Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit it is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sorts of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.
Today, I’m chatting to the horror writer, Stevie Kopas. Stevie was born and raised in New Jersey. She is a gamer, a writer, reviewer, and an apocalypse enthusiast and currently resides in East Tennessee with her husband, son, and stinky old dog. She is the author of bestselling dystopian series The Breadwinner Trilogy, Never Say Die, Slashvivor, and other bodies of work. Stevie, like myself , is one of the writers featured in the third volume of Women of Horror Anthology, The One that Got Away published by Kandisha Press
Welcome to the tearoom, Stevie. The first question I ask all my guests is what would you like to drink?
Thank you for my invite to the tearoom. It’s an amazing place. I never turn down a good cup of coffee and might even be a bit of a caffeine addict.
Now we have our drinks let’s start by asking you, when you first begun your writing journey what drew you to your chosen genre?
I’ve always been connected to horror, whether it be through watching old horror movies or playing horror video games with my dad or reading Goosebumps and Fear Street through the night growing up. It’s always been my go-to and I’ve always had a healthy relationship with fear and reality so I feel like that’s also why I love commentary and reviewing the genre.
Tell us a little about latest writing project. Is it a new idea, or one you have been mulling over for some time?
My latest writing project is a little bit of a secret as it’s something that just bloomed out of nowhere. It’s sort of a new idea, but it’s also drawing from another project of mine that’s already out there. Is it a sequel, a prequel, a spin-off, a standalone story? There’s no telling, I guess everyone will have to wait and see!
How many unfinished projects do you have on your computer?
Good God, like seven.
Do you write a synopsis first or write the first chapter? If you only write short stories, do you plan your story or let the characters lead you?
I kind of write a basic outline with major plot points and then as I’m writing the story and characters kind of evolve on their own and take me on a journey to places that I sometimes never even planned on taking the story.
Were any of your characters inspired by real people?
Absolutely! A few of my villains have been inspired by particularly hateful, rude or nasty customers that I’ve interacted with over my years in retail. I’ve also written characters based on different personality parts of friends or frenemies. It’s a lot of fun to take a piece of someone and almost like, grow it in a lab.
Is there anything about you your readers might be surprised to find out?
I am zero percent nostalgic.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Well, between working and chasing my son around, I don’t have much of a writing life these days unless I dive into the pits of last minute, under the wire desperation and manage to eek something out by the deadline. Needless to say schedule… what schedule?
How many hours in a day do you write?
Not nearly enough, and as with everything else, I wish there were more hours in a day so that I could accomplish more. Time management is not my strongest trait I suppose.
How do you select the names of your characters? Do you know everything about them before you start writing their story?
Almost all of my characters have been names of video game characters. I guess I let the character take their own shape as things go on.
How long on average does it take you to write a book or story?
Before my son, probably a few months. Now, I’ll probably finish my next book in five years lmao.
Thank you so much for joining in the tearoom, Stevie. If you would to find out more about Stevie’s writing and books please check out the links below.
Twitter @apacotaco, Instagram @theapacotaco Facebook: facebook.com/thebreadwinnertrilogy
Official website/blog is http://someonereadthis.com
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