Today I have the pleasure of speaking with author Stacy-Deanne
. Thanks for being here today Stacy
Thanks for having me! It's an honor to be here.
To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well I've been writing professionally for thirteen years. I write crime and mysteries with interracial romance subplots. I also write humorous stories and family dramas. I'm the kind of writer who writes what I feel at the time. I was born, raised and reside in Houston, Texas. I am single with no kids. I'm a simple type of girl. It doesn't take much to make me happy. I'm a homebody and I love to have my space.
Your current release Giving up the Ghost
is available from Peace in the Storm Publishing. Can you tell us a little about it?
Sure! It's my fourth book and the first in my interracial romantic suspense series. The series is built around Bree and Steven, two detectives who debuted in my '08 novel, Melody. When Cheyenne Wilson, Bree's friend is brutally attacked Steven and Bree embark on an exciting and challenging mission to find the suspect. Believe me nothing is as it seems and you have to read it to see what I mean!
Can you tell us what you're currently working on?
I'm working on one of the novels in the series as well as finishing up some standalones I hope to have released soon. It's too early to discuss anything more detailed but I got tons of stuff going on. LOL!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I'm not one of those writers who claims they knew when they were little they wanted to be a writer. No. I never thought of being a writer until I turned nineteen and got my first computer. Lightening struck and I knew it was my calling. I loved writing more than anything else. When I saw how happy writing made me and nothing else could compare, that's when I put on that cap of being a writer for the long haul.
If you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?
It might sound corny but I'd like them to follow their dreams. I'd like them to see me as a sign of doing that. We all have dreams and there's nothing worse than letting opportunities slip away out of fear or lack of confidence. You have to try at least once because you never know where it might lead. You could end up living your dream but if you don't try, you'll never know. I'm scared of a lot of things. I was scared of trying to become a published author but the desire I had outweighed any fear. If I hadn't tried, I wouldn't be where I am now. I'd be sitting somewhere wondering what might have been.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
My challenge is coming up with the twists in my books. Readers tell me they can never guess what's coming next in my stories and I pride myself on that. I'm always trying to outdo myself and push the envelope. I thrive on creating topnotch suspense and I hope I do. Also I'm a girl who loves a challenge and I don't back down. *smiles*
If you could mentor a new writer, what would be your first piece of advice to them?
I mentor and advise writers all the time. I tell them to be realistic and write because they want to and not just for publication. You have to need to write to survive. You have to be dedicated and form a relationship with your writing. You have to love it. You should ask yourself if you'd still write even without the goal of publication and if you say yes, you've got the right attitude.
Do you prefer to watch a sunrise or sunset?
Sunset. It's a beautiful sight. Plus I'm not an early bird. LOL! So a sunrise would be too early for me to enjoy.
If you had to describe yourself in 5 words, what would they be?
Dependable, kind, talented, unique and a little manipulative *snickers*
Since everybody needs a break, even when doing something they love, how do you like to spend your time away from writing?
LOL! My time away from writing is not that different from writing. I'm a homebody so I stay around the house anyway. I love to watch television, listen to music and surf the net. I'm an introvert so I prefer to be alone a lot.
What can your fans look forward to in the next twelve months from you?
Book two in the series, The Season of Sin will be released in late 2011. I also hope to have two more releases (at least) out in 2012. One 2012 release will be another book in the series and probably a standalone book or maybe more. I have tons of stuff ready but it's up to the publisher on what happens next.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us today?
I want the readers to check out the book and the series of course. LOL! I've provided interesting links below so please enjoy! There's also a link to a PDF free sample of the book! So download your ebook copy today!
Giving up the Ghost (Book 1 in the Bree and Steven Series) Peace in the Storm Publishing: Kindle, Nook. To get a look inside the series visit the new Bree and Steven Series site.
Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us today Stacy
! Readers can learn more about Stacy
and her books on her website
Thanks! I enjoyed it! Everyone, get the book! LOL!
Interviewed by: Tammy