Monday, 1 November 2010

With These Words: Stephanie Haefner

When I gave out the call for new authors to join me for a new feature I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I can honestly say that new authors are a welcome change within the publishing industry and I am chuffed that so many answered my call..

They bring new voices, new style, fresh drama ( in a good way) to this book industry we all love so much.

As readers do we ever think about the choices or the sacrifices an author has to make to get into and make it in this industry. Hear Stephanie Haefner introduce herself. 

 

Switching careers....pretty scary.....

I'm sure we all remember back to high school when we had to fill out college applications and choose a major. If you think about it, it's pretty ridiculous to ask a 17-year old what they want to do with the rest of their lives. We mature so much after high school and our tastes change.

I had lots of interests back then. But I was lucky. I attended a vocational high school and already had more than 3 years of vocational education under my belt when I filled out college applications. I had already known one thing I definitely liked to do- floral design.

My high school was not one you just went to. Growing up in a large city- Buffalo, NY- there were many high schools to choose from. You had to apply, just like college. Of course, every neighborhood had their district school, where you went if you didn't get into your 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice schools. But you didn't want to go there unless you had to. There were so many other schools to pick from: a couple vocational schools, a technological school, a performing arts school, more... I chose McKinley High School and its Horticulture program. I can't even begin to tell you why...I was 13 and it sounded fun. But I've always been an artsy craftsy kind of person and came to find a real love for floral design.

But by the beginning of my senior year, there were other things I liked too.

I was the reporter for the FFA chapter at my school. I loved writing about club happenings and seeing my name in lights (or rather black print) in small local publications and also a state-wide paper. I won the NY State FFA Reporter's Award that year. I applied to two different colleges- Alfred Sate College for Floriculture Merchandising (to learn to run a flower shop), and Buffalo State College for Journalism.

I chose Floriculture and to this day have no real reason as to why.

I graduated with honors from Alfred State College and went on to work at a couple different flower shops, settling at one and became one their top employees- trusted with most of the shop's displays and about 95% of wedding work (my favorite!) I left there to start my own home-based business when my daughter was born and thoroughly enjoyed that. I wanted to be one of the top wedding florists in Buffalo! And I wanted to add Bridal Consultant to my title as well.

But reality set in and the insane amount of hours I put in was not matched by dollar signs.

And I started writing again.

I finished my first novel and felt so incredibly accomplished. All I wanted to do was write! My love for my floral business started to fade even though I forced myself to go on. My heart was not in it anymore.

Then I had to make a decision....one that was much easier than I thought it would be. I thought my husband would fight me on giving up my income, as little as it was. But he didn't. I officially gave up the business and made plans to pursue a writing career full time. I was due with our second child and we decided I had a 5-year time limit to make it as a writer. And when I say "make it", that meant I had to be bringing in some kind of money. If I didn't make that happen before my son went off to full day kindergarten, I would have to go out and get a part time job. And I did not want that at all.

So here I am...my son just turned two. My debut novel, A Bitch Named Karma, is out this year from Lyrical Press. I am determined to be successful. People often comment on my determination....as terrifying as it was to go from a sure-thing career to one that "might" happen one day, I just cannot let myself be a failure.

 

Featured Book

A Bitch Named Karma
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc
Genre: Romance/Contemporary

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Karma may be a bitch, but sometimes she knows what she’s doing.

When author Lexi Marshall’s perfectly fabulous life of designer clothes, nights on the town with her sexy boyfriend, and a successful writing career literally go up in flames, she must take on Karma and fight to gain control over her life.

Lexi believes her cliché-filled novels are the reason for Karma’s wrath and after a high calorie pity party, she’s determined to rebuild her life to what it once was...that is, until her gynecologist utters a phrase she never expected or wanted to hear: she’s pregnant. Unfortunately, the father is her fresh out-of-the-closet best friend and not the new man in her life.

With the loss of the man she started to fall in love with and adapting to her new awkwardly pregnant body, can Lexi find where she belongs in her new world? And will doing ‘the mom thing’ her way, cause Karma to further punish Lexi for the selfish fashionista she once was?

***This title contains strong language and the belief that all things come back around.

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  Welcome to the world of publishing Stephanie and I wish you every success.…..

4 Speak To Me:

Stephanie on 1 November 2010 at 15:23 said...

Thanks so much for having me! :)

Erotic Horizon on 1 November 2010 at 21:06 said...

Hey Stephanie

It was my pleasure meeting a new author...

Wishing you all the best...

P.S. - I love that vover and that hair - gorgeous..

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 2 November 2010 at 16:28 said...

Wishing you all the best! :D
It's good to be determined and go after that goal

Stephanie on 2 November 2010 at 17:54 said...

Thank you! :)