A canadian immigrant raised in the usa, reading quickly became a necessary escape.

From my childhood to teenage years, home was pretty unstable.

We moved a lot, which meant I was constantly starting over. Not to mention, times were tough. 

Fantasy novels quickly became my closest friends, and quick escape route. I was an avid reader before adolescence ended, and I was writing by the time I entered my teen years.

I was persuaded to read by a series of unfortunate events, written by the masterful lemony snickett.

I was compelled to write by the mortal instruments series written by the author who changed my life, cassandra clare.

There was always something about storytelling through the lens of fantasy that always found a home in my soul.

Creating a brand new world so vivid, so real, deeply embedded within the heart that moved me, moved readers, became a passion. A window to shape one’s perspective and give them hope of what they’re truly able to achieve. Conquer.

There was no greater joy.

Fast forward a bit down the timeline…

I began writing to publish. But boy, it was a mess. I had an idea. I had a glimpse of a world. I could see the end. But I had no way of bringing it to life in the best way possible.

 I sat down and wrote 3 chapters. This amounted to 20k. And I proceeded to edit them and get nowhere for the next… wait for it… 3 years.

1,095 days went by and I had a measly 20k to show for it.

So, I took off my pantser hat and traded it in for my plotter one.

And I went on to turn that short little 20k manuscript into 140k+ in under 90 days.

That’s when my light bulb went off and I knew I struck gold. Plotting was the move! 

So – from then I stopped pantsing and each novel project I dove into I went in with my plotting cap on.

This led to 15k writing days. 100k manuscripts being written in a month. And novels being birthed easier, faster, and with more confidence.

Since then I took everything I learned from the interim of my fantasy novel writing journey, and taught fantasy writers how to do the same for themselves.

I’ve been honored to walk through the idea to manuscript process with writers, watching as their own light bulbs turned on, and what was once a manuscript about to be shelved, turned into a manuscript that got completed.

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Fun facts about Stephanie

  1. I’m an apostolic christian. Jesus Christ is my lifeline.
  2. The bulk of what I read is fantasy. The bulk of that? Ya epic fantasy, of course.
  3. Most readers don’t know I’m also a poetess who writes freeform, and spoken word prose. Shh. I didn’t tell you that.
  4. My heart is in serving my local church, and thereby our community through ministerial programs and outreach.
  5. I’ve been a youth leader since 2018 and it has stretched me in ways I never thought possible.
  6. I’ve been a disney fanatic since I was a child. Almost nothing brings me more joy and peace than a cup of joe, or hot cocoa while watching anything disney.
  7. I began teaching myself css and html when I was about 12 years old. I’ve been a designer in amateur and expert ways since.
  8. Long strolls through a park bring me infinite joy.
  9. There are people in this world who are introverted, extroverts. I am one of them.
  10. Plus, team #enfj-t, because, we’re awesome.

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Short Bio

Stephanie BwaBwa is the Jesus-centered, YA Fantasy Author and Entrepreneur, creator of fantasy world Elledelle, and Co-Host of the Indie Author Lifestyle Show, who’s enjoying building a legacy through the lens of story. 

BwaBwa began her journey to publishing in 2013. In 2016, her fantasy world, Elledelle, was born. In 2017 she published her first two books. Since then she’s gone on to write and publish fantasy novels centered about black angels in a supernatural world that are captivating readers all around the world

As the CEO and Founder of Bwabs Collective LLC, BwaBwa has focused her zone of genius on teaching unconventional principles to writers who like to meticulously plot, research, and organize their way through crafting their stories while also having an incredible amount of fun. 

Stephanie BwaBwa has authored YA Fantasy series: The Seraphim Resistance Prequels, and is an avid reader of fantasy and fiction. 

Jesus is her Lord, Disney+ is her safe place, she dreams of being a monkey mama and she’s always penning a new story in Elledelle. 

You can usually catch her going for a walk through a park, or simply binging Disney+ with too many snacks. Get in contact with Stephanie directly at: stephaniebwabwa.com.

Long Bio

Stephanie BwaBwa is the Jesus-centered, YA Fantasy Author and Entrepreneur, creator of fantasy world Elledelle, and Co-Host of the Indie Author Lifestyle Show, who’s enjoying building a legacy through the lens of story.

She’s a Canadian born, Haitian raised, Congolese descended, North American dweller who lived a colorful life in south Florida that cultivated a perspective on the world as unique as her background. As a child, she was a reader. As a teen, she became a hobby writer. But once she crossed into adulthood, her burning desire to be a career writer emerged. 

BwaBwa sought out to change the world by creating her own: Elledelle, where Narnia meets Wakanda. However, it wasn’t until after three years of re-writing the same three (yes *ahem* three) chapters and scenes over again, that she realized she had hit a stumbling block.

There were two options for her: quit or pivot. That fateful day became a game changer. The plotter in her developed and the teacher within her came to life.

Since carving out a novel of over four hundred pages in under seventy five days all those fateful years ago, BwaBwa has been on a journey to not only dig into the craft of storytelling, but also to teach other writers how to do the same. 

BwaBwa began her journey to publishing in 2013. In 2016, her fantasy world, Elledelle, was born. In 2017 she published her first two books. Since then she’s gone on to write and publish fantasy novels centered about black angels in a supernatural world that are captivating readers all around the world.

As the CEO and Founder of Bwabs Collective LLC, BwaBwa has focused her zone of genius on teaching unconventional principles to writers who like to meticulously plot, research, and organize their way through crafting their stories while also having an incredible amount of fun. She’s adept at giving strategies on breaking down the writing craft to cultivate stories that change both the reader and the author. Her insightful advice and passion for the craft have led numerous writers to overcome their fears, tackle their manuscripts, and actually finish writing their books.

Whether leading online communities, joining indie book festivals for conversation on the craft, and even podcasting about the writer’s life, BwaBwa makes sure to bring her energy, passion, and quirky but invaluable writing strategies, and principles, to writers all over the world.

BwaBwa’s creative prowess doesn’t lie only with her writing firm, Bwabs Collective LLC. Stephanie is also the co-founder and co-host of Indie Author Lifestyle, an indie author company teaching writers all over the world how to write, edit, publish and market their novels while crafting healthy career writer lives. And she is the Creative Director of Launch Yesterday, a DFY design company providing authors and entrepreneurs with ready-made website templates to launch their businesses sans stress or tech savviness.

Jesus is her Lord, Disney+ is her safe place, she dreams of being a monkey mama and she’s always penning a new story in Elledelle. 

You can usually catch her going for a walk through a park, or simply binging Disney+ with too many snacks. Get in contact with Stephanie directly at: stephaniebwabwa.com.

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Stephanie BwaBwa is a high energy, enthusiastic, and passionate YA Fantasy author who created the world of Elledelle which thrills a global reading audience.

BwaBwa has nearly a decade of experience writing in her genre, and teaches expert strategies on writing binge worthy, page turning YA fantasy that is sure to keep readers up at night.

Her presentations are always filled with immense value, endless “ah ha” moments, actionable strategies, and rave reviews from attendees.