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Author Interview: Kate Stacey

Here at Top Shelf Editing, we love to share with everyone some of our favorite authors and their books. Today, we’re talking to Author Kate Stacy about her book SUPERNOVA and her thoughts on being a writer, among other things. Please take a moment to read this interview, then stay tuned at the end for information on how you can purchase your copy of Supernova!

Kate Stacy is an indie author, trucker’s wife, and mother of three. She is the author of small-town contemporary romance, and she brings readers steamy romance from small-town hearts. Born and raised in northern Virginia, she now resides in North Carolina with her family and her extremely sassy cat.
Kate, let’s talk!
Have you ever cried over a book? If so, which one and why? The first book I read that really got my tears flowing was Bright Side by Kim Holden. I’ve never had a single book make me feel so many things. I swear, I went through every single emotion while lost in those pages. The characters are so well-written and relatable, it’s impossible not to smile, laugh, and cry when they do.
If you could go back and tell your pre-writing self anything, what would it be? Don’t publish until you have a second (or even third) book ready to go! I got so excited about publishing, I didn’t plan ahead and it bit me in the butt for sure.
What’s your spirit animal and why? The dragonfly. A dragonfly’s symbolism is all about change and learning through experience. It’s a symbol of joy and lightness and being deeply connected with your thoughts and emotions. Dragonflies are light and free, so they can easily bounce back from challenges and difficulties.
What’s been the most successful marketing tool for you? Word of mouth. I could spend thousands on ads, but nothing will ever compare to readers sharing their love of my books. As a reader myself, if I had to choose a book I heard about from a friend or a book I saw in an ad, I’d choose my friend’s recommendation every time.
Do you believe writing is a gift or a learned skill? Writing is a learned skill. Anyone can learn to write, but some people are natural storytellers. Those are the people with a gift.
Do you believe anyone could write a book? Without a doubt. If someone has a story to tell, or the knowledge (non-fiction), they could absolutely write a book. With the help of other authors, editors, proofreaders, and everyone else in the writing community, it’s absolutely possible.
How do you name your characters? I’m a name stealer! (ha ha) There are couple characters in upcoming books where I’m using the names of people I know. I actually keep a list of names that I like, so I mostly use those. If I hear or see a name somewhere the sparks an interest, I write it down. If I’m stuck on a last name or something, I’ll scroll through random people on Facebook and steal their last names.
Do you read your book reviews? Why or why not? I do for now. I know a lot of authors don’t, and maybe I’ll get to that point. Maybe my feelings will change, but I can’t say for sure. I haven’t had any really bad reviews, yet. I know that readers can be harsh, some can be downright mean, but if someone reads my books and takes the time to express how they felt about it – I want to know. I want to know what they liked/didn’t like because it’ll help me grow as a writer.
Are any parts of your book(s) auto-biographical?Yes! My first book, Long Road Home, has a lot of my husband and I behind the words, characters, and scenes. That particular book actually started off as a loose retelling of our own love story. The end result is nothing close, but it does have certain truths within the pages. Certain scenes and conversations actually happened between the two of us. A couple of the characters and their actions are based on real people and real events.
How long does it take you (on average) to write a book?My first book took me about two months to write, which is about average for me. The book I’m getting ready to release, Supernova, took much longer because some things happening in my personal life with my family made it extremely difficult to get into the head space for writing that particular book.
Do you write to music? If so, what do you listen to?Music is my favorite thing, besides books. I have to listen to music while I write because it helps get me into the right head space for the story and helps me tune out what’s going on around me. There’s a playlist for every book I write. My tastes are very eclectic, and my playlists reflect that. I move from old school hip hop, to country, to metal, to pop as easily as I breathe. I actually have one playlist on Spotify called “Everything” and it’s exactly what the title implies: a huge mix of songs I like, no matter the genre.
Have you ever thought of writing outside your genre?Absolutely. Outside the general romance genre, probably not. I write contemporary romance, but I’d love to branch out into paranormal romance. Someday I might, but I haven’t had any of those type of stories speak to me just yet.
What is your best writing advice for beginners? Never, ever let your self-doubt stop you from writing. I think it’s something that every author deals with, at least at first. You’ll question whether your words are good enough, or if your characters are relatable. You’ll worry whether or not anyone is actually going to read your book, let alone enjoy it. Some days you might want to give up, but don’t! Write for you. Publish for you. Someone out there will love your words, but the most important thing is that YOU love them.

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