The Star Child Blog Tour with Stephanie Keyes

I’m thrilled here at Celtic Connexions to host debut YA Fantasy novelist, Stephanie Keyes, on her blog tour for her launch of The Star Child.

So, over to you Steph. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Sure Melanie! Let me start off by saying thank you for hosting me on your blog! It’s very exciting to be here. So, let’s see, I am a Corporate Learning and Development employee by day and a wife and mother at night. My husband and I just celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary and we have two little boys, one 4 1/2 and one 2 months. We also have a little cock-a-poo who thinks she rules the house. Actually, I think she does, who am I kidding?

Did you always feel compelled to write? Yes, I’ve always been writing. I wrote my first novel at 14, which was a dedication to Olympic Figure Skating Gold Medalist Brian Boitano, that detailed a fictional romance between the pair of us. Did I know how to live or what? Needless to say we never got together. However, I moved on to different topics and have spent the time ever since writing – short stories mostly.  When my father was diagnosed with Cancer in 2007, I found that I really needed an outlet for all of my emotions. That was when I started the Star Child. It wasn’t even a book in my mind for a while, I just called it “The Project”. However, a book it was.

Who were your favourite authors growing up? My favorite book was “Gone With the Wind”, which I remember reading about fifteen times in the seventh grade. I loved Margaret Mitchell. Aside from that I think I read every book in the Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables series. I also read classical fiction, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Victor Hugo. It really didn’t matter what was put in front of me, I would read it.

What authors do you prefer to read now? Well, because I am writing for a YA audience, I’ve been reading alot of that genre to keep in touch with what that audience is reading. Some of the authors that I’ve really enjoyed are J.K. Rowling, O.R. Melling, Cate Tiernan, Melissa de La Cruz, Carrie Jones, and PC and Kristin Cast.

Do you think they influenced your writing in any way? Absolutely. JK Rowling really intrigues me because she takes figures in history and mythology and gives them a real place in her stories. You think that they’re fictional when you read the books but then you find that they actually existed and they’ve just been placed in a context to suit the story. You’ll see that influence in The Star Child. Although it’s fiction and weaves in quite a bit of Celtic folklore and mythology, I’ve included many figures in the storyline and simply placed them in another context.

Cover design by Cathy Helms, Avalon Graphics

What made you decide on the YA fantasy genre? What really got me hooked on Fantasy is the idea that there could be an entirely different world co-existing with our own. Any story that blends reality and fantasy is interesting to me. The thought of something magical happening in between the day to day activities, for example, Kellen attending his graduation and stepping through a portal into another place, that’s something I would love to have happen to me. Imagine going to pick up milk and you find there’s a gateway to another universe in the dairy section below the sour cream.

I understand the idea for The Star Child came to you in the shower. Can you elaborate? Definitely. I was getting into the shower in the smallest bathroom in the world (smiles) when I looked out the window and saw a single star. Two words popped into my head: star & child. I got into the shower and started to think about a young woman who lights the stars every night. I didn’t know her name and I hadn’t even made a connection to Celtic mythology yet. However, I knew there would be a girl. Calienta and her immediate family, with the exception of Lugh, her father, are all fictional – they don’t even appear in legend.

In addition to your blog tour, what other methods of self-promotion have you employed? I’m on Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In. but I also have my own blog on Blogger, Stephanie Keyes and my website Stephanie Keyes. This month, the trailer for The Star Child came out on You Tube. I am also a featured author on and there will be a promotion there. Finally, I’ll be targeting local bookstores and book clubs.

Where can we buy The Star Child?  The Star Child is available in paperback and ebook format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble Nook, and Smashwords.

Thank you, Stephanie, for dropping by Celtic Connexions today. You are very welcome! I appreciate the invitation and good luck on the release of your own novel next summer!

Stephanie says she got the idea for The Star Child in the shower. What’s the strangest place you’ve been when a brilliant idea struck you? Use the comments section below and you could win a Starbucks gift card! Then use it to buy your coffee to accompany your read of The Star Child! Only comments posted on December 15th are eligible.


16 thoughts on “The Star Child Blog Tour with Stephanie Keyes”

  1. I have watched you grow and first met you whilst you were still writing your dream novel…. and now you’ve presented it to the world – and what an achievement. It’s an amazing story – well done Stephanie!

  2. It’s been wonderful watching this book grow come to fruition. Well done, Stephanie and well done Melanie for such a insightful interview. I am sure the stars have foretold The Star Child is going to be a great success. Good luck. Now, everyone, go out and buy. It’s a fabulous story no matter how young you are or feel.

  3. Hi Steph and Melanie – I love the idea of a girl who lights the stars each night – how fabulous! I laughed that you got the idea for the book in the shower. I got the idea for my book ‘Bagpipes & Bullshot’ on a Gulf Coast beach strangely enough – not a strange idea but a strange setting for the opening of a book set mostly in Scotland!

    Enjoy your special day today Stephanie! xx

  4. Great cover, Stephanie. Now if only I could get ideas in the shower. Where do I get mine? I used to have a very boring job and it was wonderful for making me sit still and think weird thoughts. So my best ideas come from my mind playing when the rest of me is doing something dull. I keep a notepad and pen beside the bed just in case I can’t sleep.
    Wishing you every success with The Star Child!

  5. Thank you so much, Linn! I really appreciate your feedback and your support. It means the world to me!

  6. Kit,
    Thank you for your kind words. I couldn’t have gotten here without your editing! I really appreciate it.

  7. Janice,
    That is the last place I expected you would have gotten that inspiration from! I will. Thank you so much!

  8. Maggie,
    I know what you mean! I used to have a job like that. It’s funny how we can often Multi-task and come up with great ideas. I love the notepad by the bed concept!

  9. Congratulations! You did it! I am privileged to have read early versions of The Star Child. I absolutely love it and so am proud of you.

  10. You just never know when an idea is going to come to you. My best have come in the middle of the night so I have a micro tape recorder on the bedside table. Doing dishes, laundry, in the shower, brushing my teeth, putting on makeup are more or less mindless tasks that allows creativity to blossom. I’ve even come up with some crackers while driving back and forth to work!

    Congrats on your launch day, Stephanie! I’m thrilled for you and wishing you loads of sales!

  11. Melanie,
    I know what you mean! Great ideas can happen anywhere! Thanks for the congratulations!

  12. In the shower – always in the shower! As Melanie said, mindless tasks allow the creativity to flow, as well as the water. Congrats, Stephanie, and absolute best of luck! 🙂 x

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