Jen: We are excited to have Staci Brush as our guest this week. Staci, will you please share a short bio with us?
Staci: Thank you for having me, Jen. I’m very excited to be promoting my first traditional novel which was released April 15th. This is my second novel actually- my first just came out in November and the story was set around Christmastime. I have written five books; a short story, a novelette, a novella, and two novels. I have a passion for romance and basically just write what I would like to read. I figure at least someone will like what I have to write about- I hope! I began writing in my teen years and have been working on my dream of one day becoming an author ever since. My passion for reading and writing came from my mother who was never without a book when I was growing up. Nowadays, I work part-time, just finished massage school, and write whenever I find the time. I live in Ohio with my husband and our four children who remind me daily to be passionate about what I love and remain young-at-heart.
Jen: Tell us about Of Wishes and Myths and where is can be purchased.
Staci: The book I am promoting is called Of Wishes and Myths. It is a paranormal romance about a tribe of Trooping faeries called Neart who are on the verge of war with another similar tribe called the Cumas. The queen of Neart is captured by the Cumas king who ultimately hopes to claim the Trooping faeries’ land and overtake them. More than one love story inside of this saga transpire, each one compelling and completely different. There is also a very important secret wrapped around the whole story which will keep you guessing! The book will be available through Amazon.com, my website, www.StaciBrush.com, and should be available from Barnes and Noble in a few weeks.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.
Staci: My grandfather was a poet. Poetry was my beginning, though much of my work was written during my teenage years, and the times I chose to write were when I was emotionally distraught so the tone was considerably more morose back then. The first story I ever wrote was titled The Camper, a saucy short story which I cleaned up last year and decided to self-publish, retitling it Waiting. I self-publish all of my work because I am a glutton for punishment- no, I’m only joking. I think I chose to go the self-publishing route because I want to know what is going on through every step of the process and be a part of it. Of course when I do get help with the steps, I give credit where it is due!
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Staci: Never the same.
Jen: Do you struggle with deadlines? How do you deal with the pressure?
Staci: I try to write at least 2K every time I sit down at the computer, but I’m not one of those people who can always do that. I have a very busy schedule and I do what I can when I can. I know I can write a lot faster than I do but I chose to take extra time than I need to put out the highest quality work I can. Plus, this is my passion and I don’t want to burn myself out. The best part about pressure when you’re self-published is: there is none! Of course I set goals for myself and set dates for my fans to follow, but I call the shots for me and I feel a sense of accomplishment when I actually reach them.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Staci: I ALWAYS carry paper with me. Everything in my purse has something scratched onto it.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Staci: I really like paranormal, and I would like to continue here for now. Also, there will always be love in my stories and a happily ever after! I don’t know that I could ever write erotica; I like the building up of the relationships better than the steam.
Jen: How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories? Have you ever written yourself into a story?
Staci: None, no. My characters are all figments that my wondrous mind makes up, and after they’ve been created they write their own stories.
Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?
Staci: Inspirations, there are so many to name. I have a lot of amazing writer friends from Secret Cravings Publishing and my aunt and cousin are aspiring writers. Drea Becraft, my author friend from High School was the one who finally gave me the courage to print my work. She is contracted through Secret Cravings and has been uplifting from day one.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Staci: I think the one thing that I did not see coming was being asked to write continuations of my story, or having people ask specific questions about how I came up with the personalities for my characters. Everyone always throws me for a loop- I never get the easy questions!
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Staci: My website is www.StaciBrush.com, my e-mail is Lovey890@aol.com, and I’m on facebook… there is a fan page just for my books.
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Staci: If you have read my work, which was your favorite and why? If you haven’t read any which would you like to read? I would also like to know if anyone has any additional comments or questions for me.