Getting to Know Stephanie
Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?
This is a particularly hard question because I love the characteristics of all of my heroine’s. They are all me, and I am all of them. Maybe the one that resonates with me most comes from my Falling for a Rose series. Samiyah and Selena.
Samiyah because of her willingness to do whatever it took to salvage her past relationship. She isn’t the type to give up easily even when her backs against the wall. And when it comes to letting love in again, Samiyah isn’t bitter but she is careful, and that’s what makes her a strong, decisive character.
Selena because she isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. She is the life of the party, always ready to ride out under whatever circumstances. And when she messes up in life, Selena is willing to admit it and kick her own ass into gear.
Q2: What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?
The plot is always about the hero and heroine’s journey to love for me. The meeting, the connection, the build-up, that all-consuming fire. All of that with a little drama and sometimes suspense sprinkled inside.
Q3: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?
It was 2010, I was lying in bed at night but couldn’t go to sleep. These people were talking in my head. Not only were they talking but I saw them move around each other, eat dinner, and watch the news. This woman and man went on to work, and as the couple stirred about, I knew they were in love, but there were secrets. I tried to shut this couple out, but they wouldn’t let me rest, and then there was my moment of ah-ha. I would write this story down, just to get it out of my head. And so, I did. With pen and paper. It took me nine months to write it and two years before I built enough confidence to self-publish it. That story went on to become Trouble in Paradise, my debut.
Speed Round (just to get to know you better):
- Coffee, tea, or other? Tea
- Music preference? Rhythm and Blues
- Favorite movie? Love and Basketball
- Dog, cat, or other?
- Favorite author? Eric Jerome Dickey
About the Book
Love was no longer on the menu for Camilla Augustina. After her fiancé calls off the wedding not once but twice, Camilla’s had enough. In a brazen move, she takes a new position in the windy city of Chicago; leaving her parents, friends, and ex in a bittersweet goodbye. Adapting to her new surroundings isn’t easy but as Camilla settles in a chance encounter with an infamous playboy throws her off balance and rattles her world. She hadn’t expected to be drawn so meticulously to another but denying the magnetism that lures her is a futile fight.
As President of VFC Energy, a fortune 500 company, Hunter Valentine is at the top of his game. The renowned bachelor holds no secrets about his risqué rendezvous, and his allegiance is saved for family only. However, when Hunter spots Camilla Augustina, dining alone at the breakfast hut in his building, he can’t explain the adulation that runs through his core and shakes his entire world. Lust never weakened him like this, and the inclination of love at first site was silly. But when Hunter decides to prove the sudden rapture is unreal, he may find himself enamored by love.
Read an Excerpt
The timbre of his voice not only sent a shrill of heat cascading over Camilla’s body, but it also caught her by surprise and threw her off balance. Bringing her eyes up to the mystery man himself, Camilla’s heart skipped a beat as her sight took in the magnificence of his stature. Black suit pants laced around his powerful thighs and what Camilla knew was probably a taut ass. A leather Christian Dior belt buckle aligned through the loopholes of his pants, holding a pristine shine.
The maroon long sleeve button-down shirt stretched up the barrier of his grandiose wall of muscle and waved slightly over the pecs in his chest. With his collar flipped down and the first two buttons undone, his unblemished coffee brown skin was displayed. Camilla swallowed so hard she could’ve ingested her tongue. Her heart binged in her chest, and Camilla had a hard time trying to recover.
As if the palpitations weren’t bad enough, Camilla’s gaze locked with her mystery man, and immediately, she felt pulled toward him. With piercing dark brown eyes, he held her stare just as his tongue cruised across his lips to wet his mouth.
“I don’t mean to interrupt you, but, there’s nowhere else to sit while I have my breakfast, so I was hoping you’d have mercy on me and allow me to dine with you.”
“Corinne,” Camilla said, speaking into the phone, “I’m going to call you back.”
About the Author
Stephanie Nicole Norris is an author from Chattanooga Tennessee with a humble beginning. Always being a lover of reading, during Stephanie’s teenage years her joy was running to the bookmobile to read stories by R. L. Stine.
After becoming a young adult, her love for romance sparked leaving her captivated by heroes and heroines alike. With a big imagination and a creative heart, Stephanie penned her first novel Trouble In Paradise and self-published it in 2012. Her debut novel turned into a four book series full of romance, drama, and suspense. As a prolific writer, Stephanie’s catalog continues to grow. Her books can be found on Amazon dot com. Stephanie is inspired by the likes of Donna Hill, Eric Jerome Dickey, Jackie Collins, and more. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and two-year-old son.
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