It's Stephanie Bissette-Roark!
Today we have Stephanie Bissette-Roark, author of DAMSEL.
Stephanie Bissette-Roark is a speculative fiction author local to the Pacific Northwest. She has worked as a submissions and manuscript editor for a small, indie press and is currently an officer of the Cascade Writer’s Workshop. Her horror short fiction can be found in the Witches, Bitches, and Stitches anthology by Evil Girlfriend Media, as well as the GIVE anthology by When the Dead Books. Her flash has also appeared on Every Day Fiction. When not writing, her hobbies include gardening, thrift-store shopping, roleplaying, and adding to her ever-increasing stash of tea. Visit her at www.facebook.com/bissettestephanie
Cassandra never wanted to return to that old, converted barn atop the hill. But when her estranged father leaves it all to her in his will, she journeys home to discover if any part of her broken past still remains. She didn’t expect to find Ethan Bailey waiting for her, a strange man who kindles in her powerful—but unwanted—feelings of familiarity. When a treasured childhood toy transports her into an imaginary world, Cassandra will come face-to-face with a man that looks just like Ethan, but whose medieval garb tells a different story. As the lines between make-believe and reality blur, will her new companion bring healing love and open her heart in the real world or will the monster of her past consume her?
I've always loved autumn and winter because they feel to me like reflective, healing times. In my piece, Damsel, I wanted to channel some of those aspects into a romance story as much about loving one's self as loving another.
Inspired by the notion of being "snowed in" both physically and metaphorically, I'd hoped to play with the idea of being confined in some way while at the same time open, vulnerable, and without limitation. It is through this confinement, and grappling with her inner demons, that my heroine finds love; both for herself and for others.
As for music, I never had anything definitive. For me, writing requires background music without distracting lyrics. Songs in other languages, or instrumentals, work best to kindle my imagination. Everything from Celtic to Classical and Dubstep all apply, just as long as they keep the energy flowing.
MELT is a collection of five sexy stories to get snowed in with.
All proceeds from the collection will go to charities that support mental health research & aide.