❤ It's my pleasure to welcome author, Stacey Joy Netzel to the blog today. Stacey, will you please share a short bio with us?
Wisconsin native Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. A member of Romance Writer's of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA), she credits her parents for encouraging her dreams of becoming a published author, as well as the very talented friends she’s made in WisRWA since joining in 2004. Her books have received numerous 5 Star reviews from reviewers and readers alike, and her Christmas anthology, Mistletoe Rules, took 1st place in WisRWA's 2010 Write Touch Readers' Award. An avid reader and fan of movies with happy endings, Stacey lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. She works part-time as a travel agent, and in her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at their cabin on the lake.
❤ Tell us about your books.
My most recent releases, Trust in the Lawe and Shattered Trust are both set in my favorite state of Colorado. Since I can’t live there, I like to live vicariously through my characters. Both books have suspense to go with the romance, and Shattered Trust is the result of the author (me) really connecting with her secondary characters, twins, Justin and Jordan, while writing Trust in the Lawe. I just had to tell Justin’s story. I’m happy to say Jordan’s adventure, Shadowed Trust, is currently in edits.
❤ They sound fascinating! I, as you know, read Shattered Trust and absolutely loved it! Readers, you can find my review by clicking here. Stacey, when and why did you begin writing?
This answer is so boring, but it’s the truth. I started writing in high school because I loved reading so much and had all sorts of ideas for my own stories. I was very shy and loved the idea of my heroines being brave enough to do all the things I wanted to but couldn’t.
I quit writing for a number of years as life took over, began again in ’96, and became serious about getting published in 2004 when I finished my first book and joined Romance Writers of America. That book remains unpublished, but there may be a day it gets resurrected. My ‘call story’ consists of my critique partner Donna Marie Rogers and I submitting our connected stories to The Wild Rose Press in 2007 and receiving an email that they’d been accepted for contract. We were thrilled, and in Sept. 2007, our small town anthology Welcome To Redemption hit the shelves! It’s no longer available from The Wild Rose Press, but you can still purchase it at book retailers such as Amazon and Borders. Currently, we’re working on sequel stories in the series; the four novellas that originally made up the book will soon be rereleased with the sequels.
❤ Sounds like a dream come true! How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories?
My very first book was based on my summers working in Colorado on a ranch resort, but with LOTS of fiction thrown in. Since then, little things from my life affect my writing, like incorporating some negotiation training from my job into a few scenes in Shattered Trust. A book I’m currently submitting to agents begins with a real life experience where I was left behind in Italy by my brother and sister. They came back for me and our vacation continued without incident. In my book, my heroine isn’t so lucky. Um, no, wait a second…she gets a happily ever after with a sexy movie star…I take back the unlucky comment. LOL.
❤ What are your biggest motivations for writing?
Nothing noble or inspiring here; I just love to write!
❤ Best type of motivation, if you ask me. Which books, do you think, have most influenced your life and your writing the most?
I can’t really name any one book or author. I guess it’s been romance books in general. I don’t mind crying a little, but I’d better get that happy5 ending or else. Same with movies — can’t stand when someone dies at the end. I get enough of real life in my real life, thank you.
❤ Well put. What books are on your nightstand right now?
There are always books from The Wild Rose Press on my Nook because I really enjoy the quality of work they publish; Tempting Adam by Jill James being one of them. Fellow WisRWA member Jean Barrett’s new release Not Without You is one I can’t wait to read! Harlequin Intrigue author Carol Ericson has a great new Brothers in Arms series that launched this March with Navy SEAL Security. And most recently, I’ve enjoyed Haunting Jordan by PJ Alderman, Cattitude by Edie Ramer, and Sparring Partners by Leigh Morgan.
❤ What’s the most challenging aspect of writing?
Finding time and being creative after work, without taking too much time away from my family.
Falling in love with my characters.
❤ And the most rewarding?
Finishing a book and liking the end result.
❤ Describe your writing in three words.
Sensual. Heartwarming. Hopeful.
❤ What’s the most interesting comment you have ever received about your books?
I’m not sure this qualifies as ‘interesting’, but I was thrilled when this was sent to me the day after a friend and fellow RWA member bought my Christmas anthology, Mistletoe Rules: “Good morning, Well, is this your fault or mine? I bought your book to read on the airplane next week, but started the first pages at a stop and go light driving home after the meeting. I FINISHED THE BOOK YESTERDAY. Now I have to find another book.”
❤ That's hilarious! And a very kind comment too. What's next for you, Stacey?
Finish edits for Shadowed Trust, which should get a late 2011 or early 2012 release date.
❤ Where can you be found on the web?
www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com is my website. Check it out for listings of my books, my blog, contest info, and a free read! Be sure to take a glance at the FUN page for my favorite TV shows and movies. I’m also at Facebook too, if anyone wants to follow me there.
❤ Before we conclude this interview, is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
I’d love to hear from readers what “hook” are you an absolute sucker for? Secret baby, amnesia, friends who fall in love, etc. And what ones are you completely sick of?
❤ Stacey has been kind enough to offer a copy of Shattered Trust, either an electronic or print copy -- winner's choice -- to one lucky reader! I know all you guys will enjoy this one; I read it and love it! You can read my review of it here.
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment answering Stacey's question, or ask her a new one of your own. No need to follow my blog, though it is appreciated :) Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you when you win!
Contest ends June 1st, 2011 at midnight EST. Open INTERNATIONALLY but you must be a US resident to be eligible for the print copy.