Today I have Stacey Nash talking about writing in general and her new release, Forget Me Not. Thanks for dropping by Stacey. Love the cover of your book. I had a sneak peak earlier and its on my TBR list. Now, how about I throw a few questions at you to get the ball rolling.
1. What do you love most about the genre you write?
I love creating my own worlds which is what I like about Sci-Fi. It fabulous to be able to create anything you can dream up. Of course, I stick within the realms of possibility; if the technology isn’t possible, I don’t bend the rules of science. I also write in the Young Adult category, and for me that is such an exciting category because as a general rule YA is more intense than adult fiction, there’s so much drama, emotion, and immediacy.
2. Share the titles of three books on your bedside table.
Since my e-reader is on the bedside table that makes it easy. ;) I’m currently reading Origin by J. L Armentrout. Next on my to-be-read list is Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, and Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi.
3. Who are some of your favorite writers?
I have so many! John Marsden, Robin Hobb, John Green. And more recently; Colleen Hoover, J L Armentrout.
4. How do you find balance with your writing and real life?
It’s really hard. Writing is a passion, so I often find that when I’m in the midst of a first draft, it’s really hard to break away from it. Having young children though, means that writing often comes second to real life. I squeeze writing in any time I can – naptime, the day a week alone when everyone is at school, after the kids go to bed. It basically means being prepared to grab any opportunity you can.
5. What makes you happy?
Life. J We should enjoy it—the ups, downs, everything—because we only get one shot.
6. What fears do you face with the release of each book?
This is my first release so it’s all rather new. I guess my biggest fear is that now it’s out there for the world to read, my friends and family will read it too. That’s scarier than anything.
7. What do you want readers to take from your books?
Enjoyment. I really want readers to enjoy the ride and come away feeling entertained. Sure there’s a message, all books have a message, but I’d rather people enjoy the book and miss the message than get the message and dislike the journey.
8. Do you have a book in your house that is destroyed because you've read it so much?
Yes! My copy of Wuthering Heights had to be replaced a few years ago because pages started falling out, and my copy of Tomorrow When The War Began probably won’t last much longer. They’re both stories that I’ve read over and over since I was a teen.
9. If you could spend an hour with anyone dead or alive, who and why?
Gosh, I hate these type of question because there are so many wonderful people who I admire. In saying that, meeting James Dean sure would have been something. I’m a sucker for the bad boys.
10. Do you set yourself strict rules while you're writing?
No. It’s really hard to stick to a strict schedule with three young kids. I generally squeeze in what I can when I can. I also don’t write to an outlined plot, I find it stifles my creativity. So I tend to go with the flow and worry about the details in revision.
11. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Introverted, compassionate, driven.
12. How many times were you turned down form a book offer before you finally got published?
Forget Me Not is the first novel length story I wrote. I queried it for just under six months before being offered a contract with Entranced Publishing.
Congratulations on your release, Stacey. Can't wait to crawl into bed and get started on my copy. Thank you so much for visiting today.
Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. When the brooch and the pendant are worn together they're no longer pretty pieces of jewelry -- they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewelry's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device -- and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One.
She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.