Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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Cowboys, Cowboys Everywhere…

I’ve written posts on this before and it’s still true. Everywhere I look I see cowboys. Romance books, commercials, movies, they’re everywhere. I’ve written most cowboy romance and I do have to say that a cowboy main character is pretty exhirating. I mean they’re masculine, hard working, rugged, everything you’d want in a hero type.

Someone asked me the other day if all my romances are about cowboys and I smiled. I do have a couple that aren’t cowboy related, but most of my books do have cowboys and horses. As I’ve always said, you have to write about what you love. It just makes it easier. If you write about something that you’re not passionate about then it will show in your writing. Always go with what you’re passionate about.

I’m going to write what I’m passionate about. It’s just how I’m made. Do you have something you’re passionate about? As a writer you can really shine if you go with your passion. Since I’ve always loved anything about horses and cowboys, it’s only natural that I’d write about them. I’ve actually heard from fans that I’ve convinced them to love cowboys too. That made me happy because that means that I did what I strived to do. 

So what’s your passion? Is your romantic hero a cowboy, Navy Seal, doctor, business man, millionaire, musician, bad boy, body guard, vampire, werewolf, shifter, the list can go on and on? If it’s romance I’ll read it, but my favorite type is obvious…

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

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Why do you write?

That’s a weird question to a writer, but to someone from the outer non writer world it seems logical. I’ve had this question posed to me on several occasions. So today I’ll try to answer this in my own life.

Why do I write? Well, it’s a a passion. I guess my passion for writing started with my intense passion for reading. I’ve always loved to read. When I was young I’d read mysteries and old classics. Then as I became a teenager I was introduced to romance novels. Well that was it for me. I was hooked on romances. I’d go through a couple a week. It was thrilling to get carried away to another world.

So, I started writing what came into my mind as a teenager. I’d fill up notebooks with stories. Mostly they were romances, but I did pen out a couple of mysteries. I’m actually thinking of working on a romance filled with mystery. We’ll see how that goes.

There’s a feeling I get when I sit down to write. It’s like no other feeling. I get immersed in the world of my characters. It’s amazing how you can get so into their story that you actually get lost. Sometimes it’s hard to get back into the here and now. 

Of course right now is the busiest time of the year for my accounting business. But I still set aside time to write and plot out stories. It’s actually a stress reliever. If I’m feeling too overwhelmed I’ll go into Bigstockphoto.com or one of the other picture sites and try to set up what I want for a cover. It inspires me. Or I’ll work on an outline of a story I’m working on. 

I sprinkle my nights with reading and writing. I consider reading like research for writing. As I read other authors work it helps to keep me focused on my own writing. 

So, why do you write?

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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Too much emotion in your writing?

Can you put too much emotion in your writing? I’ve heard some writers say they thought that they’d showed too much emotion from their main characters. But in my opinion, the emotion is what draws readers in. Recently I sent out an excerpt from one of my works in process, “Faith Through the Tears”. Several people came in and said the emotional pull was what drew the in.

The excerpt was a very powerful part of the book where the main characters wife dies of cancer. It’s detailing the emotions that both were going through in her last hours together. It’s an emotional time, how on earth do you pull back on that? 

I thought about several classic books and if the writer had pulled back on the emotions. It would have screwed up the whole story.

Take Gone With The Wind for instance. When she does the pivotal scene where she falls face down in the garden and eats raw vegetables, then stands up and makes that famous speech about “Never being hungry again.” The emotion is strong, but if Margaret Mitchell had pulled back and Scarlett had just stood there without putting her fist in the air and speaking in a strong tone it wouldn’t have had the same affect.

Emotion is an integral part of our writing and passion includes emotion. So keep the emotion in and make it strong. Go for it, cry a little, laugh a lot and never slack up on the emotion. 

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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Writing for fun or money…

How do you see your writing? Is it a hobby or career? I’ve talked to several writer’s lately that say they write for fun, but they do enjoy the royalty payments. Most writers work a full time job and fit their writing in where ever they can.

I love my writing. It’s so soothing and spirit lifting. I do work a full time job. Actually I own a Accounting business so I stay pretty busy, along with being a Children’s Minister and parent. My writing carries me to another world. It’s in my writing that I can get lost and leave the worries and stress behind.

I have to admit that it’s fun when the sales reports update on the various sites where my books are. And I would be crazy if I didn’t say I’d love to get a huge publishing contract. But I’d be happy to see some nice sales reports. I’ve been really happy so far with my sales. My writing takes the forefront in this scheme of things. It’s the passion that spurs me on. 

As we discuss sales, I’ve been telling you about the audio books. It’s been so fun going through the auditions. If any of you do voice overs for audio books, send me an audition. I’m trying to get those published this week if possible. I’ve got to make a decision. It’s funny how you know what you want it to sound like.

Don’t let slow sales or the need for more to conquer your passion for writing. Keep putting pen to paper or fingers to keys. If you let your dreams die, it will affect you in a bad way.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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“The Winner is Love” coming soon!

Well, the book may not be totally finished for publishing, but the front cover is completed. This is the first of the two holiday romances that I have coming out. I am so excited about this new Christmas romance. The editing and finalizing has been harrowing, but it’s almost ready to unwrap, pardon the pun.

This is a romance about an Accountant from Atlanta that wins the “Win A Weekend With A Star” contest. She did not enter it, her best friend entered her. The star happens to be the hottest star out at the moment and she is a little leary spending a weekend in the Colorado mountains with him. What happens when a blizzard hits the first night and the power goes out? No heat, no cell reception and no lights, how will they cope? Will it be a weekend to remember? Check it out to see how they cope and what comes later.

I will keep you guys updated on the release date. Hope you like the sneak peek at the new cover. I’m real excited about it.

As always good writing and May God bless you!


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Horses & Cowboys! Oh My!

Well, I don’t normally blog on Saturday night, but since deer hunting season has hit, I am going to be spending a lot of time alone, so get used to hearing a lot from me. I’m fine being alone, it gives me time to write and do things around the house that usually get put to the wayside. So, I make good use of the time.

If you have read my books you will know that there is always horses and cowboys. If you can’t tell by now I love horses and what comes with horses, well cowboys of course. I had someone ask me this week why I always write about girls falling for cowboys. I always smile and say it’s hard not to fall in love with a cowboy.

I was driving up the road I live on this morning and one of my neighbors has horses in his back pasture. I was watching one of them, a gorgeous jet black one. It was walking so majestic and regal. I couldn’t help but smile. I have always loved horses and the power they have. They are such gentle animals and sometimes so misunderstood. In one of my books a character is in an accident and she loses her eyesight. Through therapy with a horse, she regains her sight. They can be so helpful with all sorts of disabilities. During the writing of that book (Moonbeam & Roses) I did a lot of research on the topic of using horses for different types of therapy. It was amazing what can be accomplished through these wondrous creatures.

As for cowboys, it has been a longtime dream of mine to own a ranch. Maybe one day I will own that ranch, but until then, I will live through my writing. I have known many true cowboys and they are a special breed of person. There is something about a Stetson and cowboy boots, not to mention the cowboy swagger that just makes me smile.