Once upon a time in this little town of Savannah, Georgia, during an epic storm that caused flooding worthy of an ark, I met this awesome, badass chick named Stephie.
As much as I’d love to say I shared an umbrella with her as we splashed through the rain, waxing poetic about all the book boyfriends we love, the truth is I simply annoyed her into submission with my selfie stick. It was the 2015 Sassy in Savannah signing and unlucky for her (and lucky for me) she was sitting right behind me with Leigh Ann Lunsford. At least I’m pretty sure it was Leigh Ann Lunsford, but I digress. On more occasions than I can count, I’d pop my head through the banners and do a surprise photo shoot. But Stephie, being the rockstar that she is, smiled every freakin’ time (as evidenced above).
Upon submitting to my friendship, I quickly devoured all that she had written. And let me tell you … this chick and write like a mofo. And she writes ALL OF THE GOD DAMNED FEELS. Ugh. You want to cry? Read Stephie. You want to get angry? Read Stephie. And now, with her latest release Girl Crush, you want to laugh? Read Stephie.
What’s the moral of the story? Never trust a girl with a selfie stick … because you won’t ever be able to get rid of her. 😉 And also, you need to be reading Stephie Walls.
Read on for Ten Questions with the the woman who succumbed to my stick … my selfie stick, ya perv.
Let’s start off easy … when did you know you wanted to be an author?
- I don’t think you decide to be an author, I think it’s just who you are. But I started working toward switching careers in 2014 and left my full-time job in February 2017.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever seen on YouTube?
- What’s YouTube??
Your latest release is called Girl Crush. Give us your top three personal girl crushes of all time. Ten additional House Cup points if you tell us what you’d do if you were locked in a closet for ten minutes with the top billing lady.
- Katniss Everdeen (not Jennifer Lawrence, I need a badass woman with a bow to tickle my fancy), Angelina Jolie (pre-mastectomy because I’m shallow like that), and Meredith Wild (OMG don’t tell her). If I got ten minutes with any of them, I’d probably do nothing but giggle because I’m awkward like that…but if Katniss wanted to let me fondle her tatas I’d give it a go haha)
Anyone who knows you, knows that you’re the queen of whores (and I say that lovingly). What is your favorite “whore” insult? Where did it originate?
- Leddy Harper and I lovingly refer to each other as “whorehole”—she’s a loose one bawhaha. I have no clue where it came from, or how anyone could find it endearing, but somehow, we do.
I can’t lie, your covers give me a lady boner that makes my own little bookworm stand at attention. Where do you come up with the ideas for these gorgeous designs?
- I wish I could take the credit for them, but alas, I have an idea, and my designers have made them come to life. I love art in all forms, visual, performing, etc. so I want my covers to represent my stories and hopefully stand out.
Tell us about your writing space.
- Well, technically, I have an office with tons of light and all of my covers blown up on canvas on my walls, but I usually don’t do much writing there. I find the couch in my living room or my garage (I live in the South, what can I say? At least it’s not on the front lawn) to be my most inspirational spaces—probably because they’re the only place I can find any silence.
If your gal pal Leddy Harper were to pen the biography of your life, what would you *want* her to title it? And what would she actually title the book?
- I’d want her to title it, How I Found My Way…but she’d probably title it, You Complete Me…The Whore’s Edition. (Actually, I asked her and she said she’d title it, Whoring for Dummies: The Biography of Stephie Walls.)
If you could un-read any book so you could experience reading it for the first time all over again, which would you re-read and why?
- Hands down, Atonement by Ian McEwan. First, it solidified my love for British Literature, second, it takes me back to college and my love for Dr. Chalmers (holy hell, his British accent was hawt), and last, it is a powerful story about a woman’s mistake and how it ruined lives and our personal need for atonement. It changed my love for the written word—it’s a must read!
If you woke up tomorrow morning sporting a penis, what would you do?
- Play with it…and then, I’d beg every female I knew to let me try it out. I figure if I woke up with it, I might go to sleep and lose it—I’d need to make use of it while I had it. (They don’t call me a whore for nothing haha)
If you could tell a new reader one thing about your books, what would you want them to know?
- Hmmm…I’m told they’re heart wrenching, so they might want a box of Kleenex, but…from a personal standpoint, I try to write books about things any woman can relate to—real life tales of love and romance and that doesn’t always include a happily ever after. Every female lead in my books was inspired by someone I know personally. It’s not their story, but one of their characteristics gave me the vision for the novel. But don’t ask who inspired what, because I’ll never tell.
Be sure to snag Girl Crush by Stephie Walls on Amazon and get your girl fling on!! And don’t be a dick like one of those folks who refused to rewind their VHS before returning it to Blockbuster … after you read, be sure to leave a review. It’s our lifeblood.