Lady in Red….Stephanie Freeman

Introduce yourself, please (name you write under). Is this a pen or personal name?

  • My name is Stephanie Freeman.

Why did you make the choice to write under that name?

  • My choice to use my real name was a last minute decision. I use my pen name for my erotica.

 Let’s get the details out of the way:

  • I live in Baltimore, Maryland
  • During the day, I teach post secondary education. At night, I fall through the pages and write.
  •  One—just one—physical characteristic about me is that my eyes that are the color of night.

 What’s your secret passion?

  • My secret passion is to  learn to dance. Sadly, I haven’t an ounce of rhythm in me. I’ve been told I look like I’m swatting at bees when I dance. (I know, pretty bad huh?)

Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change.

  • My love of prose. I cannot live a day without it. It is the music of my soul.

 If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?

  • Alaska…..Northern Lights need I say more?  Well that and I’m part polar bear. I love it cold!

 Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?

  • Shadow Bay,Maryland is a fictitious city, but it has Baltimore, Maryland written all over it. Crabs, Baltimore Street and the Inner Harbor play crucial roles in the books I write. After all, we are told in the beginning ‘write what you know’.

 What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class?

            I remember writing a piece about an old recluse named Mamma Picabo. She was named after an Indian RiverI came across many years ago. This is my all time favorite dramatic reading piece. I can still see her sitting on her porch wearing one of her shawls with her grey dreadlocks snaking down her back like living vines of silver.  Her life story still has the capacity to make me laugh and cry. every once in a while she reveals a little more about her life to me. I can see a book coming out of her many discussions.

  Why do you write romance novels?

  • I’m a romantic at heart. I absolutely adore happy endings!

 What else do you write?

  • Mainstream Fiction
  • Inspriational Fiction
  • Erotica
  • Murder Mysteries
  • Poetry
  •  Business proposals, plans and  grants for non profit organizations

 What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience?

  • I am a crochet/ knitting  freak! Some of my female characters crochet or knit. 

What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part?

  • For spacing issues, I had to cut a death scene. I kept the original manuscript. Maybe one day I’ll put it back in the book.

  Do you identify closely with one particular character? How?

  •  Alanna Symone from Necessary Evil. She wasn’t the only one that endured finishing school. (I can still balance a book on my head and walk across the room.)

 The best part about my writing life is:

  • When my characters introduce themselves to me.

The worst part about my writing life is:

  • The worst part of writing for me having stop and do the mundane things of life.

 Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.

  •  The name of the new book is Nature of the Beast. I’ll form my answer as a question. (Diehard Alex Trebeck fan.)  What if the lie you told saved a life, but took yours?