Today I’m introducing you all to Stacy Deanne. Stacey is a writer I met through a book club on Facebook. She writes sexy interracial romantic suspense, and even though we “talk” online, it was fun getting to know her a bit more. Enjoy!
I was born and raised in Houston and still reside here. I’ve always been a lover of mysteries and I am a big Hitchcock fan. I have always supported interracial relationships so that’s why I incorporate interracial romantic subplots into my stories.
I used to stay up late to watch Alfred Hitchcock reruns on Nick at Night. But I digress, lol. Describe your journey to becoming published?
I guess my journey is similar to many. I started writing professionally at 19 in 1997 and in 2005 I got my first contract for Divas of the New Millennium, a compilation biography book focusing on popular female singers of the 90’s. From there I got a two-book deal from Simon and Schuster for Everlasting in 2007 and Melody in 2008. I’m now with the award-winning Peace in the Storm Publishing. My journey started with me querying and doing my best to shop around my work, and finally I got a deal. It took a lot of hard work, determination, and honing my craft but it was well worth it.
You’ve worked hard to become successful and that’s great. Now I’ve got to look up that book on 90s singers. My absolute favorite decade! Okay, tell me about your latest book.
The Wild Life is the third installment in the Bree and Steven Interracial Romantic Suspense series. It focuses on two Albany Police Detectives Brianna “Bree” Morris and Steven Kemp who have a past love affair. She’s black and he’s white. The characters first appeared in my 2008 release Melody. The first two installments in the series are Giving up the Ghost and The Season of Sin.
About The Wild Life:
When Albany Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris learns that Cuban crime lord Milan Varela wants her estranged father dead, she heads off to Miami to find out why. With Homicide Detective Jayce Matthews and her ex-lover Detective Steven Kemp she devises a plot to get close to the Varela organization. Brianna finds herself attracted to the older Milan and falls deep into his web of seduction while fighting to keep her mind on her mission. Milan is equally drawn to Brianna and vows to win her trust and her heart. Is Milan really the villain when it comes to Brianna’s father? Or is he the victim? Is Brianna’s father really in danger or is there more to the story than anyone could ever imagine? Brianna risks her life to save her father’s but will she end up losing her own?
Man, that sounds like a juicy story! My palms are sweating already! It must take a lot of inspiration to come up with such a unique storyline. Who or what inspires you as a writer?
I’ve always had a great imagination. The happiness writing brings me is what inspires me to be honest. I just love writing and it’s a part of me. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
I can relate to that. When do you make time for writing?
I don’t have set times. I usually like writing late at night and when I first wake up but I also write all during the day if I’m really into a project.
I think we all would love to have more time for writing. So you write suspense with interracial relationships, why?
This goes back to me loving mysteries and interracial relationships. I just love suspense and Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder and Psycho are two movies that inspired my love for mysteries. I think Hitchcock is the most brilliant suspense mind ever and I strive to be like him with my work. The interracial subplots are what really make my work stand out.
I was just talking to a woman looking for more interracial stories. I will tell her to check you out. What advice do you have for other writers?
First you have to be fully committed. You also have to understand the business side of writing before jumping into writing. Writers should have their goals mapped out and they should always be realistic. The most important thing is to always be willing to learn, and to write because you want to above all else.
So true, when it’s a chore and not something you want to do it can steal your voice. Last fun question, if money were no object what hobby would you have?
Going to the Hamptons. LOL!
Hey, girl, I’m right there with you! Tell everyone how they can find you online?
People can connect with me through the links below:
Thanks for the great interview, Stacy! But that’s not all folks. Stacy has graciously agreed to a giveaway. Be sure to check out the details below.
Five people who provide the most interesting answer to this question will each win an ebook copy of The Wild Life.
In The Wild Life, Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris finds herself torn between her duty to save her father and her feelings for the mobster who is trying to kill him. What do you think makes bad boys so attractive to some women?
Giveaway ends at 8 pm Central Time. Ebook copies will be emailed to participants by Stacy-Deanne. Commenters must leave email address with comment to be eligible.