indieBRAG Interview Team Member Stephanie M. Hopkins

Me II with phoneindieBRAG has put together a great group of book bloggers to interview our B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees. This week we would like our authors to get to know our team a bit better. Today indiebrag Team Member Leader Stephanie of Layered Pages is chatting with us about her website.

Stephanie, why do you blog?

In a post on Layered Pages back in March, I said that book blogging is our canvas to express our feelings of stories we read. Book bloggers are a special breed of readers and writers. We channel so much of ourselves into our blog. It’s a medium of expression and creativity. I honestly can say that I would be lost without my blog. I am pretty sure I have a blog addiction-ha!

Blogging is a profound outlet of expression in today’s world of social media.

How many books a year do you read?

Generally, I read anywhere from 50 to about 85 books a year. Of course this is a great frustration for me because of my deep love of stories.  I want to be able to read much more than I do. You know the saying, “So many books, so little time…”

What are your favorite genres?

Genres is such a limited term I believe. There are so many even within a genre.

Having said that, I adore history, historical fiction, non-fiction, alternate history, the classics, mystery and crime thrillers for starters. Recently I’ve gotten back into science fiction and fantasy.

Where are the different places you read?

Anywhere. I keep a book or my Kindle with me at all times. But to pin point some locations: Bed, kitchen, by a window or fireplace, bathroom, porches, car, coffee houses, at our neighborhood lake, beach and pool side. There is something therapeutic reading near water…just be careful not to drop your book or device in!

What thrills you the most about reading?

When a story ignites my imagination.

To be completely immersed- that any trials in life at that moment ceased to exist but the world you are drawn into. Escapism.

Cahrlottes webName your favorite childhood book. 

This is a tough one because I have several. So let’s go with Charlotte’s Webb.

What is the first thing you consider when buying a book?

Title, book cover and premise. The total package. If I am going to invest my time and money, I want to make it count!

What is the most important aspect of a story?

I want to make connections to the characters. I want believable, REAL emotions and life situations. Plot driven-of course-is important. Oh and conflict-which must be resolved.

The overall package in story-telling!

Authors, if you would like Stephanie to interview you for your B.R.A.G. Medallion Book and feel she is the right fit, you know where you can reach her. Thank you. 


The comments, advice and opinions expressed here are those of authors whose books have been honored with a B.R.A.G. Medallion. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the owners, management, or employees of indieBRAG, LLC.

6 responses to “indieBRAG Interview Team Member Stephanie M. Hopkins”

  1. Magdalena Johansson says:

    Great interview Stephanie! 🙂

    This was such a great idea. Love reading the interviews posted this week.

  2. Stephanie Hopkins says:

    Thank you, Magdalena!

    I agree, this is a great idea! We should do this more often! I will come up with something new we can do. 🙂

    Everyone had such great responses to the questions. Such fun!

  3. Cathy Helms says:

    Wonderful interview! Glad to have a little glimpse into your world too – I admire your blogging abilities!

  4. Geri Clouston says:

    Thank you Stephanie- you know I would be lost without you!

  5. SL Dwyer says:

    Your blog inspires others to stay in touch with the world of writing.

  6. Stephanie Hopkins says:

    Thank you, Cathy and Geri! Blogging sure is a full time adventure!

    Thank you, SL! That is one of my goals-to inspire writing. 🙂

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