Interview with S.L. Danielson

Jen: This weekend we welcome Stephanie Danielson to Romancing the Book. Stephanie, will you please share a short bio with us?
Stephanie: I’ve been writing since I was around 7 years old. I truly delved into it during an extended road trip when I was 12 and haven’t stopped since. My works turned to all m/m works in my late teens.

Jen: Tell us about your newest books and where they’re available.
Stephanie: My biggest release will be in June. “For the Heart of Phillip”. This has been 4 years in the making. I’ve released it, pulled it back, retooled it, and it’ll be perfect by the time June rolls around. My most recent release was April 2nd, Ranch Hands. It’s the story of Sid the farmer who’s been broken in every way possible. A man named Roger helps pick up the pieces and helps him move forward. It’s available at amazon, smashwords, allromanceebooks, bookstrand, lulu, and silver publishing.

Here’s the blurb for Ranch Hands:
Sid was a farmer who’d been wronged in every way possible. His partner had just left without so much as a word, his field lay fallow and scorched as a result of a searing summer, and the bank was on his back to pay the very late mortgage. Pressed by circumstances beyond his control, he places an ad for help needed. Everyone is turned away by the fact there’s no pay, except for one man: Roger.

Roger is just out of his own awful situation and is anxious for a change of scenery. He accepts Sid’s offer and the two meet. There is a spark present, but Sid’s anger squelches it immediately as he is against this entire deal. Roger sits in the background and waits. He’s the best worker he can be just to stay on Sid’s good side.

Secrets and tension build between the men and finally a knock-down drag-out fight happens. An ultimatum and a direct threat are issued and everything changes right then and there.

Can Sid and Roger sow the seeds of love and trust instead of bitterness and anger?

Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Stephanie: I was 7 when I began, and in 2007 I was finally published. I finally dared myself to put the book out there and let it be seen by other people. My call to publish was very green, I chose one that I would never choose again (honestly), but I chalk it all up to being new in the field and naïve.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Stephanie: None that I know of.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?
Stephanie: It depends. Some I have plotted out in my mind for months and they linger in the background. Others are a sudden burst of inspiration and flow like water. It really just depends.

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?
Stephanie: I must have silence, first and foremost. A cat seems to be a constant for me too. I must have a comfortable spot with a view of the outdoors, good lighting, and a tall Pepsi.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Stephanie: For Ranch Hands I did a lot of research into farming, how long the plants took to grow, what the yields would be, what the plants would produce, etc. I even had mention of herbicides and pesticides.

Jen: How do you pick the character’s names?
Stephanie: Some are random, others are spin-offs of other characters I’ve read about. Sid came from a game of mine, and Roger came from my own mind.

Jen: Do you become attached to your characters and have a hard time letting them go, or are you happy that their story is told and you can move on?
Stephanie: I become very attached to them. In my forthcoming book “For the Heart of Phillip” since it’s been so long I’ve worked on it, I feel I know them inside and out. I think of them at night and actually become a tad emotional when working on it.

Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?
Stephanie: Lynn Johnston (a comic strip writer)…she had a character “come out” in the strip; another writer who drew comics called “Leonard and Larry” (can’t recall his name); and belief in myself. My parents always knew I’d write a novel, they just didn’t know it’d be a gay novel!

Jen: If any of your books was made into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the hero and heroine?
Stephanie: More like the hero and hero…lol. I’ve thought about that a bit. If any of mine were made into movies, I’d want them to be unknowns and I’d request to be at the casting calls.

Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished that goal, is there anything else you dream of doing?
Stephanie: Many things: becoming a Certified Toastmaster, earning my MBA (in the process of doing), and owning my own business.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Stephanie: I shoot pool, go biking, sing karaoke, dance, and spend time at home with my husband and cats.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Stephanie: I’m in the process of converting everything I wrote 20 years ago in saleable books.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Stephanie: www.ladyauthorsld.blogspot.com and on twitter as sldanielson. Also on facebook.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Stephanie: What draws you to a book? Is it the cover or a preview of the pages? What gets the hook of your all-important attention?

Jen: Readers, Stephanie is giving away an ebook copy of Ranch Hands to a random commenter. Due to the content, you must be 18 and over to enter the drawing. Now for the rules… first you must leave a question or comment for Stephanie. And then to finish your entry, you need to either leave your email address in your comment or send a message to contests.bookblog@gmail.com. The winner will be chosen on Thursday, May 20.