Stephanie Void is the indie author of the Wizards & Faeries series young adult novels and she has a dream. She wants to inspire a generation of youth to once again dream about traveling to the stars! And she plans on achieving this with her forthcoming novel The Blue.
“I want to give others, particularly youth, that happy feeling I get when I read a space adventure.”
With The Blue, Stephanie is navigating uncharted territory “Normally,” she says, “the following things are in my books: wizards, faeries, mad science, and mild steampunkery.” But The Blue is different. Neither wizards nor faeries nor magic of any kind makes an appearance. Instead she’s taking this one to the realm of Science Fiction.
When I ask her want The Blue is about, she says, “[It’s] a space adventure about a boy, Alan Michael Wolf, the lone survivor of a disaster that destroyed his colony planet. Two things change his life: an old man giving him a mysterious spaceship and Alan’s discovery that his younger sister might still be alive. With his new spaceship, he zooms off in search of his sister, unaware that the spaceship–and the old man–have a history more dangerous than he could have dreamed.”
With The Blue, Stephanie is drawing on many of her life long influences. “I’m a huge science fiction fan,” she explains, “[and a Trekkie!] and I’ve read sci-fi for even longer than [I've] been reading fantasy. I started out on Star Wars, Dune and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars books and was really hooked on it. Years later, my husband just fed the flame by introducing me to Babylon 5 and Stargate.”
“[With The Blue] I wanted to write an spacefaring adventure of my own, so I did. The Blue is probably the book I had the most fun writing so far. I want to give others, particularly youth, that happy feeling I get when I read a space adventure. There’s nothing like zooming away into a different universe, even if it’s only in your mind. There’s a sense of possibility that just isn’t there with a lot of other types of fiction.”
Inspired by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and his passionate attempts to get the public once again interested in interstellar travel, Stephanie Void wants her books to kindle this kind of passion in the youth of today, saying, “It’s written for kids and teens as an adventure story. If they are interested in it for the adventure, the curiosity about space and space travel will follow. It certainly did for me.”
“I didn’t want to waste months or years chasing after agents and publishers in an economy where both were tightening their belts”
Now Stephanie Void is taking The Blue to the people in hopes that she can raise $1000 of crowd sourced money using the popular Kickstarter platform. If she can raise it, the money will directly fund the professional editing of her novel.
While this is her first Kickstarter project, it’s not her first self published book. When I asked her why she’s chose self publication over traditional publishing, she responded, “I didn’t want to waste months or years chasing after agents and publishers in an economy where both were tightening their belts…I like that I’m able to price my books really low and still take home most of the money from each sale. Yes, marketing and getting my name out there has been a challenge, but I would absolutely recommend it to others.”
The Blue still has a little way to go before reaching it’s $1000 goal and leaping into the hands of young adults everywhere. Offer your support by donating $2 or more to her kickstarter campaign, and you will receive a digital copy of The Blue when it’s complete, and $10 will get you a copy of one of her currently published ebooks.