Monday, June 11, 2018

Candid Moments with CFRR author Stephenia H. McGee

Stephenia, thank you for sharing this great pic from your latest writing retreat!

About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR?

SM: CFRR 2018 was my first event where I participated as an author. I plan on doing as much as I can in 2019! It was so much fun last year. 

Beth: I look forward to seeing you (and your hoop skirt) again!

What part of CFRR are you most excited about?

SM: I’m most excited about chatting with bloggers, readers, and other authors. I loved talking to everyone last year. And honestly, I am totally looking forward to wearing one of my hoop skirts again!

Beth: Yes! The fellowship is so sweet!

Are you a hugger?

SM: Normally, no. But when it comes to readers…yes! Readers are the other half of the story process. When I meet a reader who loved my story and lived it with me, well, we are already old friends who had an adventure together. And old friends always get a hug!

Beth: Books make friends extra special!

Just for fun...
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?

SM: Ireland! I’d love to see the beauty of it and step foot into a real castle.

Beth: Excellent choice!

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

SM: I saw this t-shirt the other day that had a flamingo on it. It said, “Majestically Awkward” and I thought, “That’s me!” At least I’d like to think there’s something grand mixed in with all that awkwardness! So if I were a zoo animal, it would be a flamingo.

Beth: That is fabulous!

If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

SM: Scottish. I think I could listen to that all day. Second would be Australian. Both are awesome.

Beth: Agreed!

If you were a spy, what would your code name be?

SM: Mama Bear. Ha! That’s the one my little boys use when we play anything that requires a code name. 

Beth: Hehehehe! If the shoe fits...

About reading...

What's your favorite genre to read? 

SM: Historical fiction. That’s probably not surprising. What might be surprising is that I also love Fantasy. I think it’s the unique world-building I am fascinated with. 

Beth: I love historical! Fantasy blows my mind, I don't go there.

Describe your favorite reading spot.

SM: When it’s cold, this is my reading chair in my office... But if it’s warm enough, then I’m here…

Beth: I am envious times two! Those are great reading spots, Stephenia!

Why do you think reading Christian Fiction is so important?

SM: By size, and then by what I haven’t read yet. My husband’s books get mixed in with mine because they are similar sizes and I have a think about symmetry…

This is how I started organizing the new bookshelf hubby bought me for Christmas last year. 

Beth: What a gorgeous bookshelf! I admire your dedication to symmetry.

About writing...

How many books have you written? Published?

SM: I have completed eight novels and two novellas. Six of the novels are out now, one novella comes released May 25th, the next comes out in the Timeless Love Collection June 19th, and my newest novel will release in October. 

Beth: Yay!

What genres do you write?

SM: Historical Fiction and Historical Romance.

Beth: Love it!

What are you working on now? What is your next release?

SM: My next novel release will be a Civil War spy story titled Eternity Between Us (October) and I am currently writing Missing Mercy, Ironwood Plantation Saga book three. 

Beth: What a busy time!

What are your must-have writing supplies? (pen/paper, post-its, coffee, snacks, smartphone, facebook, etc.)

SM: Coffee, computer, notebook, and silence. This is my office, where I do most of my work unless it’s nice out, then I make it to the screen porch.

Beth: Your office is a lovely space!

Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd? 

SM: Solitude. I don’t write in coffee shops even though I think it is the “writerly” thing to do. I get too distracted! 

Beth: Yep, I need that alone time! Thank you so much for hanging out with us today, Stephenia!

About the author...

Winner of the 2012 RONE Best Inspirational Book of the year (2012) and author of six Historical novels, Stephenia H. McGee has a fascination with hoop skirts and ball gowns, Greek revival homes and horse-drawn carriages, quirky Southern sayings, and home-grown recipes.

She currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and two boys, (accompanied by their two spoiled dogs and mischievous cat) where she writes stories of faith, redemption, and stories steeped in the South.

Say "hi" to Stephenia in the comments and let's chat about some of the moments we've enjoyed with her and her stories!


  1. Hi, Stephenia. I look forward to meeting you at the retreat.

  2. It was fun meeting you last summer at CFRR, Stephenia. Your period dress was so beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing you again next year.