As I’ve discussed in previous posts, I am a proud member of #TeamOrange, a group of writers who banded together to create the anthology Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior, with all proceeds going to help author Karen DeLabar and her family pay for medical expenses associated with her bout with Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Our next guest for the #TeamOrange edition of The Questions is Stephanie Fuller, also known as The Book Hipster. I’ve gotten to know Stephanie through an online writers’ group. I saw her go from “I can’t possibly be a writer” to “well, maybe I *can* do this” to joining a writers’ group IRL (that means “in real life”) to getting her first story published in this anthology! I can’t wait to see what else she writes – look out world!
I’m excited that Stephanie is my second guest for the #TeamOrange posts, especially since the first guest, Christopher Cantley, is a friend of hers!
The #TeamOrange Questions
a. How/why are you a member of #TeamOrange?
I wasn’t around for the original incarnation of #TeamOrange. When the Orange Karen Anthology was first brought to my attention, I didn’t know Karen, but knew plenty of others who did and loved her so much that it made me want to become part of #TeamOrange. I submitted a story and decided to get to know Karen a little better. She is awesome! And I am proud to be a member of #TeamOrange (even though I look terrible in it!).
(dSavannah note: I’m assuming she means she looks terrible in the color orange, because I think she looks great in the team!)
b. What is the title of your story? Describe it in 25 words or less.
The title is “LITTLE ORANGE DRESS”. It started with a favor and became much, much more. If only finding the perfect dress were that easy.
(dSavannah note: No kidding. And now I want one of my very own ~ a little orange dress, that is!)
c. Karen has been called a warrior because of her fighting spirit and will to live. Who else inspires you because they fight for good?
My 7-year-old daughter and other children her age. They have such an innocence about them because they haven’t had to deal with everything we as adults have and believe in the good in others. No games. No lies. Just pure good.
g. What was your first reaction when you held the book in your hands (either the ebook or paperback)?
I downloaded the eBook first and it was an amazing feeling. Published. Actually published. There were some tears and laughter because I couldn’t get over how cool it was to see my name there! I got my paperback yesterday. Immediately opened it and took a picture and posted it to Facebook. What does that tell you? Ha! I didn’t cry this time, but I did hug it. Tight. My face hurts from smiling so much; I’m just floating on Cloud 9 all the time right now.
(dSavannah note: This is NOT my first publication, but I did the same thing. Downloaded the eBook, then when I got the paperback, posted a pic on my blog and facebook and twitter. And I keep flipping through the paperback, amazed to see my little story is nestled in there, in such good company.)
The (Regular) Questions
2. If your phone lets you have custom ringtones, what song do you use?
I only use one ringtone, but it is one that I’ve had for the last three phones I’ve owned. Downloaded it as an mp3 and upload it to my phone to use. It is the DOCTOR WHO theme song (from a David Tennant Season) and I absolutely love it. And to top it off, I have a picture of the TARDIS as my wallpaper on the phone as well.
5. What skill(s) do you wish you’d learned as a kid?
I wish I had learned to play guitar or cello. I play a handful of musical instruments, but never learned a string (except piano, but that isn’t what I’m talking about here). I love the sound of cello, but obviously wouldn’t be able to use it much now unless I was part of an orchestra. The guitar, though…I could just sit and play whenever I wanted. Whatever I wanted. If I had an overabundance of time right now in my life (which I don’t), I’d totally want to take guitar lessons. For now, I’ll sit and listen to everyone else play.
8. Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now?
Growing up? I would have to say BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA by Katherine Patterson. My fourth grade teacher read it to us as a class and I loved it. Yes, it is a sad story, but it is also uplifting in ways too. I still own a copy and can’t wait to read it with my daughter once she is ready. She and I have watched the movie, though, so she already knows what will happen. Just reading it sometimes makes all the difference.
Favorite book now? Hmmmm…this is a very difficult question to answer. I read so much and love so many of them. My favorite series is the OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon. Definite must read. If I have to list just one book as my favorite, though, it would have to be BILLY PURGATORY: I AM THE DEVIL BIRD by Jesse James Freeman. It was a recommendation I wasn’t sure I’d be interested in at first, but I ended up loving it. It has the fantasy elements, the weird, the strange, the awesome! Most importantly, it has heart. And it touched mine more than I thought it would, so it is always one of the first books I recommend to anyone.
(dSavannah note: Jesse also has a story in the anthology. Just another reason to get your own copy!)
9. What is a guilty pleasure?
I love the move 13 GOING ON 30… and LEAP YEAR… and THE CUTTING EDGE… those are my top cheesy chick flicks. I will watch them whenever they are on TV. When I’m sad or need a pick me up or just need to let my brain unwind, one of those movies will be watched. No guilt, though.
(dSavannah note: I already have Leap Year in my Netflix cue, and just for that, I’m moving it up to #1. Also, I adore The Cutting Edge. I find myself saying “Toe Pick” a lot, though most people look at me funny when I say that, as they have no idea what I’m talking about. 13 Going on 30 is super-fun too. Oh, and you should watch The Sweetest Thing. It’s one of my top favorite chick flicks. But whatever you do, don’t watch it with your daughter!)
17. What is your biggest regret?
I’d have to say not realizing before now that I was able to write, be somewhat decent and enjoy it. I never thought of myself a writer and only did it when the need came. Mostly school. Looking back at some of the more creative projects I had to work on, I wish someone had said “Hey, look at what you are doing! You should do more of this!” and kicked me in the butt to try it. Why it took this many years later, I’ll never know. I’m happy it did though. And I thank my lucky stars for the friends I’ve met that have said it to me and kicked me in the butt to keep trying and doing.
(dSavannah note: It is never too late to follow your dreams!)
About Stephanie, The Book Hipster:
Stephanie Fuller is an avid crafter (crochet and scrapbooking) and the creator of The Book Hipster Blog. She resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband and daughter. She has one short story published, but has big dreams. This is only the beginning.
Learn more about the authors and Karen’s story:
Buy the Book:
The anthology is available in paperback for $14.95 and in ebook for $3.99.
- CreateSpace – paperback (purchasing this version gives Karen and her family the most money)
- Amazon – paperback
- Amazon – kindle
Other ways to help:
- Donate via Paypal to the Orange Karen fund (if for some reason this link doesn’t work, go to the anthology website and click the ‘Make a Donation’ button on the right side of the page)
- Write a review on Amazon or Goodreads
- Purchase Orange Karen Swag on Zazzle (items designed by Troy Aaron Ratliff)