Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Author Spotlight Week - Q&A with Stephanie Burkhart

#1 – What's "The Count's Lair" about?

STEPH: It's a paranormal romance set in Budapest, Hungary during Christmas 1901. Count Anton Varga and Lady Amelia Andrássy have experienced the painful depths of loniliness and are now willing to embark on a courtship. Anton, however, has a dark secret. He'll give Amelia 3 clues. Will she discover his secret and can she accept him for the man he is?

#2 – "The Count's Lair" is book two in the Budapest Moon series. How does it fit into Book one, "The Hungarian?"

STEPH: Toward the end of "The Hungarian" Amelia faints in the Duma's bookstore and its Anton who catches her. A spark of attraction passes between them. In "The Count's Lair," Anton and Amelia dare to fan that spark into a flame.

#3 – Why did you choose Budapest, Hungary for the novel's setting?

STEPH: Budapest is in Central Europe. The country has a rich history. The architecture is unique – and blend of old and new. Budapest hints at mystery. You just might believe a paranormal creature exists in Budapest.

#4 – If you could cast the movie, who would you have play the characters?

STEPH: A young looking Ralph Fiennes for Anton and Amy Adams as Amelia. Emmy Rossum would make a great Esmé. Christopher Plummer for Georg. Daniel Radcliff would be Tomas and Geoffrey Rush as Bryant.

#5 – Have you been to Budapest?

STEPH: Yes, in Sept 1997. It was truly an international city, and there was a lot to do and much to see. I loved walking through Fisherman's Bastian. It's a ½ mile long and on Buda Hill overlooking the Danube and Parliament Building. The 7 towers represent the 7 Magyar tribes that settled in Hungary.

#6 – How long did it take you to write "The Count's Lair?"

STEPH: Approximately 4 months. I wrote during Dec 2009 which is not a month where I get much writing done. I began in NOV 2009. The novel was my 2009 NaNoWriMo project and is dedicated to my NaNoWriMo writing buddy, Jenifer Ranieri, who I just adore. Her laughter, thoughts, and feedback is food for the soul for the writer in me. I finished in FEB 2010.

#7 – Did you do a lot of research for the novel?

STEPH: I did research some of the history of Budapest and werewolf myths. I researched what life was like in 1901. They had autos and it would be common for the nobility to have them. They had phonographs, but no radios. The Austrian-Hungarian Empire was still in existence. It was an interesting time, full of modernization and growth.

#8 – Are you a plotter or a panster?
STEPH: A little of both. First I research my topic, my setting, my genre, and draw inspiration form that. I draw up characters, work up bios, and print off pictures for visual reference. Then I come up with a rough plot – outlining the first 3 chapters and the ending, leaving for flexibility in the middle. I try to stay true to the plot.

#9 – Do you have an ebook reader?

STEPH: Yes, I have a Kindle 2 and I love it. I especially enjoy using the text to speech feature on it.

#10 – What was the last movie you saw?

STEPH: Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows, Part 1


  1. Steph- I already left a comment and it disappeared! YIPES! Anyway- loved the book- it's awesome and I wish you a happy release day and many sales!

  2. Happy release day, Steph. I love werewolves and Budapest has been on my list for years. I'm putting this in my TBR pile.

  3. Steph, the book sounds really good and I want to read it. Don't usually read paranormal, but I'm invited by this one.

  4. I love the cover for this book and the story is one that is sure to tug at everyone's heartstrings.

  5. Everyone, thank you so much for popping in. Cover Artist Jenifer Ranieri did a fantastic job capturing the mood for the book with such a lovely cover. It's wonderful to share this day with you all.


  6. CONGRATULATIONS Steph. I love your settings. It's like traveling through a great story.

  7. Sounds like a book to add to the stack I have waiting. Good luck with the sales and thanks for sharing.