Meet Author Stacey Brown
I had the pleasure of coming across Stacey on Twitter and found her beautiful book cover. I had to find out more. Here’s the interview I had with her…
Where do you currently reside? I currently live in San Francisco.
Dogs or Cats? Both. I grew up on a farm, so I love all animals!
What/who/ How did you get started writing? I was writing creatively as soon as I could spell. I was the kid who was always creating worlds by writing stories and putting on plays. Writing is my release. It was always in me, but it wasn’t until I moved back to San Francisco when I realized it was more than a hobby and passion, that I wanted to do this as a career.
Do you want to thank one person in particular for giving that extra push? I would say my mom. She has always pushed me to follow my dreams no matter how far off the safe road it took me. She has always been my biggest supporter and fan.
How many books did you attempt before you were published? This is actually my first book that I have tried to publish. All my other stories where just for fun. It is an extremely different process to write for the public, but it’s exciting, terrifying, and thrilling.
Do you have any MUST haves to write? Food, drink or time? If I really want to “get serious” and write, I actually have to leave my house and go to a café and have NO internet. Being home I find way too many distractions, like “Oh, look at the dust on that table. I must clean it now.” or “Oh I haven’t checked Twitter in 15 seconds.”
Why did you choose YA Fiction as your Genre? Would you say your books slip into the “new adult” genre? My book is definitely in the “new adult” genre. I am older so I like a little more “spice” in my books than some of the younger YA books. But, I still enjoy the excitement of the “firsts.” Like the first real love—that time in your life when you were becoming an adult and things were thrilling and new. I know a lot of women in their later 30’s and 40’s who are reading these YA books, but they aren’t quite connecting to the mind of a 14 or 15 year old. They really love the “new adult” books. They are a little less innocent. More relatable.
Who is your favorite character in your novels? That’s a tough one. I love all my characters, but I’d have to say either Ember or maybe Ryan. Guess I really relate to the smart-ass!
Do you have details about your next book, name and release date? My working title for my next book is “Fire in the Darkness.” It is Book 2 in the Darkness Series. I am hoping to get it out by August 2013. It is a continuation of Ember’s journey. It is much more raw and grown up. She has a lot of things to deal with: her own actions, the betrayals, sex, love, death. There are many secrets and twists ahead for her.
Do you like writing paranormal? I love it. I don’t know if I could write a book without a some element of fantasy. When I was a kid I would make-believe these elaborate fantasy/Goonie kind of stories. I haven’t lost that. I still want to be in that world.
Do you have plans for another new book/series in a different genre? I always have ideas floating through my mind. I actually want to write a kids book called “The Adventures of Pete” based on a true story about my dad’s old dog that got in a stranger’s truck and disappeared for two years before coming back. I want to know what he saw and did in those two years.
What is the 1st book you remember reading and falling in love with? “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. I was always really sensitive to nature and animals as a kid. I remember crying because the tree gave the man so much and he took it for granted.
Who is your favorite author? Another hard one. I like so many for different reasons. I would have to say I really enjoy Karen Marie Moning, Jennifer Donnelly, Richelle Mead, Kelley Armstrong . . . The list could go on.
Do you have a favorite quote? 3 actually.
“Write drunk: edit sober.” Ernest Hemingway.
Also, “Do it with passion or not at all.”
And “It’s always words that undress you.”
I think your book covers are amazing, Did you have input on them? Do you like them?I had complete input into my cover. I think Dave, from Woulds & Shoulds, who helped design my cover, wanted to kill me at times. I had a strong idea of what I wanted and we bounced it back and forth for months until I was happy. He was great, though. He always listened to what I wanted and did what he could to achieve it.
What book are you dying to read? Book 2 of “Iced” by Karen Moning.
Sweet or Sour? Sweet. But I like a little of both.
Tell us something no one knows about you? If I tell you then everyone will know! Seriously, I don’t think there is much my friends don’t know about me and blackmail me daily with.
Thank you for your time, please add anything extra you think is relevant or just needs to be said.
Thank you to all my future readers!