Local author Stephanie Eding poses with her books "Unanchored" and "Unbound," two of the three books in "The Blood Pirate" series. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Local author Stephanie Eding poses with her books "Unanchored" and "Unbound," two of the three books in "The Blood Pirate" series. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Local author Stephanie Eding is celebrating these days as she watches her imagination come to life through the release of books. Recently, Eding celebrated as the second book in her "The Blood Pirate" series was released. She plans for the series to be a trilogy.

"Unbound" was released at the beginning of September and is the sequel to "Unanchored," which first released in April 2018. The books follow Cecily, who is gambled away to pirates in the first book and eventually joins in the life of piracy. Eding said the books take place in the golden age of piracy.

"I've always liked pirates," said Eding. "I had my room decorated with pirates when I was little."

For "The Blood Pirate" series, Eding noted that she had to do a lot of research in order to make the book as historically accurate as possible.

"With historical fiction, you have to do so much research," said Eding. "I feel like you can't get it all the way accurate because you weren't there."

While Eding still has a final book to write for the series, she's already begun to move on to other genres. In 2022, two romantic comedies, "Baby Makes Four" and "Free Range Failure," are planned for release.

"I've always wanted to be a writer," said Eding. "I was always writing skits and stories for my friends in high school. I have an over-active imagination and I had to find something to do with it."

After graduating from Crestview, Eding attended Ohio Dominican University in Columbus and majored in English. She said she began writing seriously in 2013.

When it comes to tips for aspiring authors, Eding stressed the importance of reading.

"Read widely, and especially in the genre you want to write in," said Eding. "Read for other new writers because I feel like that is where you learn what works and what doesn't work by reading for other newbies."

Eding's books can be found anywhere books are sold. She said seeing her books in stores is very surreal.

"It doesn't feel real," said Eding. "Sometimes I just pick them up and look through them. It was a long journey to finally see it and hold it."

Eding said she hopes to become an author full-time.