MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR STACEY MARIE BROWN!!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Stacey Marie Brown and I write N/A Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance. And now Contemporary Romance!
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Buried Alive is my first contemporary romance that I have released. Its a tragic story of a girl who had something horrible happen to her and her finally coming to terms with the truth that she has hidden for 9 years – essentially, the truth buried her alive. It’s sexy and heartbreaking.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I always say writing chose me. I enjoyed writing, but never thought of it as a career. I was going to school for interior design. But I went through this major reading binge. Like an insane amount. I found myself getting frustrated with lead characters, especially the girls. I have an acting/directing background, so the movies in my head wouldn’t let up until I wrote my own. And fantasy was always something I loved. I was a labyrinth/ Goonie kid. But now also enjoy the contemporary romance.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
For Buried Alive, I was driving home after Christmas (it’s a long drive from my parent’s place to my house), going through snowy overpasses, and seeing people turn off for ski resorts. My brain started to create a story. I’ve learned enough to let it go with an idea. Plenty times, it doesn’t go far, but when I start creating scenes and dialogue? I know it’s going to be something. I got to my hotel that night and spent all evening writing notes. It’s changed since last year, but the bones of the story never left me. The story waited patiently, but it wanted to be told. So happy it did!
What’s a typical working day like for you?
When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal? My office is Starbucks! I drank the Kool-Aid when I moved to Seattle. Most of them know me well. I feel like Norm in Cheers. I usually try to workout then go to my “office”, work most of the day, then go home to my dog. I don’t have a writing goal. I will only get down on myself if I don’t reach it. I just write scenes. Somedays I can’t type fast enough, other days I struggle a bit more, but I always show up to work!
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
There is another contemporary I have written which will come out in spring. The title I think will change, but the story is my absolute favorite. Love these characters and hoping readers will too. Enough to do the sequel I have in mind! I am also writing Rise From The Embers, the FINAL book in my Lightness Saga. It is bringing together all three of my series and wrapping them up in final blow out. There are 4 POV’s and has been very difficult to write. Will be sad to say goodbye to all of them.
How important are character names to you in your books?
Is there a special meaning to any of the names? Very important. I can spend hours/days searching for the right one. They will let me know what they want. My characters are very strong.
Where do your ideas come from?
Everything. Artist are like sponges, everything affects us, even if we don’t realize it. Music, TV shows, walk in nature, people watching, books, I could go on.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Yes, I plan to get into kids’ books, have so many ideas already, but that will be way down the road. I am happy with paranormal and contemporary.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Fight scenes! Ugh….especially a big battle, when there is so much going on. It’s hard to capture without confusing the reader and drawing them out of the stories. And fights between characters. It’s hard to keep getting creative with punches and kicks, while making it exciting and intense. If I could just write “Fight Scene- Fill In Here” and leave it, I would!
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
The fact I can do this for a living! That I will have 13/14 books out by my 5th anniversary this February! The awards I’ve won. But most of all for having the amazing readers I do!
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Creating world that other people want to escape into. The emails you get from someone telling you what your book did for them. There’s always the flip side to that, but I remember all the people who took the time to tell me how much they love my stories and characters. That they have become like family to them. Nothing better than that!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Probably not much different than now! Hopefully watching my series on Netflix!
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
I always hear people tell new authors “Just write. Write more.” I understand the incentive behind this advice. Writers need to write. There is no way around that. This theory can work for some. But I do feel it is contributing slightly to the push to get something out there. Anything. I’ve noticed a demand, especially on self-published authors, to get their books out more frequently. And this could be hurting the quality of some stories (I’m generalizing). “Write more” doesn’t mean good or better. I’d rather wait a little longer and read a book I enjoy with a more-thought-out plot and characters. Again this writing more might work for some . . . I am not one of those. I actually don’t sum up my day in word count. I do it by the scenes and how good I feel the quality of it is.
It’s not about writing more it’s about writing what is in your heart. Also, don’t follow anybody else’s rules or how they write. We’re all different. Find what works for you.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Probably get back into set design. Love creating worlds. Sets like Harry Potter makes me drool. I want to be part of that. But it’s a hard market to get into.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
The constant marketing. In today’s world, even top authors I talk too, find it difficult to stay present in readers minds. It also can be very lonely. The self-doubt and bad reviews can be tough somedays. It is also non-stop. When I was younger, I usually had two jobs at a time. This job I work more than I ever have before. I’m never not writing, plotting, editing, and marketing (this is a HUGE part of it). This is not for those that think this is effortless or can make an easy buck. Authors work unbelievably hard!
Why did you choose to write in your genre?
If you write in more than one, how do you balance them? My mind is nuts. I can be writing a fantasy, plotting a contemporary, and getting ideas for another. My brain doesn’t let me sleep much. Sometimes it can get to me and I feel my heads going to explode, but most of the time I slip into each genre without a thought.
Where did your love of books come from?
I was always a dreamer, someone who loved diving into fantasy worlds. But my mother was an English teacher, reading was something she always encouraged. I remember when she’d take my brother and I to the library. I would be so excited. I would get a stalk to take away.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. On days I’m in the zone, I get a totally high. The days I’m struggling, it drains me. Overall, it energizes me though.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My dog, Cooper. Days he doesn’t go to his daycare, I don’t write….that face looks at me, wanting to spend time with me. I can’t fight it. Weekends I used to write, now I’m finding very little of that happening.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write the book in my heart. I appreciate readers, but at the end of the day it’s the story in my head. Which I think is usually more original. Even my cotemporary have twists in them.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have so many author friends. I can’t name them all. But there are some I am closer too, talk more too. And there is no way just being around them, talking to them, reading their work, doesn’t make me better. If that’s in writing or marketing, or coming up with ideas, or just helping each other through a bad day. They make me undeniably better. As a writer and person.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
“Well, that didn’t go as planned.”
Where can your fans find you and follow?
Author website & Newsletter: www.staceymariebrown.com
Facebook Author page: www.facebook.com/SMBauthorpage
Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Stacey-Marie-Brown/e/B00BFWHB9U
Her Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/1648368945376239/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
My Review of Buried Alive:
I was given an ARC for my honest review of this book. This was the first book I have read by Stacey Marie Brown.
This was a very heart breaking and heart warming book all the way around. The brokenness of these two characters Rhy and Hannah and what they have to over come together was amazing.
I really enjoyed the twist and then the great ending.
I am now a Stacey Marie Brown fan.