FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you’d like to know anything that isn’t asked here, please feel free to contact me.
Where do you get your ideas from?
Anywhere and everywhere! My first book, Only the Brave Try Ballet, was inspired by an article I read about NFL players taking ballet lessons for conditioning and injury prevention. Sometimes I get ideas from people around me, from conversations overheard in the street (be careful what you say, you never know when a writer is lurking close by!) and sometimes they come out of nowhere. I do my best thinking in the shower or while washing the dishes.
Are your heroes inspired by anyone? (Are you heroes inspired by your husband?)
People ask me this all the time! As much as I love my husband, I don’t fancy sharing any intimate details of our relationship. I promise all my heroes are figments of my own imagination, though the visuals are often inspired by movie and TV stars. I keep Pinterest boards for all my stories, so you can see the hunky guys who inspire my heroes.
Is Stefanie London your real name?
Yes and no. Stefanie is my real first name, but London is pseudonym.
Why do you use a pen name?
When I first started writing, I was working in a somewhat conservative, male-dominated environment. I honestly wasn't sure how my writing might affect my job, so I decided to pick a different surname to be safe. A secondary reason revolves around my grandmother. She passed away when I was fourteen and she'd been a very big presence in my life. After she died, I made a promise to myself that if I ever did something important, I would dedicate it to her somehow. So "London" is my tribute to my grandmother.
How did you get published?
Perseverance, blind faith, good timing and luck. If you want to know what happened step-by-step, go here.
What are the must-haves for a successful writing career?
Can I tell you when I get there…? All jokes aside, I don't think authors ever stop learning and growing. This industry changes quickly, so success is not a static thing. What I believe to be most important to a sustainable career in publishing include (but are not limited to):
- A tight support network
- A constant supply of coffee
- The ability to laugh at yourself and to know the difference between constructive criticism and not-so-constructive criticism
- A desire that outweighs fear
- A passion for what you do and for the genre you write (particularly important for romance writers, in my humble opinion)
- A dedication to improving your craft
Any tips or help for aspiring romance writers?
I owe a lot of what I know today to the generosity of other authors whom I’ve met along my publishing journey. I always do my best to pay it forward by answering questions and sharing what I’ve learned. Check out the "For Writers" section of my website.
My articles on other sites:
- Harlequin So You Think You Can Write blog: how to create leap off the page characters
- Melbourne Romance Writers Guild blog – How to tackle editor revisions Part I
- Melbourne Romance Writers Guild blog – How to tackle editor revisions Part II
- The Pink Heart Society – Baby got back…story
- The Pink Heart Society – What happens after the contract
- The Pink Heart Society – Hook, Line & Sinker