Stephanie Daniels is a Christian wife and mother who lives in the present but dreams in the past. She loves clean period dramas, touring historical sites, drinking a large cup of coffee in the morning, and delving into research. And she is always up for a conversation about books and writing. In between homeschooling her three boys, caring for her supportive husband and serving in church, she attempts to bring past worlds to life. She writes historical fiction with strong faith themes and often romance, targeted for teens/young adults. Her episodic story, The Uncertainty of Fire, is available exclusively on Amazon’s Kindle Vella. You can visit her at StephanieADaniels.wordpress.com and start reading her debut book here.
Welcome to the blog, Stephanie. I’m so excited to have you here today and talk about your new release, The Uncertainty of Fire. Everyone, this sweet woman is a local writing pal from the Ozarks with a big heart for Jesus, her family, and books. I’m so thrilled to have her join us today!
Thank you so much for inviting me to the blog, Savanna.
I’m so intrigued by this time period. What first drew you to set your story during the Great Chicago Fire?
When God first put this story on my heart, I knew that my main character would need to face some serious challenges. Since I lived in Chicago when I started this story, the city’s rich history and hands-on research within easy reach, made the Fire the perfect obstacle to put in her path.
What do you love most about your heroine, Whimsy?
I love her desire to help people, even though that sometimes doesn’t turn out as she plans. But she wants to see the best in everyone which often exposes her innocence and naivete. Although that sometimes makes me want to thunk her on the head, it’s not always a bad thing. We all could stand to see the world through innocent eyes for a little longer.
Sounds like someone we could all be a little more like. 🙂
I love that you’re writing clean historical fiction for teens. We need more stories like that! What’s another book you recommend for young adult readers?
I’ll mention a few Christian YA historicals I’ve enjoyed. A Strand of Hope by Amanda Tero, Follow the Dawn by Rachelle Rea Cobb, The Lost Girl of Astor Street and Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill, and I love the historical aspects of Fawkes by Nadine Brandes, though hers aren’t strictly historical, but a combination of history and fantasy.
What do you enjoy most about offering your book through Kindle Vella? It’s such an exciting new option for readers looking to download individual episodes to read.
I think it hearkens back to the Victorian times when authors like Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, and others released stories in publications every week. In our busy world (I know for me at least) finding time to read a whole book can feel overwhelming, even when the story is compelling. This makes reading more manageable for busy schedules where readers can just access a story on their smartphones. I also love the opportunity to share in the Author’s Note at the end of every episode. It’s been fun revealing my inspiration for characters or scenes and what historical tidbit I learned while researching. I get to go into more detail than I would be able to include in a book.
I love this so much! I’m excited to try it out myself. 🙂
Who inspired you to start writing books?
I think the first time I ever realized that writing could be more than just a hobby was in my tenth-grade English class. My teacher encouraged us to build a writing portfolio and exposed us to all the different ways we could write for a career. The classroom was arranged to allow us to be creative. Tables along the walls, floor space if that’s where we’d rather write, writing prompts and photo inspiration pinned to the walls and a bookcase filled with great literature so that good writing could influence us. Once a week we’d have a sharing session where each of us could share what we wrote. And he encouraged us to pursue publication, which I did that year with a poem that was published in our school literary journal.
That’s wonderful. What a sweet memory and glimpse into God’s plan for your life. I love hearing about that.
Thank you for sharing with us, Stephanie. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
The Uncertainty of Fire is the first in The Uncertain Riches series. I’m working on Book 2 right now which will feature some of the characters from Book 1 (I can’t say who just yet because spoilers). Book 3 will have at least one character from Book 1. And then I’m considering one or two more featuring other side characters from the first three books. After that, I’m very excited about a historical fiction story inspired by (not based on) the life of Joseph but from younger brother Benjamin’s point of view. But the main character will be a teen girl with a slew of older brothers and may possibly be set in the years after the Civil War. I also still want to write a YA historical series set here in our beautiful Ozarks around the time of Harold Bell Wright’s Shepherd of the Hills.
Oh, I’m so intrigued!! I look forward to following your stories from here, my friend. Blessings to you!
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I like reading books that take place on the Oregon trail.
I have not read any in that time period yet. But it does sound like a fascinating time.
I love reading books set in the Wild West or in Appalachia.
Those are both such fun periods to read about. I’ve read a few set in those eras. The Wild West makes a bit of an appearance in mine.
Love this interview, Savanna and Stephanie! I think serial stories are so much fun. 🙂
My favorite settings for books are Maine and England!
England historicals are such a treat!
So glad you were able to stop by, Anna!
Thank you for the interview Stephanie and Savanna. I always enjoy meeting new authors. I love reading historical fiction! Your book, The Uncertainty of Fire, sounds very good. I don’t know as I have one favorite setting to read about as I like so many. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway! ~ Merry Christmas!
I was so honored to be able to talk about all that God has done. I love historicals in just about any era.
Thank you so much for inviting me to talk about this publishing journey. It was so much fun. And I’m excited for the giveaway.
I’ve read other fiction about the Chicago Fire and found it fascinating! I really like reading about the American Revolution.
There are some great reads that take place during the Great Fire. Some of my favorite authors write during the Revolutionary period of our nation.
One of my favorite settings is Victorian England.
I think that may be my favorite time period too.
Charming coastal towns are one of my favorite settings.
I’ve not read two many of those. But I love the picturesque covers.
It’s so hard to pick a favorite setting. I’ll just say a historical setting in general is my favorite, though I enjoy contemporaries, too.
Loved reading this! I’m so thankful to have both of you in my life! 🙂
I’m blessed to know both of you. And we’re the same as far as picking a favorite historical era. I love so many.
I love to read books set during the WWII era.
I’ve only read a few. It’s a hard era for me to read but I’m always amazed at what new things I learn.
I love a variety of settings but Appalachia stories are special to me. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas.
Thank you for reading. I’ve enjoyed some Appalachian titles. They have great appeal.
Welcome Stephanie, I love to read about the Oregon Trail, western times, civil war times. But I would love to read about this particular era in Chicago. My husband grew up in Chicago. One of his great + grandparents lived during that time in Chicago. His grandmother + was pregnant at the time. There are a lot of personal stories from then. My husband has them written down.
I love reading stories set in Chicago. My husband is a native and all three of my boys were born there. We go back to visit often. It’s always great to relate to a story because of family history.
I would enjoy reading this novel. Historicals are captivating and memorable. A setting which interests me greatly is Italy.
I hope you’ll give it a try and that you enjoy the story. I lived in Italy for three years as a girl. I also enjoy reading stories set there.
I enjoy reading historical novels that take place in Minnesota (where I was born & raised) & in the time period of mid 1800s to now (So much has changed & I enjoy reading how people made do with what they had! My great Gram was born December 7, 1873, and died July 22, 1965!
I always love reading novels that take place where I live. So much changes over the course of a century.
I like reading historical novels. Taking place in New York are my favorites.
A few of my very favorite historicals are set in New York. At least one when it was mostly frontier land and the others during the bustling Gilded Age.
Hi Savanna and Stephanie! I love reading about the prairie, the old West, and any adventurous place, especially in the past. Thanks for the giveaway,.
I had the privilege of winning your most recent book. Things have gotten busy but I hope to start it very soon. There’s so much to love about so many different periods in history.
I love reading stories in Montana and Massachusetts.
I’m not sure I’ve read any books placed there. Given that Massachusetts was such a key state in our country’s beginnings, and I’ve read several books during that time period, I’m surprised that I can’t recall any titles.
I like reading about the old west.
My story has a touch of the old west in it. And the second story will be almost entirely set there. I’ve also enjoyed reading stories during that time period.
We’re so fortunate to be able to find books in just about any era and region.
Great interview! Stephanie, I love your hero and heroine. Keep writing. We need more stories like yours!
Thank you so much for all the support you’ve given, Gail. And for being a reader. I appreciate you.
Historical books are the best always nice to step back in time and imagine life back then.
I couldn’t agree more. I love how authors make the past come to life. I hope my story does a little of that for readers.