Stephanie Diaz is 20. She will graduate from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in film production this May. She’s a Whovian, Browncoat, and a publishing intern. Her work is represented by Alison Fargis of Stonesong.
The first book in Stephanie’s debut YA sci-fi EXTRACTION trilogy is forthcoming from St. Martin’s, an imprint of Macmillan. Add it on Goodreads!
Let’s see how Stephanie answers the Proust Questionnaire!
What is your idea of happiness?
Wild berry tea, stars, an old leather-bound journal, and the smell of pine.
What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
I have a multitude of favorite songs, but the one that always sticks with me is To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra. The piano, the build of the melody, the lyrics…it’s pure poetry. I believe I heard it for the first time sometime during high school. I wish I’d discovered it when I was much younger.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to draw or paint.
On what occasion do you lie?
When it seems necessary.
What is your present state of mind?
Lately I’ve been stressed because of school projects, but I finally have a free afternoon and I just finished reading a book, so at the moment I feel calm.
What is your motto?
Ad Astra per Aspera––the Latin phrase for “to the stars through difficulty.”
What character trait do you most value in your friends?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Your favorite painting?
I don’t really have one favorite painting, but I am a fan of Monet. La Promenade in particular.
What is your favorite journey?
Well, the journey of the Fellowship to Mount Doom fell into my head…so I’ll go with that!
What is your favorite time of day?
Around 2am, when most everyone in my house is sleeping, and there’s a beautiful sense of quiet, and the stars are out.
With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
It’s so hard to pick just one! But I’d love to share a cup of hot tea (I can’t stand coffee) with Gandalf.
What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
I have a long list of things I’d like to do, such as skydiving, visiting Europe, and traveling to space when public flights become availability (maybe that last one’s more of a fantasy––but it will happen!). But truly, I live for those moments of laughter and love with friends and family. And as I already have a multitude of those, I’m not sure what else I’d need.
Who or what is your first love?
Books, stars, and music.
What’s the last dream you remember?
A couple nights ago, I dreamed I went to Knott’s Berry Farm (or, rather, a skewed version of said amusement park) with my sister and friends––but we went two hours before it closed, and I couldn’t understand why. We only got on one ride! It was thoroughly disappointing.
What’s your madeleine?
Wild berry tea. When I was in second grade, my best friend and I were in a very small book club (we were the only members) with a teacher at my school. We’d meet in her classroom during lunch, and she’d make us tea (wild berry was always my favorite) and bring cookies. We’d discuss books to our heart’s content. Now every time I have wild berry tea, I’m transported right back to those book clubs, and to that time of outdoor adventures and fairytales when I was young.
Without thinking, in one word: what is life?