Novelist in Progress: Courtney C. Stevens

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courtney stevensName: Courtney C Stevens
Hometown: Bandana, Kentucky
Based In: Nashville, TN
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Favorite Read: Winger by Andrew Smith; I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Pet Peeves: Cruelty to people working in the service industry, Room temperature drinks.
Fiction-How-To or Publishing Book You’ve Found Most Helpful: Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be…Well, I am a professor, so I would definitely teach. I was also in youth and college ministry for nearly a decade, and that will always appeal to me. In the summers, I could totally work for a mowing/lawn service. But not if I had to also operate a weed eater, I’m too short for that.
Work in Progress: Faking Normal – Releases February 25th, The Blue-Haired Boy – Impulse release March 5th, Untitled Project (working title-The Truth Hurts) – releases Spring 2015
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Young Adult Fiction, 2014
Author Crush: Well, Smith and Zusak for sure, but there are so many people I admire. Here are a few: John Corey Whaley, Veronica Roth, Leigh Bardugo, Shaun Tan, Oliver Jeffers
What I’m Learning About the Craft So Far: The trickiest thing in writing (for me) isn’t writing a scene that works; it’s writing a scene that works with all the other scenes. There are a million ways to get from here to there, and authors have the obligation and responsibility of choosing the most powerful, compelling way to tell the story.
How I Deal With Writer’s Block: If Continue reading