Meet author Stephanie Grey in this exclusive interview! Grey loves to explore different genres, mixing in magic, humor, murder, and suspense with the real world.
Her latest book, A Witchly Influence, features a magical witch and a hilarious cast of quirky characters that will keep you laughing and feeling good.
Keep reading to learn more about Stephanie Grey’s writing methods, interests, hobbies, and other fun facts!
- Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name.
Hello and thank you for having me! I’m Stephanie Grey.
- Where are you from?
I’m from Elizabethton, Tennessee. It’s a very small town tucked in the corner of northeast Tennessee that’s five hours east of Nashville. Its claim to fame is a covered bridge and Pal’s which, if you haven’t had Pal’s, then you don’t know how amazing cheddar rounds can be.
- Tell us your latest news.
A Witchly Influence will be released by BHC Press on October 1, 2020.
A Witchly Influence
- How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Ha ha! There is one experience in A Witchly Influence that is 100% true. There’s a scene in the book where Carmen and her stepbrother, Finn, are discussing musicians and she tells him the story about the time she had a crush on a bass player. Everything that Carmen says is absolutely true and I laughed as I wrote it because, while it wasn’t one of my finer moments in life, it fit so perfectly into the story.
As for the characters, yes, there might be one or two who are based on a real people. I don’t think that writers can help it, though. When you write, you’re bound to have a character that’s similar to a real person, whether you meant to do it or not.
- Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In subtle way, I’d have to say the message would be to not get so wrapped in our own lives that we forget to be real friends to each other.
- If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I think that Brittany Snow would make a great Carmen Devereaux!
- When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I’ve always enjoyed writing short stories and wrote often growing up, even throughout college. After college was a different story in that I simply didn’t have the time to do it anymore.
Honestly, quitting a terrible job gave me the nudge I needed to write again. After my husband got transferred to Hawaii, I started working for a local company. It was the worst company I have ever worked for and I quit within a few short months. Afterward, I started looking for another job, but I felt so completely lost with what to do for myself in the meantime. I started writing to get the cobwebs out of my head because it had been ages since I had written a story. My husband encouraged me to try writing full time, and that’s exactly what I did.
- Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Hmm…great question! I suppose that part of my writing style is developing a world similar to our own, but containing supernatural elements that aren’t too outrageous. I also am quite fond of having a few characters who are very quirky in each story I write. Creating the world is easy, but the characters? Ha! For example, Lenny the Snowman was a little difficult to write because I wanted him to be a quirky, grumpy snowman who was loveable enough that readers would adore. It was certainly a fine line to straddle.
- To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have to travel any farther than the comfort of my own home. The locations of my stories are places that I’ve been to many times and have photographs for reference if necessary.
- Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
She’s not new, but she’s new to me: Tana French. She’s just spectacular! My favorite author, though, is actually a set of authors. They’re Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and they are just the absolute best in my eyes. I’ve received several signed copies of their books as Christmas gifts over the years, but I would love to be able to meet them in person at a signing.
The Immortal Prudence Blackwood
- Any advice for other writers?
If you’re going to write, decide if you want to really do something with it or if it’s just a fun hobby to have. If you want to do something with it, then you need serious discipline. It’s not as easy as it sounds to sit down and start writing. It takes discipline to have a set schedule when you’re going to write and then ensuring that you hit your personal goal for that day, whether you go by word count, page count, or whatever other way you want to track your daily progress.
When you’ve finally completed your manuscript, never doubt your abilities if you receive rejections. It’s perfectly all right and it happens to everyone. Keep plugging away and you will find success.
- Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I’m grateful to my readers for being such amazing and wonderful people. To those who have requested a sequel, I will try my best to come out with something that you’ll enjoy.
- What book are you reading now?
Pulse by Jeremy Robinson.
- Do you remember the first book you read?
Oh, goodness, no! I do, however, remember how much I loved The Sweet Valley Twins series when I was growing up. I must have read every book in the series at least a dozen times. It’s such a great series because it features the twins, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, at different times in their lives: children, middle school, high school, and college. I started out where they’re just kids and kind of grew up alongside them, in a sense.
- What makes you laugh/cry?
I love a good joke, especially the ones that use puns. My mother is famous for those types of jokes!
I’ll happy cry—you know what I mean—at tender moments, like when a soldier returns from deployment. As for the boo-hoo, sad cries, I do my best to avoid those triggers. There are no Nicholas Sparks books in this house for that very reason.
- Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Bentley Little. I want to pick his brain on how he can take the most mundane things, like mail, and create thrilling horror novels.
- Favorite foods, colors, music?
My mother makes the best roast, which is my favorite meal. I can never quite get it right, but that makes it even more special to have when I get to see her.
Blue is definitely my favorite color and I prefer rock to any other kind of music. I’ll listen to other genres, but rock makes me the happiest.
- Do you have any hobbies?
I’ve been learning French and how to play the guitar. I’m not terrible with French—I’ve always been good with languages—but the guitar is a struggle for me. My husband plays very well, and bless his heart for putting up with my attempt to learn.
- What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Currently I’m enjoying Space Force. It’s hilarious! I seriously hope that Steve Carell and John Malkovich are great friends in real life. Lenny the Snowman, one of my characters, and I share a guilty pleasure in that we both enjoy The Real Housewives of Atlanta. I know how that sounds, but that’s why it’s a guilty pleasure.
- Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’d be very grumpy and would form an underground club where writers would secretly meet to write anyway.
- What do you want written on your head stone?
“Please step back. You’re standing on me.”
- Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events, and special offers?
I sure do! Check it out here.
About Stephanie Grey:
Stephanie Grey is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in journalism. Writing has always been her passion, and she enjoys exploring different genres. Her debut novel, The Immortal Prudence Blackwood about an immortal hunting serial killers, earned rave reviews from readers and is quickly becoming a cult favorite. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, visiting museums, reading, and playing with her cat. One day she may even turn into a crazy cat lady because nothing in life is interesting without a little bit of crazy.
Want to learn more about Stephanie Grey and her books? Visit the BHC Press website for more information on these titles and more.
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