Interview with Stacy-Deanne

Jen: This week we welcome Stacy-Deanne to Romancing the Book.  Stacy-Deanne, will you please share a short bio with us?

Stacy-Deanne: My pleasure! I was born, raised and reside in Houston, Texas. I’ve been writing professionally for thirteen years. I mainly write crime and mystery novels with interracial romance subplots. I also write humorous stories and family dramas. My favorite genres are crime, mystery, interracial romance and historical romance. I’m single, have no kids and I consider myself a proud introvert.

Jen: Tell us about Giving up the Ghost and where it’s available.

Stacy-Deanne: I’m excited that the book is now on Kindle and Nook! And was just released in print on April first. This is my fourth book and the first installment in my interracial romantic suspense series. The main characters, Bree and Steven are detectives who appeared in my ’08 crime/mystery novel, Melody.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Stacy-Deanne: It really was a calling because I never intended to be a writer. I always had a wonderful imagination but didn’t start writing books until I was nineteen. I got my first computer and from that point on, I fell in love with the written word. Something opened up inside of me. My first published book was Divas of the New Millennium in 2005. It’s the only book I’ve written that wasn’t fiction. It helped open the door to get my fiction work published and helped me build a name.

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Stacy-Deanne: Thrilling, colorful and mouth-dropping

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Stacy-Deanne: I wouldn’t say I outline exactly but yeah, I plot my scenes. It’s easier for me that way. I include tons of twists in my books and plotting helps me stay up on things. I would also be a little lost because it’s hard to keep up with a suspenseful plot without an aid. I have to make sure I lay out just enough details but in the right places and at the right time. Plotting keeps me focused. I also find that it protects against Writers Block. If I plot things out ahead of time, I always know where I’m going.

Jen: Have you noticed your writer’s voice has changed over the years due to your experience? If so, how?

Stacy-Deanne: Nah I don’t believe my voice has changed. I don’t think a writer’s voice ever changes. A writer’s voice is their fingerprint. It’s what makes them unique. I’d say that my writing has improved, definitely. I’d say my viewpoint has changed on some things but my voice is the same. I still express in my writing the way I always did. I’m glad. I wouldn’t want to lose what makes me special.

Jen: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?

Stacy-Deanne: Oh yes. My characters constantly stay with me when I’m writing a particular book. I think about them night and day. They even infringe on my free time, LOL. I can be watching television or doing something totally outside of writing and a scene will pop into my head that I can’t wait to start writing. But I love my characters and it brings me pleasure to spend time with them. I like spending time with them more than I do real people.

Jen: Is there a genre that you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from and why?

Stacy-Deanne: Oh I could definitely do horror. People say that my books scare them because of my villains but I’ve never done a full-fledged horror book. I’d love to and feel I got the chops. What I wouldn’t write is erotica or anything paranormal. It’s just not my thing. I don’t care for anything in the paranormal genre because I don’t like werewolves, vampires, monsters, etc. As for erotica, it’s just not my style. But I don’t mind reading erotica sometimes. *grins*

Jen: If you could travel back in time for one year, what time and place would you choose? And if you could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?


Stacy-Deanne: I’d travel back to any place in time when my mother was still living. I lost her in late 2006 to Leukemia. As for what I’d take with me I’d say my heart, soul and my arms to hold her tight. If I did have the power to do anything, it would be to spend another day with her.

Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?

Stacy-Deanne: LOL! I screamed for ten minutes then I went back to writing another book.

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?

Stacy-Deanne: “Thanks for making it where I gotta check my doors and can’t turn the lights off.” LOL! A fan said that.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Stacy-Deanne: I have tons of things on the horizon. The Season of Sin which is book two in my series will be released late 2011. After that I have more books in the series done and some standalones. It’s up to my pub on the arrangements of when things will be released but The Season of Sin is definitely next so watch out! I hope to have two or maybe three more releases in 2012.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Stacy-Deanne: Everywhere! LOL! You can find me on Facebook (look me up!). I’m also on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/stacydeanne), but I hardly go on Twitter to be honest. Your best bet is catching me on Facebook if you wanna connect or contacting me through my site: http://www.stacy-deanne.net/

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Stacy-Deanne: Not ask but threaten and demand they get my book and follow this series! LOL! I’d also like to thank you and them for this lovely opportunity. Check out the links below to find my book on Nook and Kindle as well as the free sample. I’ve also created a website dedicated to the series so click on the link to learn more!

Remember, the book will be in print April 1!
Free Sample can be found at: http://www.stacy-deanne.net/files/Giving_up_the_Ghost_Free_Sample.pdf.  And to get an inside look inside the series visit the new Bree and Steven Series site.

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