It’s the beginning of a new semester, which means we have a handful of new editors here over at Jet Fuel Review. We’ve decided to switch the schedule around and place the Meet the Editors posts on Mondays, which will occur over the course of the next few weeks until we’ve introduced you to each of our new editors. First up is Assistant Fiction & Nonfiction Editor, Stephanie Karas.
Stephanie is a psychology and creative writing major. She enjoys writing, performing poetry, and reading. Her favorite genre to read is teen fiction and fantasy. Stephanie also loves the Harry Potter series, and her favorite author is Ellen Hopkins. After graduation, she hopes to become a therapist and a successful author.
Below is our Q&A with Stephanie Karas:
Who are you and what is your role at Jet Fuel Review?
Hi, I’m Stephanie Karas. I’m a freshman here at Lewis University, majoring in psychology and English. At Jet Fuel Review, I’m an Assistant Fiction & Nonfiction Editor.
What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
Right now, I’m making my way through A Storm of Swords, the third installment in A Song of Ice and Fire (more popularly known as Game of Thrones).
If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
I would love to write with Ellen Hopkins. She tells her stories using a form more like poetry, and from multiple perspectives. She tackles really tough topics and all of her books have very important messages for her audience, which usually consists of adolescents. I really want to emulate her writing one day.
Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
I love to read mostly at night under some blankets. As long as I’m comfortable and it’s quiet, I can read for a long time.
What might your personal library look like?
I have a small wooden bookcase crammed with books I’ve had since middle school. These days I store my books on my Kindle to save space.
If you could remake a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
Percy Jackson was my first fantasy book, which I read sometime around fifth grade. The movies really didn’t do it justice, straying too far from the actual plot.
What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! I’ve reread the series a ridiculous amount of times.
Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“But more importantly, you are a gift, to all who know you, whether or not they realize it. If they don’t, they are blind. You have a special place in this world. All you have to do is find it. Do not give up on yourself, on the truths you have realized. Do not give in to those who would crush your dreams like nutshells. And never turn away from forever love.”
— Ellen Hopkins, Burned.
If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
Severus Snape. I loved this character ever since I first read the books. Despite his many deplorable actions, I sympathize with him. Everyone hated him in his life and he was subject to so much mistreatment in his youth that I don’t know how he could be expected to be anything but a bitter and hateful man. But even with the tragedy he faced and the awful things he did, there is a shot at redemption in his dedication to protect Harry for Lily.
Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included, be it movies, books, etc.).
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
- Burned by Ellen Hopkins
- Paperweight by Meg Haston
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street directed by Tim Burton
- Saw directed by James Wan
Come back next Monday when we introduce you to another of our new editors!