Stephanie Bond has written over 70 novels for publishers such as Bantam, St. Martin’s Press, Harlequin/Mira, and Avon/HarperCollins and through her own self-publishing venture.  She is best known for writing steamy books that make readers laugh out loud.  Read on to find out more about Stephanie’s childhood and how she became a writer.

Q:  Tell us about yourself.

I grew up on a farm in a tiny town in eastern Kentucky.  I have one brother and one sister, both of whom I adore and remain very close to.  My childhood was carefree and instilled in me a love of nature, along with a resourceful personality.  My parents are wonderful human beings who were hugely influential on my life, nurturing my different interests and talents.  I grew up running around the farm, gardening, sewing, quilting, painting and, of course–reading!  Reading everything I could get my hands on, from Progressive Farmer to the local newspaper.  The library in my grade school was a closet, so I exhausted it fairly quickly.  At the time, my hometown didn’t have a public library, so the highlight of my year was when my aunt visited from Ohio and brought with her bags full of paperback novels–most of them Harlequin Romances and romantic suspense novels by Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt.  I was in heaven!

Q:  Skip ahead to high school–did you always want to be a writer?

No.  (Laughing.)  I was very much the egghead, scholarly and into a business curriculum, with art classes as electives.  I do, however, remember my sophomore English teacher spending some time on creative writing.  I enjoyed writing stories, but never considered it as a career.  I went to work part-time for a shoe store during my senior year.  I really enjoyed learning all about running a small business–and I was convinced that my future was in big business.  I still read as often as I could, and I think I absorbed most of my world history through historical romance novels!

Q:   What happened after high school?  

I attended Morehead State University on an academic scholarship and studied computer programming.  My sophomore year of college, I bought the shoe store in Olive Hill where I still worked and changed the name to ‘Boots & Britches.’  I specialized in selling handmade boots, saddles, tack, and jeans.  I went to school full-time and ran the business (with the help of my mother) every spare minute I had outside of classes.  Needless to say, I wasn’t a social butterfly!

Q:  So, after college, the writing bug bit you?

Nope!  The week after I graduated MSU in 1987, I went to work for a then Fortune 50 petroleum company in Lexington, Kentucky as a programmer.  I sold my retail business and settled into corporate life, which I found to be very exciting and rewarding.

Q:  So, THEN the writing bug bit you?

Nope!  I had every intention of rising through the ranks of corporate America.  Two years later, I decided to pursue an MBA at night.  FIVE years later, with a couple of promotions under my belt, I was taking my last night class and an instructor remarked that I seemed to have a flair for writing.  He suggested that I submit to academic journals, but all I could think was, “I wonder if I could write a romance novel?”

Q:  Aha–so THEN you started writing!

Yes, once I received my graduate degree, I began to write in my newfound spare time, just to see if I could do it.  My first attempt was a historical romance, but five chapters in, I discovered I was doing more research than writing.  To prove to myself I could actually finish a book, I switched to contemporary romance and pounded my way through my first manuscript.  I’ve been writing contemporary romance ever since.

Q:  How long did it take to make your first sale?

After two years of writing on my lunch hour, during evenings, and on weekends, I sold a manuscript to Harlequin Books for a new romantic comedy line they were starting (Irresistible?, Harlequin Love & Laughter).  That was November 1995.  I was still working full-time, but by that time, I had transferred within my company to their Atlanta division.

Q:  So you quit your computer job?

(Laughing again.)  Nope!  I worked full-time and wrote part-time until I had sold five books to both Harlequin Books and Bantam Books.  Then I dropped back to part-time at my computer job until I sold five additional projects.  Finally, I left my ‘day’ job in 1997 to become a full-time fiction writer.

Q:  Have you ever regretted your career move?

Absolutely not, although I know my business background and training (and computer skills) have helped me immensely in getting my writing career off the ground.

Q:  Have all of your books been released under your name, ‘Stephanie Bond‘?

All except for three romance novels I wrote for the Bantam Loveswept line in 1997-1998 under the name ‘Stephanie Bancroft.’  In the future, however, all my releases will bear my name, Stephanie Bond.

 

Q:  Where do you get your story ideas?

Almost anything can start an idea snowballing–an overheard conversation, for instance.  Most writers are very observant and key in on details that other people might overlook.  Often, one simple scene will spark an idea that leads to an entire story.  I have so many more ideas in my head than I could ever get down on paper!

Q:  How do you research your ideas?

My research varies, depending on the story.  At parties I make it a point to find out what everyone does for a living–sooner or later I’m bound to find someone who does something completely fascinating and I’ll add them to my Rolodex.  In preparation for writing stories with more intrigue, I took the private investigation certification class for the state of Georgia.  THAT was quite an experience.  I’m even certified on a .38!

Q:  What does the future hold for you?

I’m flexible, and open to whatever opportunities come my way.  For now, I’m very busy and happy writing, writing, writing to continue stories in all my different series.  And I still have time to squeeze in a few of my favorite pastimes, like reading!  I’m a very lucky woman.

(Photo credit:  Marie T. Williams)

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22 Responses to “About Stephanie”


  1. 1 Peggy May 27, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Will you be doing any more books for Body Movers series I just love these. Please let me know.
    Thanks,
    Peggy

    • 2 stephaniebond May 27, 2009 at 7:35 pm

      Hi, Peggy! I’ll find out this week or next if there will be more BODY MOVERS books…stay tuned!

      Stephanie

  2. 3 Karen June 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Ok finished 6 killer bodies today ….there better be more to the series cause you left me wanting more…..

  3. 4 Jen June 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Stephanie-
    I just recently discovered your Body Movers series through my sister, and I’m really enjoying the series – I’m currently on book 4. I’m a former Atlanta resident myself, and feel bouts of nostalgia reading about familiar places here and there. My sister and I sell custom jewelry and would love to sell charm bracelets based on your series if you don’t already have something like this in the works!

  4. 5 Belinda July 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Stephanie,

    I picked up “2 Bodies for the Price of 1” off my Mother’s bookshelf and finished it in one day. I then went online and bought the first book and the rest of the series through “6 Killer Bodies.” I am really hoping to see the series continue! It has been fun reading. BTW, the books are very well written.

  5. 6 Bobbette Gammon December 17, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I gave your books to my mom who is 86, she loved them as did all my sisters(8). We look forward to your new book.
    Bobbette

  6. 7 Kerry January 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Love,love,love these books. It’s killing me to wait so long for the next books to come out. What a great read, thank you so much.

  7. 8 Ja Nohn February 20, 2010 at 9:30 am

    How are you? When are you going to get another book out? I really enjoy reading them. You are a very good author. I can’t hardly put the book down.

  8. 9 danielle February 21, 2010 at 6:01 am

    I was wondering if there is a planned sequal for Finding Your Mojo?? I love the set up you have created in the small town and would love to see where you caould take it.

  9. 10 Heather McDermott March 30, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Stephanie,

    I was born in Atlanta, and have lived here my entire life, and reading the Body Movers series is wonderful. It is like my big small town is famous. I can picture every place mentioned in the series. I was also reading your blog and noticed you are a runner. Maybe I will see you in a half marathon in Atlanta one day; I am a runner as well. Congratulations on all of your success, and I look forward to reading more of your novels in the future.

    Sincerely

    Heather

  10. 11 Gabby April 13, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Hi Stephanie,

    I enjoyed your books a lot. It’s full of wit and clever at the same time…. And you are beautiful 😀

    Love the body mover and can’t wait to see whom she will choose!! :DD

  11. 12 Jaime December 19, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    hi stephanie i am wondering if there will more body movers books beyond the six one or if they are going to just be ebooks only? i just love the series so far i keep requesting them from my locate library. i love story lines and want to know where the story is going to go

    • 13 stephaniebond February 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      The BODY MOVERS e-novella 6 1/2 BODY PARTS is available only as a download…because it’s only 100 pages, it would be cost-prohibitive to release as a paper book–the cover price would be more than I’d ever want my readers to have to pay. BUT books 7 and 8 will be full-length books, so those will be available as ebooks AND in paper. Thanks, Jaime, for your support and for your patience!

  12. 15 Janet Simonis June 4, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Just finished reading I Think I Love You …. it was a fun read. I enjoy mystery books best, and it held my interest. Love the ending!!!

    • 16 stephaniebond June 4, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Thank you! I THINK I LOVE YOU is my tribute to the Nancy Drew mysteries that captivated me as a young reader. So glad you enjoyed!

  13. 17 Ellen Gonzales November 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Are you planning any more Voodoo books? I loved the stories and can’t wait for more!

  14. 18 Debbie (@DebbieW716) December 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Stephaine, I have read all your books and of course love them all. I`m from a small town in Kentucky , Barbourville you probably have never heard of it. I was wondering what town you grew up in?

  15. 19 Ruby N February 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    A friend has got me hooked on the Body Movers series…I want more…when is 7 and 8 coming out???

  16. 20 Sharon March 9, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    When is book 7 and 8 coming out??? Can not wait!! Read 61/2 already. My appetite is wet and waiting with bated breath.

  17. 21 Isabell April 4, 2013 at 12:03 am

    what happened? I can’t find any info past 2012. Are you ok? i love your books. they are the perfect escape after a long day…. waiting for Body Movers 7, desperately.

  18. 22 olga gonzalez May 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I read she did a bad thing . loved the story .Its needs part 2


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