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Stevie resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and 3 children. When she’s not writing she can be found breaking out into random song, dancing in public, and fashioning the English language into well-timed, underappreciated puns.

Our interviewer Himanshu Goel converses with her on her novel and more.

Q. Tell us about Rings of Fire.

Stevie Rae Causey

Ring of Fire is a YA fantasy and a companion novel to my upcoming series. The story follows Kala as she unravels the secrets of her family’s past and discovers that no one is who she thought they were; and the line between right and wrong is not as obvious as she was raised to believe. There is an element of romance, magic, and fate, as well as an opportunity to discuss the dangers of an “us vs. them” mentality.


Q. One of the main characters in the novel is an Elf. What fascinates or interests you most about elves?

Stevie Ray Causey

Elves have many different roles and personas across different cultures. Ring of Fire portrays them similarly to Norse mythology, where they are demigod-like. The folklore aspect and how it varies across cultures fascinates me

Q. If you were a fantasy creature, who or what would you be?

Stevie Rae Causey

If I were a fantasy creature…it would be a toss up between a dragon and a Sphinx. The element of flight is appealing to me, and who wouldn’t want the power of a dragon? But I am also fond of a good game of wit, and riddles and wordplay are a frequent occurrence in my house.

Q. How was the experience of writing your first novel? What challenges did you face?

Stevie Rae Causey

The experience of writing my first novel was quite challenging. It is actually a concept I developed back in middle-grade science. I jotted down about 40 pages and then tucked it away, that became my outline. I carried it with me into adulthood and used it as my foundation for Nanowrimo 2013-almost 15 years later. I face similar challenges as any other writer- finding time in my schedule with my 3 kiddos is one of my biggest obstacles. Self-confidence is another. I have a friend who once said that all great artists feel like imposters. It certainly holds true for me!

Q. What can readers expect from you in the future?

Stevie Rae Causey

I’m currently working on the first book in the companion series to ROF. It follows Kala and…someone else (sorry no spoilers!). Some sneak peaks can be found on my blog stevieraecausey.com I also have a piece I have waiting for me once this series is over. It is more personal and geared toward mothers. That one is in the distant future.

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