SJ: Stacy Juba
E: Welcome to Bookish Stacy! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
SJ: Thanks for having me! I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember and enjoy writing adult mystery novels in particular. I've also written young adult novels and children's picture books. I basically write whatever I feel inspired to write. I'm also a former daily newspaper reporter.
E: Who or what inspired you to start writing?
SJ: I wrote my first story, The Curse of the White Witch, in third grade. I remember just getting an idea in my head and feeling compelled to write a story. By fifth grade, I was writing my own mystery series. My fifth grade teacher encouraged me to keep writing and built my confidence. I was very introverted and had a hard time socially in school - but on paper, I created these vivid, action-packed stories. It was my way of communicating and showing that you can't judge a book by its cover - there was more to that shy girl than met the surface!
E: Do you mind telling us how long did it take for you to write "Twenty Five Years Ago Today"?
SJ: It took a couple years to write (I was working full-time back then), another couple years to find an agent, and then several years to sell. During that time, I did many revisions to make it stronger.
E: Are you interested in Greek mythology or did you have to do research on it for your book?
SJ: I've always been interested in Greek mythology and bought my first book of Greek myths when I was around 10 or 11. I actually used that book as a reference when I was working on Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. I did need to do a little research to refresh my memory, so I could choose the best myths to write about in the novel, but I basically knew what I was looking for - I just needed to check the details.
E: Are any of your characters or scenes based on people/events in your own life?
SJ: I once worked in a newsroom of a small daily newspaper which was eventually bought out and underwent many changes. The story and characters of Twenty-Five Years Ago Today are pure fiction, but I did want to convey how the newspaper industry is changing and how small independently owned papers are becoming rare. Did the newspaper in the book undergo positive changes or is it starting to lose its identity? I wanted readers to decide for themselves and think about their own hometown newspapers in a different way. Also, in Sink or Swim, my character Cassidy works in a health club. I worked for a health club in college, so I drew upon that experience to lend authenticity to those scenes.
E: If your book was made into a movie who would you cast for it?
SJ: As far as Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, I could see Spencer Grammer from Greek in the role of Kris and Zac Efron as Eric. They might be a little on the young side, but they could probably pull it off! (Are you listening, Hollywood?)
E: What’s next in line for you, are you working on a new book now?
SJ: I have a new book, Dark Before Dawn, coming out in January 2012, a paranormal thriller. It's appropriate for teenagers, but I think adults would enjoy it also. I'm also going to start working on releasing an updated version of my out-of-print young adult novel, Face-Off, and release it's unpublished sequel Offsides. It's possible that may be accomplished by the end of the year. This spring, I'll be releasing an adult mystery short story called Dirty Laundry, which readers will be able to download free from Smashwords. Next year, I plan to go back to writing my novel-in-progress Sign of the Messenger, which was a recipient of the William F. Deeck Malice Domestic Grant and is the first in a planned series. I'd also like to write a short story for Kindle and other e-book retailers featuring Kris and Cassidy, from Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim.
E: Which of your favorite books would you recommend everybody to read?
SJ: True Balance by Sonia Choquette, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, and A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen. If everyone read those books and took them to heart, I think we would have a more positive, more fulfilled and healthier society.
E: What genres do you like to read in your free time?
SJ: I mostly read mystery, romantic suspense, and romance. Once in awhile, I'll read a motivational and inspiring non-fiction book.
E: Do you have any role models?
SJ: Will Bowen became a role model when I read A Complaint Free World. There is a web site called http://www.acomplaintfreeworld.org/ and people are challenged to stop complaining for 21 days and wear a bracelet as a reminder. When you catch yourself complaining, gossiping or criticizing, you move the bracelet to the other arm and start over again. I've tried three times to make it 21 days and haven't done it yet - which reminds me, it's time to try again. Anyone who can accomplish that difficult task, and maintain it after the 21 days, is a role model to me.
E: What are your biggest pet peeves?
SJ: Rude drivers are the top of the list! (See, I just complained!)
E: Tell us five random facts about yourself.
I studied exercise physiology in college.My all time favorite movie is Return of the Jedi.My husband took me to see the Agatha Christie play The Mousetrap in London - ironically, I'd never heard of it.I was a diehard hockey fan in high school.I'm trained as a Reiki master.
E: If you could have dinner with three people/characters (real, imaginary, famous or not, even dead!) who would you choose?
SJ: Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Harry Potter!
- White or dark chocolate? Dark
- Coffee or tea?Hot chocolate, actually. Maybe tea, but definitely not coffee.
- Favorite fictional character? Nancy Drew
- Favorite movie? Return of the Jedi
- Favorite song? We Got the Beat by the Go Gos
- Favorite TV show? Friends
- Spring or Fall? Spring
Stacy, thank you so much for joining us today!
I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing your next books!
I hope you guys enjoyed the interview, for more information about Stacy and her books, please visit her website: Stacy Juba, her Goodreads page or/and read my review of Twenty Five Years Ago Today!
If you're wondering where to get Twenty Five Years Ago Today, here are the links:
About Sink or Swim:
After starring on a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship, personal trainer Cassidy Novak discovers that she has attracted a stalker. Soon, she will need to call SOS for real…
Excerpt from the book:
Cassidy sat poised in her chair as former contestants filed onto the soundstage at WBC in New York. Together, the studio audience and television viewers had watched the recorded footage of her walking the plank. Gabriel would now interview the competitors from the inaugural season one final time.More importantly, he would announce her prize. If it erased most of her debts, then it would at least make this whole embarrassing experience worthwhile. Cassidy’s heart kicked in her chest and sweat moistened her brow.As one of her old teammates entered, her heart rate skyrocketed for a different reason. Josh Sanchioni slid into a bucket seat, carrying himself stiffer than normal in his sharp gray suit. Studio lights caught his sunbleached strawberry blonde waves, brightening the reddish gold tints.Cassidy slipped her gaze to his leather shoes. If Josh hadn’t been engaged, they could have been an item. Instead, they’d been good friends until that one evening when the cameras were off and they almost kissed. They’d both realized their mistake and backed away. Things were strained until Josh walked the plank a week later.Tonight, not only did Cassidy have to face Josh, she would probably meet his fiancée.Her cheeks heating, Cassidy focused on the competitor beside Josh as a distraction. Adam Horton sat erect, hands folded in the lap of his olive green khakis. He wasn’t military, but he dressed like an Army wannabe. His reptilian eyes drilled into Cassidy, his angular face revealing the shape of bones underneath. A blond goatee darkened his pointy chin. Cassidy shuddered involuntarily. Adam never said much, but he made her uncomfortable just the same.
And now, for the GIVEAWAY!!!
Stacy generously provided us with two Smashwords downloads of her latest mystery novel, Sink or Swim.
Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 10th and it's open International
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The winner will be picked with Random.org.
Thanks Stacy! And good luck everyone :)