M.J. Stevens – Author and Creative Spirit

A young woman trying to make sense of the world

New Book Trailer! Stories of the Past – Zak

Hi everyone!

Here’s another teaser clip for Stories of the Past, my next YA novel coming April 2017. I really wanted to do something to show that I’m still working on a project at the moment and as a thank you for your on-going support of my independently published work and business. It means the world!


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Stories of the Past: Noah

Until the day his path crossed with Zak, Noah’s home was a blanket and a makeshift fire under a bridge. Taken in by the Flighthouse family, Noah has pledged his life – and his body – to serving Zak.

Noah doesn’t say much and when he does, Free is only more confused about who he is. While he has never had friends outside of just Zak, something about Free makes him strive to do things he never dreamed of.

The Goodreads is now up! Add it to your TBR!…/sh…/30242928-stories-of-the-past
Want a little more suspense? The official first-look trailer us up on YouTube:


Stories of the Past: Zak Flighthouse

Zak was born in one of the three great cities of The Straight. He belongs to a family with great power and influence, but Zak has been cursed since birth. His parent’s desire to have a small child, one which worked with the current fashion of desirably cute and small babies, made Zak dangerously ill his whole life.

Despite his sickness, Zak has a fiery spirit. And with the help of his “companion” Noah, he refuses to give up until he finds out exactly why his home was obliterated.

The Goodreads is now up! Add it to your TBR!…/sh…/30242928-stories-of-the-past
Want a little more suspense? The official first-look trailer us up on YouTube:


Stories of the Past: Character Reveal, Frieda

Hi all,

On Friday, I released the first character from my upcoming book, Stories of the Past on Facebook. More characters will appear each Friday until July.

Frieda lives in the small town of Lova, with a strong agricultural focus. She’s proud of what her parents and grandparents have managed to achieve, but she always dreams of a world she will never know. A world destroyed by war.

When Free finds Zak, it’s her chance to know all the stories she’s ever dreamed of. However, not all stories should be re-told.

The Goodreads is now up! Add it to your TBR!…/sh…/30242928-stories-of-the-past
Want a little more suspense? The official first-look trailer us up on YouTube:


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M.J’s 2016 & five-year plan!

We are already four months into 2016 and the year is rolling on. Some of us like new year’s resolutions, some of us despise them. For me, I think it’s a good idea to have goals for the year ahead and personal aspirations, just so long as you don’t beat yourself up too bad if they don’t come to be by midnight on the 31st December!

Out of the, say, ten goals I sent myself every month I probably achieve one. But hey, I achieved it!

So what are my plans for 2016? In fact, what are my plans for the next five years?

M.J’s Fantastic 2016

Keep working on/get to the final stages of writing Stories of the Past

A bit of a no-brainer. I started writing passionately in November 2012, when I stumbled across the idea, I had for BOUND, voiding all my other failed manuscripts. The idea hit me like lightning, and I spent a solid year bringing it to life. After its launch in January 2014, I kept writing and writing. Needless to say, I feel like something is missing in my life if I don’t have a story to work on. I’m so excited to have a new project, daunting as it is to start something NEW!


Keep moving forward in my career/possibly re-locate

I currently live in Brisbane, Australia and have since I was about eight years old. I feel as if my time here has perhaps drawn to a close and I’d love the chance for a new adventure! I tend to make friends wherever I go so I can’t wait to meet a fresh group of people.

Upgrade my wardrobe

A bit of a materialistic one here, but I seriously need some clothes! Winter is coming, people and I’ve been wearing the same shirts for way too many seasons.

Continue getting my health in check

This is a big one. I’m not talking about busting butt at the gym. Like a lot of artistic people, I suffer from massive waves of self-doubt, loathing, depression and general darkness. (Perhaps something I will touch on in another blog). I recently went through a period of this – hence why I stopped blogging for a considerable amount of time. Fortunately, Supanova Gold Coast fell right when I needed it, and I was able to pick myself up a bit.

M.J’s five-year plan

This is a scary concept for me, as I tend to be someone who focusses on the now, rather than looking into the future, but it’s time to break out!


Cheesy, I know. But this has to be the top thing I want in the next five years. I’m very much a person who believes in having a partner-in-crime. I have spent the last five years focussing on university, then on my books. While love was something I’ve always wanted, it took a back seat for a long time, as the people popping up around me seemed more like an obstacle than anything else. I want to change that!


Mind, body, spirit

Too many negative people have entered my life in the last year. And no doubt a handful are reading this and thinking it’s them. Which, hey, it probably is. That just goes to show how vain they are and why they’re no longer in my life, apart from reading my blogs. When you’re an active person, you tend to attract negative humans who want to leech your energy until you can’t give any more. My goal for the five years is to be in a position where I can escape negative people and not be forced to spend day-after-day around them.

(And if you do know someone who is a positive person, and you’re a bit cynical, and they turn on you suddenly: cut them some slack, because they probably go home and cry out all the bad energy you’ve injected them with and you have no idea.)

My goal for mind, body and spirit includes being at peace within myself on all three of the fundamental levels of existence.

Own some stuff/have space

Sad as it is, yes I may still live with these two older roommates that may also be my parents. It goes without saying that I would like to be living somewhere that they are not! Ha-ha, love you, mum.

What are your plans for 2016 and beyond!? I told mine now you have to share! Comment below or link me to your blogs or vlogs! I’d love to hear it.



April Update! Supanova & more books!

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Hello everyone!

Sorry for the late blog post about Supanova. I kind of hit the ground running back at work the moment my foot touched the doorway so I didn’t get to share what an awesome time I had.

The Gold Coast weather was fantastic, as always, and thankfully no sneaky end-of-summer, start-of-autumn storms!

I did a record number of book sales (woo!) and almost sold out by the end of Saturday. So many new readers, I can’t wait to hear what they thought of the books and if they enjoyed them.

Also a big hello to all the already recruited Sentry officers who came out to see me and support! It’s always lovely to see you guys, even if for a split second I’m in a con-daze and forget who you are. I remember eventually! ❤

In the meanwhile I’m working hard still on turning BOUND into a TV script, working titled The Guardians (Series #1). The best part about writing it in script format is I can tell a few moments that were in my head, but never in the books, from Leo’s POV. Things such as his feelings before Mellea arrived in his life, how torn up he is about treating her badly and give viewers the same love for him we have! LEO POWER!

Also, yes, I’m still working on Stories of the Past too, my new YA novel coming soon. I don’t know when soon is. I am going to say at this stage early 2017! So look out Gold Coast Supanova-ians, I launched BOUND at Gold Coast in 2014, it may be SOTP’s time as well!

That’s all for now,

Happy Writing!


Upcoming Event: Gold Coast Supanova

Hi everyone!

This weekend is Supanova – Gold Coast! I will be at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre selling and signing for 2 whole days! Wow!

If you love books, movies, sci-fi, comics and anime (that’s how I started at this convention back in 2006) then you should totally check out Supanova! Plus it’s a huge hub for indie authors, artists and creators of all sorts of things, so don’t forget to head down to the artist alley and see what’s up! I’ll be on stand A028!

All the info you need is at

I recommend buying tickets online to help get you in faster!

See you there!!


Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all my followers! I hope you’re taking the break to do things you love. I am, I have writing planned and I just drew this picture of Mellea and Leo! I think he looks good in those ears, don’t you? 😉

Happy Writing!



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