life like before becoming an author?
Pretty boring in many senses, I worked in customer services and
on a checkout in a supermarket and life was quite grim, the only exciting part
was hanging out with great friends and talking about books, sex and how they
both work really well together!
the idea for your novel?
combination of things, it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Red Phoenix who
inspired me to write this particular series however the spark and idea for
Ella’s story came from a very dear friend of mine…. That’s all I’m willing to
Very. In many senses too so it depends what you mean by personal. Is the story
real? No it’s a load of bullshit, it’s fiction, but I’ve not denied that there
are elements of truth in the story, I just won’t confess what’s true and what’s
not! That’s my secret! If you mean the physical act of writing, well that’s
very personal, I take the journey with my characters and my readers. I do what
I can to interact with my fans in every way and my characters are so real to
me, they’re a part of me even though they don’t exist, not quite imaginary
friends but my characters are like my siblings, my best friends, my worst
enemies, my parents, all rolled into one.
A little. I mean I know what the start of my story is and what the end goal is
and I always have loads of ideas of what will fit in between but nine times out
of ten, I’ll start with an idea and it will grow, change and develop on its own
as I write.
first? The character’s story or the idea for the novel?
Most of the time it’s the story, not with Ella for other reasons that only some
people know! But the story usually comes first. I have a story planned right
now due for release in November to raise money for help for heroes, it’s
planned and outlined in my mind but my characters are still nameless! I call
them Mary and Joseph at the moment but I can promise you those will change!!!
you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Just write and don’t stop, no idea is a bad idea. Put your fingers to the
keyboard or pen to paper and write, the style and so on will develop the more
you write. It’s no secret I started writing fan fiction and wrote a novel at 16
I read my work from then and I’m embarrassed to call it my own, it has no
style, no fluidity, grammar is terrible but the story is there everything else
developed in time.
is a line
from one of my fanfictions, both characters are detectives. “”You’re right, you should be a Detective.”
She winked as he laughed gently.” HOW CHEESY CAN YOU GET? And believe me when I
say there are worse, far worse!
react to a bad review of one of your books?
mean by bad! Negative with constructive criticism, I take it on board an aim to
better myself as an author. Bad as in bitchy and horrible, shrug it off. I had
one reviewer who came from fanfic who didn’t like me very much, she used the name
“bev” that isn’t her, she reviewed my first book before it was out and said
something along the lines of this. “The synopsis leaves a lot to be desired…”
well uh isn’t that the point of a synopsis? I think she meant “Leaves a little
to be desired.” Shows the intellectual level right? Well it gets worse. “Lack
of proper grammar.” Proper grammar? You can’t get more wrong than saying proper
grammar!!! The term is incorrect grammar, not proper grammar! So yeah, I just
joke and brush them off, there’s no point taking things to heart, I’ve seen
authors discontinue their books because of cruel reviewers and these are
talented writers with hundreds if not thousands of fans, I strongly believe you
need thick skin to put your work out there to be judged.
No!!! I sent out some signed autographed postcards and they were terrible, my
handwriting is like that of a five year old!
a little house on a council estate in Bangor, North Wales. My big sister lives
two doors down.
brothers and sisters do you have?
One big sister and two little brothers. Technically 1 big sister, 2 little
sisters and 2 little brothers. My best friends daughters and I are like
sisters, one even gave me a necklace saying “big sister” to prove it! (Also she
didn’t realize that giving me this necklace was giving me license to treat her
like a little sister… yeah I’m sure anyone who isn’t an only child can figure
that one out!) ps. She’s 16!
books do you like to read? do you limit yourself to only the genre that you write
nope, well… I write YA under the name S.D. Light, erotica and romance under
Steffie Dawn, that’s pretty much what I read I love Jacqueline Wilson who
writes YA and childrens books, I’m a huge fan of Philip Pullman who’s books
are… fantasy? Maybe? Uh everything else I read right now are typically erotic
romance books but that’s just because of the circles I’m in as an author
they’re the books I have most access too I guess, they’re what I see popping up
as freebies, they’re the authors I’ve become friends with and follow on twitter
and facebook and their books are always there.
in any way either growing up or as an adult?
about growing up, being a teenager, being a daughter and a sister. Her book
Vicky Angel prepared me to understand death and dying. She’s a very influential
and inspirational author and I recommend all girls age 7+ give her books a try.
that you are never asked in interviews?
don’t think many interviewers ask about my relationships and sex life… that’s
all I can think of… in saying that I don’t think many people want to know and
even though I’m quite open and honest and will embarrass my best friends by
shouting “butt plug and anal beads” across TGI’s and Costa there’s a lot I
probably wouldn’t admit to when the question came round… oh no one has ever
asked me about my sex toy collection either 😉
you reading now?
Currently I’m reading Entwined with You by Sylvia Day, I’m proof
reading a book called Claiming Celyse by Sapphire Kande, also a book by Lulu
Astor, I just don’t have much time to read right now, one of these is being
read on kindle, other on cell phone, other on laptop!
new authors that have grasped your interest?
Sapphire Kande for sure, I recommend her book Molly’s Curse, it isn’t quite
perfect but it’s a great story with amazing potential.
writing snacks. It’s diet coke and chocolate cookies and if I ever write an
autobiography that’s what it will be called “Diet Coke and Chocolate Chip
Cookies by Steffie Dawn.” Catchy title right?
Hmmm… this is tricky because I left the last book on one giant cliffhanger and
I don’t want to spoil it! Hold on *Goes looking through for a nice juice quote*
FOUND ONE! (that doesn’t compromise the cliffhanger!)
Master gone I’m free to do as I please in his home, ranging from putting
clothes on to pigging out in front of the TV.
However I don’t know what to do or where to begin. In all honesty, I sort of feel like I’m
trespassing. When he’s here, he’s in
control of most of my movements, his presence commands my behaviour without him
having to say a single word.
choose to go and why?
spent months of my life and many more to come writing about this place and I’ve
never been there. Also there’s someone I know there who I’d love to meet in
Can I say two? Well technically three?
Orleans to see my best friends Tashia and Kerry, I speak with them online and I
was planning to go when I graduated school but having dropped out of university
that plan fell through, I’d do anything to go visit them!
what would it be and why?
annoying human bodily function ever, 8-10 hours spent doing nothing? There’s
not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do and I have to waste
time sleeping?! Ugh! *Rant over*
first thing you would do?
people outside Britain use this term? I mean toss off, or masturbate to be
clear. I’d love to know how that organ worked properly!
covers in huge A3 canvasses ( A gift from my best friend) my bed is like a
giant purple and pink couch covered in scatter cushions. I have giant tiggers
on it too, I love tigger! I have a Steffie Dawn cork board too which I put
thing involved in my career on, like a scrapbook but on the wall.
Though I would hate for anyone to go through my browser history with my novel
research!! Facebook, I’m not a fan of twitter so facebook is linked to twitter
so I don’t have to use both. I have pinterest but I don’t keep it up, don’t use
tumblr or anything else.
name be and why?
This question is so funny to me because I used to wrestle! Yes
ladies and gents Steffie Dawn used to train in wrestling! Also the name Steffie
was not the name I was born with legally changed 2/3 years ago the name came
from Stephanie the nickname given to me because of my resemblance to Stephanie
McMahon from WWE when my hair was black and I was a total bitch with attitude!
Mum shouted and told me my friend was at the back door, when I got there no one
was there, I walked all the way towards my friend’s house thinking she’d got
bored of waiting, turned out, she’d not been at the house at all. April fools
that even a movie? I don’t really watch movies and that was a joke! LOL! Uh…
let me browse google…we’ll go with Asylum simply because I know a few people
who think I belong in one!
favourite! Also because I have red hair (not natural) and I love to sing along
to the movie!
that’s a vain answer uh… dance, I’m the clumsiest person alive but I have very
good qualifications for dance equivalent to the british A’level AAB grades.
I love karaoke so I have list of them but this is one I’ll often do! It’s a
well known song and puts everyone in a great mood!
charity. Which charity do you pick, and what do you do with the rest of the
british charity who support wounded soldiers, the victims of war we don’t get
to hear about. My Novel Holding on to Hope due for release November 2013 is in
aid for Help for Heroes with all royalties for the first five years of sale
going direct to H4H
questions you would ask yourself?
virginity? (Seriously thought this would be a question that would come up!)
sexual encounter? (Everyone has a sexual encounter before they pop their cherry
(Couldn’t resist throwing that one in. The answer is no… but doesn’t mean I’m
not willing 😛 )
you not see much point?
tidy, if it is then yes I do my bed, if not what is the point?!
condition only once otherwise it needs washing like 10 times a week!
make you screech and hide?
a video of my on youtube killing two bugs it’s so random… but I don’t go out of
my way to kill them, I like to photograph them. Giant spiders in the bath make
me scream and call for daddy!
them that here?”
any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or
fictional. with whom would it be?
want a week in Romania with a sexy kinky Dom? Hmmm yes please… or Brie from Red
Phoenix’s series, Sir is just juicy!
and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their
planet, what would you want?
Can I just visit? I’m a home bird so Wales is where I wanna be!
lottery, what would you do with the money?
Mississippi and New Orleans, buy my dream home which is .5 million in the
middle of nowhere, then I’d give some to all the charities I support, put some
away for savings, by my Mum and Dad a new home of their choosing, then… I don’t
know, 20 million is way too much I wouldn’t know what to do with it all! Most
importantly, start a charity similar to the American Joyful Heart Foundation
here in the UK.
would you want your superpowers to be?
That would be so cool right? Then walk behind them and spank them without them
even knowing you’re there! Ace, That’s the one, invisibility…. Can my superhero
name be something kinky too? I’ll leave that for you to come up with!
and was born in Bangor in Wales where she still currently resides. She
published Meeting My Master, the first in a series of seven books in
April 2013 and the second of the series in May. The date for the third
has been announced as June 8th. Steffie is a freelance writer and an
award winning poet. In her teenage years, Steffie volunteered with a
local group where they provided a safe place and activities for young
people during the school holidays, she also, with one of the other group
workers, set up a drama group for underprivileged young people on the
estate she lives. After studying Dance for two years at the local
college Steffie changed direction and at university studied Education
Studies and Sociology which helped her decide to change paths once more
and go and study Law among other subjects in September 2013. Her hobbies
include reading and taking part in beauty pageants where she has held
numerous titles her most prestigious being the national title Miss
Braveheart Wales 2012.
met online Ella is on a trip of a lifetime to Bucharest! Join her &
her Master on a journey of discovery & learning. On her arrival Ella
is thrown into the deep end with a session in Master’s dungeon & a
trip outside the confines of his apartment finds her in some trouble!
a twenty two year old student from the United Kingdom Ella doesn’t know
what to expect when she boards the jet to Bucharest. Her online
relationship has been keeping her occupied for over a year but she
doesn’t know how that will fair when transferred to real life. All she
knows for certain is in the year they’ve been playing on the internet
and web camera, she has fallen head over heels in love with the only man
to ever control her in the way she desires and needs. But will love be
enough for this duo when their online relationship is played out in real
the leap to being collared by her Master, a leap he was more than
willing to take with her. How will things fair for our submissive now
that she has given him the ultimate power?
second day begins with the newly collared Ella waking in the arms of her
beloved Master. Still astonished, the submissive sees the morning
through with an abundance of excitement, however, another trip outside
the confines of the apartment brings more challenges and emotions than
Ella could have anticipated. Meeting Master’s friend allows Ella a
greater understanding of herself but also leaves her with more questions
about her enigmatic, close-mouthed Dominant. Will this unlikely couple
make it to the end of the second day with a stronger relationship? Or
will Ella’s unbridled curiosity get the better of her?
Bucharest. After an exciting start to the day, Ella’s snide comment
leads to a series of unexpected events for our couple. Join Ella as
Master lets her in and our beginner submissive comes to a point in her
journey where she doubts whether she can continue or not.
starts with the couple going back to basics suddenly changes when a
knock on the door brings a surprising and unwanted guest. After Master’s
revelation Ella feels she has more trust in him than ever before but
that trust is suddenly tarnished when things take a horrifying turn.
Ella begins to question her life as a submissive and faces a decision
that she hadn’t expected to fall upon her. Will Ella make it to day four
or will her submissive journey end here?
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