Saturday, December 8, 2012

Welcome Debut Author Stacy Green! #IntotheDark

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Welcome Debut Author
Stacy Green
to the blog today!
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Welcome Stacy!!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thanks so much for having me, Laura. I’m excited to meet your readers. For those who don’t know me, my name is Stacy Green. I’m a romantic suspense author, although I like to call it suspense with a dash of romance. My books have also been coined as mysteries and romantic thrillers, and I’m fine with that.

As for the personal stuff, I’ve been married 13 years and am the proud mom of an almost 7 year-old. My Christmas baby is growing up way too fast! I’ve been writing off and on for years, and worked in advertising before becoming a stay-at-home mom.

Awesome! So, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

INTO THE DARK is set in Las Vegas. Emilie Davis has a stalker who will stop at nothing to possess her, including robbing the bank she works at. His goal is to stash her in the infamous Las Vegas storm drains–a maze of tunnels beneath the city that house hundreds of homeless. Nathan Madigan is the SWAT officer/hostage negotiator tasked with bringing a peaceful end to the bank robbery. He and Emilie form a connection, and he is drawn into the mystery of her life and her stalker.

Hey, this sounds really cool! Which character is your favorite and why?

I’d have to say Emilie, because she was so hard to get a handle on. For a long time, she was this cranky, withdrawn person who refused to let anyone in. I was confusing strength with a bad attitude, and once I realized this, I was able to go back to the beginning and create a much stronger, three-dimensional character.

That’s interesting, Stacy! So, as the author, what surprised you about this story?

How much it changed from beginning to end. The story actually began as a Twilight piece about a hot SWAT guy saving a woman. I knew I wanted it to have some mystery, but that’s about as far as I’d gotten on the plotting. As I got farther in, I realized I wanted to write an original piece based on that premise, so I scrapped everything and started fresh with new character outlines, backgrounds, new plot – the whole works. It wasn’t until I discovered the reality of the storm drains–and the homeless living in them–that I was able to sit down and form a tight, coherent plot, and I spent more than a year getting it right.

Thanks for sharing that look into your process with the story. Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Never say never, but as of now, no. Emilie and Nathan’s story is told.

What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

Trusting my instincts on what would work. I’d like to say they’re pretty good, but I have a lovely nagging voice of doubt that likes to derail my creative process. Slaying him is a work in progress.

I think we all struggle with that at least sometimes! What are you working on right now?

My second novel, Tin God, will release in the spring. It’s set in Mississippi, and it’s about a working class woman who is thrown into the middle of a murder investigation. She eventually realizes the secret she’s been harboring for years is the key to solving the murder. It’s got small town Southern politics, family issues, and all sorts of dark secrets.

Ooh, intriguing! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Ha! My mom still has it, stashed away with all my other stuff. I wrote it in a notebook, with pencil, when I was about 12. Not my best work, but it might be my favorite. J

Hey, I have one of those! *grins* What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

I love writing description, and I’ve been told I have a knack for it. I think it’s because I love to focus on the details, and I love to make readers (and myself) feel as though they are truly IN the moment.

As for the hardest thing, dialogue can be tricky because you want it to be snappy, and you don’t want it to be repetitive. It’s easy to fall into the trap of reminding your reader what you want them to remember through your character’s dialogue, and that’s a no-no. It’s an insult to the reader.

Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Yes. The homeless living in the drains beneath Las Vegas are very real. Many of the locations in INTO THE DARK are real places in Las Vegas – the rare bookstore at the Bellagio, Emilie’s condo in Henderson. For me, using real places brings the book to life.

Oh, for me, too. Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

INTO THE DARK has a very clear theme, that living in the past is one of the biggest mistakes we can make. All three characters–Emilie, Nathan, and the Taker (my bad guy)–are stunted by their pasts. They’re all driven by old mistakes, and learning to let go and move on is the only way any of them will survive. It’s a theme I can certainly related to, and one I think most readers will understand as well.


What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

Oh geez. I could say so many things but none of them make me look good, lol. I have a quick temper – I suppose it’s the Irish in me. And nearly two years ago, I lost 65 pounds and changed my lifestyle. Hardest thing I ever did, but also the best thing I could have done for myself.

Congratulations! Which romance book or series do you wish you had written?

Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Those books made me want to be a writer. The worlds she created, the amazing characters. If I could accomplish half of what she has as a writer, I’ll be thrilled.

Yup! She’d be at the top of my list, too! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

The Taker, because he’s the first three-dimensional bad guy I’ve created. I loved writing his past, figuring out what makes him tick, and making him someone readers just might empathize with.

Okay, now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?  Milk chocolate.

Salty or sweet? Sweet!

Bed or kitchen table? Kitchen table.

Beach or mountains? Beach.

Give or receive? Give. Love it!
A two-hundred-mile labyrinth of dark storm drains serves as refuge for the delusional stalker who will go to any lengths to possess fragile, emotionally isolated Emilie Davis. To survive, Emilie will have to confront the secrets of her past she has kept locked away from everyone, including herself.

Emilie is a master escape artist—she’s fled a manipulative mother and a controlling ex-husband. But it’s impossible to evade a stalker who uses a bank robbery as a ruse to kidnap her. He’s still out there, hiding in the Las Vegas tunnels and dodging police. Emilie’s life careens out of control as her assailant continues his pursuit. She has nowhere to turn but to Nathan Madigan, the hostage negotiator who worked the robbery.

Nathan is haunted by his failure to protect a loved one fourteen years ago and has dedicated his life to saving others. Determined to catch the lunatic hunting Emilie, he finds himself losing his professional detachment. He fears history is about to repeat itself if he cannot protect Emilie from the Taker’s obsession.

The police close in on the Taker’s identity as Nathan and Emilie grow closer to each other and to resolving the misery of their own pasts. At the height of The Taker’s madness, his attempt to replace someone he’s lost will either kill them all or set them free.
Excerpt

“Emilie.”

“I’m not a mistake.” Wetness ran down her cheeks. “I’m a good person. People care about me. Mémé cared. Jeremy and Sarah care. They would miss me when I’m gone. Do you think that coldhearted woman could say the same? People will dance on her grave.” Her voice was loud in her ears.

She could barely see Nathan as he moved into the booth beside her. She felt the warmth of his strong arm around her waist and inhaled his now familiar scent as he pulled her close.

“You’re not a mistake,” he whispered. “Not by a mile. People do care about you. I care.”

Emilie pressed her face into his chest as the sobs erupted. “I hate her. Why didn’t she just give me to Mémé and stay out of my life? Why did she have to punish me for her actions?”

“Because blaming you made her feel better about herself. She’s a narcissist. None of this is your fault.”

“Doesn’t really matter, does it? I’m the one suffering and humiliated yet again.”

“No. You were the one who stood up to her.” Nathan seized her shoulders and pulled her back to look into her eyes. “You didn’t let her manipulate you this time. She’s the loser, Emilie. She always has been.”

She stared into his eyes, gratitude and desire spreading over her like fire. Her hands snaked up his chest. She rested them on his scruff-covered cheeks. “Nathan.” Her voice was filled with a longing she hadn’t realized existed until this very moment. “Take me home.”
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Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page
A Message and a Gift From Stacy:

To celebrate the release of INTO THE DARK, I’m giving you TWO ways to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Both options will get your name into the drawing, which runs from November 5th until the end of my blog tour on January 30th.

Entry Option 1: Earns FIVE entries in the contest. Email Stacy your receipt of purchase (simply copy and paste proof of the order into the email, excluding personal information) of INTO THE DARK or the answer to this question: in what state was the Taker born and raised?

Entry Option 2: Earns TWO entries in the Contest. Donate to HELP of Southern Nevada and help the homeless. Readers can go to HELP of Southern Nevada, the organization that aids the homeless featured in INTO THE DARK, and donate. Email Stacy the receipt (personal information excluded). No donation is too small!


The homeless living in the storm drains of Las Vegas played a vital part in INTO THE DARK, and I want to give back. From November 1st until February 28th, participants will have several options to enter the raffle, including donating to HELP of Southern Nevada. The grand prize will be a $100 donation from me in the winner’s name to the homeless shelter of their choice.

Okay everyone, leave Stacy some new release love! Did you have a favorite line from the excerpt?

Thanks for reading!

Laura

3 comments:

Stacy Green said...

Laura, thank so much for having me today! I'm going to be at my daughter's swim meet, but I will check in as much as I can.

Victoria said...

Congratulations Stacy on your debut. I wish you much success!
vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Stacy Green said...

Thanks so much, Victoria!