Stephanie M. Jones can usually be found reading a book, most likely a fantasy romance. Writing stories of magic and happy endings was something she always loved doing, and now her author dreams have come true. Her latest novel, A Song of Death & Lies, is the second book in her Daughter of Time series. If she wasn’t a writer, she would have become an oceanographer. When she isn’t reading or writing, Stephanie loves sewing, dancing, office supply shopping, and sometimes hiking. She lives and works out of her home near the rocky mountains in Alberta, Canada, with her husband and daughter.
Describe yourself in five words
quiet, creative, kind, careful, faithful
What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
I’ve never travelled outside of Canada. (Can you spot my Canadian spelling in this interview?)
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I talk to my husband about it (he’s a movie buff and understands story beats too), take a break from my manuscript, and/or read one of my favourite books again to remind myself why I love writing.
What makes you happiest?
Reading, kissing my husband, eating chocolate, hugging my daughter, and going to the fabric store (not in that order).
Have you always enjoyed writing?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an oceanographer, but then my best friend in high school introduced me to her favourite books and told me about the novel she was writing. I wanted to write one too, and I was hooked!
What books did you love growing up?
Every book by Tamora Pierce, the Harry Potter series, and the Matched series by Ally Condie.
What is hardest–getting published, writing or marketing?
Definitely the writing, but it’s also the most rewarding.
What else do you do, other than write?
I’m lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom.
What other jobs have you had in your life?
KFC cashier, housekeeper, amateur fence painter.
If you could study any subject at university, what would you pick?
I never want to go back to school honestly, but if I couldn’t be a writer, I’d go into oceanography.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
Not gonna lie, a decent income from my books would be amazing, but I mostly judge success by reaching readers and fulfilling my longing to share my stories with people who enjoy them.
Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
I just published A Song of Death & Lies, book 2 in my Daughter of Time series. This is a planned 4 book series, as well as a prequel that’s already available. The first book in this series (A Song of Dreams & Demons) I actually wrote in 2010 and it was my “magnum opus” so to speak, the book of my heart. It’s been so much fun writing more about these characters and they’ve been such a part of my life as I’ve grown up, too. This is exactly what I love to read: magic and romance with a hint of danger.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
I’d love to invite Lindsay Buroker, Dale L. Roberts, Bethany Atazadeh, and Kenley Davidson.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
Reading, sewing, going on walks, baking desserts and eating too much of them, and visiting family.
You can find me on my website: authorstephaniemjones.com