Monday, January 21, 2013

{My Indie Monday} Stephanie Judice


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Featured this week is
Stephanie Judice



Stephanie Judice calls lush, moss-laden New Iberia, Louisiana, home where the landscape curls into her imagination creating mystical settings for her stories. She shares her small, southern lifestyle with her husband and four children. As a high school teacher of English and Fine Arts, she is immersed in mythology, legends, and art that serve as constant inspiration for her writings. Some of her favorite things are autumn leaves, southern accents, Gothic architecture, Renaissance festivals, family movie nights, and, of course, William Shakespeare. Writing is her haven for self-expression where imagination rules and dreams do come true.





RISING Book One in the Saga of the Setti: Having waited a millennium to return to the fertile feeding ground of earth, the dark giants break through a portal and storm out into the world in the guise of a massive hurricane—famished and fierce. Across the ocean, seventeen-year-old Gabriel Goddard is being plagued by terrifying nightmares about creatures that singe and burn the flesh then absorb the life energy of humans and devour the ashes. A chance meeting with Clara Dunaway immediately distracts Gabe from bad dreams. He has always had a sort of sixth sense—to feel the emotions of others around him. Clara’s presence numbs his other sense, nearly knocking him into a hypnotic state. Bewildered and fascinated, he is lured in by her. When Clara finally confesses that she has a similar gift to see auras around people, a spark flames between them, ignited by a paranormal force. Fate soon reveals that there is a higher purpose for their attraction. Along with Jeremy, the head-bangin’ metal head; Ben, the air-headed golden boy; Melanie, the kind- hearted Creole; and the old hermit named Homer, they must face this enemy as one. Discovering that they are descended from an ancient clan of Norse warriors, they awaken their dormant powers, preparing for the dark giants' imminent invasion of their home. A shadow of darkness veils the land. Will the Setti rise to fulfill their long-awaited destiny?


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1. Where do you get ideas for writing? Shower, back porch, riding in the car? Or are you someone who can just sit down and start typing and get a pretty good rough draft.

My first grade teacher, Mrs. Newman, complained to my parents that I daydreamed too much. She had no idea how right she was. I think about my characters all the time, like obsessively—car, shower, faculty meeting (shhh, don’t tell). I sometimes play scenes over and over in my head before I begin to write. But I also get inspiration from art, music, nature—just things that speak to me on an emotional and/or physical level. So, to answer your question not-so-succinctly, by the time I sit down, I’ve done my fair share of considering plot, action, and dialogue, but there are always surprises when I’m in the zone.

2. What is your usual setting for writing? Kitchen table, Office, lunch time?

Any second I can spare. I keep a journal to jot down things that come to me throughout the day, but typically curl up with my laptop in the living room after my husband and brood of four have gone to bed. Sometimes, I adjourn to “my office” which is my daughter’s bedroom. I have no idea why, but her room is typically the quietest place in the house, which is where I am now actually.

3. As you have a career teaching what exactly motivated you to begin writing and has it been difficult with you having a family?

Actually, my BA is in Creative Writing, and I’ve been writing personally for quite some time. However, I took a loooooong siesta during the baby-making years. I started writing seriously again about eight years ago, but never felt these first novels quite hit the mark. When I dipped into the YA paranormal genre, it just felt right, probably because I spend so many hours with snarky, crazy, witty teens all day.

And yes, it can be difficult juggling writing with family. Fortunately, my husband and kids understand that I need to write. So, they’ve strapped themselves in behind me as a support system and just let me drive my crazy train into the writing world when I need to.

4. The series is set in Louisiana and contain elements of paranormal, do find the realistic portions more difficult than the paranormal ones?

Actually, no. I’m a very visual person, so using imagery with the real world tends to be easier for me. I agonize over the paranormal aspects much more because I want it to feel authentic and real as the rest of the world. There’s nothing that drives me more batty than when a book has a great concept but terrible plot-holes and/or cheesy paranormal elements. This is one of my worst fears, so I consider these things very carefully.

5. What was your inspiration for the Saga of the Setti series? Have you planned how many books will be in the Saga of the Setti series?

When I set out to write the Setti series, I knew only three things. One, I wanted the story to revolve around a group of unassuming heroes/heroines who needed to depend on each other in order to survive, rather than one lone hero saving the world on his own. Two, I wanted to create my own monsters that didn’t already exist, like vampires and werewolves, but could have if you delved deeply enough into old lore and tales. And, three, my story would be about great loss and great triumph; hope and redemption; and the ultimate notion that good always prevails over evil. (Eternal optimist is me.)

There will be five books in the series and a prequel set in medieval Norway, Ireland, and England.

6. Do you have an anticipated release date for the next book in the series?

Fall 2013. Sorry I can’t be more specific than that at the moment.

Book three, Revolution, is the next in the series, taking place in New York and “across the pond” into London and the English countryside.

7. Final and most random question: Which three books would you want with you if you were trapped on a deserted island? Ereaders don’t count as books.

· Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, because Jane is a strong, unlikely heroine who ignores class barriers and Victorian society to follow her heart. The happily-ever-after is wonderfully surprising after all she endures. Now, that is a good story. I also might need a bit of hope amidst adversity if I’m trapped on a deserted island.

· J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, because the fate of the world lies in the hands of one small, seemingly insignificant person. This would remind me that we are ALL important, no matter how the world views our significance.

· Juliet Marillier’s Son of Shadows, because it is a story of a journey leading to love, hope, and redemption from an emotionally scarring past. And of course, it’s set in medieval Ireland with an element of magic, twining into a beautifully written tale. I love getting lost in that world.

Thank you ever so much for having me here today! Wonderful questions, and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit.


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