Wordy Wednesday with Stephie Chapman

Hello! This Wednesday you are going to meet and find out about the delightful Stephie Chapman who has just written Getting Over Jessie Franklin

What happens when you find your 90's boyband crush on Facebook, and then add him?

Years ago, Cassie loved Jesse. But he was the bass player in her favourite band and didn't know she even existed. Fourteen years on, the band has broken up and she's found him on Facebook, and it turns out that after finally meeting in London, he quite likes her, too. Their relationship quickly intensifies and Cassie and Jesse find themselves in a long distance relationship spanning five thousand miles. But just as she's beginning to think all her dreams have come true, a misunderstanding tears them apart and as she tries to piece her life back together in London, Jesse is planning a way to win her back with the help of her best friend... and a ukulele.

Sounds like a perfect summer read to me! But let find out what makes Stephie tick...and what biscuits she likes...

So Stephie, When did you start writing?

When I was about 5 ;) I've blogged on and off since I was 17, and have had ideas for novels swimming about in my head since around then, too. But Getting Over Jesse Franklin is the only one I've ever finished.

What 3 things (not including paper, computer, pens) would you like to facilitate a good days writing?

1) A nice glass of wine.
2) Some peace and quiet.
3) More wine. And maybe someone to bring it to me, so I don't even have to get up.

Do you write to a schedule, eg every day or three times a week, set times, etc or do you write as and when the mood strikes?

More the latter really... But that's pretty much every day. I even took my laptop on holiday so I could write Jesse Franklin. Obviously I felt like Colin Firth's character in Love Actually, minus the falling in love with someone I couldn't really converse with part.

Is writing your main source of income, I read lots of articles saying writers make no money, and my readers asked this question a lot! Can you survive on book writing alone? if not, what else do you do?

It's not exactly a great money spinner at the moment, and I supplement our family income with some social media bits and pieces. But I don't think you write for money, you write because you love it. Because you can't not write. It's the same with an awful lot of creative careers. You do it because it feels innate, and if you can make some dinero from it, then that's a bonus.

What are your favourite biscuits?

GOOD question! Err.... I'm very partial to an Oreo. BUT my absolute favourite are stroopwafels - but that's playing fast and loose with the word "biscuit". - ooh you trickster, but I'll let you off, they are good, and I have allowed other writers to choose jaffa cakes, so the field is wide open!

Where do you do most of your writing?

At the kitchen table, for easy access to aforementioned stroopwafels, and the kettle. Or, in the evenings, on the sofa, plugged into Spotify.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Coming Up Roses by Rachael Lucas, and I'm loving it.

Do you use social media (facebook, twitter, instagram etc) to engage with your audience, do you think it helps sales and do you find it fun or a chore?

Yes, I enjoy social media a lot. I like Twitter and Instagram more than Facebook, and the instagram community are, on the whole, really lovely and supportive. I don't find it a chore, but I do find them all enormous time suckers.

Do you own an e-reader? and do you prefer to read digital or paper copy?

I have the Kindle app on my phone, and I've read heaps more since getting it. I'd like to say I prefer kicking it old skool with a paper copy of a book because there is something wonderful about opening a brand new book for the first time and feeling the spine crack, however, for ease I do like reading digitally. I'm a fence sitter with that one.I think a lot of people feel the same!

Do you dream in colour?

Yes. Vividly. And sometimes in Dutch... which is weird, because I can only speak a very little Dutch.

If reading and writing were banned, what would you do instead?

Sing and dance and play my ukulele.

What is your ideal holiday?

Wondering around a European city (or maybe just Amsterdam, because it's my favourite place in the world) with a friend, and no kids, stopping off for a beer by a canal. Eating really amazing food, in the sunshine. Just walking and people watching and having a good time and putting the world to rights. That's what I absolutely love to do. European city breaks. Try them.

Thanks for taking the time for some interesting answers, I am now tempted not only buy the book and the stroopwaffel but also by a trip to Amsterdam, so good selling! haha

If you'd like a copy of Stephie's Book you can get it here  Getting Over Jessie Franklin is £1.99 on Amazon for Kindle or Kindle app

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