The Spotlight is on Stacey McCoy today!
Stacey currently has two novels published, her most recent released just last month!
I’m really happy to be able to share a bit about Stacey and her writing with you today!
What would you like your readers to know about you?
I am a happy farmer’s wife and a dedicated mother of two. The sudden urge to write came to me when I attended my girlfriend’s hens’ party in Melbourne, Australia. We had tickets to watch an all-male revue called The Princes of the Night. While watching the show I experienced something I have never experienced before. As one man in particular took the stage my character Jake came to life for me. Then as I looked out across the sea of wanting women I envisioned Kat and I knew that I had to tell their story. Never before in my life have I wanted to write a novel, yet in that moment, on that night, almost three years ago now Jake and Kat entered my life and I knew that they’d chosen me to write their story. Which I have and now, thanks to Jake and Kat I am now proud to call myself a writer.
What inspires you to write?
Men! Lol. Oh it can be anything. Yes a hot man wearing minimal clothing inspired me to write Intoxicated, but it was a question asked by my tutor while attending an online writing course that inspired me to write my young adult, paranormal romance trilogy. First book titled, Reanimation.
We were asked to think of our favourite book or series and add our own unique twist to it. I immediately thought of the Twilight series and wondered why it always seems to be the women who has to make all of the sacrifices and turn her world upside down for the guy. So then I wondered what if they guy, vampire, had the chance to be human again? Would he be willing to give up his speed, strength and power for the chance to be human once more? Would the opportunity to be able to live a normal life, have children and die…and love Kady, the girl of his dreams be enough of an incentive to reanimate? And so I began to write.
Music can also spur ideas for me, but usually I’ll have characters enter my mind and begin to speak to me or other characters. I watch them interact and allow them to tell me their story. Then I madly begin to write my ideas down before I begin to write the first draft.
Is there a genre you feel drawn to write or do you see yourself tackling a variety of genres in the future?
I think I will always write a romantic element into a story. I love reading stories about how two people came together. I find that initial first meeting to be the most exciting part of their relationship and I love to write those scenes, but I am tempted to try my hand at writing a thriller one day too. But for now my main interests are contemporary romance and young adult novels. Whether they have a paranormal element to them or not is yet to be decided.
Can you describe your writing space?
Hmm my writing space is not as tidy or as big as I would like it to be. I currently have a small desk tucked into the corner of my dining room so it’s a little noisy and unorganized at the moment.
Can you tell us a bit about your writing process?
My writing process varies and I guess that’s because I haven’t been writing for long, but I find that once my characters introduce themselves to me I write their description and a rough idea of what their story will be about. Then I write down a rough chapter for chapter outline then add notes about different plots and new characters. I find that even once I’ve begun writing, and I might be ten chapters into a story, I’ll go back and read it through from the beginning and make changes before I’ve even written a first draft, but once I’ve finished I’ll do another read through then I’ll send it out to a few beat readers, mistakes and all because all I want is feedback on the story itself at this stage.
What is your go to snack when writing?
Chocolate. Is there anything else?
Are any of your books or characters based on personal experiences or people in your life?
Referring to question one, yes my character, Jake is based, physically, on a man who refers to himself as a male burlesque dancer / model etc. Otherwise at this stage no, none of my characters are based on anyone in particular. Of course I get ideas of what a younger character might say from my own children or children who surround us purely because what they say is so innocent and often hilariously honest.
Do you have a favorite character or book you have written?
Jake is definitely my favourite so far. I have such a personal bond with Intoxicated because the story is based on me asking myself the question ‘what if?’ What if my husband passed away? What would I do? How would I react if a male entertainer gave me the attention Jake gives Kat? How would my children handle being introduced to a new male figure into their lives if their father were no longer with us? Basically once I had asked myself these questions I allowed my imagination run wild and hence the novel Intoxicated was born.
Any hints as to what readers can expect next?
Well I have recently self-published my second novel Reanimation which is a young adult, paranormal romance based in Vancouver, Canada and is the first novel in my Reanimation Trilogy. I am super excited about this series. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing it and I am excited to think that I may have added a twist to this series that, from my knowledge, may never have been done before.
Other than that I have ideas for more romance novels, whether they include detailed sex scenes or not who knows, but most likely yes they will. Then I also have plans for more YA novels also. And maybe that thriller one day.
Tell us about your Street Team and or Reader Group and let us know how interested readers can join.
My beta team is small, but so useful. I may consider adding more names to my list as people get busy living life and find it hard to read my work from their computers to meet my deadline. But I am cautious of who I send my work to. I guess as an emerging author I need to squash my fears and know that our copyright laws are there for a reason.
For new to you readers, what book would you suggest they read first?
This is an interesting question because Intoxicated is an erotic, rural based romance that most people have enjoyed reading but it has also given me the name of being a writer of detailed bedroom scenes. There is so much more to this story than sex so I am proud to show that I am able to write something other than a juicy sex scene by releasing Reanimation. I guess it’s up to the reader as to which story interests them more as to which novel they will pick up first.
When not writing your own books, who do you like to read?
I’m currently reading Bryce Courtney’s, Tandia, but I enjoy reading my friends novels in exchange for my review. I enjoy a good romance but I also enjoy a novel with a twist. I like to be surprised when I read a scene that I did not see coming. It’s also nice to read reviews from my readers who tell me that they too did not see a twist I’ve written. It’s a massive compliment for any author.
I loved Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, the Twilight Saga, Hunger Games novels and the Divergent series, just to name a few of my favourites.
Share a random fact or two that readers don’t know about you.
One random fact that people may find interesting is that I have never in my life (apart from that moment almost three years ago when I attended the all-male revue) wanted to write anything other than a love sick poem during my early teen years. The sudden urge to write surprised me as much as it surprised everyone who knows me, but it was a good surprise.
I’ve always felt that there was something more in store for me. It’s taken me a long time to find my calling, but here I am, a self-published author who is willing to learn and accept that I will make mistakes as I travel down this road. A journey that I am loving every minute of and wouldn’t change one bit of.
Celebrity Crush? Chris Hemsworth – Who could resist a blue eyed, blonde haired Aussie boy. Not me.
Favorite Beverage? Apple cider
Sweet or Savory for snacks? Sweet for sure, but I can’t pass up a salted nut after indulging in a few ciders.
What type of music do you listen to? Everything and anything, but only ever classical when I write. If I hear words being said while I’m writing I tend to write them.
Favorite tv show? We have a show here in Australia called ‘Have you been paying attention.’ It’s a group of comedians and popular tv actors who answer questions about current affairs, but they have a lot of fun with it and they crack me up with their crazy answers.
Do you have any pets? Yep a big fat grey and white cat and a small dog. No they don’t get along.
Biggest pet peeve? Liars. Seriously it’s okay to make mistakes but it’s better to own your mistakes and apologies for them no matter how bad they seem. Saying sorry maybe the hardest thing, but it will make every situation better in the long run and hopefully learn from your mistakes.
Favorite vacation spot? I’m happy to go bush and camp for a few days with my family. I’m not a high maintenance kind of girl. I don’t need room service and porters although I wouldn’t say no to it if the opportunity were to arise.
Morning or Night person? Hmm if I’m out with my girlfriends I’m a night owl through and through. But if I’m at home I prefer to get things done first thing in the morning so I have the rest of the day to write then I hit the hay early at night.
Favorite sports team? Here we have AFL football. Australian Football League otherwise known as Aussie Rules Footy. The team I support are called Essendon or the mighty, mighty Bombers.
Hobbies? Writing is kind of like a hobby and also a job for me now, but other than that I love attending my weekly karate class.
Kat is a widowed mother of two who is ready to fall in love again, or at the least indulge in a decent one night stand.
On the weekend of her 37th birthday her girlfriends drag her to the city in the hope of instilling a little fun back into her life.
The last person Kat expects to meet is, Jake. A strong, handsome male stripper…who remembers her.
Kat is swept off her feet by the gorgeous, masculine entertainer as one night leads to an entire weekend of emotional and physical exploration of one another with Jake wanting more.
But how can their relationship possibly stretch beyond the weekend? He’s a city boy and she’s a country girl. She has kids and is dealing with the loss of her husband while he is busy simply enjoying life.
Their worlds clearly collide.
However these little worries turn out to be the least of their problems.
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Rylan should be 45 years old.
His heart should beat regularly and pump blood through his veins.
His skin should feel warm, not ice cold and free of imperfections.
Rylan is a vampire and he will never be human again.
When Rylan meets Kady he falls irreversibly in love with her. A long lasting and physical relationship is impossible with him being a vampire and she a mere human.
But what if there were a way they could be together? What if there were a way to reverse the disease that possesses his body?
Kady’s father, Dr Allister Matthews, is a world renowned stem cell researcher who has found a way to cure vampires of their disease.
The process is called Reanimation.
The question is, if you were a young, indestructible vampire gifted with immense power, unattainable speed and unimaginable wealth set to live for an eternity and you were given the chance to reanimate back into a slow, weak, vulnerable human being, would you do it?
Would you do it for love?
Check out the Book Trailer for Reanimation!
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About Stacey McCoy
I consider myself lucky to be living an idyllic rural life style being a farmer’s wife and mother of two near perfect children. My handsome husband quite often asks me to help him feed sheep, move sheep or draft sheep.
Although busy with all of the above I also work part-time and
in my spare time, I write novels.
I’ve always felt a calling, a yearning for something
While out on the town for my girlfriends hens party at Melbourne’s Crown Casino the idea for my first novel, Intoxicated came to life. The story, the characters, the scenes in which they live came alive inside my mind so clearly it surprised me. I’ve never felt so certain about anything (regarding my choice in career) before.
Writing has become a compulsion for me. It’s not a job, it’s not work. It’s something I enjoy doing and it’s now a big part of my life.
My love for writing is very recent. I’ve only been bashing the keys since September 2014, yet somehow I’ve managed to complete two novels and start a third (and fourth).
My characters run a constant muck in my head and I find the only way to control them is to bring them to life on my computer screen.
Those who know me were just as surprised as I was when I told them, I’m going to be a writer.’
You see I was never one to pick up a book and now I find it hard to put them down.
I truly believe, “everyone is naturally good at something.”
As I said, the idea for my first novel, Intoxicated came to me while I was attending an all-male revue for my friend’s hens’ party (strange, but true).
You never know when inspiration will strike, but make sure you grab it with both hands when it does.
I promise, no male burlesque dancer was hurt during my moment of perspicuity.
Connect with Stacey McCoy
Stacey, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and chat with me!
It’s always fun to get a sneak peak into the mind of a writer as well as what they have coming our way!
Readers, make sure you drop by and visit Stacey at her social media sites to learn more about Intoxicated and Reanimation as well as her upcoming releases.
Have questions for Stacey McCoy? Leave a comment and I’ll make sure she sees it!