Stacey Kennedy Interview

I am so happy to be speaking today with author Stacey Kennedy. She has burst onto the literary scene this past year with stories that are so charming and fun that I have devoured them all, and she's a super cool lady to boot. On behalf of Fallen Angel Reviews, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me!

You have had a heck of an exciting year. How does it feel to be published?

I'm still pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming. Really, and truly, it still astonishes me that I am a published author. It's been a fantastic year for me and I'm utterly thrilled with how readers are responding to my stories. I can only hope that as I continue writing that readers remain happy and satisfied with the tales I weave.

I notice that you've got numerous projects in the works. Which one has got you the most excited?
Um…I think that is impossible to answer. Every single project excites me. I don't set deadlines for myself. I always wait until that eagerness to write the story grabs me and then I dig in.

I suppose if I had to say one story that I have been dying to write would be the third Watchers book. And the reasons why is because of a man named Tate. The second his character developed for me in the first Watchers book I almost stopped the first book to write his story. But…in the end I had to let the other books be told first. He's a complete ass, unbelievably arrogant, and I can hardly wait to pair him with his Watcher. I've got a few surprises in that book which is very exciting!

I love The Magical Sword series and I adore Nexi and Kyden. Now that the series is coming to a close, are you having a hard time saying goodbye to them?
Saying good-bye to them is hard, of course. But they won't be entirely gone. I'm writing a new series that will pick up where The Magical Sword series leaves off called The Enchanted Sight. The main characters are Sabi and Ryker, both secondary characters in The Magical Sword series. So…it's only right to have Nexi and Kyden in their stories as well. I've already written the first novel in The Enchanted Sight series, Tainted Blood. It's in revisions right now and I can tell you that both Kyden and Nexi play a huge role in that book.

Briggs *sigh* is my favorite. What can we expect next from your Blue Bloods series?
The second book in the series, The Silent Howl will be released sometime in February. What can you expect from that book…well, without spoiling it, I can tell you that Rynn will begin to discover more of the wolf within her. She remains to struggle with this new life of hers and Briggs is right by her side as he tries to guide her. Expect danger, expect to get teary eyed, expect to see a different side of Briggs as his Alpha begins to rise within him, and of course, hot and steamy love scenes.

Of all the individuals you have created, do you have a particular favorite? What appeals to you the most about this character?
I'm just like you Tara, Briggs is my all time favorite character. And from what readers are saying they agree with me. It's not just him as a strong werewolf but it's the gentle side of him that seriously makes me swoon. He kinda came out of nowhere for me. I hadn't planned on writing his story, but when I finished The Devil's Kiss, I was captivated by him and Rynn. Most of the hero's I write tend to not be emotional…he is. And I love that about him. Love the way he sees the world and the way he sees Rynn. I think what makes him so unique is that his whole mind is wrapped around her life. And being that they are in danger, often, it's quite a display to see a man that is utterly enthralled with the woman he loves.

Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
The truth is with all of my Urban Fantasy Romances, it all started with Nexi. I wrote The Willow, then the idea came for The Wicked, and so on. I'm not a planner. So I don't get an idea then plot out the whole story. I write chapter by chapter, then somehow end up pulling it all together while weaving in the twists and turns. Every idea just pops in my head out of nowhere and I run with it.

What can you tell us about some of your upcoming works?
Phew! There is so much going on I think I would bore you with details so I'll keep it short. I've got a co-authored story with Sara Brookes that I'm presently working on. It's a paranormal romance and is going to be fantastic!

I'm also going to be part of an anthology with Keta Diablo, Amber Scott and Elise Hepner. So keep an eye out for that…it's very exciting!

Basically I have a release slated for every month until May. Needless to say, there will be lots of books to continue on with my series. Lots more Briggs, lots more Kyden and wait till you meet Ryker! He's gonna steal some hearts I'm sure of that.

Of all things you have accomplished, is there one accomplishment you are most proud of?
There is one accomplishment that has nothing to do with me and everything to do with someone else. A fellow Facebook friend had a little trouble getting published and needed some mentoring. She had been a huge support to me. So when she was in need of some help, I reached out and offered to help her. We worked through her story for a few months and she handled it with a wonderful attitude. She worked hard and never once threw in the towel. Trust me, it was tough, but she trudged through. And just months ago she got offered not just one contract, but two. I can't say enough just how proud I was at that moment. So yes…I have lots to be proud of for me…but that moment for her was spectacular and I loved to be a part of that.

Since everybody needs a break, even when doing something they love, how do you like to spend your time away from writing?
Movies and junk food! Yep, I love them both and equally so. They kinda go together. If I'm not writing I love to watch comedies. Anything that makes me laugh, plus chocolate or something sweet is a good night for me.

After I finish a story I usually take a couple weeks off to regroup, and in that time I read…A LOT. I never read when I'm writing a story because to be honest I get sick of reading. My eyes get sore and I lose interest quickly. When I read a book someone slaved over I want to give it my full attention.

What would we find on your bookshelf?
Katie MacAllister and Jeaniene Frost are by far my two favorite authors. I have a real big thing for stories told in the first person and where the hero and heroine stay in love throughout the entire series. I'm not a huge fan of drama and if I'm not given a happy ending, I'm grumpy.

What are some of your hobbies besides writing?
Hobbies….is that a joke question? With two little munchkins running around the only spare time I get is…hardly any. So I use that time writing. A hobby I did love and one I will eventually get back into is horseback riding. I miss it terribly. But life right now is just too crazy to pick it back up again.

What is the best advice that anyone ever gave you?
Lawdy, that's a tough one. I have been given some of the best advice ever from some really talented authors. But I suppose one that maybe helped me the most was to not give up. You will get rejected…expect it! The Willow was rejected so many times I lost count after twenty. Just keep at it and love your story! All it takes is one person to see the potential in it and say, "We want to publish your book."

Is there anything else you would like to share with us? Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more?
Sure, come stop by my website to see upcoming releases and stop by my blog. I've always got lots to say!

Stacey, thanks again for your time. I hope we're able to turn more readers onto your books because I have really loved them and I know others will as well. I'm already in need of another Stacey fix. For any readers new to Stacey Kennedy, please go online to learn more about her books. I highly recommend them and her Magical Sword series is a great place to start.

Interviewed by: Tara