Honorary Crew Mate Interview: Meet Steph!

We're celebrating our 2 year anniversary this month, and thought it would be fun to celebrate YOU -- the readers, writers, bloggers, and overall wonderful people who've supported us during this time! We've selected a few of our favorite people, interviewed them, and bestowed upon them the fancy title of "Honorary YA Buccaneer Crew Mate" (which also gets them 10 extra entries into our July Anniversary Giveaway!) -- and over the next couple of weeks, we'll be showcasing these interviews. Check back weekly to see who we'll have up on deck next - meet our first Honor Crew Mate, Alexa Barry!

Today, meet Steph! You might know her as @pictorialpoet on Twitter. She's a photographer, designer, maker of things, and sender of amazing mail. She's also an active participant on the YA Buccaneers blog - especially in our bootcamps. :)

Read on to learn more about Steph!

Dread Pirate B: What genres do you write, and what are you working on right now?

Steph: YA Urban Fantasy and Fantasy. Basically, if I'm writing it, it has a bit of magic in some way or another. And as often as I manage to get away with it, dragons happen. Currently, I'm working on a YA Urban Fantasy about a girl who shoots a star out of the sky, and a guy from an alternate world who seems to help her deal with the consequences. For a price she isn't aware of. 

Dread Pirate B: Yay, magic! And dragons! Also, your WiP sounds verrrry intriguing. It makes me think a little of Stardust - in the best possible way. :) 

So how did you get started writing? Did you always want to be a writer? 

Steph: I have always enjoyed writing in one form or another, but writing a novel with the end goal of publication didn't really become a big thing for me until I took part in NaNoWriMo a few years ago, and tripped into a wonderful community of supportive and enthusiastic writers. Before then, for whatever reason, it had never occurred to me as a I thing I could do. 

Dread Pirate B: What are your top reads for the year (so far)?


  • The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton [A quick, note, since I think this falls into that QuietYA category: This is an old one I had forgotten about, and came across again quite recently. She is SO brilliant, and super underrated, IMHO. Everyone should have heard of her, everyone should read her United States of Asgard series....I learn so much from her books about creating strong voices and building worlds as well as characters...]
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
  • The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

I could go on...but I will stop here. ;)

Dread Pirate B: Are there any upcoming reads you're looking forward to?


  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (this more than anything else)
  • The Anatomy of Curiosity by Stiefvater, Gratton, Yovanoff
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

Dread Pirate B: Oooh, I'd love to hear more about Sherry Thomas' book. Have you read the whole series (so far)? I've read her adult romance, and I love that it tends to be unique (POC characters, an assassin ...), plus she's an amazing writer! But I guess I can bug you about that later. ;)

It's time for our shameless feedback question! ;) What do you like best about the YA Buccaneers? And what would like to see added in the future?

Steph: I love the bootcamps! I'm not always the best about updating my blog with my status (need to work on that), but I love it when there's great camaraderie, so I'm a big fan of things like the word sprints, and other activities like the Instagram challenge, that make me feel part of a community. :) (I am VERY good about updating on instagram challenges, ha!). And of course, posts like Author Interviews as well as Learn The Ropes are always great to see. 

Do you know what would be so cool? Bootcamp swaps. A tiny writerly/book themed swap to motivate each other, or as a reward to look forward to in the home stretch. Just saying. :P

Dread Pirate B: I'm a HUGE fan of snail mail and presents, so I love this idea. We'll definitely think about working a swap into our next bootcamp! Thanks, Steph! 

Last question: Where can we find you online? 

Steph: Instagram: pictorialpoet [my account is private, but I always accept writer invites. :)] Twitter: @pictorialpoet Blog (used mainly for bootcamps, to be honest, though I'm planning to change that): pictorialpoet.com/blog 

Dread Pirate B: Thanks for taking the time to do this, Steph! We appreciate you so much, and it's awesome getting to know you better. :)

Thanks for reading! We appreciate ALL of our readers and we put together a HUGE anniversary giveaway for you. Go earn some entries! :)