Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Stephanie Burkhart, Sunrise Over Brasov, plus #giveaway

AUTHOR:  Stephanie Burkhart
BOOK TITLE:  Sunrise Over Brasov
GENRE:  Paranormal Romance
PUBLISHER:  Desert Breeze Publishing
GIVEAWAY: I'll give out a copy of "The Wolf's Torment" from my back list. It won Gold in the 2012 Reader's Favorite Contest and was nominated for book of the month with Long and Short Reviews. BE SURE TO LEAVE CONTACT INFORMATION IN YOUR COMMENT.

Please tell us about yourself.

Steph: I was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. One of my favorite shows as a young girl was "The Electric Company." I loved the Spiderman skits and used to write Spiderman comics at the kitchen table when I was 6. My sense of adventure came early and when I graduated high school I joined the US Army. I spent 7 years stationed overseas in Germany. I enjoyed my time in the military and left the service in 1997. In 2000, I became a dispatcher for LAPD. I love being outdoors and just recently the family went on a vacation to Yosemite. I love coffee, adore chocolate, and enjoy my other part time job as "mom's taxi service."

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?

Steph: I'm a part time writer, but I love it. Writing helps me to "de-stress." I usually write my stories on pen and paper during downtime at work. When I come home I type them out on my computer. It leaves me with a little time for emails and promotions, but not a lot.

When and why did you begin writing?

Steph: I started with my Spiderman comics when I was 6. I discovered comic books when I was 11 and then I began writing series. I wrote my first novel, "Destination: Berlin" when I left the Army. Writing is something that's always been inside me. It's a passion. It's fulfilling. It's an escape. I write because I enjoy it.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?

Steph: I'm a taxi service for my boys. They take dance classes, gymnastics, summer basketball and soccer. They're also in boy and cub scouts. Then I've got my day job. I'd love to find more time to exercise.

Do you ever have writer’s block? If so, how do you get through it?

Steph: No. I can honestly say I've never suffered from writer's block. There's always some idea floating in my head.

What do you plan for the future?

Steph: I have a couple more children's book under contract. I'm also working on promotion for my two latest releases, "Gifts," and "Sunrise Over Brasov."

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.?







Tell us about the current book you’re promoting.

Steph: "Sunrise Over Brasov" is the 3rd book in the award winning Moldavian Moon series. Michael is the oldest son of Mihai and Theresa, but he's been lied to all his life. They raised him, but believed he was their nephew and godson, not their son. Michael knows the truth now, but he's still hurt and bitter about the lies and about the death of his mother. There's hope for Michael, and that's the love he has for Rosa. When Rosa's memories are taken, Michael must find hope in himself and stop the werewolf haunting of his family.

Do you outline before you write?  If not, what’s your initial process?

Steph: I do a very rough outline. I really flesh out the beginning, and the end.  I sketch out a middle.  Then I write out the beginning. Once I finish, I flesh out the outline in chapter arcs.

What comes first: the plot or characters?

Steph: They both come at the same time. As I work on the plot, I flesh out the characters, their strengths and weaknesses.

Did your book require a lot of research? If so, what kind?

Steph: Yes, I spent about 2-3 weeks researching before I sat down to write. Most of it was on the Internet, looking at pictures of Brasov and Romania to establish a setting. Then I read about the area's history on the Internet and from travel books.

Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you?  Why or why not?

Steph: They don't bother me, but it's not something I want to do gratuitously. If I need to write a scene like that, it's because it's warranted or needed.

What book are you currently reading? What do you like or not like about it?

Steph: Actually, I'm reading a few: The Hunger Games, 50 Shades Freed, Water for Elephants and The Case of the Senshi Pearl.

What books have most influenced your life?

Steph: VC Andrews' "Flowers in the Attic," Anne Rice's "The Witching Hour," and The Bible.

Blurb for Sunrise Over Brasov:

Prince Michael Sigmaringen joins his sister-in-law, Caroline, and the vampire prince, Darius, in a daring rescue of his beloved at Poiana Brasov. However things aren't what they appear. Upon freeing Rosa from the werewolf, Clement, another wolf, Rickard follows them.

Michael soon discovers Rickard is a new breed of werewolf – one who can control his lupine nature and his transformations. Michael and his companions arrive at the vampire fortress, Rasnov, but can go no further when Clement attacks wanting Rosa and Rickard back.

Michael's courage, strength, and convictions are challenged beyond his limits, but his love for Rosa proves his guiding force. Can Michael finally rid his family of their lupine haunting and win Rosa's heart?

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  1. Good morning, Penny and Stephanie! A very lovely interview and what fun to get to know Stephanie more, especially the comic part and being stationed in Germany. And I vacationed in Yosemite too! Right after the big fire a few years back. Congratulations on your book.

    1. Good morning, Vicki. Thanks for stopping by. I loved comic books growing up. I still have over 3,000, but I haven't read them in age. I have some real classics, too including the X-Men's Dark Phoenix saga.


  2. I loved the interview. So cool that you started with comics. :)

    1. Thanks Melisssa. I don't think people give comics enough credit. Some of them like X-Men, Teen Titans, Legion of Superheros, Spiderman, were very well written.


  3. Wonderful interview. Congratulations on your book, Steph!! I tweeted.

  4. Great blog, ladies. Stephanie, you always have something interesting to say. New releases are wonderful. I am still basking in the glow of the book that went live on Amazon for me Saturday! Of course now I am in promo mode!

    Protective Instincts was the first book I wrote.

    1. Thanks for popping in and sharing Mary. Congrats on your new release. I will agree - they make us 'glow.'

  5. Congrats to Melissa Keir! I drew her name out of the hat for the giveaway. Thanks to everyone who visited. I love Penny's "Boo's Bad Day," and if if you're looking for a good children's book, that's a great one to pick up.


  6. Steph, thanks for announcing your winner and for the lovely comment about Boo's Bad Day! It's been fun having you as a guest, and I'm glad so many of your fans stopped by to visit.