Andrew and I are extremely excited to introduce you to one of our newest authors, Stephanie Collins!
It has been an absolute pleasure working with her so far and we are just getting started.
Steph’s novel, Viper, is a Gothic romance filled with love and betrayal. That’s all we’re giving away right now and can’t wait for you all to meet her characters and their story. For now, we’d like you all to meet the author.
Without further ado, a little Q&A sesh with Steph:
Where are you from? – I’m from a small town in the English countryside called Stamford. It’s an old stone town in Lincolnshire, and one of the prettiest places I know!
What occupies most of your time? – Most of my time is spent studying, or acting! I’m currently in the first year of my PhD, which is in English Literature. I act with a theatre company called the Stamford Shakespeare Company, and we perform in a beautiful outdoor theatre. I’m in Macbeth at the moment, which is my third play with them. It’s also where I met my boyfriend, Sandy, so it’s a very special place for me.
Favorite place you have been? – I was lucky enough to go to South Africa last year, where I volunteered at a great animal sanctuary called C.A.R.E, who primarily rescue orphaned baboons. It’s such a beautiful country, with the loveliest people, and I absolutely adored it out there.
If you could create an ice cream flavor, what would it be? – Something very decadent, probably involving salted caramel, or peanut butter. I make a mean batch of peanut butter brownies – I’d like an ice cream made out of them!
How do you name your characters? – I took the name of David from the story of David and Bathsheba in the Bible – Viper shares some elements with that story so David seemed an obvious choice. Eve was also a biblically inspired choice. I’ve always been interested in Eve as a character, and her supposed involvement with the Fall of Man, which also shares similarities with this book! Blanche, on the other hand, was named for Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. In Streetcar, Blanche is very fragile, and her mental health is questionable. My character is probably stronger than Williams’s, but it’s her degeneration which we witness in Viper, and which called to mind Williams’s character. Blanche’s maiden name is Anderson, which is for Gillian Anderson, who I saw play Blanche DuBois in London, and who is an absolutely wonderful actress.
Do you have any specific things you do or need in order to write? I have to have a cup of tea! I also like to listen to music, although that sometimes means I end up singing along rather than writing! But as long as I’ve got a mug of tea in hand, I can usually get something on paper!
If you could meet any author (dead or alive) who would it be? There’s an early modern dramatist called John Webster, who was roughly contemporary with Shakespeare. His plays inspire me so much as an actor, student, and as a writer – I’d love to tell him that.
If you had to choose, sky-diving, bungee jumping, or cliff diving, which would you do? – Sky-diving! I think I’d be too afraid to bungee jump, but I love flying so I think I could do a sky-dive.
Guilty food pleasure? – I love crisps – literally any kind. I just can’t resist them when they’re in front of me!
What is one obscure thing about you that no one would guess? I actually love knitting. I’m absolutely rubbish, and my “scarf” ended up as a very wobbly, bobbly, blanket, but I find it all very relaxing, which I need at times!
As you can see, Steph’s personality shines through and her passion for Viper is full force. Stay tuned to see the progress on Viper and the much anticipated release.
Happy Reading, Happy Writing!