Jen: Today we welcome Stacy Gold to Romancing the Book. Stacy, will you share a short bio with us?
Stacy: Stacy Gold gave up her day job as Communications Director of a nonprofit mountain biking organization to write sassy, steamy, contemporary romance novels. Her stories are packed with strong, independent women finding love and adventure in the great outdoors. When Stacy’s not busy reading or writing, you can find her dancing, laughing, or playing hard in the mountains with her wonderful hubby and happy dog.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Stacy: In Deep is the second, stand-alone novella in my Emerald Mountain steamy contemporary ski romance series, and I’ve been having such a blast writing these stories. I’m an avid skier and met my hubby when I was a ski bum in Jackson Hole, WY in my twenties. I have a few friends who are, or were, ski patrollers, and one married couple who met while working ski patrol together in California. So the idea for this one came from my own life, with plenty of liberties taken.
This story is packed with things I love: awesome skiing, a skosh of adrenaline-filled adventure, and sizzling hot sex. Sofie is a strong, sassy heroine and a Max is a smart and sexy hero with issues, and this is their second chance at love. But he’s her boss, and they work together on ski patrol, a dangerous job where dating is not allowed. Not to mention, they have history.
Sharing your passion with your partner makes for a special kind of relationship built on mutual like and respect. Sharing a dangerous profession ups the ante. Throw in some sexual tension and, yowzah!
The wooden door of the ski patrol shack slammed into the wall. A gust of cold air and snow, and a tiny, powerful tornado, swept into the room. The door slammed shut, but the tornado kept coming.
“What is your deal, Max?” Sophie’s ski boots thudded on the plywood floor as she crossed the sparsely furnished room. Voice hard. Eyes flashing. All the fury of a goddess scorned aimed straight at me.
Shit. I crossed my ankles like my family jewels needed protecting—not that anything could save me from Sophie’s well-justified wrath.
“What do you mean, Soph?” I kept my face and tone innocent. I hadn’t wanted this damn job. Knowing she would be working for me would’ve been the nail in that coffin. Too bad I didn’t find out until my first day.
“You know good and damn well what I mean.” She pushed her way into my personal space. So close I could see the darker lines in her light blue irises. So close it made it damn hard for me to think about anything other than the taste of her mouth. Except maybe how it felt to have her naked and in my personal space two years ago. Before we worked together. Before we lived two doors down from each other in employee housing.
Before I became her boss.
I really didn’t need the reminder of those eight, incredible weeks we’d spent together, or the stiffy responding to the images in my head. Not when I wanted to think clearly.
Anger radiated off her like the sun’s heat radiates off the snow—hot, and able to burn you in minutes. If I wasn’t leaning my hip against the battered wood table, I would’ve taken a step back. Instead, I worked not to cross my arms. Setting up physical defenses wouldn’t help me here.
“Sam said he hired me because he wanted someone who was Mountain Travel and Rescue certified.” She put her hands on her hips and glared at me. “It’s been almost three months, and all I’m doing, every day, is sweeping easy groomers, working first aid, and repairing fences.”
“Standard procedure. You learn the mountain and the team before we send you out on serious rescues or avalanche mitigation work.” I picked up a clipboard of paperwork I didn’t need to look at and stared at the top page.
I never expected my strategy to work over the long haul. Not after she left a sweet job patrolling at Blue Sky to work for Emerald Mountain. I just didn’t know what else to do, and I had to do something.
She crossed her arms over her chest. “Bullshit. Troy started when I did, and he’s been throwing bombs and ski cutting with Ryan for six weeks.” Her lips pursed. “No wonder you don’t have any other woman on Patrol.”
“Not true. Brit’s on maternity leave right now, but she’s slated to come back next season.”
“And do you let her do anything other than repair fences?” She raised her eyebrows and stared me down, shoulders back, arms crossed.
“Of course. Brit does every job on the mountain.” I put on my friendliest smile. “All ’trollers do, after a few months on the job.”
Memories of Anna in a full body brace made my chest tighten, but at least they also shrunk my growing hard-on.
“You know, Max, I never took you for a misogynist. Guess we all can be wrong sometimes.”
“Wow! Sophie Tremore admits to being wrong. Even if it’s at my expense, I’m impressed.”
©2018 Stacy Gold
Jen: What what age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Stacy: I’ve been a writer all my life, though I didn’t start writing fiction until a few years ago. As a kid I journaled and dabbled in poetry, and any kind of essay or term paper was always an easy A in school. I went on to write for outdoor sports magazines, then spent almost fifteen years writing marketing materials for all kinds of businesses.
My hubby was the one who suggested I write a romance novel, and I scoffed. But when I blew out my shoulder in a mountain biking accident and had nothing to do on the weekends, the idea for my first full length came into being.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Stacy: I store ideas in my phone in a little note taking app, then email them to myself. I also keep a pad and pen on my nightstand in case of spontaneous nocturnal brilliance.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Stacy: I could never write any kind of horror, or even suspense with anything scary or evil. I can’t watch those kinds of movies, either. I’ve learned I just don’t need to put those kinds of thoughts into my head. And the idea of spending months inside the head of a serial killer or someone mean gives me horrible heebie jeebies.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Stacy: Having my first novelette published was huge! I submitted it fully expecting a rejection letter but hoping the publisher would at least offer me useful feedback. Instead they offered me a contract. But getting contracts for two more novellas was right up there, especially since it confirmed that first one wasn’t a fluke (Ha!). And every time I get a positive review, especially when the reviewer has recognized the underlying themes I’ve woven into the story, I’m pretty sure I could fly to the moon.
Really, having this career is the highlight of this career. Having the ability to show strong women getting what they want out of life, and sex, and love, is such an honor.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Stacy: Most of my free time is spent playing in the mountains with my hubby and dog. We mountain bike, ski, whitewater kayak, hike, and standup paddleboard regularly. I also do yoga and take tap dance classes once a week, and read a good book whenever I’m not writing or editing my own manuscripts.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Stacy: The third novella in the Emerald Mountain Series, Never You, should be out soon. I’m just waiting on an official release date from my publisher.
After that, I’ve got the first novel drafted and off to my editor to start a three-book series based in Seattle and the North Cascade Mountains, and featuring backpacking and trail running. I’ll begin drafting book two shortly, and plan to have all three written and edited (and either sold or self-published) by the end of the year.
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