PRESTONSBURG – Stephanie Shanise McKitrick is a young married mother of three small children and a published author. McKitrick recently self-published the first book in what she hopes to become a trilogy – The Nevermore Chronicles, Silencing the Queen.
Becoming a published author wasn’t something McKitrick ever imagined for herself. A graduate of Prestonsburg High School, McKitrick was looking at options of support her and her young family. Becoming a mother at an early age took the young author on a detour through life. With the help of family and friends, the young single mother of two was taking care of her two young children, but had all but given up on finding romance for herself. It wasn’t until a meddling sister made an online dating profile for the young mother that she would find her prince and experience the romance she loved reading about in books.
An avid reader of romance novels, McKitrick noticed much of adult romance novels were centralized around sexuality. Although she may have been an adult, she wanted to create a novel that was focused around the fairytale of love and the romance of finding one’s soulmate. The kind of romance young girls dream about finding someday. That is exactly what she did. The Nevermore Chronicles is a love story.
“Although I love reading romance novels, even I felt uncomfortable reading some of the language,” said McKitrick.
The novel is set during Medieval times. She spends countless hours researching the time period to ensure the language and verbiage is accurate for each character. Although finding time to write can be difficult, she states she tries to write at least two hours each night, often having to wait until her young ones are asleep. When discussing doing research for her novels, she says one thing on her bucket list is to travel to Ireland, which is the setting to much of her novel. She hopes to do in-depth research and get to know people in Ireland.
“One thing I want people to know is that it doesn’t matter what small town you’re from, what your last name is, or how much money you have if you have a dream, you can achieve it,” said McKitrick. “As long as you believe in yourself and work hard dreams do come true.”
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.