Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Stacie Wilson!
Do you believe in magic? I do. Words have the ability to conjure magical worlds that can whisk us away from our everyday lives. There is magic everywhere, you just have to look.
I am originally from sunny Southern California, but now call Nashville, Tennessee home with my husband, daughter, and our three fur-kids (dogs).
Without further ado, here’s her interview.
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? Not exactly. Writing has always played a big part of my life. Growing up I used to write poems and short stories. Becoming a published author was a secret dream of mine for as long as I can remember. About five years ago, I decided to stop dreaming and do it.
Why did you choose to write YA paranormal romance? I love reading and writing paranormal romance! I have enough reality in my everyday life and love the escape that this genre brings me. At the moment, my focus is on YA. I have a 13 year-old daughter, and I don’t want to hide what I’m writing from her. My first book, Myst, was written for her.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? It didn’t start off strange, but a while back I tried writing a contemporary romantic comedy. Something when terribly wrong and it turned into a stalker serial killer story! Apparently, my writing has a dark side 🙂
What are you currently working on? I’m finishing up the final prep work to release Myst Book Two in May. I’m working on a new YA Paranormal Romance series about witches, shifters, and demons. I’m really excited about this project and can’t wait to see how my main character is going to get out of the mess I’ve created for her.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? The main character in my current WIP has to deal with being the new kid in a new town and school. Some of the kids there make it very clear from day one that they don’t want her there. My daughter went through that a couple of years ago when we moved. I wanted to bring some of those experiences into my current story.
What was the hardest story for you to write? I’m still working on that story. It’s a non-fiction piece titled “Survival Guide for Caregivers”. I was a hospice nurse for several years and my husband is very ill. Caregivers go through so much caring for their loved ones and nothing can truly prepare you for it. Especially when dealing with terminal illness. I want to write about those experiences in the hopes that it might help someone else going through it or give some insight to what a caregiver goes through. Often times, family and friends feel helpless on how to support a caregiver. This project is on hold at the moment. Some things are a little too painful to put into writing at the moment.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I use a combination of plotting and flying by the seat of my pants. I like to spend time building the world my characters live in and plot out the main points in the story. Then I start writing and connect the dots.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Hands down Lanie from Myst. She is quirky, unpredictable, feisty and loyal. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her BFF, Brianna. She keeps Brianna from taking life too seriously.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? There’s a little bit of me in all my characters.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? All. The. Time. I have a full-time day job. Between that and family obligations, that doesn’t always leave me much time for my writing. There are days where it’s hard to switch my brain into writing/creative mode. I’ve found that having a ritual helps me to focus and overcome the block. I’ll light my favorite patchouli candle, meditate for a few minutes or listen to music, then do some random writing. I also love Pinterest. I have a board with pics of my characters and story locations.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Adult Paranormal Romance. I love writing clean YA, but I also enjoy the steamier side of things. 🙂
Which authors inspire you? There are so many! I couldn’t possibly choose just a few. Authors who chase their dreams and encourage those around them to do the same inspire me.
What novel would you read multiple times? I rarely read books a second time. I have so many books that I want to read that I haven’t gotten to yet. If I had to choose, it would be The Archers of Avalon series by Chelsea Fine. That series is magical for me.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Wow, that’s a tough question. I’m rather shy when meeting new people. I’d probably be so in awe that I’d just sit there and stare at whoever it was. I’d love to meet some of my characters. They are so real for me and I’d love to just hang out with them.
What is your favorite quote? “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” – Dr. Seuss
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Dragons. They’re magical and fierce. I love that combination.
What is your favorite color? Purple… purple… and more purple! I had purple streaks put in my hair recently. It just makes me happy.
When Stacie’s not writing, she’s a medical reviewer with nearly twenty years of nursing experience.
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It was a pleasure getting to know you Stacie! Thank you for being a part of my Author Spotlight.
Join me next week when we feature Selena Laurence.