Stephanie was born in Evanston IL in
the late 70's and grew up watching trashy 80's horror flicks. She started writing horror when she was twelve and finished
her first book, I.M. Internet Message in the fall of 2002. Since then she has written several short stories, which
have been featured in webzines, magazines, and accepted for a few upcoming anthologies. She has also completed her second
In her spare time she does book reviews for
Camp Horror and Midwest Book Review.
Hi Stephanie, how are you doing?
Firstly, for anyone who may not be familiar
with you or your work, who is Stephanie S. Woods and what does she do?!
I'm a mother, horror writer and book reviewer. I'm really into music, mostly old alternative and good quality forgotten
hip-hop, meaning everything the crap faces at MTV overlook. I do homemaker kind of stuff and chill with my husband, Grayson.
That's when I'm not dressing up in spandex and doing the comic book villian thing.
So whats you novel, I.M. Internet Message, all
about? Nows you chance to sell it to anyone out there who wasnt aware that the book existed until now!
Finding love and quick thrills over the Internet has become all the rage. I.M. is about a girl caught up in the Internet
love craze who meets up with a man she meets through her keyboard unaware that he is a vampire. When he decides to take up
partcial residence in the small mountain town where she resides, all hell brakes loose and she discovers things about her
deceased Mother, whom was once a vampire herself.
What is the appeal of vampires, for you?
They are so charming, yet evil. Most monsters are hideous and a victim knows right away what could possibly become of them.
Vampires on the other hand look like normal human beings. They are sneaky, seductive and have amazing powers.
How would you describe your fiction? Would you
say that you are a horror writer, for instance?
My writing is ever changing. Yes, I would say I am a horror writer, but I sometimes like to dabble in erotica and/or mix
the two. I.M. is a very fast paced, violent novel. My second novel, Gloomy is completely different. It's still violent, but
the characters bring up certain world issues, and it's a little slower. I vented alot of my own thoughts and opinions in Gloomy
and made up a few to add more color to my characters. My fictions drifts from comical or horrifying to mysterious or sexual.
It depends on my mood.
Why do you write? Is it to disturb horrify amaze
or is it to say things, comment on the world, etc? What?
Because I love it. I pick d) all of the above.
Do you believe in the supernatural, or is it
just an imaginative area of fiction that you like to work in?
Yes. I haven't had an all out supernatural experiance, but I've heard a bunch of testimonials. Horror came from somewhere
and I don't think it was just from the dark depths of someone's mind. The human race has been facinated with the supernatural
since the begging of time, that's why we have had so many different Gods and beliefs. Something had to trigger the phenomenom.
I doubt people from the past would have sacrificed so many (Celts, Greeks, Egyptians) for their beliefs because someone told
Have you any favourite characters from your
stories, and why do they appeal to you?
Hmmm....Dhan and Sean from The Smooth and Glossy. I absolutley adore because they are based on real people, two very hilarious
young men and Joanie from Perhaps I'm not Dark Enough because she is June Cleaver with a mean streak. Book wise, Tristan from
I.M. he's the kind of guy every woman would love to hate and Jeremy from Gloomy, because he's very smart, curses like a sailor
and hides his intelligence with his foolishness.
What is your process of writing?
It depends on what it is. I usually get and idea, sit down and go with the flow, jotting things down as the story unfolds.
My third book, which I'm about to start, requires a lot of research and planning because it involves characters from all over
When did you first start writing and what were
your early attempts like?
Ha! I was 12. My first stories were horror related and pretty silly, I'm sure. I wish I still had them so I could read
them. I got out of writing horror when I hit high school, writing articels for the school paper, then writing skits for a
crazy college radio show a friend and I heald every Friday. A year ago I sat down and wrote the first horror story I had written
in years entitled The Paper Cut. Crazy thing is it seems to be the one everyone favors the most.
Have you always wanted to write horror? Is there
any other genre youd love to write in?
Yes. It's what I started out writing and it's what I do now. I have had a few romance ideas, but never rolled with them.
I'd probally end up graphically killing someone's love interest if I tried.
Who are your favourite authors/influences and
I love John Saul! Yep! Ain't no shame in my game.When I read Darkness I was hooked.My favorite by him is The Blackstone
Chronicles. I dig Stephen King too. To me, he's "the man" of horror fiction. As for influences, I didn't have any author influences.
I was rasied on horror films so the idea of writing horror was just always there.
Which book are you reading at the moment?
A Fire Within by Kevin Yarborough. I'm following that up with Memoria by Adam Pepper. You will be able to find my reviews
of their books on Midwest before the end of the year.
Seen any good horror films lately?!
Good? Eh. I was pleased with Freddy v/s Jason. It opened with a huge set of double D's and stayed true to it's trashy 80's
form. I'm glad Jason returned from space. The last Jason film had me spitting Raisenettes at the television screen. Final
destination 2 was okay. It may have been better if they would have brought back Devon Sawa. Nah..probally not.
How will you be spending Halloween?
I will be taking my son Aiedyn trick or treating. He will be posing as Ernie from Sesame Street this year. My house is
all ghouled up and waiting on mini-candy craving spooks. I can't wait.
With the risk of being nosey, what are you working
on at the moment?
What can we expect to see from you in the near
future? I'm shopping Gloomy around at the moment. Since I dig nosey people, here's a part of the blurb:
She was the apple of Grayvilles eye. Cassie
Jasper, the assistant librarian for Grayville High School paced the hallways each day, her old prom crown still glistening
in the cabinet on the east wing of the high school, her cheerleading picture above it neatly framed. She was the kind of woman
every little girl could only dream of becoming. Her body perfect, her health untarnished, she had never had a disease of any
kind, including the common cold. Cassie Jasper was the perfect human being. Unfortunately, her perfection was anything but
a coincidence, for she had been bred to serve a higher purpose, an ancient evil forgotten by society. Just when life couldnt
get any better, her once flawless life takes a turn for the worst, the pain begins and the thirst for blood takes over her
I'm about to start my third novel, which I'm
keeping under wraps for the time being and am working on a few shorts. You can check out my website at Stephaniesimpsonwoods.com
Well thank you Stephanie, maybe we could talk
again when your next book comes out!
Hell yeah! Thank YOU!
Here is a list of Stephanies favourite
The Blackstone Chronicles
- John Saul
A Midsummer Night's
Dream- William Shakespeare
Carrie- Stephen King
The Odessy- Homer
To Kill a Mockingbird-
Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams
Choke- Chuck Palahniuk
The Bad Place- Dean
Pet Cemetary- Stephen
The Wizard of Oz-
L. Frank Baum