Sally Stephenson has kindly agreed to share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her newest release, Wildflowers.
About The Author:
I was born Sally Annabelle Stephenson in Leeds, West Yorkshire in 1986 to Nuclear Physicist Ian Stephenson and secretary Lesley Moore. Growing up stories were abundant in my household. My Mum would spend my early childhood reading to me and inventing tea-parties with dolls and building forts in the kitchen. At age six, I wrote my first short story for a class assignment and proudly declared to my Year One teacher that when I grew up I was going to be a writer. It would take twenty years but I’m now about to take that first step in changing from an amateur writer to a professional one.
I had a fairly ordinary childhood, I went to the local schools, grew up in the local neighbourhood and nothing out of the ordinary seemed to happen. I wrote constantly about anything and everything over the last twenty years and started submitting (terrible) work to agents aged 15.
I got my first acceptance aged 17, where a publishers wanted to release a fantasy series I had written but it wasn’t to be. Since then I’ve had interest from three other agents but the signing of an official contract still remains elusive.
At the age of twenty I packed my bags and headed for Australia for 12 months, taking my writing with me. I returned to the UK in 2008 to begin University where I graduated with a B.A. in American Studies and had been given a new passion for literature as well as being allowed to study at Louisiana State University for two semesters.
After graduating I took my notebook to America for a summer and then Thailand. The next adventure is New Zealand. The only constant in my life is writing and as each year passes it grows in strength and ambition.
I’ve had two short stories published to date and a handful of journalism articles with more in sight for the future.
It was a simple classroom assignment, write a short story, subject is open. At age six I sat at my desk in the Year Two classroom and began to write my first piece of fantasy literature. Across the desk from my a girl was making fun of me, calling me names and getting others to join in but I didn’t care. I was writing, and I was enjoying it. I was enjoying something at school, this was amazing! I produced the four page piece, that had been carefully written in my best hand writing, to my teacher and declared that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. She simply took the papers from me, got a paper-cut and said I should try a different career because ‘writer’s don’t get paid very much’.
Book Title: Wildflowers
Author: Sally A. Stephenson
Release Date: August 5, 2012
During the Second World War, 100,000 Germans were killed due to their sexuality. As the death toll begins at the start of the War, Edith and Helena must not only come to terms with their sexuality but decide whether to fight Hitler’s new regime or life a lie in order to survive.
Book Excerpt:100,000 Germans were persecuted for their sexuality by Hitler during WW2, their journey is shared by Edith and Helena in Wildflowers as they battle to come to terms with their sexuality and what it means for their safety during the Hitler’s campaign.
Wildflowers Chapter One (PDF)
Wildflowers Chapter Two (PDF)
Happy reading until next time!