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Author Guess Who #6

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Renee Stevens


Who's ready for another episode of Author Guess Who?  The reveal will happen on Christmas Eve, so you have a couple of weeks to get your guesses in!  Happy guessing!


What is one thing that most GA members might not know about you?  

Hmm. Maybe that I used to study Japanese. I have forgotten all but a few words and phrases of it now, but I used to practice on a friend of mine who was from Japan.    

What prompted you to write your first story? 

Music.  I was listening to a remix of the X-Files theme and it made me want to write something weird and spooky.  I don’t think I ever grew out of that.  

What genre of books do you enjoy reading and have you written for that genre?  

I read a lot of fantasy and paranormal, and I’ve written for both.  Neither one of them have been my primary genre, which is surprising to me.     

Is there a genre that you haven’t written for that you would consider trying later on?  

I think it would be really cool to write a mystery novel, but it’s a bit of an intimidating idea.  I think it would require a lot of reverse engineering and deliberately misleading readers, and I don’t think I’m especially skilled at either of those.   

What do like most about publishing on GA? 

Definitely the feedback.  I would gladly welcome more constructive criticism but reading comments like “This is awesome” is certainly fun too.  

Do you have any unique writing habits or rituals to help you get into a writing mood?  

No, usually all it takes is setting down and opening up a notebook.  I do tend to write better with pen and paper, because computers usually come with this very distracting thing called the internet.  I really like having a beverage and some nice background music, but I can do without it if I need to. 

How has your writing style evolved over time?  

It’s definitely gotten more character based, more descriptive (that is something I still get pinged on) and I think my writing has a bit more of a sense of humor (my stories used to be super serious bordering in angsty).   

Do you have a significant other?  

Not yet.   

Do you have any pets?  

I have two adorable cats.  I mean, seriously.  They’re cute.  

Do you post multi-chapter stories as you write? Do you wait until you’ve finished writing the entire story? Or is it something in between?  

This might be the answer that gives me away.  I don’t post as I write.  Never. I excel at procrastination, and as a reader myself, I know how frustrating it can be to wait weeks and weeks for a chapter of a great story to go up.  The only way I can maintain a consistent posting schedule is to not start posting a story until it is like 99% complete.  

What is your favorite television show? 

I really love Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I started watching it when it first aired and I was about the main characters age, so I followed her through high school and college.  I loved seeing a kick-ass female protagonist and vampires that actually looked like monsters.   

What is your favorite movie?  

Star Wars, Independence Day, Volcano.  It’s hard to pick one.   

Do you write poetry? Prose? Or both?  

I wrote some really awful poetry in college that I will never share

If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be?  

I noticed that you didn’t say fictional, so I guess my own characters are out. (Damn).  Stephen King.  I just find him so interesting, I love his writing and the way his mind works.  

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment? 

Honestly, each time I finish a project, polish it and post it, then get the response from readers, it’s the greatest feeling of accomplishment in the world, I haven’t felt anything yet that tops it. 

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5 minutes ago, Headstall said:

@Jdonley75 has two cats... brothers I think. Sorry, that's all I got... oh... and his age would be about right for a Buffy fan. :unsure2: 

Does he write paranormal and fantasy, though?

I'm thinking Val might be onto something... So I'm gonna go with @CassieQ as well.

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5 minutes ago, Thorn Wilde said:

Does he write paranormal and fantasy, though?

I'm thinking Val might be onto something... So I'm gonna go with @CassieQ as well.

Yeah, I was grabbing at straws. @CassieQ seems like a good choice. :yes: 

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