Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name.
Hello! I’m Stephanie Mirro, author of the Immortal Relics urban fantasy series.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Stephanie: I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ, aka the desert. It’s such a vast difference from where I live now in lush Northern Virginia.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Stephanie: I studied the Classics in college which was a big influence on the vampire origin story I used in my first book, Birth of the Bacchae. I live with my husband and two toddlers, as well as our two furbabies.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Stephanie: I just published my debut novel and the first in my series last month! The second book, Her Majesty’s Fury, should be released in October but the date is still TBD.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Stephanie: My parents always told me I could read before I could speak, and writing was a natural extension of that. I’ve always written stories, I just wish I hadn’t stopped for so long.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Stephanie: Probably around the age of 5. 🙂
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Stephanie: A few things. My background in the Classics and learning about ancient mystery rites sparked the idea. An episode of Xena: Warrior Princess about maenads (when Gabby becomes a bit of a vampire herself) added to that idea. My love of Buffy and the Vampire Diaries books kind of brought it all together.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Stephanie: I was daydreaming in class one day as we learned about the Bacchanalia, a mystery rite devoted to Bacchus, and it just came to me. I love the flow of the words and the mystery it inspires.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Stephanie: A lot of people assume urban fantasy or paranormal fantasy is always a romance. It’s not. It may have a romantic subplot, but it doesn’t have to be all about romance.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Stephanie: Considering it’s about vampires and ancient gods, only partially realistic. 🙂
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Stephanie: So far, no, but it helped that I lived in DC, the setting for Birth of the Bacchae, for a number of years before I sat down to write the book. There’s a lot more travel in book 2, but I don’t have the funds for that kind of travel.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Stephanie: Hampton of TS95Studios
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Stephanie: My main character, Serafina, is a graduate student, 25 years old, and she hasn’t truly found herself yet. And that’s okay! It took me until my 30s to really start accepting and embracing who I am. I wanted other young readers who may still feel lost to know they’re not alone and it’s okay to take their time getting there.
Fiona: 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?
Stephanie: I just started her debut novel but I’m loving K.A. Doore’s writing style and world-building. My favorites include Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, and Jacqueline Carey.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Stephanie: My best friends Amber and Sarah and my writing critique group the Hourlings. They are all amazing.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Stephanie: I think most writers would! 🙂 We learn so much the more we write, but it’s neverending. I can’t NOT publish because I may know more next year. My goal is to just keep getting better and better.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Stephanie: Oh my gosh, so much. As much as I wish I had started sooner, I can’t help the feeling that this was the right time for me.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Stephanie: Alison Brie
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Stephanie: You know your story better than anyone else. Follow your gut and trust your instincts.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Stephanie: Reviews, like coffee, are life! If you want to see a book and/or writer succeed, leave a review!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Stephanie: The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore. Talk about a killer hook of a first chapter!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Stephanie: Yes! Please visit me at https://www.stephaniemirro.comAmazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stephanie-Mirro/e/B07PX49RN3/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1