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January 29, 2013

Plotting Princess for the day-Stacy Green & Into the Dark

The PP Gals Welcome Stacy Green!
And stay til the end for the special announcement.

Hey, Stacy!

How did you get from your day job to writing romance?  Well, my day job has been a stay at home mom/child care provider since 2006. I’d given up writing years ago, but once I had more time to myself, I started writing again and slowly the book emerged.

What are your three favorite books of all time? Just three? Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned, Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs, Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

Morning, afternoon, or evening person? Evening, but my daughter’s schedule forces me to be a morning person.

Music--with or without? What kind? Depends on my mood. If I listen to music when writing, it’s usually mellow, like Snow Patrol, The Fray, Tori Amos.

First or third POV? I love reading both, but I tend to write in third because I use multiple points of view, and I think that’s easier to read.

How's tricks? Do you juggle multiple projects? I’m going to be this year. I think the key is being very organized. I’m working on learning to plot and write faster, and to stop procrastinating. My biggest worry is that one book will sound too much like the other!

What's harder: beginning, middle, or the end? Middle, by far. You’ve got to make it count, and it’s really easy to get bogged down in details.

Revisions: Love 'em or hate 'em? Love ‘em! That’s when you really get into the meat of the story.

How did you come up with that title?  The storm drains below Las Vegas play a key role in the book, and since Emilie and Nathan venture into the tunnels in search of the bad guy, INTO THE DARK seemed natural. The tunnels are pitch black and terrifying, and I think the title evokes that.

Best advice anybody every gave you? Write the book you want to read.

Fill in this blank: My ideal fictional hero would think me gorgeous no matter… how chubby I am, or how bad of hair day I was having, or my Google Chrome browser history. It’s for research purposes, after all!

What's your favorite dessert? Cheesecake!

Do you write at home or someplace else? I’m able to write at home. Unfortunately, my office is also the spare bedroom and/or junk room, so I spend a lot of time working in my living room recliner.

What's your favorite type of hero/heroine and why? I like a vulnerable hero/heroine, one who has persevered through various hardships and still manages to have a good outlook on life. I think damaged makes for much more interesting reading!

An Excerpt From INTO THE DARK:

Emilie risked another glance at him. Narrowed in either anger or grief, his eyes glistened with moisture. “She was wrong. All of those exist in the daylight as well. Poor Jo didn’t need to fear the dark. Her bad luck came on a hot, sunny afternoon.” His voice faltered.
“What happened to her?”
“That’s none of your business.” Her captor jumped as though jolted with electricity. “Josephine belongs to me and to me alone,” he snarled.
Emilie scooted as far away from the man as the small space would allow.
“I’m sorry.” His voice was contrite. “Forgive my rudeness. That was extremely ungentlemanly.”
Intimacy had crept back into his tone. Emilie cringed.
“Don’t be afraid, Miss Emilie,” Creepy Guy pleaded. “I would never hurt you.”
“You already have.”
He edged closer until his covered arm brushed her bare one. The material was soft and lightweight. Breathable. Expensive. Not cheap rags like Joe wore.
“Only because you’re scared. But I knew we were connected the first moment I saw you. Once you allow me to explain my actions, you will understand everything. You carry our connection with you every day.”
“We have no connection.”
“Oh but we do. I’ve watched you for so long, my dear Miss Emilie.” He spoke softly now, like a lover would. “So many times, I was close enough to reach out and touch you, to make you mine. But the time and place weren’t right. Waiting for you has been torture.”

INTO THE DARK is on sale for $2.99 for a limited time only!

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Stacy Green is fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind and explores true crime on her popular Thriller Thursday posts at her blog,
Get Twisted.

After earning her degree in journalism, Stacy worked in advertising before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. She rediscovered her love of writing and wrote several articles for Women’s Edition Magazine of Cedar Rapids, profiling local businesses, before penning her first novel. Her debut novel, INTO THE DARK, is set in Las Vegas and features a heroine on the edge of disaster, a tormented villain, and the city’s infamous storm drains that house hundreds of homeless. INTO THE DARK is available on all digital formats and paperback November 30th.

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Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Good morning, Stacy, and welcome to the PP. Congratulations on Into the Dark. You are getting rave reviews on this book. Are you surprised when you get those?

Liese said...

Oooo, spooky excerpt! Thanks for sharing!

How did you research the tunnels?

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Stacy Green said...

Good morning, Vicki! Thanks for having me. I've been thrilled with the reviews, and yes, surprised. It's my first book, and since writing the second and being well into my third, I've thought of all sorts of things I could have done differently with INTO THE DARK. So to see so many good reviews has been wonderful.

You're very welcome. As for the tunnels, my first stop was to read Matt O'Brien's book, Beneath the Neon. He spent a lot of time talking with the locals and touring the tunnels, and he does a great job of brining their reality to life. I also managed to talk to Matt over the phone, and that really helped me to get a strong sense of what it would be like to be down there.

Great questions!

Kim Cresswell said...

Great post, Stacy. Love the excerpt. :)

Phyllis said...

Hi Stacy, Welcome to Plotting Princesses!

Yep, he sounds like a Creepy Guy. Of course you gave us just enough to want to know more!

Congratulations on the review and best wishes toward many sales!

Pamela Stone said...

Hi Stacy. Welcome to the PP. Great having you. I too love the editing/rewrite stage. That's where the magic/life gets added.

Stacy Green said...

Thanks so much, Kim. Congrats on your upcoming release!

Thank you! He is creepy, and I am always thinking of ways I could make my next guy creepier. Thanks!

Thanks! I agree. I'm actually working on a new book, and I am leaving out a lot of the extras until the second draft because that's when I do my best work.

Sylvia said...

Hi Stacy,
I'm late to the party as usual. I loved Silence of the Lambs. Terrifying book and movie, but interesting character.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Stacy, thank you for visiting today. The PP gals wish you much success with Into the Dark.

Kathy Ivan said...

Hi Stacy. What a great excerpt, really stirs the imagination, which is always what a writer wants to do. Have you always written suspense?

Congratulations on your release and for stoppinb by and sharing with the PP blog today.

Stacy Green said...

No problem, thanks for stopping by. Agree on SotL, but a must read!

Vicki - thanks so much. Enjoyed the stop.

Kathy - I have always written some for of suspense, but it's definitely evolved as I got older. Has always been my favorite genre to read. Thanks so much!

Alisha said...

Fantastic excerpt! What an interesting concept! Sounds like a great read! Love the cover too!