Please welcome international bestselling author, Stacy Eaton. She’s an amazing author and an incredible person who does more in one day than most of us do in a week. Stacy’s job as a police officer gives her real-life perspective into the subjects about which she writes. Her imagination fills out the rest! I don’t know how she manages to produce books, nab the bad guys, raise a daughter and be a great wife, but she does! I look forward to reading Stacy’s new release myself–it promises to be a page-turner! Read on to learn more about this fascinating author, her life and her new novel, Whether I’ll Live or Die…
Talk a little about how Whether I’ll Live or Die is similar or different to your first novels.
Normally, I like to write Paranormal novels. My life has a lot of drama in it already with my full time police job, so when I get a chance to read, I like to dive into fantasy lives. So writing paranormal is an escape for me. When I sat down and started writing Whether I’ll Live or Die, I found that there was a huge difference in what and how I needed to write.
Writing paranormal, you let your imagination run wild! Anything can happen and usually does. Although since I bring law enforcement into all my novels, it keeps it more real life. Anyway, when I was writing WILoD, I had to move away from imagination and use my creativity instead.
I needed to find a way to express myself and the events that were unfolding as if they were real life happening before your eyes. I wanted people not to wonder what could happen, but what would happen. What were these characters going to have to deal with? How would they feel? How would they react and how would the deal with the aftermath as the story unfolded?
There was a intensity about the book from the moment I started writing it. Sometimes it would take me a whole day to write a chapter because of the anguish that I was writing, other days the story moved quickly and I was able to get a few chapters done.
What inspired Whether I’ll Live or Die?
A friend inspired me to write about it. I had spoken to him about some things from my past and he knew how I felt about the problem of Domestic Violence. He told me that I would do the subject justice if I found a way to put it on paper.
Shortly after our discussion, the idea was born and within 45 minutes, I had the basic plotline done. I sat down and wrote the first few chapters and then wrote the last two. I knew where it would start and how it would end.
After that it was a matter of connecting the dots from one to the other and describing events in life that others could understand, maybe visualize from a past experience. The novel is a very intense read. I have heard that from many people. There are some very raw moments in it, and some that will make you angry. Other moments will make you want to cry.
No matter what a reader feels, I hope that when they are finished reading it, they have a new understanding about what a victim goes through. I hope that they will take the time to try and help someone, even themselves, out of a situation like this.
How have you seen your writing change as you complete more and more novels?
From my first novel, My Blood Runs Blue, I learned some things not to do. While I love that story and it is my baby, I was so new to writing, that I made the normal mistakes. When Blue Blood for Life came around, I fixed some of the things in my writing that I knew needed to be fixed.
With WILoD, I worked hard to make this the best that it could be. I worked long and hard on the story itself and then worked just as hard with my editor to make sure the writing was strong and solid. I wanted to make sure readers would enjoy the way it was written and not get bored with the same wording or some descriptions. Not that my first books are boring, they aren’t. They are action packed, but there are some newbie errors that I have learned to correct.
I spend more time looking at details of a scene and the motions of the characters. Not to show more chorography, but to show more of who that person is and what they are trying to achieve at that moment.
What are you writing now?
Right now, interviews… lol…. Actually I am working on book 3 of my paranormal series which I think will be called “Mixing the Blue Blood”. Officer Kristin Greene is back and another dilemma is threatening the people she cares about. You will see a lot about Gabriel and Olivia in this one.
I am also working on a guardian angel series where Corey is a police officer who loses her life to protect another. She will become one of the Elite Guardians but not before she deals with the love of her life, Trent and her own guardian Brock. I’m thinking on this one as to whether it will be a series or not. I’m not sure… I will have to see how it goes.
There is also a contemporary romance that is sitting on the back burner about 2/3 done. I’d love to get “Liveon” finished and out. Detective Jacquelyn Liveon keeps running into Ryan Palmer, a silver screen hunk who is all about his image and the press. When she has to go undercover to protect him, she not only has to figure out who is trying to kill him, but also protect her heart.
I have a few others out there moving through my mind. Right now, I think that is enough!
Talk a little bit about how you manage your job, home-life and writing.
Wow… You are asking this question on the cusp of an 80 hour work week, and that’s just the police job! Sometimes I am not sure how I manage it all. Other’s it just flows.
I will say, I have an amazing family! They support me and my dreams and give me the peace I need to work and pick up the slack when I am running low on energy or time. My husband is an incredible man and a terrific father to our 8 year old daughter.
When things are “normal”, I work a rotating schedule so I have some good time off and that is when I will get some serious writing done. When my daughter is at school, I use that time to work and try to spend more time with her when she gets home. One of my favorite things is to walk away from the computer and go watch her Tae Kwon Do practice. Something I am trying to get back into myself, if only I wasn’t working 80 hour weeks!
What do love most about writing and what compels you to do it?
Being able to use my creativity and my imagination! I have always had a lot of both and I love being able to put them down on paper in a way that others can enjoy them too! Until October 2010, I never thought about writing. It wasn’t until I got the idea for My Blood Runs Blue that the impulse and need to write grew within me.
Now if I don’t find time to sit and write, the characters start screaming at me! They will wake me up from sleep or follow me everywhere, talking constantly until I get them onto paper. It’s almost like an obsession, lol… but it’s a good obsession!
Kathie – thank you so much for allowing me to visit with your readers!!! You are an amazing author yourself, and I am thrilled to be among your company!!!
Thank you, Stacy! I know your book will be an enormous hit and I can’t wait to read it. Readers–look below to check out the back of book description for Whether I’ll Live or Die and also the links for more information about how to get in touch with Stacy.
“It sounded so simple in theory; ready… aim… fire… but what actually transpired was so much more.”
Officer Nicole Nolan holds the gun steady in her hands, knowing that life will be forever altered once she pulls the trigger. Her position as a small town police officer is to protect those who cannot protect themselves. It is her job, her career and her life.
Amanda stands where protection does not exist. With several failed relationships behind her, Amanda turns a blind eye to the possessiveness Josh displays in order to sooth her desperate need to be loved. As the mental abuse turns violent, Amanda must deal with the denial and embarrassment of being a victim once again. With her emotional and physical health siting on the edge, she must fight to regain control of her life.
A gripping story with one final destination, but will it be life or death?
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