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Poet, Short Story writer and Software Quality Consultant, Stephanie Russell’s novel is The Seventh Round.She is passionate about Transgender issues, as well as writing and poetry. Her expertise as a Software Quality Consultant include Software Quality Assurance Methodologies, Test Management, Compliance, Certification Management and Audit, Clinical Risk design/audit methodologies and measurement. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
Hi, Stephanie! Thank you so much for talking with me for this interview. I'm glad to have this chance.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am a 58 year old transgender woman who lives with her family in Sydney, Australia. Outside of family and writing my first love is reserved for pure mathematics and number theory. I have been working in the IT industry for over 35 years and am employed by a specialist consultancy.
What genres do you write?
I have no particular genre, but have written adventure romance, science fiction and historical.
Tell us a bit about your latest work?
My latest work is historical fiction set as a coming of age action mystery. It is currently being edited.
What drew you to writing and when did you start?
I have been writing short stories since high school and have recently started to devote serious attention to poetry. I believe I have always been a story teller and was lucky enough to have had a series of inspirational English teachers.
Does your work usually convey a theme or message?
I don't allow my work to be a platform for my beliefs or private passions. This would be an indulgence that would only damage the integrity of the characters. Each novel stands on its own.
Are there parts of your life in your stories?
I draw from life experience and fantasy to produce the background dynamics for each novel. After that the characters are set loose to act on their nature.
What author or authors influenced you?
My most influential authors are Poe, Conrad, Patrick O'Brien and Dr Suez.
Who do you read now?
After reading through the collected works of Conrad and the Master and Commander series amongst others I am currently reading the Rheinhardt and Lieberman mystery crime series by Frank Tallis.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
My advice would be stop hiding and address your gender identity and anxiety issues earlier.
What do you think others would want to know about you?
Typically people have a strange and often morbid fascination with transgender individuals. No doubt this is the case with some of your readers.
Do you have a current project?
Apart from writing I have been nursing a number theory proof that occupies my more academic moments. This involves the structural evolution of a certain class of resource consuming fractals.
Thank you for doing this interview with me, Stephanie. I appreciate it. ~ JD
About the book:The Seventh Round
Falling in love with an enslaved rebel was the last thing that Alex had expected, as if fate had played out it’s hand to bring them together. Nothing could have prepared him for the events that were to follow in a quest to free the woman he cannot forget from the infamous Slave Authority.
Staphanie’s first novel “The Seventh Round” can be found here: