Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for a great cover. Interracial Romance Author Stacy-Deanne has beautiful covers. Anyone who knows me also knows you may get me with the cover once, but you’d better follow up with a great book. I have toooo many books to read to waste time on authors who don’t have more to offer than a nice cover. Well, I’m glad to say the content of Stacy-Deanne’s novels is just as nice as her covers. So let’s get to what you are her for. Meet author Stacy-Deanne
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Houston and I still live here. My family comes from small towns in East Texas. I am an only child and that’s one reason I have such a vivid imagination. I was creating stories in my head when I was a kid. I’m single and have no kids or pets. I am a simple girl. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. I’m very solitary and a homebody. I prefer to be alone than around a group but I’m not antisocial or anything, but I am an introvert. I love writing and hope to do it for the rest of my life.
Tell us something few know about you.
I talk to myself, especially when it comes to reflecting what I’ve written in my stories. LOL! One of my favorite snacks is peanut butter with Doritos, LOL! Sounds gross but it’s good because you get the sweetness of the peanut butter and the sour cheese taste of the Doritos. I’m one of those people who work better when the scene around me is sort of chaotic. Meaning, I like a neat place but I don’t like my computer desk and writing space to be spotless. For some reason I can’t concentrate when everything is too tidy in that area.
What genre(s) do you like to read?
I’m one of those genre prudes. I only read what I like and I don’t venture out, ever. I love crime, mysteries, historical romance and interracial romance.
What is your favorite novel and why?
The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite books and is one of the most powerful stories I’ve ever read. I first read it in middle school and it’s one of those books that stick with you. It brought out all types of emotions in me including terror. It was the perfect portrayal of inner struggle for a character I’ve ever seen.
What genre(s) do you write?
I write crime, mysteries and suspense novels. Most of my books have an interracial romance subplot usually with black women and white men couples. I sometimes write women’s fiction, family dramas and comedies.
Where do your concepts for your novels come from?
Straight from my warped mind. LOL! I always say that and it’s true. Different things spark my ideas as well but mostly it starts with something I’ve had brewing in my mind. Whether it’s a plot that’s been done many times before or not, I do my best to twist it into something unique and something that fits me.
How long does it typically take you to write a book?
I can write three or four full-length novels a year. But it depends. Some projects take longer than others do. Sometimes I take a break from a book and go to something else. For individual books it takes me about 3 or 4 months. I do minor editing while I’m writing then I do the major editing after I finish the first draft.
Tell us about your latest book?
“Giving up the Ghost” is my fourth release and the first in my new Interracial Romantic Suspense series featuring the two detectives from my ’08 novel, “Melody”.
Albany Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris is having the year from hell. A sadistic admirer has been stalking her for months and now her friend Cheyenne Wilson has been beaten and left for dead.
With her ex-lover and faithful partner, Steven Kemp, Bree thrusts herself into the case. It’s not long before they believe two unrelated British men are connected to the attack. Michael is a womanizing artist with a ferocious appetite for rough sex. Simon is a wealthy free spirit looking for love in all the wrong places, but has one too many skeletons in his closet.
Bree struggles to determine fact from fiction when it comes to Michael and Simon but her attempts are blurred by Michael’s manipulation and her sexual attraction to Simon, who Steven’s convinced cannot be trusted.
Meanwhile the stalker does everything in his power to get close to Bree and his obsession evokes a spiral of violence.
Bree must trust her heart to find answers but her heart leads her to the most dangerous man of all.
Where can readers purchase your latest book?
“Giving up the Ghost” will be available in print, Kindle and Nook April 1, 2011. You can preorder a copy at Peace in the Storm Publishing’s site.
The second installment, “The Season of Sin” is set for release late 2011!
What do you find to be the best and worst part of being a writer?
The best is being able to share my work with others and entertaining them. I love it when readers enjoy my work. The worst is the fact that anyone and everyone thinks they can criticize you and the author has to take all criticism whether it’s helpful or not. I know it’s a part of the job but sometimes people forget authors are human too. There is a way to criticize and a way to help. I don’t think being cruel or tearing down an author’s work for the sake of it is ever necessary.
What do you have on the burner for the next year?
In addition to “The Season of Sin” I hope to follow up quickly with more books in the series. I already have three more completed and am very excited about it. I also have some standalone books I hope to release soon and I am toying with releasing some books on Kindle as well. I also plan to pick back up with my article writing and am excited to announce that I am now a contributing writer for Interracial Erotica, a site that focuses on interracial erotica stories and general subjects pertaining to the interracial community.
How can readers reach you?
I also have a page on Facebook called IR Nation for interracial fiction authors to promote their work and share news. IR Nation, Interracial Erotica
Thanks for having me!