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Stephanie Nelson

Craved, a Paranormal Romance/Mystery (#1 in the Gwen Sparks Series)

Bio~ I’m a Illinoisan where i live with my wonderful husband. I fell in love with books a little late in life. In my early twenties i found Stephenie Meyer’s books and had never experienced connecting with a book like that. From that moment on i needed more! Since then i’ve moved on from sparkly, fang-less vampire stories but I’ll never forget her wonderful stories that ignited my love of books.
     As a child i wrote poems. I never imagined i would one day write a novel. The spark that reading had ignited in me soon became a passion to write. I began writing four years ago but never thought about publishing my stories, i wrote them for the enjoyment. It wasn’t until a year ago that i thought I’d take the self-publishing leap, and publish. It’s been a whirlwind of excitement, stress, and determination but I’m loving every moment of it!

     Today, I sat down to chat with Stephanie Nelson about her first novel, Craved. I asked her about staying in touch with her character, Gwen’s, emotions because sometimes remembering to qualify my character’s feelings can be slightly challenging.

Stephanie: “I wanted her to have real emotions and not be some fantasy kickass heroine that didn’t feel real things or brushed them off too easily.”  When I asked how she did this, she gave me the answer I expected. “I just put myself in her proverbial shoes.”  Thanks for the help there, Steph. LOL. As we talked more about Craved, Stephanie addressed the blood bond involving her main character and some, er, vampires that won’t be named. 🙂

“I was a tad worried when I learned how much vampire blood played a part in True Blood because, like you say, it is similar, but I think that’s the only similarity. I had this idea for a long time,” she replied with conviction. “I’m not worried.”

This is one of many reasons I enjoyed getting to know Stephanie Nelson. There seems to be an entire lack of straight forward people roaming around these days, yet she gave confident answers that didn’t sound nearly as cocky as her vampire counterpart Aiden’s might have. (Though, for a while I seriously thought I might’ve been chatting with the fanged one himself. LOL. Not that I’d ever tell her that.)

Because I’m the type of person that can’t leave well enough alone, I went back and harped on Stephanie for a better answer to my previous question.

Me: “Let me rephrase that emotional qualification thing. When you’re really in it and you know exactly where a scene is going, do you ever get so wrapped up in the forward momentum that you lose sight of a character’s feelings? You know, the ones that delve deeper than a one or two liner? If so, how do you slow down? Do you go back and plug it in or stop and force it out before moving on?”

Stephanie: That definitely happens,” she admitted sympathetically. “Some days my muse jabbers too quickly and I  leave out emotional details. When that happens, I stop and re-read what I’ve written then fill it in more. I don’t like to worry about going back later because I may forget and then my story would lack important information.” 

I explained to Stephanie that my muse has very violent tendencies. Tendencies she’d use and abuse if she could.“When I force her to slow her creative roll, I’m pretty sure she contemplates taking a hammer to my head.” 

Stephanie: “I didn’t say my muse liked it, but I make her deal. If she gets ticked, then she usually refuses to visit me for a couple of days. She’s a moody bitch.” I can tell the next part was dripping with resignation. “That line will probably cost me a week of muse-free writing. Darn it.”

We talked about the ASS-IN-CHAIR theory, and I got another taste of Stephanie’s refreshingly honest personality.

“80% of the time I don’t feel like writing, but I make myself. It’s a job. Everyday you sit, get into the groove and eventually it’ll come easier.” Writers don’t like to talk about the bad days because talking about them might lead to prolongment. Don’t judge the rationale, people. It worked in the first “Bring it On” movie. Anybody remember the cursed spirit stick? Or how about “Fight Club?”

“The first rule of a bad writing day is that you don’t talk about a bad writing day.” Well, Stephanie talked about it and I was comforted by the fact that she did. Writers are like babies. It takes a village to raise them. We need support, coddling, ego boasting and commiseration. If we get none of these things, we wither in certitude. This can lead to some serious muse/writer conflicts as these fickle creatures are too inspired to deal with our mundane insecurities.

This is where Stephanie’s assurance came in handy. It’s hard as hell to put your work out there and simply… wait. And wait. And wait. But, our brave new writer did it, and I am thankful she did. Craved, is  an honest, heart warming paranormal romance with a strong plot and awesome characters. The pace is on point, emotions are well qualified (as Liz would say) and the sex scenes are hot enough that my air conditioner damn near gave out.  

Want to know more? Good. Here’s the blurb:


When Gwen Sparks reads the headline she knows just who to call, Detective Micah Reynolds, her wolfy ex. She’ll have to use her rare power for reading the memories of the dead if she hopes to lead the police to the culprit. If it were only that easy… Gwen soon learns that witches blood is what the vampires call brew and it’s the hot new drug amongst the vampires. In her search for justice Gwen is being haunted by an unsettled spirit that pulls her into the ghostly realm and a sexy but frustrating vampire who wishes to claim more than her blood, he’s after her heart.

And here is a link to her book and some addy’s where you can (appropriately) stalk Stephanie Nelson.




and her NEW twitter addy! (I’m so proud.)


Meeting Stephanie Nelson was a sheer pleasure on my part. She’s fun, witty, confident, honest and talented to boot. Thank you so much for sharing with me, Steph. I can’t wait to talk with you again.


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