Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
I developed a love for reading from a very young age. I loved the fact that I could get lost in a story. I sometimes dreamed that I could be the one writing those stories someday, but I thought writers had some kind of “magic” that I didn’t have. I finally decided to try writing a novel in my mid-20s and I never looked back.
What do you think most characterizes your writing?
I tend to gravitate toward a more lighthearted, fun story in my writing, even though I sometimes enjoy reading very dark fiction and nonfiction. My characters also tend to be very idealistic, seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. I’ve always enjoyed writing (and reading) the kind of characters you find in 90s-era romantic comedies, where the heroine was always clumsy and quirky, yet lovable.
What was the hardest part of writing the Piper Morgan books?
Capturing her voice was the hardest part. Even now, as I write later books in the series, I have to read a few chapters of the previous books to get her voice in my head again. In chapter books, that voice is essential and it has to be very distinctive.
Who are your favorite authors?
The author whose career I admire most is Meg Cabot. For fun, I read everything by Harlan Coben and Stephen King. I think I have a special place in my heart for Stephen King’s work, since I spent my adolescence and twenties reading his books. He has probably been my biggest writing influence.
What is your favorite thing to do when not writing?
I spend far too much time watching true crime documentaries and cheesy Hallmark movies. (I realize that’s an odd combination!) I also enjoy a great night out with my husband, preferably at one of our favorite restaurants. We both love standup comedy, so sometimes we’ll brave the long lines at the comedy club for date night.
What are you working on right now?
I’m currently working on Piper #5, which is tentatively titled Piper Morgan Throws a Party. I’m working on a synopsis for another middle grade novel, too.
What did you drink while writing Piper Morgan Joins the Circus?
I start the day with a cup of chocolate-flavored coffee, then progress to water flavored with orange vanilla Mio. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, if you can’t tell!
How do you prefer readers get in touch with you?
Email is the best way: firstname.lastname@example.org. But they can also send old-fashioned mail to Stephanie Faris, PO Box 1472, Hendersonville, TN 37077