STEPH: Rosanna, thanks so much for having me on your blog today. Just a little about me: I grew up in New Hampshire and joined the Army when I was 18, wanting a great adventure. I met my husband in the Army and we settled in California. Now I work for LAPD as a 911 dispatcher. I'm a romance and children's author.
ROSANNA: Tell us about your latest book.
STEPH: My latest book is a YA mystery, "First Flag of New Hampshire." High school juniors Alyssa Rydell and Miguel De Soto are given a "history mystery" to solve by the end of the semester – where's the first flag of New Hampshire?
ROSANNA: If you could have a romantic evening with any character from romance literature who would it be and what would you do?
STEPH: I really enjoyed Jillian Hunter's Boscastle series, and my favorite hero of the series was Drake Boscastle. And knowing Drake, we'd end up doing something naughty by the end of the night.
ROSANNA: What was the first thing you ever wrote?
STEPH: A Spiderman comic book when I was six. Does that count?
ROSANNA: What is your favorite book of all time and why?
STEPH: Oh that's a toughie because I have a lot of "favorite" books. I would have to say JK Rowling's "The Deathly Hallows" for its easy reading style and how it used the clues given in previous novels to present the ending the series deserved. Well done.
ROSANNA: What was the first thing you did when you discovered you were going to be published?
STEPH: Treated myself to a bowl of ice cream – with chocolate. J
ROSANNA: If you could live in any of your plotlines which would it be and why?
STEPH: I've always been interested in history's mysteries and what if scenarios. That said, I wouldn’t mind going on the hunt for the first flag of New Hampshire with Alyssa and Miguel.
ROSANNA: Tell us about the lead characters from "First Flag of New Hampshire."
STEPH: Alyssa Rydell is very determined. She's very goal orientated and likes to run track to relax. Miguel De Soto is very easy going. He goes with the flow. His common sense smarts compliments Alyssa's book smarts. They make a good team.
ROSANNA: Do you ever borrow any plot lines from real life?
STEPH: Generally, no. I'm a 911 dispatcher for LAPD and while I hear a lot of crazy stuff, I've yet to find inspiration from that. For my contemporaries, I find I like international settings (inspired by my time traveling in the Army) and heroes who are searching for something and heroines who help them find what the hero is looking for.
ROSANNA: What are you working on now?
STEPH: A steampunk romance called "A Gentleman and a Rogue." It's Book 2 of my Windsor Diaries. Modern day royals Edmund and Alice Windsor travel back in time to set the time line straight, but can they overcome the obstacles in their path? There's plenty of steel, brass, and coal including whuzzies, datamancers, and transmogrifiers. There's even a guest appearance from Queen Victoria.
ROSANNA: What would you be doing if you couldn't write?
STEPH: Well, I'm already a 911 dispatcher so I'm doing it. It's like the best of both worlds.
BLURB FOR: FIRST FLAG OF NEW HAMPSHIRE:
Alyssa has to take American Studies for college prep, and she hurries to the first class. She’s paired with classmate Miguel De Soto to find the first flag of New Hampshire, but the flag has flown only four times in New Hampshire’s past. Can Alyssa and Miguel track the flag through history before time is up?
Hunt For the Flag Giveaway:
Answer the following questions about New Hampshire. I’ll pick a winner to receive a spring book bag (made by my talented friend, Lori Powell), full of goodies to include a GC to Starbucks, chocolates, a magnet and more. Please leave your email address so I can get a hold of you if you win.
Question: What's the type of ship is on the NH State flag?
Bonus: What New Hampshire landmark collapsed in 2003?
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