Author Spotlight – M. A. Stacie

1) What is your writing schedule like?
I try to write every day, even if it's only a hundred words. I'm not one of those authors that can spill out thousands of words a day—my biggest would be about 3k. It's probably down to my need to procrastinate.

2) Where is your favorite place to write?
I always write in my living room in front of the TV. My kids are usually around while I write so I have to be accessible. The interruptions can make concentration difficult at times, but I really wouldn't have it any other way. The kids see me working and writing and get as excited as I do when a manuscript is accepted.

3) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
My kids and the TV/music are always filling the silence when I write.

4) Are you plotter or a panser?
I'm a plotter, but then I am an organized person by nature. There have been a few occasions where my plot has altered slightly from my framework, though that's normally for the better. I have tried to write without a basic plot (just having a few random ideas) but it didn't go so well.

5) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
The hardest pill to swallow will always be harsh criticism—those reviews that outright hate your book/writing. At first they really, truly upset me, though now I have learned it simply isn't possible to please everyone that reads my work. It still smarts when I stumble across them, and I doubt that will ever change.

6) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
I adore reading paranormal romance, namely vampire or dragon shifter books. I have tried to write a paranormal book, but the WIP keeps stalling. So much so that I now think I'm more suited to contemporary or erotic romance. I revisit it often, but in comparison to the works I read, mine seems 'paranormal light'.

7) What advice would you give to a new writer?
To just WRITE. So many people focus on certain rules—like publishers not liking prologues, etc. They get bogged down in what they're told people want, instead of writing the best story they can. There are plenty of authors that 'break the rules' each and every day. If you write what you want, rather than what others tell you, you keep your story true and publishers will see that.

8 ) Who are some of your favorite authors?
I read a lot, anyone following me on Twitter or Facebook will attest to that, so I have many favorite authors. My top three would be Sherrilyn Kenyon (The Dark Hunter Series), Christine Feehan (Carpathian Series), and Nora Roberts when she writes as JD Robb (In Death Series).

9) What are you reading at the moment?
I've been reading a lot of dragon shifter books, recently discovering the wonderful Thea Harrison's Elder Races, and Coreene Callahan's Dragonfury series. But I'm always partial to a rugged cowboy or a broken man (like in Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley).

10) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
Reading. Seriously, my laptop is virtually always on my knee but more than half of the time I'll be reading and playing on Twitter/Facebook rather than writing. I like to think of it as research rather than procrastinating, though. LOL!

11) Are you a collector of anything?
My husband would tell you I collect shoes, handbags, and books as I have each of them in every room of our house.

12) What's your biggest pet peeve?
Far too many to mention! I live with four males, so I have a lot of 'moments'.

13) Give us some links where we can find you, please.

*Leave a comment on this post to be entered into a drawing to win an eBook copy of A Path of Petals by M. A. Stacie. Winner will be chosen on July 14th.*

9 Responses to Author Spotlight – M. A. Stacie

  • Barbara says:

    I think I appreciate living in a house with *1* male even more – I don't know how you get a think done! ;) I stalk you on Twitter and Goodreads already so I know we have some similar reading tastes, I'm going to have to check out Coreene Callahan.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Beachwalk!!

  • I'm definitely not the kind of person who can sit in front of a TV and do any kind of work. :P
    I love the cover of the book ! :)
    The guy's hot ;)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Mary Soehner says:

    I admire anyone who can write! I have to have mostly quiet when I read which means no reading in bed with my snoring husband. ;) Thank you for the giveaway, I'd love to win. :)

  • N.A.L says:

    oooh this is such an amazing opportunity….i never in anything, but theres always a first time right! i love M.A.stacie and her romance…….Multitasker etra ordinare….amazing ho you do it.

  • Gabby says:

    I'm gonna check out the Coreene Callahan's Dragonfury series, sounds interesting and I know it will be good if you read it. The best of luck with the new book and thanks for the giveaway! :)

  • Madelein says:

    I love all her stories! she is a very talented writer

  • Reese says:

    I love everything she has written. I was hooked with Unwritten Rules (actually emailed M.A. about it). I check her blog everyday and look forward to more books in the future. Thanks!

  • Sandy says:

    I love MA Stacie – I've reviewed her many times!!

  • Sarah C says:

    I am addicted to MA Stacie's books and she knows this! She hooks you in but she has never let me down. I have yet to be disappointed by anything she has written. I love that she will communicate with her readers and not ignore them!

    4 males in one house? CRAZY!! I can't imagine.

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