Stephanie Bond Hauck didn't want to work
in a bank the rest of her life, so she did something about it. She
started writing romance novels.
"About three years ago I had some extra time on my hands after
finishing night school," said Hauck. "Tired of reading books
and thinking if I had written it I would have done it another way or
not liking a certain character, I decided to see if I could do it myself
and it turned out to be fun."
The former Olive Hill resident has been writing ever since and her
first book a Harlequin Love and Laughter romance entitled "Irresistible?" was
released in February and her second book
entitled "Almost a Family" was released by Bantam Loveswept
in March. For Harlequin,
Hauck writes under the name of Stephanie Bond, her maiden name. When
she sold to Bantam she had to have another name so she chose Stephanie
Bancroft for her Bantam Book.
Hauck did three book signings in Kentucky in February and spoke at
the February meeting of the Fiction and Non©fiction Writer's group
at Grayson on February 16.
When asked how she got started, Hauck said she contacted someone who
had written several romance novels and they told her being with people
who write gives you a great start, so Hauck joined the Georiga Chapter
of The Romance Writers of America. Hauck now lives in Deluth, GA.
"I luckily got a good start," said Hauck, "Because
I immediately was directed to a really good writers organization. It's
worth it to go to a monthly meeting with people who are interested
writing the same kinds of things you write. Get into a good Critique
group of three or four people and exchange work, take it home, mark
it up, flag things an editor would flag. Go into it
with the idea to get as much out of it as possible. Find people who
are as serious about it as possible. As soon as I joined, my productivity
increased and I really got serious. I saw all the
opportunities that were there."
Hauck attended National and Regional conferences of the RWA. "That's
where they bring in editors and agents for you to meet with," said
Hauck. "You get 15 to 20 minute interviews with the editor or
agent you are interested in. You tell what your story is about, just
like a job interview. You
sell yourself and your ideas. You should go into your interview armed
with at least
three ideas in case she doesn't like your first or second one. On
the interview that sold my book, she was not interested in the first
idea I gave, then she asked if I had any kind of idea for a romantic
comedy. I shot her a story line straight from the hip and told her
I could get her a proposal story line in a few days. She told me to
send it as soon as possible so I went straight
home and started working on a story and it sort of fell into place
as I went along. It was fast thinking that opened the door but I had
to come through with the story. It takes luck and
timing and lots of guts to face some of the editor
Hauck said her agent is able to sell the romances as fast as she can
write them. Since her goal is to be a full©time writer she spends
her mornings from 8:00am to 11:00am writing. She writes
about 2000 words a day. She can write a 200 page book in as little
as a month, but would prefer two months.
"Getting an agent is a very personal decision," said Hauck. " I
started selling my books right after getting my agent. I have nine
books currently under contract."
Eventually, Hauck would like to write a mainstream novel or suspense
novel that features a private investigator series. But for now she's
very content writing romances. Having been an
avid reader of romances, she smiles at the people who frown on them.
"Reading a romance novel is no different from watching a soap
opera," said Hauck. "My stories are about monogamous couples
who are always headed for marriage and that's pretty honorable."
Hauck is the daughter of proud parents Willis and Bonnie Bond of Olive
Hill and while attending college Hauck ran her own business, the former
Boots and Breeches which was located on Main Street in Olive Hill.
"I'm just so proud of Stephanie I could bust," said Stephanie's
mother, Bonnie Bond. "I read all her manuscripts and as I read
her stories in the Love and Laughter line I jot down every time I
laugh out loud and how many times I smile and mail them to her."
When asked what might spark a story Hauck said she gets ideas from
people she meets. She likes to watch people to pick up mannerisms,
and sometimes she will pick up an occupation from
someone she meets. Sometimes a story in a newspaper will start a plot
Hauck is always willing to give advice to help potential writers to
be able to break into being a published writer and also how to acquire
self©discipline when it comes to writing.
"Find that writers group and join," said Hauck, "Attend
conferences, educate yourself about the business aspect of writing,
write about things you know about."
Hauck, who lives in Deluth, Ga with her husband Chris works partªtime
for Ashland Incorporated as a computer programmer. Her next romance
novel, a suspense entitled "License To Thrill" will be out
in October through Bantam Loveswept line under the name of Stephanie
Bancroft. In January 98 and February 98 a series of two books will
be released by Harlequin Love and Laughter entitled "Kids is a
Four Letter Word" and "Wife is a Four Letter Word."
These will be published under the name Stephanie Bond.
Kentucky Romance Writers has two chapters, one in Louisville and one
in Lexington, Kentucky.