My name is Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne), I have been writing professionally for twelve years. I am a novelist with Simon and Schuster. I began writing professionally at nineteen years old. I write mainstream fiction. I write books with characters of all different backgrounds. Most of my work is multicultural for very diverse audiences.

I used to be a part-time model. I am a landscape photographer by hobby and a certified editor. I am single and I have no kids. I was born, raised and reside in Houston, Texas. My interests include traveling, music, movies, reading and tons of other things. I am a solitary person, which means I like to be alone a lot. I am a homebody and I have fun just staying at home most times.

My favorite types of books to read are thrillers and I love the old classics. I’m a very kind, sweet and down to earth person. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Right now I got a lot of things in the works. I am in the process of possibly having my books turned into movies and my latest; Melody is in talks to become a possible play. I’m very excited by what life’s presented to me and appreciate where I am now in terms of my career and life.

Author Interview with Stacy-Deanne:

What compelled you to write your first book?


Stacy-Deanne: The excitement I got from writing is what compelled me to write my first book and to make a career out of the craft.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Stacy-Deanne: No, it just came to me suddenly really. I’d always had a great imagination and had written some short stories in school that people enjoyed but didn’t get the calling until I was nineteen this was when I got my first computer. A story awoke inside of me and I just had to write it down on paper. From that point on I loved writing so much I wanted to pursue it.

Tell us a little bit about your book/s.

Stacy-Deanne: My first published book is “Divas of the New Millennium it’s a compilation music book published in 2005. My second is “Everlasting” a modern day Latino love story focusing on two teens published in 2007. My recent is Melody published June of this year. Out of my published and unpublished books, Melody has always been my favorite because it’s the first thriller and mystery I’ve written and it was very exciting to write. Melody is about a young woman who is convinced that her sister’s new boyfriend is hiding something. She decides to find out more about him but realizes that he is very dangerous.

Have you ever won any writing awards? If so, what?

Stacy-Deanne: Yes I’ve won various awards. The most recent are two 2007 YGA Literary Awards for “Most Anticipated Latin Romance Novelist” and “Most Anticipated Author of the Year.” I am also proud that I was profiled and featured in Heather Covington’s “Literary Divas”, a 2006 book featuring the top most admired African-American Women writers.

How did you feel the day you held the copy of your first book in your hands?

Stacy-Deanne: I was very happy. I was happier the first time I saw one of my books in stores. That’s when it became a reality for me that I’d become published. It was an amazing feeling and funny how even though you think you’re prepared to see your work truly out there, it throws you for a loop.

What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write?

Stacy-Deanne: I’m a music lover and love all types of music but I do not listen to music when I’m writing. Most times when I write I like it to be totally quiet around me. I may have the television on low sometimes but most times I go without anything. It’s better for me to concentrate that way.

What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?

Stacy-Deanne: Writing itself inspires me because of the joy I get from it. I actually live to write and it’s a part of me. It’s what I was put on earth to do. Life wouldn’t be worth living because to me, writing is basically all I have.

What one thing are you the most proud of in your life?

Stacy-Deanne: Being a published author of course!

What about your family? Do you have children, married, siblings, parents? Has your family been supportive of your writing?

Stacy-Deanne: I am single and I do not have children. I lost my mother in the end of 2006 to Leukemia. My dad is still living though. They’ve always supported my career and helped me out with pursuing it. My entire family is proud of my career and I am grateful for that.

The main characters of your stories – do you find that you put a little of yourself into each of them or do you create them to be completely different from you?

Stacy-Deanne: Actually when I create my characters they have nothing to do with people or me I know. They come alive on their own. It’s hard to explain but writers understand what I mean by this. You can’t really create the character in my opinion. You began writing, you think of their name and how they may look, but if you are writing compellingly, they come alive on their own and they become more and more familiar to the author. The author begins to get to know the characters and that’s how the story grows. My characters always end up surprising me and that’s the fun part of fiction to me. Sure, I write what they do, but their personalities come alive on their own.

When growing up, did you have a favorite author, book series, or book?

Stacy-Deanne: I always loved the classics. I never had a favorite book because I love to read so much that it wasn’t possible for me to love just one. My favorites include, The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I love all of these authors and others including Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe.

What about now: who is your favorite author and what is your favorite genre to read?

Stacy-Deanne: Kay Hooper is my favorite author. My favorite genre is mystery, thriller and suspense. I can’t stand romance, sorry. LOL! I like a good love story within a story but I do not like the romance genre. I would prefer to read something challenging like a mystery. Now, a mystery with some romance is okay but I never liked the typical romance novels.

Hey, let’s get morbid. When they write your obituary, what do you hope they will say about your book/s and writing? What do you hope they will say about you?

Stacy-Deanne: First of all I hope this doesn’t happen any time soon, LOL. I hope that when it does happen, people will say how much my writing touched them. I hope that my death touched fans or readers of my work so much that they come to the funeral to show their respects. Just to have someone say how much he or she loved my writing would be great even if I didn’t know about it. I hope people say they admired me for following my dreams and encouraging others. I also hope that I die becoming a legend in the literary world. That is another part of my dream. I don’t want to just be a “writer”. I want to be a voice that lives on.

Do you have any pets? What are they? Tell us about them.

Stacy-Deanne: I don’t have any pets. I used to always have fish but they would stink up the house so I gave up on them. Also, no matter what I did, my fish would always die. I wouldn’t over feed them or anything. I think it has something to do with the structure of our home. Our home collects a lot of dust in some areas. It’s a big problem in Houston because of all the construction in the city. I think that the dust is what killed the fish. I’m no murderess! LOL.

Bring us into your home and set the scene for us when you are writing. What does it look like?

Stacy-Deanne: My computer is in the living room. It sits in a huge computer desk along with my printer, scanner and other attachments, LOL. I usually like to keep the blinds closed because I like dim lighting. I have a small lamp on the shelf above my computer and I use it while I write. I do not listen to music when I write but the television is on sometimes and sometimes it’s not. It’s a very peaceful environment and I make sure I’m comfortable so I can write.

Do you watch television? If so, what are your favorite shows? Does television influence of inspire your writing?

Stacy-Deanne: I love to watch movies and some things on cable. I don’t watch network television to be honest and I do not like reality shows. I basically watch DVD’s or On Demand. I haven’t watched network television in a while because I am not into most of those types of shows. I love Boomerang, the cartoon channel on digital cable, LOL. Anything I enjoy inspires my writing.

What about movies? Same as above.

Stacy-Deanne: Love them! I don’t go to the movies but DVD’s are my thing. I also like movies on cable if I come across a good one.

Focusing on your most recent (or first) book, tell our readers what genre your book is and what popular author you think your writing style in this book is most like.

Stacy-Deanne: I write mainstream fiction. My recent book, Melody is a mystery, suspense and thriller. It’s also classified as many other things. The story is along the lines of something thriller novelist Kay Hooper would write. She is also my favorite novelist.

How long did it take you to write your most recent (or first) book? When you started writing, did you think it would take that long (or short)?

Stacy-Deanne: Well, I originally wrote the first draft of Melody eleven years ago. In terms of length, I don’t think about that until I write the book. Once I edit it and cut things then that’s when I worry about the length. These days there is desired word count that authors should stick to so you basically already know the size the book should be by industry standards. I can’t remember how long it took me to first write Melody but probably three months or more. That’s how long it usually takes me to write a book.

Is there anyone you’d like to specifically acknowledge who has inspired, motivated, encouraged or supported your writing?

Stacy-Deanne: My mother who died Christmas Day 2006. She was meant everything to me and I wouldn’t have had the courage to follow my dreams if it weren’t for her and my dad. Rest in Peace mom.

Thinking about your writing career, is there anything you’d go back and do differently now that you have been published?

Stacy-Deanne: Honestly, I’d say no only because I appreciate even the negative experiences. They were what made it necessary for me to grow as a writer. I made mistakes like others do and though at the time, those mistakes hurt me I realized I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t learned from them. Also I am a person who believes in fate so I believe that whatever happens to us is supposed to so I never thought of changing anything. It’s just life, LOL.

What is your main goal or purpose you would like to see accomplished by your writing?

Stacy-Deanne: I’d like to inspire people to follow their dreams. I also want to be known as more than a writer but a legend years from now. When I die I want my work to live on like the great writers of past generations.

How has having a book published changed your life?

Stacy-Deanne: I’m more confident in my work because I know that I was good enough for someone to believe in me and publish my work. My life has changed because being published makes me an idol for aspiring writers (didn’t know they saw published authors that way until I was one!) and I connect with them all the time. I don’t think I would meet so many lovely people if I weren’t in this industry or published. The biggest thing is that I have fans now, LOL.

Many authors have said that naming their characters is a difficult process, almost like choosing a name for their own child. How did you select the names of some of your lead characters in your book/s?

Stacy-Deanne: For me it’s no big deal. I just choose a name and from there the character grows. I don’t think names are important in characters just personalities.

Have you ever had a character take over a story and move it in a different direction than you had originally intended? How did you handle it?

Stacy-Deanne: LOL, this is what happens all the time and I believe is supposed to happen with fiction if you’re writing well and have a strong story.

Is there any lesson or moral you hope your story might reveal to those who read it?

Stacy-Deanne: Well in Melody it deals with rape among other things so I would say that if anyone’s been a victim they should realize it’s never their fault and seek help.

Do you have any book signings, tours or special events planned to promote your book that readers might be interested in attending?

Stacy-Deanne: I plan to do a virtual book tour soon.

It’s said that the editing process of publishing a novel with a publisher is can be grueling and often more difficult than actually writing the story. Do you think this is true for you? How did you feel about editing your masterpiece?

Stacy-Deanne: I am an editor so I make sure my work is edited as much as possible before turning it in. I don’t find the editing process with the publisher grueling at all. All they do is make small suggestions about certain things and usually nothing major. It’s for the writer’s benefit because they’re pointing out things you may have missed.

Now that you are a published author, does it feel differently than you had imagined?

Stacy-Deanne: It’s funny that I can’t remember imagining how it would feel before it happened. I am just appreciative to be published. I’d researched the business for years and knew a lot before I got published so I didn’t have the expectations that some authors have. Some believe their whole world changes when they get published. That’s not true. It changes some but basically you’re the same person, you just got a book in stores, LOL.

Now, use this space to tell us more about who you. Anything you want your readers to know?

If anyone wants to read more about me I am all over the net, LOL! All you have to do is type in my name and tons of things will come up. I am on many social networks including My Space, Shelfari, Goodreads and Facebook. I also write articles for Articles Base.com. My articles are geared toward giving new and aspiring writers advice as well as tips for promotion. My books are available in stores all over the nation as well as online. It is very easy to track me down, LOL! I’m everywhere. Start out with the links below.

http://www.stacy-deanne.net
http://www.myspace.com/stacydeanne
http://www.articlesbase.com/authors/stacy-deanne/79527.htm (My articles)
You can reach me by email at: stacydeanne1@aol.com

Thanks for the interview! I enjoyed it!