Monday, December 19, 2011

Blog Tour Stop - Stephanie Keyes

Hello and welcome to the JLB Creatives Blog!
Thanks so much for taking the time to check us out,
and hopefully become a follower if you're not already.

If you're brand new here, or even if you'd just like to see it again...
I invite you to check out the book trailer for my upcoming epic fantasy series
HIDDEN EARTH - Volume 1 Maycly, over on the right>>>>
Maycly is slated for an early 2012 release. 
For even more details, check out the HIDDEN EARTH page of the blog
using the tabs at the top of the page.

But enough about me...

JLB Creatives Blog was asked to participate as a "stop" on a blog tour
for the wonderful author Stephanie Keyes.

I'm sure you'll find her as amazing as I have, and will check out
all she has to say and offer as a talented author.

Be sure to read all the way through - she's even offering a contest for those who leave a comment!

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The Author Behind the Star Child

I was born in 1973 in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was interested in music and storytelling from an early age. I have one brother, Adam, who was born when I was ten and a half years old.  Despite the fact that he vomited on my Magnum PI shirt as an infant, I’ve forgiven him and we’re very close.
When it cam time to decide on a career, it was a toss up between journalism and music. I studied classical clarinet and was accepted at the prestigious Duquesne University School of Music. Since the university was expensive, I cross-registered to take some general credits through the local community college. It was there that I met my husband, Aaron.

We helped subsidize our college education by playing in a number of jazz bands. Aaron played the trumpet and I played the saxophone and sang. I still enjoy writing pieces now and then and performing; I wrote all of the melodies that appear at the end of The Star Child. One those pieces, Come Walk With Me, will be featured on the soundtrack to The Star Child book trailer, which will be released by Avalon Graphics (Cathy Helms) and scored by Bronwen Harrison.

We stayed focused on the music for two years until we both realized that we would be unemployed. So we changed our majors to Information Technology. We both graduated in May 2000 from Robert Morris University.

Aaron took a job in banking and I started working as a software trainer in the telecommunications industry. In October 2001, we were married and honeymooned in New England.

I started writing and journaling after we were married, but my job as a trainer took me on the road a lot. Throughout the next five years I would visit cities throughout the country and in the United Kingdom for my work. 

My first son was born in 2007 and that was also when I found out about my father’s cancer. The emotional upheaval of having a parent undergoing chemo and radiation, forced me to look for an outlet for the emotions that this experience triggered. The Star Child was born out of this turmoil.

In 2009, I started writing my first novel, although I had no idea that it would actually make it to full novel form. I loved reading anything from the Fantasy genre, but enjoyed it better when fantasy could blend with reality. So that’s the direction that my first novel went in.

I completed the novel in nine months and took nearly two years after that to edit the work. The final review continued and included twelve edits by myself and my husband and two edits from editor, Kit Domino. The last round was completed just after my second son was born.

This February 2012 will be the three-year anniversary of the start of the Star Child project. I am thrilled to know that when that mark is reached the story of a love-starved prodigy and a goddess will be available for everyone to enjoy.

Use the Comments section to name three Young Adult, Fantasy books and you could win a Starbucks gift card! The use it to buy your coffee to accompany your read of The Star Child! Only comments posted on December 19th are eligible.

Click here to read an excerpt of Stephanie's Debut Novel:

The Star Child is available on;

Barnes and Noble

About the author:
When Stephanie isn’t writing, she works full time as a Corporate Educator and Curriculum Designer. She holds a M.Ed. from Duquesne University and an undergraduate degree in Management information Systems from Robert Morris University. Stephanie is a clarinetist, saxophonist, and vocalist, and is always making music somewhere at sometime. She credits her loving husband of ten years and her two sons for the completion and publication of the Star Child.

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Stephanie is a featured author on Love a Happy


  1. Janet,
    Thank you so much for hosting me today! Steph

  2. Hi Stephanie and Janet!

    I loved finding out more about you and your family and the story-behind-the story in the writing of The Star Child. Congratulatons on your launch and I wish you great success and lots of sales, Stephanie!

    Love, Janice xx

  3. Thank you so much, Janice! I really appreciate the visit. Congratulations to you as well for what appears to be a banner week!

  4. I loved finding out more about you aside/before/during your journey towards the finished novel.

    Wishing you loads of sales!

  5. It's always fascinating to read about the person behind the novel - it adds to the enjoyment.... so thank you for hosting Janet and thanks for telling all Stephanie. Hope you have a good book tour and that The Star Child keeps climbing those charts!

  6. This has been a most enjoyable tour, visiting in your footsteps, Stephanie. Each stop has given a fascinating look into the person behind the pages of the Star Child and I feel we have really got to know you well. Congratulations. And thank you, Janet, for hosting such a lovely lady.

  7. Thanks very much for stopping by Linn! I'm glad you are enjoying the posts. It was so nice to stop by and visit with Janet!

  8. Kit,
    Thank you! I'm glad you like the posts. You are a very lovely lady yourself! Have a wonderful holiday.


  9. Since we had no takers on our giveaways yesterday, I am going to take Janet up on her offer and extend the contest through my visit on Author Week 12/23. Just respond to the comments section with your answers and I'll pick a random winner at the end!

  10. The contest has officially closed, but thanks to those of you who participated!


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