Who Is Stephanie?

A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.

Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough, and writes content for Blogmutt and IAPWE as a freelance writer.

You can find a full listing of her works on her Amazon author page.  Grab a copy of her most recent works while you’re there. The 13 is a collection of her scariest short stories, while Ambrosia contains 15 of her poems. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Ambrosia are sent to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a cause near and dear to Stephanie’s heart.

You can find Stephanie all over social media, and she loves to hang out in writing groups like The Phoenix Quill.

You can find her short stories in these anthologies below, and her stand alone romantic horror in Til Death Do Us Part.

 

Stephanie also happens to be very opinionated, especially when it comes to writing. Here’s proof:

“The blank page is the canvas on which a writer paints a story.” -Stephanie Ayers

 

“The more you doubt your talent and strive to improve, the better the writer.” -Stephanie Ayers
“One single letter cures the blank page.” -Stephanie Ayers
“Editing is like attending a 10 year reunion with your characters.” -Stephanie Ayers

When Stephanie is not offering her opinion on writing, she is slowly yet surely working on her next book, The Elven Games. Her latest, a collection of her scariest short stories, The 13: Tales of Illusory , released in Fall 2017. Here’s a sneak peek into some of the stories you’ll find on the pages between the cover.

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Three questions for Stephanie:

Q: What do your fans mean to you?
A:
 They challenge me to write better, to want to keep them at the edge of the seat, to make them keep turning the pages, and never wanting my stories to end. Their reactions encourage me to keep writing, and most of all, to continue sharing my words.

Here’s a quote that sums it all up in a nutshell:

“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”- Ursula K. Le Guin

 

Q: When did you first start writing?
A: My first memory of writing is a fourth grade assignment. Mr. Peanut was my inspiration, and my teacher sharing it with the class was such an encouragement that I kept writing. I remember teachers sharing my stories with the class as I grew older, which only continued to fuel the fire within me. I won first place in a regional school writing contest in sixth grade with a nonfiction story about penguins based on a prompt about animals. I also won first place as a freshman for the same contest, then went on to state and took fourth place. I started writing “chapter books” as a teenager, though I never completed one. In my early 20’s, I wrote mostly songs and poems instead of stories. After a long hiatus from writing, I started blogging in 2010, which led me to a writing group—then called The Red Dress Club—which awakened my muse. I’ve been writing non-stop since.

Q: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A: When my readers react to my stories, when I’ve managed to touch their emotions in some way or to carry them away to another place, that is when I experience the greatest joy.
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