Clint Christopherson’s love life is a running joke. When a crazed gypsy curses him with the best wish he could ever ask for, the punchline stops being funny. Now, even his barest touch drives girls mad for him. Desperate to reverse the curse, he turns to his last hope: an attractive private investigator who may be able to locate his missing gypsy. If only Clint knew who it was he just hired…
Stan had a pretty normal, middle-class American youth. He was lucky enough to change that by convincing an exceptional woman to marry him in 2000, setting him on a much more fulfilling life course.
Four years later, Brigham Young University awarded him with a Bachelors of Science in civil and environmental engineering. He then he spent several years designing homes, prescribing work for bridges, and even exploring the mortgage industry.
In the midst of all this, he produced two science fiction anthologies in 2006 and 2007. In 2012, Breezy Reads Publishing picked up his romantic comedy The Cinderella Project. And thus he transformed himself from Captain Kirk into Don Juan.
Stan lives with his wife, children (final count to be determined) and two cats in Utah.
- Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m currently working on the third book in the “Comedy of Love” series, as well as a mid-grade fantasy fic (just in case that market isn’t already sufficiently glutted, right?)
- Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
That’s actually a tough question to answer. I think my single most rewarding experience was when my wife finally realized that yes, I was serious about this and got behind me 100%.
- What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Success in writing is earned the same way all good things are—blood, sweat, and tears.
- Which authors have influenced you most and how?
Almost everything I learned about good storytelling I learned from David Eddings Belgariad and Mallorean series. Lessons in intelligent writing and plausibility came from Orson Scott Card and Brandon Sanderson. Lili Anderson showed me how to make a good narrative, and Michael Stackpole engaged my young imagination with his fiction, showing me that even a board game can generate good stories.
- What’s your favorite season/weather?
Spring, the blossoms just poking through with a halo of snow still on the mountains as I stroll through a light, warm rain.
- What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
If I had to out myself, I guess I’d have to admit that I am (gasp!) a brony.
I blame my children.
- Favorite smell?
My wife’s hair as I hold her close to me.
- What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Most people are surprised to learn that I have eight children by one wife (and we got it done in just over twelve years). They’re also generally surprised to note that I caught every one of our children, including the four born at home,
- Happiest moment in your life so far
That moment in a stairwell minutes after my wedding, when I looked into my new wife’s eyes and realized that, yes, she really would be mine forever.
- Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?
It’s much harder to pretend you’re a ninja when there’s a spotlight on you. That said, being in the spotlight doesn’t let you hide from anyone—including yourself. I’ve learned interesting things about me when people start paying me unusual amounts of attention.
Letter to my teenage self.
Some day in the future, you’ll look back at your life and sincerely wish that you could have known as a teenager the things you will understand as an adult. But don’t worry too much about that. Without experiencing those things first hand you’ll never really understand them in a way that helps you connect to another human being suffering the same thing.
Life as a teenager can be very, very difficult as often as not. Part of you feels as though you know everything worth knowing, but then you turn around and feel like you don’t even know yourself. You’ll wonder why it is that even when you’re trying your best to be good and do what your parents taught you that things still go wrong, even though the “bad kids” seem to be having all the fun breaking all the rules. I promise—their problems will catch up to them soon enough. And your good choices will catch up to you too.
Learn how to relax in the midst of the chaos. Your body is changing; your mind is changing; your world is changing. It’s easy to feel as though you’re totally out of control. In time you’ll realize that there’s a time to fight for something, but that there are also times—more often than you think—when it’s best to just be your better self and enjoy being carried along by the current of life.
Someone is in control. Someone who loves you and will take care of you. The suffering will make sense later—don’t let it anger you. God really does know what’s going on. He doesn’t make mistakes even if we don’t understand Him.
You’ll learn that your parents did the best they could with what they had. They are people just like you. Even though they may have seemed to know everything and to have been invincible, they also knew what it was to be scared, to be unloved, to worry they were inadequate, and to just plain not know.
Likewise, they knew what it was like to win. To fall in love. To be truly happy living life. Your parents weren’t always as boring or “out of touch” as you may have thought. And they certainly weren’t as dumb as you thought just because you were convinced you’d fooled them a time or two.
Girls. They will be on your mind all the time. That’s okay—just be careful with them. I promise you that it you just live as best you can, respecting the ladies and not putting on airs, that in time you’ll find yourself naturally floating to the top, rising above the sludge of the “bad boys” who are great at one-night stands, but lousy at really taking care of a woman for the long term.
Lying will fail you in the end. Giving into your insecurities will only drag you down and keep you down for years. Don’t let yourself be a victim. Live well. Work well and work smart. Avoid extremes—that’s where a lot of the problems are to be found. Hone your natural gifts. Water them with diligence—don’t poison them with coercion.
Value your experiences. Who you will be on the day you die is the sum of every moment, every thought, act, and decision you will make, not to mention the impact of things beyond your control. Live in such a way that whenever your time comes to break free of this mortal shell that you will be at peace with the oh-so-brief life you were blessed to live; a hundred years really isn’t all that long.
Stan—you’re a good kid. You’re loved. You’re valuable. You are amazing. All because you are you. Buck up. Hold your head high, because you were born a prince, a royal son of a loving Father. The world will hate you for that, but you’ll be okay.
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