Featured Friday! Stevie Kopas
Stevie Kopas was born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She is a gamer, a writer, and an apocalypse enthusiast. Stevie will never turn down a good cup of coffee and might even be a bit of a caffeine addict.
Stevie is the author of The Breadwinner Trilogy. Books 1 and 2, The Breadwinner and Haven were originally self-published in 2013 and 2014. The Breadwinner Trilogy was picked up by Permuted Press in May of 2014 and the second editions of both the first books were released in March and April of 2015. The third and final instalment in The Breadwinner Trilogy, All Good Things, debuted in May of 2015. Her fourth novel, Never Say Die: Stories of The Zombie Apocalypse was released in May 2016.
Kopas also participates in the At Hell’s Gates horror anthologies and all profits are donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Her short stories, Nefarious, Patient 63, and Spencer Family Tradition can be found in the first three volumes of At Hell’s Gates.
She currently resides in Panama City Beach, Florida and tries to spend as much time as she can in the sun.
Stevie is also the Managing Editor of the website Horror Metal Sounds and a writer for the site. She is an avid reader and watcher of horror and post-apocalyptic fiction (especially zom-poc). Offline, Stevie is a telecommunications professional.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
Well, I honestly wouldn’t say I live the “author’s lifestyle” or anything remotely resembling it. I couldn’t even tell you what that would be like. To me, I suppose it would be drinking fifty times the amount of coffee or wine that I already do and then spending my days writing in different settings and discussing interesting things with interesting people, but I imagine if I asked a full time writer if that was accurate they’d tell me I was wrong. So I guess the best part of the lifestyle that I currently live would be getting to interact with people and connect with them because of my books.
What made you start writing?
There wasn’t one particular thing. I’ve always had a love for writing, music, anything artistic that allowed me to express myself in ways that I otherwise could not. I’ve always written, it’s always been a part of my life. I think it was just a matter of sitting down and saying “write this book” and then keeping that going and now I just need to keep moving on to the next one.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
The world is full of fabulous talent, both living and dead. To choose just one inspiration would be a task greater than I could take on.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Don’t stop writing. Keep writing, something, anything. Whatever you do you just can’t stop because that’s how you keep getting better and that’s how you’ll learn if your heart is really in it. I think some people write just because they can. There’s a big difference between those that really want to dedicate themselves to it and those that just do it for fun.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I generally find myself browsing the Horror and Science Fiction aisles. I typically stay within that realm just because those genres are the ones that have always interested me the most. I’d say that’s pretty much what I write too.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
There’s a character named Michelle who’s introduced in Haven, book two in The Breadwinner Trilogy. She’s an absolute no-nonsense mad woman and I don’t care how horrible she is, I think I’d like to sit down and grab a drink with her, get to her know her a bit more and find out the ‘why’ behind the awful stuff that she’s done. I think Michelle probably has a lot to say.
I’ll always love The Breadwinner Trilogy, it’s the first thing I ever wrote, and I’m pleased with how much people like it, but I really would consider my latest release, Never Say Die, a must-read novel. There’s so much story there, and there are different worlds and perspectives on the same horrible thing that’s happening, and I really just want to expose those five stories to as many people as I can. It’s definitely something new and refreshing for the zombie genre.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
The hardest edit was rearranging the events and chapters in The Breadwinner. When I initially self-published the first book I relied heavily on flashbacks for my storytelling, but when I was picked up by Permuted Press, the editors were not too keen on the flashbacks and so I had to rewrite a few things, add some more stuff in, take some stuff out… it was a little painful but I think it all worked out for the best at the end of the day.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
Hands down, The Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
Probably Chuck Palahniuk. I think he’d really get a good grip on some of the stuff I’ve seen and experienced and he’d really be able to lay down that madness onto some paper in a really interesting and twisted way.
We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
It’s not a film, but I think the television series Lost would turn out to be a killer series of books that I’d pick up in a heartbeat. Until the dreaded season five – er I mean book five…
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Hmm… that’s a tough one, but I think I’ll go with “It’s been an interesting ride full of left turns.”
What’s exciting you about your next project?
The most exciting thing about my next project will be when I finally finish it! But no, in all seriousness, I really will be excited to put it out there. It’s going to be fun and unlike the other things that I’ve written. I’m hoping it will please current fans and readers while also bringing new ones into the fold.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
When you finally find something worth fighting for, never sit down, and never shut up.
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