About the Book
I Married a Monster on a Hill – Bevvy and August Hills live a perfectly normal life together. They are married. They are in love. They are happy in their forest home. But there’s only one catch. August is a monster and Bevvy is their knight. Follow the slice-of-life chaos as Bevvy does his best to keep August and his monster form safe from harm (or causing that harm). A warmhearted, wholesome, six-panel comic every week with the Hills Family.
About the Author
The Stec Sisters create interactive media for all ages to help bring hope and joy into people’s lives! Discover their interactive content on All Ages of Geek and Stec Stories.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your webtoon, I Married a Monster on a Hill, What is it about?
Hey! Thanks for the feature. This is Katya Stec and Tatiana Stec from Stec Studio and All Ages of Geek. We are a sister writing team under the name of Stec Stories. We create stories that are interactive and focus on giving people hope or reminders of everyday little joys.
Meet Bevvy and August Hills from “I Married a Monster on a Hill”, the cutest monster-retired knight duo you’ll ever lay eyes on! These lovebirds lead a totally normal life together in their cozy forest home…well, except for one tiny detail. August happens to be a monster, and Bevvy is his trusty retired knight in shining armor. But don’t worry, they’ve got it all under control. Join us every week for a heartwarming, feel-good comic that follows the hilarious hijinks and slice-of-life chaos that come with living with a monster. Trust us, you won’t want to miss a single panel of the Hills Family’s adventures!
“I Married a Monster on a Hill” like all All Ages of Geek and Stec Studio projects will also provide an interactive experience for readers. The comic will be fully dubbed/voiced on the All Ages of Geek YouTube Channel, with a full score, sound effects, and animations, providing readers with a kind of bonding experience with the characters. Along with the interactive take on the series, patrons over on the “I Married a Monster on a Hill” Patreon will also get the benefits of voting on scenarios, creating characters, and having a lot of production involvement.
“I Married a Monster on a Hill” will be available on WEBTOON, Tapas, and Okida along with the All Ages of Geek YouTube and the official “I Married a Monster on a Hill” website.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this webtoon, I Married a Monster on a Hill, is it directed at any particular market?
This is a great series for anyone who loves wholesome relationships, slice-of-life stories, and easy-reading comics. “I Married a Monster on a Hill” is heavily inspired by Yonkoma manga which generally consists of gag comic strips within four panels. It’s a scenario-based series that avoids extreme drama and focuses mainly on problem-solving.
If you’re familiar with Yaoi, also known as Boys’ Love (BL) it’s a genre of fiction in anime, manga and other media that features relationships between male characters. Over the years, it has been criticized for its poor representation of relationships between men which often reinforces harmful stereotypes and lack of representation of the LGBTQ+ community. A lot of the stories lack any meaningful exploration of the characters’ identities and make them so stereotypical that it’s not relatable at all.
We created “I Married a Monster on a Hill” with several LGBTQ+ creators including voice actors, beta-readers, editors, and writers. “I Married a Monster on a Hill” focuses on showing everyone that LGBTQ+, straight, interracial, and any type of couple can have healthy relationships without being forced under a stereotype. The simple message is just to let people live happy, normal lives, and that not all Boys Love series need to focus on extreme drama or weird fantasies. Characters should just be characters and not be forced under some type of stereotype for who they love.
The main goal is just to bring smiles to people’s faces as much as we can!
Qn 3: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website or a way to be contacted?
You can check out our projects on All Ages of Geek! We are a multimedia platform focused on geek media from videos, articles, and podcasts to gaming, interviews, books, and live streams!
Here’s our website: https://allagesofgeek.com/
You can also support our interactive media over on Patreon:
Qn 4: What is the inspiration for I Married a Monster on a Hill?
For years there has been a huge lack of wholesome Yaoi or just anime/manga in general. Everything usually focuses on such huge, dramatic issues or if it’s slice-of-life then the focus is the typical high school story. There are hardly any stories about cute scenarios or just basic slice-of-life without extreme drama. So we wanted to add to the very scarce market, but also make it figure all kinds of couples for all readers. There are also not many stories focusing on married couples. Not many stories follow characters who are past the age of 20 so we definitely wanted to tap into that to showcase that life continues when you are older and you can still find time to solve your problems and smile!
Qn 5: As sisters, what is it like to work together?
We have a great dynamic together where everything remains unbiased in our stories. We are both very professional and aggressive with our work so we make sure it gets done. We juggle projects like our upcoming kids’ show “Galaxy-Boy Delivery”, this project “I Married a Monster on a Hill” and also all of All Ages of Geek’s recordings. Even our community has said that it’s our dynamic that makes us stand out! We also get along so that is cool too!
Qn 6: Do you plan to work on more projects together?
We have several projects in the works alongside “I Married a Monster on a Hill”, our upcoming online kids show “Galaxy-Boy Delivery” and All Ages of Geek. We’re working on “I Married a Monster on a Hill: Dates” which is a visual novel featuring the same comic characters, but much more interactive like most otome games are. “Galaxy-Boy Delivery” is also a project connected to a much bigger universe and novel we’ll be working on after our first stories published. All of our work will be super interactive and accessible for all readers!
Qn 7: Have there been any challenges when working on your most recent Webtoon?
Marketing, no matter if you have one million followers or one follower can always be a challenge. A lot of people think you just start a WEBTOON and suddenly you’re a famous published author. That’s usually not the case. Marketing yourself takes a lot of hard work, and dedication and you also need to be creative with it. Don’t just drop links in random Facebook groups or Discords. Make it conversational. Target the right audience, but make it a conversation, not just spam.
Qn 8: What has been the most rewarding experience working together?
are both very hard workers and have great work ethics. With all of our projects, it’s easier to work together as sisters than it is to collaborate with another source. Of course, we need to work with others for marketing, website management, and other forms of promotion. But with the majority of our work, it’s just the ease of knowing the work will get done which makes it super rewarding. We also have a great dynamic like the Russo brothers, which always makes stories unbiased.
Qn 9: what advice would you give to others who want to work on something creative with friends or family?
Make sure you respect each other’s choices, but also make sure you separate personal from business. We’ve worked with friends before and they weren’t able to separate the two which caused a lot of unneeded drama. So the first tip is to make sure you know how to separate and basically create two types of languages. Personal when doing fun things like brainstorming. Business when getting the work done. The biggest advice is to have fun doing it and try to get along!
Want to read more from the Stec Sisters? Check out the interview for Galaxy Boy Delivery here 🙂