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Day 12 brings us the fantastic Stacey Kade, author of THE GHOST AND THE GOTH (such a cute story–my review HERE). As an award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and their three retired racing greyhounds, Joezooka (Joe), Tall Walker (Walker), and SheWearsThePants (Pansy). When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television with her Roswell DVD’s, staring rapturously at Jason Behr. If you’d like to read more about Stacey or her books, visit her adorable website HERE.
What kind of research and/or planning did you do for your novel?
Fortunately for me, ghosts and people seeing ghosts are topics that have fascinated me for a long time. So, I didn’t have to do much research, mainly because I’d read all about it for years for fun! However, I did some checking into mediums and how they describe seeing spirits. For the second book, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, I did more researching in famous haunted places and buildings.
What’s up next for Alona and Will?
In QUEEN OF THE DEAD, they’re trying to work together to help ghosts who are stuck in between, but there are some new people in town, which complicates matters. 🙂
Where do you do the majority of your writing?It depends. When the writing is going well, I’m in my home office. When I’m struggling, you’ll usually find me at the local Barnes and Noble café. Being around all those books just helps me concentrate for some reason!Here’s a picture of my home office:
Describe your journey from copywriter to published YA author.
It’s probably a little less cut-and-dried than it might seem! I’ve been working as a copywriter since I graduated from college, but I’ve been writing fiction since then as well. Some of it was publishable; some of it was most definitely not. So, it’s only been in the last couple of months that I’ve actually been able to focus more on writing books than marketing copy. And I love it!
What advice to you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up, and give yourself permission to write a crappy first draft. That last part is a paraphrase from Anne Lamott’s BIRD BY BIRD, one of the best books about writing EVER! (Will definitely check it out–thanks!)
Since you’ve been published, what’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you?
Book tour, definitely. In June I was part of the UNREQUIRED READING tour with six other Hyperion authors. We went from coast-to-coast in about ten days. It was amazing and so much fun! (sounds fabulous)
Finish this sentence: When I’m not writing, I…Am reading or obsessing over Supernatural! (excellent choice. Love that Dean!)
Stacey Kade, thank you SO much for coming to visit! We’re really looking forward to your sequel QUEEN OF THE DEAD, out June 2011.
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