Ah, fanfiction, the first time I was able to get my chicken ass to show my writing to others. First of all, I just want to tell all you wonderful readers and reviewers thank you for giving my writing a chance. I have always been a writer. I'm pretty sure I came out of my mother with a pad and a crayon. Over the years I traded my crayons in for pencils, and then keyboards as my writing grew. I was always protective of my stories. Too protective. Fortunately, the two friends I showed my writing to encouraged me to get it out there. I was still too nervous, so my Twilight-centric friend inspired me to write about Twilight, thinking it would loosen me up (Side note: It MORE than loosened me up!). I was like, "Sure, okay," with a giant grin on my face. She had no clue I was going to parody her Godlike vampires. Plus, I knew she was right about me loosening up a little bit. I thought, "What's more fun than fanfiction? Sure, you've never written fanfiction in your entire life. You don't even know what fanfiction is. Maybe you should do a little research about it. Nah, research is too much damn work. Just wing it. Oh, wings. I like wings. Wait, what was I thinking about again?"

Turns out that mocking Stephenie Meyer's book by writing, "The Dawn Was Already Broken" and then "Leah's Sunrise" was one of the best decisions of my life, because it made me realize that people actually liked reading my writing. To be completely honest I was convinced that maybe three people would read my story. Low and behold, I had a few more than three hits. And because of your encouraging, and sometimes not so encouraging reviews, I was able to get over my fear of putting my writing in public. So I wanted to thank each and every one of you for giving me the balls to publish my own novel.

Yes, here begins the self-promotion. I started on a story when I was sixteen titled, "The Barking Mad Tale of a Teenage Werewolf" (I know, what's my thing with werewolves, right?). The story turned into a series of novels which have now been published, both as ebooks and as paperbacks (and while I'd like to pimp them out with links, I'm not allowed to do so in this note...however I found a nifty little loophole by putting links up on my Fanfiction profile. Take that, Fanfiction censors!).

If you liked my fanfiction(s) I hope you will take a look at my novels in The Barking Mad Tale of a Teenage Werewolf series.

Book one: An American Werewolf in Idaho

Book two: A Tale of Two Shih Tzus

Book three: The Labrador of the Rings

Book four: The War of the Werewolves

Book Five: A Barking Mad Prequel - From Loss to Love

I promise unforgettable characters, a lot of laughter, and hell of a storyline. The series is based around wise-cracking werewolves, non-sparkling vampires, a dash of love, and a journey of self-discovery.

Being a teenager is hard. It's even harder when you're part wolf. Cassie Hill has always had trouble fitting in. She's not smart enough to be in the book club, not emo enough to be in the goth club, and not glamorous enough to be in the girls with 'tudes club. But when she starts waking up in the middle of the woods with little memory of how she got there she learns she belongs to a club many people don't know about.

She discovers a world filled with secrets, corruption, and a wacky pack of werewolves who spend their time playing dare or dare, placing ridiculous bets, and fighting crime. But she also discovers that being a werewolf isn't all fun and games. In between the laughter and fun she and her family stay busy protecting the town and investigating suspicious murders. Just when Cassie thinks she has her life balanced a new boy moves to town. She is instantly smitten with him, but when she gets to know him she finds out he is harboring secrets of his own. She wants to believe the best in him, so the internal battle between her intuition and her heart clash. She digs for answers about him, but the more she digs the more she discovers about her past. It is only a matter of time before the lies in her life start to unravel. Nothing in her world is as it seems. Can she find the courage to follow her heart?

You can check it out on Amazon, and check out some sneak peeks on Facebook under the name Katella Stegmann (or like me on Face book). It's Facebook/AnAmericanWerewolfinIdaho. I also have a preview of the book on this very site.

If you like it, tell your buddies!

Thank you guys again for all of your listening skills!