Knowing that I'm biromantic was a fairly easy thing to come to terms with. Asexuality was a different story.
I didn't learn about asexuality and accept what I was until I was about 30. Until then, I just thought that there was something wrong with me that could, with enough work, be ignored.
It's one of the reasons I write #ownvoices now, because the bigger variety of characters we have out there, the more chance there is that some fifteen-year old kid can read about one and say, "Hey, that sounds familiar". I don't want any other teenagers to feel like they're broken.
Fun Fact: Steph's nickname of "Magpie" is what we call my grandma. She will stop ANYTHING she is doing or saying when something shiny plays with her head.
A little bit more about Stephanie; She likes to disappear under a cloak of mystery. Before you know it, she's POOF, gone. She is also published through Less Than Three Press!
Stephanie identifies as BiRomantic Asexual and prefers She/Her pronouns!
We sat down with Steph for an interview for you folks! As I grabbed my coffee, I knew this was going to be a good one!
1. Besides LGBT+ OwnVoices, anything else in your books OwnVoice (mental illness, physical disability, etc.)
I have depression. There's a character in my short story Angels With Clipped Wings who also deals with that, and side characters in both Sink or Swim and my current WIP, Cryptids & Cauldrons, have it.
2. What is the best money you've spent as an author?
Scrivener. The notecard-style organization setup is perfect for how my mind works. [I use Scrivener for everything. It really helps keep me organized!]
1. Do you view writing as a "spiritual" practice?
Not really? I associate spiritual with peaceful, more meditation, and there have been too many days where I'm all, "SELF. Get your butt INTO THAT CHAIR AND WRITE" for me to think of it as a spiritual practice.
That said, on days when I can sit down and write 5,000 words with seemingly no effort? That could count.
3. Have you ever googled yourself? Anything interesting?
Just my website/links to books. Which means I still have everyone snowed, so yay. ;)
4. What part of life do you write most about? (Child, Teenager, Adult, etc.)
5. You've been transported to the world of Harry Potter! What House do you want to be in? Who do you try to date (if anyone)? Is Harry your BFF or the antagonist?
100% Hufflepuff. Harry probably wouldn't know I existed. I'd be too busy scurrying around because *magic stuff* and *cool animals* to date anybody. [We can be friends, even if I belong to Slytherin and too busy trying to bed Draco... *cough*]
6. You meet your favourite author! They tell you they've read your book and LOVED it! What is your reaction?
As much as I'd like to insist that I'd say something cool, witty, and charming, I'd probably just burst into tears.
7. You're at the club (I know we're both probably introverts but like, play along) Your favourite song comes on! What is it?
I have a huge soft spot for "Ashes" by Celine Dion right now. (power ballad + Deadpool. Perfection)
8. You're transported to your WIP! What is your relation to the MC?
My MC is a monster hunter, whom I would be useless to since I have none of those skills whatsoever. I'd probably stay at a Safe House and help keep an eye on some of the less-lethal cryptids.
9. Anything else the readers of this world should know about you?
My mother nicknamed me Magpie because I go after anything shiny/glittery. :)
If Steph seems like your kind of author, you can follow her on Twitter! @stephrabig
Her Available Books:
https://www.amazon.com/Winterbournes-Daughter-Stephanie-Rabig-ebook/dp/B06XKYGQ8W/ --- Winterbourne's Daughter. Own Voices: Emeline is asexual, other characters are bi.
https://www.amazon.com/Sink-Swim-Aveline-Stephanie-Rabig-ebook/dp/B01N6WUFR1 --- Sink or Swim. Own Voices: Junia is ace, Kath and Wil are bi.
That's it for Day Two! We'll see you tomorrow with our next author, Bee!
Thank you for coming!