and welcome to Fallen Angel Reviews. It is good to have Stacy Juba
with us this morning. We are anxious to hear about the author who pens mysteries, murder and more. So sit down and relax and let's get acquainted.
Stacy, why not begin the morning by telling us how your day begins once the alarm sounds?
I usually go on the computer for about a half hour to check my business emails, check my Amazon and Barnes & Noble e-book sales, and then get my family ready for the day. I tend to do most of my writing and book promotion at night or on weekends at this time.
Now that we know how you spend your day, what book would you like to discuss with your readers today?
I have two mystery novels with romance subplots - Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim. In Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, obit writer and newspaper editorial assistant Kris Langley stumbles across an unsolved murder on the microfilm, and as she investigates, she falls in love with the victim's hot nephew Eric.
Sink or Swim is about Cassidy Novak, a former reality show contestant who attracts a stalker upon returning to her normal life as a personal trainer in a small town. Cassidy needs to investigate so that she can get her life back. Meanwhile, things are heating up between her and Zach Gallagher, the photographer assigned to follow her for a newspaper series, but she may or may not be able to trust Zach.
From what do you derive the most inspiration for your writing?
I grew up addicted to Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books, about strong female characters taking on challenges, and those books made such a strong impression on me that I began writing mystery stories in fifth grade. They still inspire me even today.
What does your working space look like?
It's organized chaos. I have a large desk with a couple of in-boxes; however folders and papers are still strewn across the work surface. I have two calendars that I always refer to - one that has appointments, events, vacations, etc., and the other which is dedicated to my own blog schedule and my guest blog/author appearances. I always have a to-do list in front of me, and I recently mounted a small dry erase board on a cabinet door of my desk, which has the pressing tasks of the week.
When you begin your stories, do you do an outline or just start writing as the mood strikes?
I always start with an idea, think about the characters and whose story this is, and then I prepare an in-depth outline. My outlines have grown longer over the years. They used to be five or six handwritten pages, and now they are about 20 typed pages. I've learned that doing an extensive outline saves me from doing a lot of rewrites.
What is next for Stacy
, in the future, any works in progress?
I have a mystery novel in progress, Sign of the Messenger, about Deirdre Sheridan, a psychic healer and co-owner of a metaphysical shop. This will be the first book in a new series and it was a recipient of the William F. Deeck Malice Domestic Grant, which is presented at the Agatha Awards. Deirdre also has a boyfriend, though she is a bit commitment-shy, so there will be a romance element to the books. I still have several chapters left to write, and before I finish, I'm getting three young adult novels launched including the paranormal thriller Dark Before Dawn, which should also appeal to adults who like the Twilight-type of novel.
Do you dive right into your characters and become a part of the story?
I fill out character charts so that I can get to know them better, and I'll also do some free-writing from the protagonist's point of view, so that I can get into her head. I've also begun exploring my villains' backgrounds more deeply, so that I have a better grasp on why they turned out so messed up!
What is your favorite hobby when you take a break from writing?
Reading is my favorite hobby. I'm always reading a book on my e-reader and a regular print book at the same time, in different rooms of the house. I also enjoy doing Tai Chi.
Do you have any unfinished projects sitting around?
I need to finish up my mystery novel Sign of the Messenger, and do some rewrites of my young adult novels Face-Off and Offsides. Face-Off was a young adult hockey novel originally published by Avon Flare when I was a teenager, and I'm releasing a new version in the near future along with its sequel, but they do need some updating and proofreading.
Would you please share with us your website, blog, or Facebook?
Website, Blog, Facebook and Twitter.
Let's have a little fun, shall we: Fill in the blanks concerning some of your favorites.
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Carrot cake with thick frosting!
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Congratulations! You just won a year off from work to travel anywhere in the world and write the story of your dreams. Where do you go, what type of book do you write, and what's the title?
I'd travel to Europe with my family, as I've love to see more places in England, France and Italy. I'd finish Sign of the Messenger and work on the next book in the series, which is titled Meridians of Murder. And I'd bring lots of books to read also!
If you had the chance to see your books in a movie, who would you like to play the leading roles?
I could see Spencer Grammer from the TV show Greek in the role of Kris from Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, as she is blonde and about the right age. My character Cassidy has red hair and I could see Joanna Garcia-Swisher from the sitcom Better With you in that role.
Thank you so much for sharing time with us today, Stacy
. It has been a pleasure and I wish you the best with your writing.
Interviewed by: Linda L.