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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Romancing Your Dark Side Tour Week: Jamie Magee Interviews Stacey Kennedy

As a part of the Romancing Your Dark Side Tour we have a few stops that allow us to interview each other. I admit I was really excited about this – I thought to myself now…I can get the answers I want! Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Stacey Kennedy the author of Whatnots & Doodads. It has been a delight to be on this tour with her and I look forward to diving to each of her novels.

About the Author, Stacey Kennedy:
Stacey Kennedy’s urban fantasy/paranormal and erotic romance series have hit Amazon Kindle and All Romance Ebooks Bestseller lists. If she isn’t plugging away at her next novel, tending to her two little ones, she’s got her nose deep in a good book. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband. Be sure to drop her a line at www.staceykennedy.com, she loves to hear from her readers.

About the Book, Whatnots & Doodads:
For Bryanna, a witch from the Asheville Coven, magic is on the fritz. Shunned by her coven and her boyfriend Layton for her unruly magic, she seeks a new life for herself. It just so happens, fate steps in and brings her to Strange Hollow--a place where being different is not only acceptable, but encouraged.

When Bryanna arrives in Strange Hollow, Zeke, a demon gone good, is burning with Hell’s fire over her. Not only has she set his world ablaze, but he’s found one soul he can save. He’s determined to free her from the insecurities that have damaged her soul.

Together they experience lava-hot passion as they weave their way through a tornado of emotions. But when
Layton returns for her, will Zeke’s attempts to break the unworthy cage woven around her be enough to keep her in Strange Hollow forever? 

The Interview:

1)      I love your title, Whatnots & Doodads – how did you come up with that name? Was it your first choice or did you debate on others?

The character, Bryanna came up with this title. I knew I needed something quirky to reflect the humor that’s in the story and this line comes right from her dialogue.  She’s a witch but not a very good one. Every time she conjures magic it always comes out in weird sort of ways, and she calls them her “Whatnots and Doodads”. So that’s where the title came from. It’s her description of the items her magic produces.

2)      So…what’s your sign? ( I love the zodiac can you tell?!) Do you feel like the characteristics of that sign fit you?

I’m a Sagittarius and yes, I fit that sign perfectly! Whenever I read a little snippet of what they traits are, I’m always shocked how many similarities there are. Below is a perfect example:

Your optimism and big ideas are always helpful in the workplace when you are given the freedom you require to express yourself. One of the strongest qualities of a Sagittarian person is their imagination. This imagination fits in with the symbol of the Sagittarius. The symbol is an Archer half man/ half horse which symbolizes the attempt to free it's self from the grasp of a mythic animal.

3)      What draws you to write your genre? 

Easy answer, I love the paranormal and it’s my favorite genre to read. Give me alpha men, magic, mystery, danger…and I’m a sucker.

4)      When you wrote Whatnots & Doodads did you write it from the beginning to the end – or did you write the story line in a different order?

I always write in order and the reason being is because, I’m a panster. I can’t plot a book out for the life of me. Honestly, I sit there and stare at a blank screen. I only know what’s going to happen as I’m writing it. Sometimes on karger stories, I’ll plot after just to make sure I’m hitting character ARC’s and things happen when they should, but for the most part it’s all in order. Well, sometimes I skip to the steamy stuff because both the characters and me get impatient.

5)      What is a must have when you write?

Coffee—that’s it…that’s all!

6)      I have found that a lot of writers have playlist that they love to write with – do you have one? If so, what songs are on it ?

I think it’s awesome that writers can work with music but I’m not one of them. I love silence.

7)      What inspires you to write – where do your ideas come from?

Most of the time my ideas come for the story I’m writing. I’ll branch off using side characters that demand their stories be told or a completely different set of characters pop into my head that are totally unrelated. I never fight it. If someone wants their story told…I tell it.

8)      What did you find to be the most challenging about the writing process?

Edits—I loathe them!  I love seeing the story become richer through the advice of my editor but I honestly hate that part. I get grumpy.

9)      What is the easiest part about the writing process – what do you adore about what you do?

I love creating. My favorite part is writing the first draft. I love to see where the characters take me and since I’m not a plotter, it’s as exciting for me as it is for the reader because I never know what’s going to happen next.

10)   Where can readers reach you:

Wow, what a great interview! Thank you so much Stacey, I can see we a lot in common when it comes to writing styles ( I’m a proud panster, too!) .

I hope everyone enjoyed talking to Stacey as much as I did – do you have any questions you would like to ask her? I know she would be excited to answer them – so ask away.

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  1. Thanks for the awesome interview, Jamie! And thanks to Authors by Authors for having us by today! :)

  2. Great interview and I totally agree about the title being awesome! Oh and ofcourse "Coffee—that’s it…that’s all!" is so true when it comes to what you need in order to write = )

  3. Great interview !! i love staceys books she's one of my favorite authors :)

  4. Enjoyed the interview I love to read more background to how the books start and evolve. Love stacey's books.

  5. Thanks for the interview Jamie and Authors for Authors! Always a fan favourite :-)

  6. Thank you Stacey for sharing today. Whatnots & Doodads sounds awesome. I love that you shared a small piece of you with us today and I knew were were kindred spirits - I have to have coffee when I am working:)



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