Since my blog guest today writes for Entangled Publishing, I’m thrilled to confirm that I just signed a 3 book deal with Entangled for my Order of the M.U.S.E. series. It’s sort of a “Psychic Leverage team meets Jane Austen in King George’s Court.” (Check out the blurbs on my Coming Next page for the details. And don’t worry. I still have books coming from Kensington & Sourcebooks!)
One of the loveliest things about writing for multiple publishers is getting to know a new group of fellow authors. When I joined the Entangled family, debut author Stacy Reid was one of the first to welcome me. I know you’ll love her!
Listen in on our cyber-chat:
Mia: Hey Stacy! I know making stuff up for a living is the best job on earth, but if you could be anything but a writer what would you want to be?
Stacy: An actress working beside Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) in The Walking Dead, but my character would have to be Rick Grimes love interest. The characters would need to get a lot of smooch time and in the contract they shouldn’t be able to kill off my character. Of course, I would also be casted in major action blockbusters, such as, Avengers, Fast and the furious, and wanted, as a kickass heroine or major supporting character.
Mia: I’m always fascinated by how other authors work. What can you tell us about your workspace/writing process?
Stacy: I so wish I was one of those writers that listened to music and went into writer’s space. I tried it once and ended up singing and jamming for hours (I am a horrible singer by the way). I work best in silence of the night. So when it comes on to my workspace I am a bit of a vampire. I write when all is quiet, in the bed! My pillows tucked behind me and my laptop on my lap with the only noise being my hubby’s snoring. And when I see the sun rising and hear my neighbor’s cock crow, I shut off and go to bed. Of course there are times I write in the days, but I am way less productive when I have distractions.
Mia: Wow! I’m in awe. My brain shuts down after a certain hour at night and I’m sure all I’d produce would be gibberish. I’m a bit of a lark myself. The hours before the sun rises are my most productive. What do you think is the hardest thing about being an author?
Stacy: I think for me it is wondering if my work is good enough. Even though people have heaped on praises, I still have that ugly doubt sometimes. I do tend to kick it in the butt, but it always resurfaces. I was told by many other awesome authors that it’s quite normal. But I wish to be abnormal and not have any doubts at all….simply be confident and unaffected by negative reviews if or when they come, because I know there are going to be uber awesome ones as well.
Mia: Humans tend to retain negatives more than positives. Writers tend to be a little “other-centric” when it comes to judging our work because we’re too close to it to be unbiased. However, if we use that insecurity to goad us to always delivering the best story we can, we can turn the negative into a positive. Now, what have you found is the best thing about being an author?
Stacy: Wow. There are so many awesome things. While I love when readers adore my work, I think I am just crazy over writing the stories I dream about. I feel like I have the best life in the world…being able to put on paper what is in my head…and having people love it! Ummm yeah awesome stuff.
Mia: And now for our lightning round:
- Favorite Food? Ackee and saltfish. I will eat this everyday and with any sides. Yum.
- Favorite Vacation Spot? I have only ever vacationed in my home country. This is a hard one. Anywhere in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
- Favorite TV Show? The Walking Dead!! And Vikings is second runner up.
- Favorite Paranormal? (witch, vampire, zombie etc) Definitely shape shifters.
- Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate
- Favorite Ice Cream Flavor? Rum and Raisin!
- Favorite author? I have several. I love C S Lewis, Jim Butcher, Lora Leigh, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Laurell K Hamilton, James Patterson, Amanda quick, Elizabeth Lowell…I have too many and I cannot just pick one, cause I have equal love for them all!
Stacy is an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. She especially loves romance and adores writing about people falling in love. Stacy lives a lot in the worlds she creates and actively speaks to her characters (out loud). She has a warrior way, never give up on her dreams. When Stacy is not writing, she spends a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with her love, Dusean Nelson.
And now for Stacy’s newest release:
The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding
Victorian Era England…
As far as rash decisions go, it was formidable. But Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne’s will remains strong. If the only way to save her family’s estate and reputation is by aiming a small pistol at the Duke of Calydon, then so be it. For Lady Jocelyn demands satisfaction – and she will have it at any cost. Even if it means demanding the hand of the intense and foreboding Duke himself…
But she’s made the first move against a very dangerous opponent…
For Sebastian Thornton is no stripling to be trifled with. The lady has played her hand. Now it’s his turn. For Sebastian is in need of a wife. And to find a wife with spirit and fire – even if she means to only marry for his money – would be a great prize indeed. And he intends to thoroughly take his pleasure with her… and demands his own satisfaction in return.
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Stacy: Thank you, Mia!
Mia: My pleasure, Stacy.
And now, dear reader, you get a chance at Stacy’s big drawing for a $50 gift card. Here’s the link to enter: Stacy Reid’s Shotgun Book Tour! If you leave a comment or question for Stacy and me here today, you’ll also be entered to win a digital copy of one of my backlist books–Winner’s Choice! I’d offer a print one, but frankly, I’m in the middle of boxing up the condo in preparation for our move in early May. All my books are packed. Heavy sigh! And since I left my Kindle at my parents’ house in MO, I’m reduced to reading on my phone. But, that’s ok. I’m so swamped, I’m going to have to start listening to books on tape.
But enough about me. Let’s talk about YOU! Stacy mentioned the joy of feeling encouraged by readers who enjoy her work. Share the last time you felt encouraged by someone or something. Or maybe you’re the encourager! Either way, you’ll be entered in my drawing. Be sure to check back on Sunday for the results–or you can sign up to receive my blog posts via FeedBurner. Just click to subscribe to our RS feed and type in your email address. (Be sure to confirm when you get an email letting you know your request has been received.) That way, you’ll never miss a moment!