Connie Stephany is a Chick Lit Author. Her works are Second Chances, she was also included in An April Fools Day Anthology, Fools Rush In, and her second book, Third Strike will come out on December 2015. So watch out. 😉
I want to first send my Congratulations to her because her book, Second Chances is a Finalist for the 2015 National Indie Excellence and with 4.5 out of 5 star rates and 54 reviews, and her book, Fools Rush In is an Amazon Bestseller with 4 out of 5 star rates and 74 reviews.
From her emails, I gathered she’s nice, cool, and such a funny lady.
Here’s what she has to say for herself.
CL: How did you come up with the idea for Second Chances?
It’s funny, it morphed from an old crush who came back in real life (similar to what happened with my hubby and me) and the added spice of a second guy because who wouldn’t want a choice between two hot men?
One thing led to another and the story morphed into the two men from her past going after one woman and a choice needed to be made.
CL: How did you choose the title?
I wanted something to best portray the story and just thought it fit. I do partially regret my choice because there are thousands of books with that title, but I guess I wouldn’t change it because it is exactly the title that fits.
CL: Who is your favorite character in your book and why? My favorite person is Colleen, Abby’s best friend.
She reminds me of my real best friend whom I’ve had for over 25 years. We got into lots of troubles together and we still love to hang out as often as possible.
Colleen was always there for Abby when her heart was broken and many other times. Abby was there for her too with the wedding and bachelorette party. By the way those stories with Colleen were real-life stories such as the bachelorette party and the “hairing” of Charlie’s yard.
Friends are something that is so very important!
Colleen has her own short story called “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” in a short story anthology called “Fools Rush In”. You should check it out as it’s free on Kindle, Nook and Itunes!
Buy links can be found here: www.conniestephanybooks.com
CL: Describe your writing process.
1. Plan out the chapters and characters, the main story, write chapter summaries and then just dig in. I change things as I go.
2. I then reread it
3. Edit story, trash parts, add more background, add fluff, remove pieces
4. Repeat step 3 approximately 150 times
5. My sisters beta read it along with a couple other beta readers.
6. My sisters read it out loud with me and I edit on the fly.
7. Incorporate all beta reader feedback.
8. Send to the editor.
9. After getting edits back, I incorporate those.
10. Then have my beta readers and editor re-read.
After that, it needs formatting for print, kindle, nook and Itunes (because they are all different formats).
It’s a LOT of work.
CL: Who are some authors who have influenced you?
I love Sophie Kinsella. My favorite book of hers is “Can You Keep a Secret”. I have read it about 20 times and laugh every time.
My other inspiration is Colleen Hoover. She’s an amazing story-teller and started as an indie writer too. Now she has 9 novels, is having a movie made of one of her novels.
She is living my dream.
CL: What made you want to become an Author?
I have been reading since a young girl. I ate novels for breakfast, lunch and dinner. About 10 or so years ago I decided I had several stories to tell!
In fact, my next book to be published after Third Strike will be about a minor character in my second novel who is Jennifer’s best friend. I wrote the book 10 years ago and needs some modifications, but I laughed when reading it after finding it hidden on a bookshelf. It has red marks all over so it’s even already ready for editing.
CL: What advice would you give to other aspiring writers?
1. Don’t give up!
2. Hire an editor. I did not do that for Second Chances and regret it. However, I have learned a TON so it has shown in my next novel, Third Strike, about the guy Abby doesn’t choose in Second Chances.
3. Tell everyone about it!
4. Do book signings. These have been quite popular for me.
5. Join Author FaceBook
Groups – they can be most helpful!