Today Stacy Juba has agreed to sit down with me and answer a few questions, I’d like to first thank her for doing so, and remind my readers if you have any questions please do ask!
Ok, let’s get right down to business shall we?
Are you a plotter or a pantser? I am definitely a plotter. I do an extensive outline tracking the main plot, subplots, and character development. It isn’t written in stone, however, and if the story goes off in an unexpected direction I will tweak the outline. It is extremely helpful for me to know exactly what I need to write in the upcoming scenes.
A plotter indeed … sounds extensive!
What do we have to look forward to in the future? I am finishing up a romantic comedy/sweet romance called Fooling Around With Cinderella. I am so excited about the book as it was such fun to write and it shows my lighter side.
You are a published author! What made you succeed where others fail? I’ve always been very driven and goal-oriented. I never gave up, despite disappointing rejections over the years. I also enjoy marketing, so developing book promotion strategies comes easily to me. I am very grateful to readers, though, because without readers I wouldn’t be able to do what I love.
That’s the truth, we love our readers!
What attracts you to your genre? I have always been attracted to the mystery and romantic suspense genre. I love a puzzle and a good whodunit. I enjoy reading books that I don’t want to put down, and where I read more in one sitting than I intended as I want to find out “who did it.” I am attracted to romantic comedies and light romance novels as sometimes I feel like reading something fun and sparkly, where no one gets killed off!
What does your desk look like? Organized chaos. It has papers strewn all across it. I do have everything organized, though. For example, I have a notebook with a to-do list of book-related tasks, and I have a smaller calendar book that lists all my dates for my blog posts and guest blogs/interviews and book signings, etc. I have sticky notes reminding me which of my critique partners have seen which chapters.
How do you come up with your titles? Twenty-Five Years Ago Today was an easy one, as the book is about a newspaper editorial assistant who stumbles across an unsolved murder while compiling the 25 years ago today column on the microfilm. The title of my other mystery/romantic suspense novel, Sink or Swim, refers to the name of a fictional game show set aboard a Tall Ship. My heroine walks the plank on the show, and also in real life during a showdown with her stalker. Titles usually come pretty easily to me and are tied directly to an element of the plot.
Is there a message in your novel you want your readers to grasp? I write about characters at a crossroads, or a fork in the road. They can either continue down the same unfulfilling path, or take a risk and make some changes. I play up this theme a lot on my website as I want readers to examine their own lives to see if they are on the right paths.
How much of the book is realistic? Twenty-Five Years Ago Today is fiction, however I once worked as a newspaper editorial assistant and obit writer like my protagonist, Kris Langley. One of my tasks was using the microfilm to compile the 25 and 50 years ago today column. I later worked as a reporter for the same newspaper. I used my newsroom experience to make the book feel authentic, but the characters and situations were all from my imagination.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I started writing in third grade, and by fifth grade, I was writing my own mystery series about an amateur sleuth named Cathy Summers. I loved reading books, and while other kids were playing outside, I was happier curling up in my bedroom with a good book. Writing was a natural progression. I was very introverted, and I discovered that writing was a great way for me to express myself.
How many people have you murdered over the course of your career? Hmm, I hope you mean in my books! I’m terrible at math, but let me think…. 5 if you add up the victims in my two adult mysteries and my young adult thriller Dark Before Dawn.
Has your dog ever eaten your manuscript? No, but my cat likes to sit at the top of my desk chair and purr while I type. If I have a snack, she likes to walk across my keyboard and see what I’m eating.
What are books for? Some books are meant to entertain and some are meant to inform. My goal as an author is to write books that entertain readers and distract them from the stress of their daily lives. The reporter in me also wants to inform and introduce people to valuable or interesting information that they might not otherwise hear about, so I often teach readers about different topics via my subplots. For example, I give information about Greek mythology in Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. In my YA thriller Dark Before Dawn, I introduce readers to topics such as chakras and crystals.
Thanks again Stacy, I hope to have you again on my blog in the future. If you have any questions please do ask in the comments section and don’t forget to visit Stacy at her own site.
Stacy Juba loves to write stories about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them. She has made numerous bestseller lists including GalleyCat’s Barnes & Noble Bestsellers and GalleyCat’s Mystery and Thriller Bestsellers. Stacy has written about reality TV contestants targeted by a killer, an obit writer investigating a cold case, teen psychics who control minds, twin high school hockey stars battling on the ice, and teddy bears learning to raise the U.S. flag. She has had a book ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. Browse her website www.stacyjuba.com for more information on her mystery, romance, and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens, and children, guest author features and resources on how to build your own “character,” and for her book/product reviews and advocacy relating to Type 1 Diabetes.
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