Meet Stephanie Mirro. Oh, wait! That's me! Because the first book in my Immortal Relics series launched this year, I thought it'd be nice to introduce myself in more detail. Let's do it!
What inspired the story concept for Birth of the Bacchae? I received my Bachelor's degree in Classics, which is the study of ancient civilizations. At some point during college, I learned about various mystery rites—religious ceremonies we don't really know much about. My favorite was the Bacchanalia, a celebration dedicated to Bacchus (the Roman god of wine, frenzies, and festivities). The rite included feats of inhuman strength such as uprooting trees, tearing apart a bull with one's bare hands, and eating its raw flesh. And from there the idea grew.
What do you love about writing Paranormal Fantasy? I've always had an incredibly active imagination, wishing the world really did have all the paranormal creatures and magic I loved to read about. Getting to write in that world makes me feel like I'm a part of it, living amongst them.
When it comes to world-building do you have any particular tricks or techniques? I'm one of those people who really want to be organized but is terribly disorganized. I have no tricks, techniques, or advice except to do what works best for YOU in that moment. Sometimes I vomit all my thoughts into a scrambled Google doc, sometimes I hand write notes, some days it all goes into Trello, every once in a while I use sticky notes.
What was the most difficult part of the publishing process for you? Formatting! I write on an older Macbook with an old version of Microsoft Word. Because of that, I ran into some of the most infuriating issues while formatting. I will be upgrading Word to avoid those issues going forward. But man, talk about an ALL THINGS MUST DIE kind of a feeling.
What does your writing space look like? I mostly write on the couch at 5 am, snuggled under a blanket with my cat sprawled out on my legs. I try to keep all of my notes, ideas, and checklists in a Trello board I can access from anywhere.
What are your tricks for juggling writing with a full-time job, family, life, etc.? Scheduling. My husband and I use a shared calendar to keep up with various events and appointments, working late days, and to-dos. I'm a stay at home mom to two toddlers who still nap (knock on wood), so I get more writing time in than if I worked a 9-5. I'm at my best creatively in the early morning which is when I actually write, and I save social media and marketing related activities for naptime.
What's the best piece of advice you've received about writing? Just finish it. (Thanks, Marty!)
What is the best book you’ve read recently? Well, I hate to admit it, but I only recently started Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series and I. Am. In. Love. I can only hope Full Moon is the "worst" of them as the first in the series because I was hooked right from the start. His writing voice is delightful and Dresden himself was not quite what I expected, in a good way.