, Beachcomber Investigations. The series reads like an NCIS TV series only focused around two private investigators with a love-hate relationship. Lots of romantic angst mixed in with dangerous action scenes. Fun to write—and I hope fun for you to read!
Be sure to come back to learn more about Stephanie’s novel, BEACHCOMBER TEST, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.
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