Jen: As you may or may not know, Romancing the Book is an official blogger for the 2013 Authors After Dark Convention. And today we welcome one of the authors who will be attending AAD — Stacey Kennedy. Stacey, will you please share a short bio with us?
Stacey: Stacey Kennedy’s novels are lighthearted fantasy with heart-squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again. But within the stories you’ll also find fast-paced action, life-threatening moments, and a big bad villain who needs to be destroyed. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband and two children. If she’s not plugging away at a new story—which is rare because her muse is annoying—you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy, Games of Thrones, Supernatural and Dexter.
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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Stacey: The Cat’s Meow is a witchy urban fantasy with a romance, too. The inspiration for the book started with the heroine, Libby. I thought writing a book with a spunky witch who used magical spells to solve crimes would great fun. And I was right—it really was! So, it started with Libby’s character, and then the rest developed as I wrote the story.
A good witch always has a kick-ass back-up plan.
Libby is an Enchantress—a witch gifted by the Goddess to conjure spells. When a magical presence is detected around a recent string of feline slayings, Libby takes the case to uncover the reasons behind the odd deaths. Much to her displeasure, the coven also sends a sexy warlock, Kale, to assist her.
While having the muscle around proves to be useful, fighting the attraction between them is worse than a hex, especially considering Kale is keeping secrets. But soon, Libby has bigger problems than the elusive warlock when her spells turn up clues that point to something far more sinister than slaughtered cats.
Now Libby has landed herself in the midst of an uprising. She trusts no one and isn’t safe—not from the warlocks stirring up trouble. Not from the worrisome rebellion she can’t escape. And certainly not from Kale, who is weaving a very dangerous spell over her heart.
If you’d like to read an excerpt, visit here.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Stacey: Most challenging would be rewrites. I loathe them! I love creating a story and I don’t even mind edits, but those first round rewrites I could seriously live without! Of course, I do them, but just ask my hubby…I get very grumpy during rewrites. Easiest would have to be writing the first draft. And most rewarding would definitely be seeing the book published, and hearing that people love the characters as much as I do.
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Stacey: Sassy, sexy, and action-packed.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Stacey: Funny enough, this just happened to me. The other day, I went to the movies with my bestie and was standing in line to get popcorn. Suddenly, the plot for the second book in the Witch’s series popped into my head. So, what did I do? I pulled out my iPhone and wrote all my ideas down in my notepad. If I don’t write them down, I’ll forget them later. Needless to say, I love my iPhone.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Stacey: The Frostbite series will be completed with two more books coming out very soon. After that, I have a steamy BDSM series called, Club Sin that will be releasing in the Summer with Loveswept. I’m trying to finish up the Pact of Seduction series, too. And keep an eye out for Werewolves Be Damned that shouldn’t be too far off either.