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Monday, May 24, 2010
Welcome Guest Steph Burkhart...
Steph: I've been writing since I got out of the military in 1997. My first release was a "sweet" military romance adventure called "Destination: Berlin" published in 2001. I wrote it under my pen name, SG Cardin, which is also my maiden name. I've written contemporary romance, and a paranormal time traveling romance involving Olga Romanov, the eldest daughter of the last Czar of Russia, called "Across The Fickle Winds of History." With "The Hungarian," I decided to go with my real name since my co-workers teased me about using a pen name. Currently, I work for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher.
YGR: The Hungarian is your newest release. Can you give us a glimpse into the book?
Steph: The book takes place in 1901 between England and Hungary. My hero, Count Matthias Duma, harbors a dark secret (he's a werewolf) but when he meets a young British noblewoman, Katherine Archibald, he risks everything for her love.
Steph: It was inspired by a writing prompt: Write a short story about a werewolf who falls in love. The story I wrote was called "The Wolf's Kiss," and it won an honorable mention in the Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Contest in the Romance category. It was well received so, I expanded it into a novel.
YGR: Is paranormal the only genre you write? If so why?
Steph: No, I want to try many genres and be diverse. I do enjoy writing paranormal because it allows the mind to escape to another time and place. I love history and writing about it. I wrote a humorous short story for Desert Breeze's "Be Mused" Anthology called "Matchmaking Amusement," and I'm currently working on a sci-fi/speculative short story for another Desert Breeze anthology. I'm also fleshing out a steampunk novel.
YGR: Do you have anything new in the works?
Steph: I'm finishing up "The Hungarian's" sequel which is called "The Count's Lair" and it's about Matthias's rival, Count Anton Varga and Katherine's friend, Amelia Andrassy. That will be available through Desert Breeze in February 2011.
YGR: What advice would you give unpublished writers?
YGR: What is your writing process like?
Steph: I usually come up with an idea and let it fester. Then I take pen to paper and start fleshing out a plot. I research to see what authencity I can bring to the plot. I outline and then do character bios. I like to write "shorts" about the characters to get to know them. Once that's done, it's time to write.
YGR: Where do you get your inspiration?
Steph: From everywhere. From books I read to movies I watch. For my story "Matchmaking Amusement," inspiration came from the time I spent in Germany. For "The Hungarian," inspiration came from my time in Budapest.
Budapest is a wonderful city. There's a lot of rich history there. The language is complex and challenging to learn, but when I was there, the Hungarians were very friendly and willing to show me their culture and way of life.
I also take inspiration from actors, and I like to "cast" my characters. By casting the character, I see them more visually in my head. For Matthias in "The Hungarian" I cast Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and for Katherine I cast Justine Cotsonas.
YGR: When you set aside your work in progress for the day, what sort of books do you like to read?
Steph: Romance. *grin* I gravitate toward historicals. I'm very picking about the paranormals I want to read. I've really enjoyed Tami Dee's "Mists of Time Series," and Keena Kincaid's "Ties that Bind." I like sci-fi/speculative, humor, and fantasy.
YGR: What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
Steph: Surfed the Internet? That's not weird, is it? *grin*
YGR: Where can we find you on the net?
Steph: You can find me at:
YGR: Where can we find out more about your books?
Steph: You can visit my website, SG Cardin Online. Mind you, my website needs a bit revamping because the look is out of date, but the information is current. Thanks for having me today here at "You Gotta Read Reviews."