Author S.C. Stephens at a Seattle book signing in December 2012.
In October 30, 2012, we celebrated S.C. Stephens’ Day and without a doubt had to celebrate it again today, the official release day of Reckless, the third and final book in the Thoughtless trilogy. Since I personally am not a fan of character interviews, I was thrilled when S.C. graciously gave us another personal interview, especially when I know how busy she has been. Yes, I love talking to the mastermind and boss of Kellan Kyle. (You can read our previous interview here.)
How did you come up with the three titles Thoughtless, Effortless, and Reckless?
Thoughtless came up because Kiera kept doing things without thinking. It fit her character. Effortless was in my mind after hearing it in a song (I’m losing you and it’s effortless). I decided to use it as the title after Kiera mentioned that loving him was effortless. Reckless was the hardest of the three to name. I had a list of dozens of “less” titles. It was the one that was the most unique, but still fit the story.
If you could describe the Thoughtless series in three words, what would they be?
Accepting true love
What have you been were you working on from the time Reckless was returned to the publisher with final edits completed until now?
I’ve been working on the second book in the Conversion: The Next Generation series. I’m almost finished with the rough draft. Then I’ll be rereading the two books and making sure they are consistent. After that I’ll be starting a new book while working on the final edits for the original Conversion series which I’ll be publishing in the fall.
Who or what inspired Kellan’s character?
Kellan was inspired by music. He was my generic fantasy guy who I pictured as the singer of whatever band I was listening to. His character grew and evolved as the story progressed, and now he’s so much more than just a fantasy guy to me.
Were there any earlier written versions of Kellan that fans don’t know about?
No, Thoughtless was Kellan’s very first appearance.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Answer emails, PMs, Tweets, Facebook comments, Authorgraph requests, and plan upcoming signings…that’s almost a full-time job, lol. When I’m completely out of the writing zone, I hang out with my children, spend time with my friends, and try to find a little time to read books by other people.
One of our favorite reads this year has been Beautiful Bastard. How did your quote make it on the front of the cover? Did you write fan fiction with the authors? Any thoughts of ever co-authoring book with anyone?
I was a HUGE fan of The Office when it was on Fanfiction.net. Huge! I was obsessed with that story, and I was so bummed when they pulled it. When I found out that my publisher was going to be publishing it, I immediately contacted my editor and let her know how happy I was and how much I loved the story. She emailed me back and asked if I would be interested in providing a quote for the book. I was thrilled to do it! Giddy, even.
I’ve tossed around the idea of co-authoring a book with someone before, but I honestly have no idea how people do it.
Note: We had a fan chat with Lauren and Christina a few weeks ago, and I asked them if they knew SC’s quote was going to be on the front of the book.
Lauren: “We did know that Michelle! It was one of the first things we knew about our cover. SC Stephens is so so sweet.
Christina: Michelle! We LOVE her!!! We died when our editor told us about the quote.
Knowing Reckless is the most anticipated sequel of 2013, emotionally, how did it feel when you completely finished writing this book? As a writer, do you go through a grieving period?
Haha, I don’t think it’s the most anticipated sequel of the year, but there are a fair amount of people waiting for it. Honestly, I’ve been an excited/nervous wreck since finishing the book. This is the first one I’ve published without sharing it with hundreds of people first, so it’s a new experience for me. There is also a lot of expectation around the book, so I’m hoping fans are pleased.
Oddly enough, I didn’t experience any sort of grieving period once it was over. Probably because I had a deadline to make. I think I’ll feel that later, once it’s been published and the fans have read it.
Now that Reckless has been released, what is next on the horizon for S.C. Stephens?
I’m going to be publishing the Conversion series later in the year, then early next year I’ll be releasing the rest of my older stories. At the same time, I’ll be writing new stories to release, so hopefully you’ll have a lot to read from me for a long time to come.
Craziest thing in your fridge right now?
Vegemite. A fan sent me a tube of it. Seriously, what is that stuff? And how are you supposed to eat it? Lol.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Zzzzzzzzz. My life really isn’t that interesting, lol.
Hmm…I’m not a big shopper. I’m too impatient. It irritates me. I do have a long list of songs and albums I want to buy though.
What was your mom’s pet name for you?
No pet name that I can remember.
Who would play you in a film of your life?
Oh boy. No, no movie, please, lol. I’d rather see Kellan’s life on film than my own.
Can you roll your tongue or tie a cherry stem into a knot with your tongue?
Haha! Yes, I can roll my tongue. No, I can’t tie a cherry stem. A friend has actually been trying to teach me how to do it. He’s an expert, but so far I’ve failed miserably.
SC Stephens at the TFEiC author meet & greet at Palmer House in Chicago September 29, 2012