Please will you tell us all about your latest book?
My first young adult novel, REVENGE OF THE HOMECOMING QUEEN, from Berkley Jam will be in stores on July 3rd. The entire country will be celebrating with fireworks the very next day! 🙂 My novel is the humorous tale of a homecoming queen that goes a bit psycho when she thinks her tiara has been disrespected.
How long have you been writing and what made you start?
I have been writing for about 3 1/2 years. I have always loved to read but never even considered trying my hand at writing until my first son was born. I realized that I didn’t want to spend anymore time in cubicles so I started writing. Eventually I got laid off, had another son, and kept writing and getting better. This is the first job I’ve ever loved! I just wish I would have figured out what I love to do a little sooner!
Many people spend a long time finding an agent, can you tell us about your agent hunt?
My first novel was an adult chick lit. I got personal positive rejection letters but nothing came of it. Next came my first young adult novel, which I realize now is probably more middle-grade, and the rejections were even more positive, but they were still rejections. When I started sending out queries for REVENGE OF THE HOMECOMING QUEEN, several agents immediately requested fulls. I knew it was going to be different this time. From the beginning I had my sights set on one particular agent,
Everyone loves a good call story, what was yours?
My sale happened pretty fast, so luckily I hadn’t had time to stress about it. I got home from Target (the best place on earth) one day and had a message from
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
I think knowing when to abandon a certain project is important. At some point if you’ve received a hundred rejection letters, and you’ve revised, revised, revised, it might just be time to move on. You are only going to get better on your future novels so keep pressing forward and never give up!
Can you tell us about what you’re working on now and what books are coming out in the future?
I am currently working on a sequel to my first novel. It’s called TWISTED SISTERS, and I believe it will be coming out in January 2008. After that I have a notebook full of ideas!
Stephanie Hale was born, raised, and still lives in the middle of a cornfield with her wonderful husband and two adorable little boys. She is pretty sure she was reading a book while she was still in the womb. She has been a cashier at a hardware store, a bartender, and has had several horrific jobs as a customer service rep. One day she decided to try writing a book herself. Then she had another thought, what if I could relive high school? After she stopped screaming, she started penning young adult novels. High school is much better the second time around when you can make your characters do and say whatever you want!
Her second YA, REVENGE OF THE HOMECOMING QUEEN, quickly won first place in a contest, got the positive reinforcement she was craving from agents, including her DREAM agent who happily took her on. Soon her novel, and a sequel, was bought by Berkley Jam and she lived happily ever after! When Stephanie isn’t busy working on her next novel she keeps busy chasing boys (see above).
Thanks so much Stephanie, it’s been a pleasure interviewing you.