Who is Stacy Eaton?
Stacy is a writer, as well as full-time Police Officer. She enjoys crime scene investigation above all else. She also owns a business that deals with helping people gain awareness for the causes they care most about. Stacy is a mother of two, and her husband is in law enforcement as well. She is very much into photography and she carries her Nikon Digital SLR with her almost everywhere, just in case. She also has two Shiloh Shepherd dogs and loves to play catch with them.
Stacy uses her experience at work to make the stories more believable, weaving bits of crime solving knowledge into her stories of fiction to make them more lifelike. She writes using a unique style that keeps you in the minds of all the important characters. Switching back and forth from mind to mind to keep the readers aware of what each character is feeling and why they do the things, they do.
Officer Nicole Nolan holds the gun steady in her hands, knowing that life will be forever altered once she pulls the trigger. Her position as a small town police officer is to protect those who cannot protect themselves. It is her job, her career and her life.
Amanda stands where protection does not exist. With several failed relationships behind her, Amanda turns a blind eye to the possessiveness Josh displays in order to soothe her desperate need to be loved. As the mental abuse turns violent, Amanda must deal with the denial and embarrassment of being a victim once again. With her emotional and physical health hanging on the edge, she must fight to regain control of her life.
A gripping story with one final destination, but will it be life or death?
Hi Stacy, and thank you so much for accepting the invitation to join me. I enjoyed reading your book, WHETHER I LIVE OR DIE. Before we start, is there anything more you could tell us about yourself? I posted your bio; however, with the exciting life you lead … I am wondering if there is anything new you would like to share with us?
Sass – Thank you so much for allowing me to visit – I love going new places and meeting new people! Let’s see more about me huh? Ok – I love being at the beach, letting the hot sun warm me while I bury my toes in the cool sand and the wind whispers along my skin. The sound of the waves gently lapping on the shore and the sea gulls chirping in the sky complete me somehow. My favorite drink is coffee during the day and chocolate martinis at night. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl and love to slip into my hiking boots come fall. Those are a couple of things I don’t normally share in interviews!
How did you pick the names of your characters? Is there a hidden reason for the names Amanda and Nicole?
There is not hidden meaning behind these two particular names. In some of my books, the names have meaning to me, but this one I just choose two names that I liked.
Who are your target readers?
Basically this book was made for anyone. This book isn’t just for those who like to read. This book is for those who have been victims, ARE victims now or who are survivors. It is for those people who have known someone in an abusive situation or someone who had no clue what it really is all about.
Of course those that are looking for a soft love story aren’t going to find that here. It’s an intense book for a very intense subject.
Who is your favorite author and is you writing style similar to theirs?
This is a very hard question and not one I can really answer. I read a lot, like 4-5 books a week sometimes. There are tons of authors that I enjoy.
I don’t believe that I style my writing after any person. When I sat down to write my first novel, I never thought about how to write, I just did that way because that is how I liked to read. If it is similar to how someone else writes, then it is just coincidental.
What do you, Stacy consider your best accomplishment?
Being the person I am. I’m a strong independent woman who believes in helping others. I’m protective of my friends and family and I would do just about anything I can for strangers that need my assistance.
I wasn’t always this way, my life has given me some hard lessons and I paid attention to them. I fought to be who I am today, and I am proud of that person.
Do you have any advice for an aspiring writer?
Don’t expect success to happen overnight. It takes years of patience. If you enjoy writing, then do it for that reason and don’t think that just because you wrote a book that others will read it. There is a lot of time spent marketing and reaching out to others.
What genre of books do you like to read?
It might be easier to tell you which genre’s I don’t read, lol… I’m not a Sci-Fi person and I tend to shy away from horror. History doesn’t hold my attention because I tend to want to look forward not backwards. I don’t normally read Non-Fiction, but once in a while I find something that catches my eye.
When I read, I want to get lost in a story. Reading is my way of checking out of reality and getting me away from the drama of my real life. Mysteries, romance, paranormal, and crime are normally the genre is that you find my mind lost in. Recently I have been going through a hot cowboy phase, lol…
Do you limit yourself to only the genre that you write yourself?
I write several different genres and hope that I never have to limit myself. While Whether I’ll Live or Die is listed as a relationship – family – abuse genre, I have a series that is paranormal/crime. Right now I am working on a contemporary romance and a guardian angel series.
I do enjoy writing paranormal though, and many of my books move towards that, but I’ll keep my options open.
How do you get started with writing this particular story? What inspired you and how did you being developing the plot?
I see a lot of domestic violence in my job, and I will admit that I am not a stranger to it in my personal life either. It is a pet peeve of mine and a friend of mine told once that I should write a book about it but I didn’t really think much about it after that.
About 6 months later, I was driving my daughter someplace and in a span of 30 minutes, the story was born. I knew how it would start and I knew how it would end. I even know what the title was going to be.
When I was a teen, I used to say, “My jerk detector is backwards. If there were a hundred men in a room and only one jerk – It was the jerk that I wanted … he was all I wanted. Do you think that was the case with Amanda?
Lol… Sass that is great! Yes, I think that is exactly what Amanda was dealing with. That and the fact that she had no self-esteem what so ever played a big part in this story.
Is there a hidden lesson or meaning to this story and if so … what would you said it is?
There are quite a few lessons in the book, but I think the strongest ones are; Don’t ever think there is no way out, there is. Don’t ever think that you are alone, you’re not. Don’t think that you can’t make a difference in someone’s life, because you can. Do not think that abuse is your fault, you are NOT to blame.
It takes patience, strength and support to get out of an abusive relationship, with those things you can do anything.
Do you read reviews of your books? If so … do you pay any attention to them, or allow the reviews to influence your writing?
Yes, I read reviews. I don’t go crawling over the internet for them, but when I see them I stop and read them. I believe people have the right to their opinions. Not everyone likes coffee, some people prefer tea, so not everyone is going to like every book.
When I do read the reviews, I take the time to think about what the person said. If there was something they didn’t like, I think about that. Was it just that particular story or was it something in the writing that didn’t sit well with them. I use what they tell me to make myself a better writer. It is the readers I want to entertain, so why wouldn’t I listen to what they have to say?
Who designed your cover?
I have designed all of my covers, but I have paid graphic artists to perfect them. I normally come up with the cover concepts soon after I start writing the book; to me it just helps visualize the plot I am working on.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to you readers?
Thank you. It’s a pretty simple phrase, but it means so much. I am thankful for every reader who has taken the time to read my books. I am thankful for every single e-mail I receive from them and how people search me out on the internet to learn more. I am humbled by all of you and I hope I can continue to entertain you through the years.
What are you working on now?
There are quite a few stories I am writing right now. Two of them I am actively working on side by side, the third book in my paranormal series, My Blood Runs Blue and the first book in my guardian angel series, Garda ~ Welcome to The Realm.
I am hoping to have the guardian angel book out late this year or very early next year. The third book which I believe will be entitled, Mixing the Blue Blood, should be out early next year.
Along with that, I have a contemporary romance called Liveon that I am about two-thirds done with. I’d like to get that completed as it has sat on the back burner for over a year now.
There is also the final book in the My Blood Runs Blue series that I need to complete and that is in plot stages. I have a few other book plotlines in mind, but I am holding off on them until I get some of these others completed.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Honestly – I have no clue! I have done a hundred interviews – and I have been asked just about everything.
(From Beth) Chapter fifteen – Amanda and Josh were on their vacation, he had thrown her towards the edge of the cliff. I read, “He placed a soft kiss on my forehead and chucked my chin gently, lifting his shirt from my head to examine the cut.” I tried to understand that action, would you explain in other words his action? I looked up the word chucked and cannot understand how he did that? Would you explain that action in a different way?
Great question Beth! Think about it as if he gave her jaw a playful little punch. You know the ones where someone uses their fist and gently taps you on the chin. My editor was the one that worked that word in there; she wasn’t keen on my original description. I can understand why it might seem confusing. I hope this makes more sense.
Jessie M. asks, “I must admit that I can relate with Amanda on so many levels. I am sure I am not the only one. Is Amanda a real person or is she a conglomeration of all the people you’ve help through your work as a Police Officer?”
Thank you for the question Jessie M. Amanda is more of a conglomeration of people not only from what I have seen on the street in my job, but from what I lived through myself. I used my own experience to help write some of the emotional moments in this story.
There were times when I could only write a single sentence or a small paragraph and I would have to walk away. Tension, anger and pain made it hard to get through, but I fought my way and finally made it.
Will you please share with us the title of all your current and upcoming novels as well as where your readers can purchase them.
Whether I’ll Live or Die – is currently available at Amazon in paperback or Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/73mqc2p
My Blood Runs Blue, book 1 in the series is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble in hardcover, paperback and e-book versions:
Barnes & Noble:http://tinyurl.com/9g9s3w4
Barnes & Noble:http://tinyurl.com/8rr5qtb
Coming late 2012/early 2013: Garda ~ Welcome to The Realm
Coming early 2013: Mixing the Blue Blood, book 3 in the series
Coming mid 2013: Liveon
Thank you, Stacy for stopping by. I truly enjoyed this visit and your story. I wish you much success and bright blessings.
Thank you so very much Sass! It has been a great pleasure to be here and to work with you on this interview! Best wishes to you!!!
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