Author Interview: Stella Mowen, author of Until the Beat Stops

Publisher: Stella D Mowen

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Synopsis: Inspirational, intelligent, romantic and empowering – a book that renews a sense of joy and hope in the inevitable. 

Follow James Franklin as he documents the inspirational story of Lilac Hawthorn and her four best friends as they build a startup designed to remind each of us to embrace every day as the beautiful gift it is – filled with music, art, photography and everlasting moments. 

Live, Love, Believe, Create … Until the Beat Stops. 

*15% of book proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer foundation.*

Interview: Q. How did writing this book affect you?

A: The most pivotal affect that writing Until the Beat Stops had on me was allowing me to be truly uninhibited. We spend our lives exploring our sense of self, but this writing project allowed me to develop a stronger, more fearless relationship with the idea and concepts that live in the deepest corners of my mind.  It was incredibly freeing.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

A: The hardest part of writing is knowing when to stop and leave your story alone to unfold the following day. Hemingway conveyed this more concisely than I ever could when he said, “When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

A: My book inspired, not only myself, but my three best friends to start a non-profit called The First Hill. Our goal is to grow the brand it into the technology concept that that is in my book, which is a much larger endeavor, but for now this is a great, rewarding, first step in the right direction. Our first fundraising event is going to be my book launch party where our proceeds will go to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer foundation.  

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

A: I used to be on a web series cooking show called Stella Can’t Cook, where I interviewed bands while they taught me to cook. Although the show only lasted one season, I did learn several new culinary skills I still use today!

Q. Is there anything you haven’t written about that you would like to in the future?

A: I love sci-fi and dream of writing a series like Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time but it would be a far cry from my natural writing style.

Q. What gives you the most joy in life?

A: I get the most joy in life by helping others actualize their goals and dreams.

Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?

A: I suppose all of my characters are pieces of me so I have a deep affection for them all. *laugh* But if I had to choose one, I would want to be Lilac Hawthorn – she is idealistic yet genuine, selfless but with a strong sense of self-worth. She has an unwavering ability to let go, to forgive and to love unconditionally, and most importantly she has the ability to accept both life and people exactly as they are.

Q. How do you like to spend your spare time?

A: Working full time, running a non-profit and writing/promoting a novel does not allow for much free time, but when I do have a moment free, I love unplugging from my technology and spending uninterrupted time enjoying a glass of wine or a beer with my close friends.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

A: Take the journey. I had dreamed of visiting Carcassonne, France ever since reading about it in in sixth grade French class.  Almost twenty years later I found myself writing the last few chapters of my novel in a castle courtyard surrounded by the magnificent walls of Carcassonne, France, while enjoying a glass of rosé in the warm sunny rays of Southern France.

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