Meet Author Stacy-Deanne

I have a confession. Stacy-Deanne is one of those people I would love to meet in person. From our interactions online, she’s helpful to others and also very honest. I love that she will give you her opinion, even if you won’t like it. LOL. A woman after my own heart. Enjoy…

Please tell everyone a little about yourself?

My name is Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne). I was born, raised and reside in Houston, Texas. I am single and I have no kids. I have been writing professionally since 1997 at 19 years old and I am the author of five books with more on the way!

What genre(s) do you write?

My main genres are crime fiction, mystery and suspense.

Have you always been a fan of suspense and mystery novels?

Oh yes. It started with loving Hitchcock films then I fell in love with Edgar Allan Poe and from that point on I just loved the genre.

What drew you into writing suspense and mystery?

I love writing about bad people. Point blank. I’ve always been enthralled with villains, serial killers, psychos, criminals and the evil in people. I love digging into the mind of “evil”. So writing allows me to be evil, to cross that line. I just get a feeling I can’t explain. Something about being on that line between evil and deadly it’s…I don’t know. So with that natural interest in evil, of course I love writing mystery and suspense because of all the deliciously bad people I get to create.

Please describe the type of suspense and mysteries you write.

My work is 95% HARDCORE crime fiction and mystery. I don’t write cozy little cuddly soft mysteries. Yes there is some romance and passion in my books, but make no mistake, it’s completely backburner.

My books often contain violence (not gore), cursing, offensive criminal acts, and very nasty and shady characters doing awful things at times. I write what the story calls for and I don’t politically correct myself for anyone. If the story calls for something uncomfortable and unpleasant, it’s going in there no matter what. It’s more important for me to be true to my story than to worry about offending someone and to be honest I really don’t care if I do offend. You can’t please everyone and I wouldn’t want to.

The story is what matters to me above all else.

What is your favorite aspect of writing and why?

I’ve always had a psychotic-type mind. Writing helps me fulfill those tendencies without actually hurting people.

Where do you see your writing career five years from now?

In terms of writing I will still write what I write now. Along with mysteries I also write other genres like women’s fiction and dramas, stuff like that.  There are some genres I might touch in the future if it calls for it. I’m always open for new things but for me whatever story calls me is what I write.

Of your titles, which was the hardest for you to write and why?

Melody because it was the first book that took me out of my comfort zone and if I hadn’t done that book I would’ve stifled myself. It was the hardest and scariest but it was like losing my virginity. It was something that I was afraid to do but was glad I did and now I am a much better writer because I took that step. It unhinged me and I am no longer afraid to write about anything no matter the wrath I might receive because of it.

If a legitimate movie producer came to you and said he wanted to have one of your titles adapted to film, which would you tell him to choose and why?

I’ve had a few Indie producers approach me in the past for my novel Everlasting but nothing came of it. Can I be honest here? I don’t dream of movies. I would rather my recent series get a television deal. I could see Bree and Steven on the small screen in their own detective show.

So if a network or television producer ever wanted to speak to me I’d pitch Bree and Steven. I think it’s very modern with the interracial aspect and I think a lot of viewers would love to see a black female detective who is the main character and not just the side piece like on these other shows.

What is your experience with reaching a cross over audience?

There is a still a resistance from certain readers when minority authors try to cross over. It’s sad that some people feel they can’t relate to minorities or any character with a culture different from them yet they can relate to creatures created in paranormal romance books. I will never understand that and the notion of that is so offensive it makes my blood boil so I try not to think of it because it just pees me off.

But I really don’t care. Narrow-minded, racist and shallow folks can go jump in the lake. I’d rather someone like that NOT my books to be honest. Because anyone with that type of closed mind is too immature to read a book. If you judge people on their race or gender I have no use for you. Go read something that makes you feel like you “can relate” then.

If someone comes across my books and wants to give them a try that’s great but I am not running after anyone or begging anyone to read my work.

It’s their loss if they wanna miss out on good authors for whatever reason.

You have a crystal ball. What do you see in the future of suspense and mystery novels?

I hope to see way more color in the genre if you get my meaning. I am trying to do my part in opening the door to more minorities writing these types of books with characters of color. I think readers will appreciate that and it would definitely be refreshing.

Black writers especially need to start breaking out into other genres and not let the industry pigeonhole them into what folks think they should write.

Tell us about your latest novel:

My latest is The Season of Sin, book two in The Bree and Steven Interracial Suspense Series. It is available wherever books are sold from Peace in the Storm Publishing and it was nominated for a 2012 African-American Literary Award!

Season Of Sin

Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris and her partner and ex-lover Steven Kemp are back. This time they are thrown head first into a gruesome homicide that brings forth as many secrets as it does clues.

Brianna’s psychiatrist, Dr. Nadia Hollister is stabbed to death in her upstairs bathroom. Brianna, who is at Nadia’s while the murder happens, is the only witness. Unfortunately she was knocked unconscious by the killer and only has the memory of the killer’s scent to go on.

Brianna and Steven sign on to help Homicide Detective Jayce Matthews solve the case. With Nadia’s journals as her guide, Bree learns that Nadia was keeping a devastating secret that has something to do with her adopted daughter. The renowned doctor was not whom she seemed to be and her secret may not have only got her killed but could ruin the foundation of her entire family.

The police hunt for suspects but Nadia’s secret could wreck the lives of many, all who have motive to kill her.

The deeper Brianna and Steven dig into Nadia’s past; the more they question whether Nadia was the true victim after all.

The Season of Sin is available in print and ebook at Amazon: http://tiny.cc/i809bw

Barnes and Noble (print and Nook): http://tiny.cc/9qvgcw

Where can readers find you online?

Facebook: http://tiny.cc/aqx43

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/stacydeanne

My Site: http://www.stacy-deanne.net

Is there anything you’d like to add?

Thanks for the opportunity! Enjoyed the interview!

Stacy-Deanne, thank you so much for hanging out with us. Be sure to come back with your future releases and tell us about them. 

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Meet Author Deidra D. S. Green

I’d like to introduce you to Deidra, who happens to be a phenomenal person and author. Keep on reading, and you’ll see what I mean.

Tell us a little about yourself. Before I decided to commit to my writing full time, I was a social worker for both the Illinois and Georgia Departments of Children and Family Services for approximately 18 years combined. I have always been a fan of learning and am a dissertation away from completing my PhD in Human Behavior. In my real life now, I am the CEO of Reflected Gifts, a literary service, offering consultation, coaching, editing services, ghostwriting as well as freelance services.

When you’re not writing, what do you do to relax and have fun? I love words! My children tease me all the time, calling me the human dictionary! When I am not spending time with my family, extended and nuclear, I love playing online scrabble against the computer – humans are too slow to respond.

Tell us something few know about you. I attended Jackson State University on a full scholarship in classical vocal performance.

In my years with the Lincoln High School Internationally renowned jazz band, I opened for Miles Davis, Natalie Cole and David Sanborn. I also sang live at Disney World.

I was the first female basketball player to integrate the all boys basketball team at my elementary school, and won defensive player of the year two years in a row.

What genre(s) do you like to read? Psychological thrillers are my absolute favorite! Stephen King is my literary idol.

What is your favorite novel and why? This is a hard question for a number of reasons. I have learned so much for so many and am fond of a number of novels for any number of reasons. If I had to pick an absolute favorite it would be Message to the Black Man by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I learned so much about whom I am and whose I am in reading that book.

What was the last novel you read that you enjoyed and why? The last novel I read was Duma Key, by Stephen King. I love just about everything he has written. His mind is fascinating to me and he has the uncanny ability, even after all the books of his I have read, to still catch me off guard.

When did you begin writing? As most authors would say, I have written all my life, but started writing for others to read it in 2006-07. The impetus behind that move was directly related to my brother. He told me I had a story to tell and no one could tell that story but me. He said it and God confirmed it with a litany of sleepless nights that transpired immediately after my public declaration that if I was to do something with the writing, God would give me a clear sign. He did, and I have been writing every since.

What genre(s) do you write? Poetry is my first love. When I am laboring with narrative, I retreat to verse. I write contemporary fiction, nonfiction, children, juvenile and YA lit, inspirational, and psychological thrillers.

Where do your concepts for your novels come from? Many of the concepts come from things I have personally witnessed or plot lines that come from the imaginary friends that continuously keep me company.

How long does it typically take you to write a book? When I am focused and dedicated to one project, I would estimate 60 to 90 days. However, because I am always working on more than one thing at a time, it tends to take a little longer. But I am also not the most patient writer, so I tend to dig in when I have a storyline I am really fond of.

Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write? I tend to discover as I write. My characters tend to take on a life of their own and that’s what keeps the writing exciting for me.

Tell us about your latest book? My latest project, Twisted Sister, is the first installment in a three part series. Twisted Sister is a mind-bending tale of love, cruelty, friendship, and revenge. The story opens with Holly and Blythe – two African American twenty-some things that are on the way to the top of a prestigious financial management firm. While Blythe is “lucky in love,” Holly is a self-imposed single that is focused on solidifying her career, not on finding Mr. Right. To make matters worse, a failed engagement that still haunts Holly cripples her every time she tries to make a new relationship work.

That all seems destined to change, though, when Blythe discloses that a new associate named Trent has developed feelings for Holly. Not only is Trent seemingly successful, kind-hearted, and financially secure, but he is also every woman’s dream – athletically built with chiseled and handsome features.

After a sexually charged first date, followed by a whirlwind undercover few weeks of dating, Holly’s romance comes to a screeching halt. Even though she knew that inter-office dating was frowned upon, Holly had been sure that her office romance had gone unnoticed…until one of the partners called her out and gave her an ultimatum: a successful career or Trent.

When Holly makes the decision to break off her relationship with Trent, she could never have dreamed about the nightmare that awaited her as a result of leaving him. Kidnapped, drugged, and raped at knifepoint, Holly has every chance to wilt completely at the hands of her captor. However, after a sudden twist of grace leaves her alive and standing outside of her apartment high rise, the strong will to fight that lives within her soul sparks to life, enabling her to vow that she will not let her tormentor get away with what he has done.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination? For this project, the characters were totally from my imagination, although I fully suspect readers will be able to readily identify with them in part or in totality.

Tell us who or what was the inspiration behind your latest book? Twisted Sister started off as a poetic short story I had written about a year ago. Due to some technical difficulties with my computer – it crashed and burned – I completely lost the story. Devastated, I tried to recreate it; however, the poetic flow was no longer there. Because I was so fond of the storyline, I decided to write it as a narrative. Twisted Sister is my first work of fiction, so I am very excited about it.

Where can readers purchase your latest book? Twisted Sister

What other titles have you written From the Outside In is a work of nonfiction.

Here Comes Katrina, juvenile fiction based on a true story.

Wordsmithin, a book of poetry.

Closet Issues, a book of poetic short stories.

My Forever Airplane, a children’s book. Smallest Superhero, a children’s series. Epiphanies While Driving, a motivational and inspirational book. These titles can be purchased from

If you could change one thing about your writing career thus far, what would it be? I wish I had begun writing publicly much earlier. At the same time, I believe God’s timing is perfect so I have to be grateful that it began when it did.

Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author? I am a student first. There is always something new to learn and it is important to always hone your craft. Today, I am much more confident in my ability as a writer but I also understand the importance of continuing to stretch myself and my writing.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors? Write every day. Even if it is only for 15 minutes, write every day. Don’t be discouraged or distracted by naysayers, those without vision or purpose, and those who won’t like what you do. Write purposefully and write from your soul. Lastly, consider the legacy you are leaving.

What do you have on the burner for the next year?  I am currently working on Interstate 64, which is a psychological thriller. I am also in the process of writing Exiting Gracefully; a collaboration with fellow writer, Andrea Ryan. I am also working on Woman at the Top of the Stairs, another psychological thriller; A letter to My Mother, contemporary fiction, and the second installment in the Twisted series, Twisted’s Revenge. I just completed my first short story, 48 Hours which is coming soon!

 

How can readers reach you?

Do you have anything else you’d like to add? Thank you so much for the opportunity!

L.L. here: Thank you so much for visiting with us Deidra and letting us get to know a little about you and your works. Come on back and visit with us any time!

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Meet Author Michele T. Darring

Tell us a little about yourself. Well, I’m mean, evil and surly. Nobody really likes me but they tolerate me because I’m always right. *wink*

When you’re not writing, what do you do to relax and have fun? I don’t relax, that’s why I don’t have any friends. My only friends are the ones I create in my stories and they are well…a little touched.

Tell us something few know about you. I’m not a prude. I think 10 inch ding-a-lings are overrated and I’m not a prude.

What genre(s) do you like to read? Fantasy is my favorite, but I like mystery, thriller, suspense, some urban and some romance/erotica when my horns start to show.

What is your favorite novel and why? Suspect, because I’m in it. I know it’s a shameless plug but who cares. Tell your readers to get the book, it’ll be their favorite too. LOL

What was the last novel you read that you enjoyed and why? In His Absence by Elisabeth LaShaun because it kept me on my toes. I believe I just butchered her name but she knows I got made Chicago love for her, so she may forgive me. But in her book I kept wondering if the little dumb girl was gonna get her man killed trying to protect her crazy ass. You know that’s how it always plays out on television. Girl does something stupid and Mr. Captain Save-A-Ho rushes in and gets blown to smithereens…LOL I’m just saying.

When did you begin writing? I’ve been writing all my life but had to destroy a lot of my work because of their nature…I knew that padded white walls and metal shackles was not my steelo.

What genre(s) do you write? I had to research that and I believe I figured out that I write urban suspense. Don’t know if there is such a genre, don’t care, that’s what I do. LOL Yep, I think it’s urban suspense.

Where do your concepts for your novels come from? Well, it’s a combination of my thoughts,  things I wish would happen and worldly events. When I write I envision my story being played out on the television or movie screen. I don’t try to tell the reader everything. I emphasize on the little stuff that add to the scene but may get missed.

How long does it typically take you to write a book? For the anthologies a few weeks, but for my book has taken forever. I have scrapped two so-called books already, but I think I finally got something in this one that will speak for the masses in my head.

Tell us about your latest book? Suspect is hot. We have eight fabulous writers telling a confessional story about the murder that was committed. The intricate details and how things play out are left to those who purchase the book. So that means everybody needs to get it

Tell us a little about your main and supporting characters of your current book? The excerpt I’m posting is part of their brief confrontation when my main character meets the supporting character: ‎”I started to call out to him and then I thought I should wait. What I had to say had to be thought out. So I sat back in the pew and watched the man walk around the church greeting people and intermittently stopping to pay homage. So many questions encased my head at this very moment. Like why was this man so nice? Why was he so easy to talk to? With his enlightening education of my name, I had to wonder why I was named Sheba in the first place?
“But all of those questions would have to wait; they would have to be an afterthought because what brought me here was the biggest question of it all. How was I going to tell him that I had killed three people?”

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination? They are totally my imagination. I’m part of the working poor and can’t afford to be sued by somebody that thinks they are a part of my book. Hell, if they are a part of my book, I need to contact the authorities because I’m in grave danger.

Tell us who or what was the inspiration behind your latest book? TL James, inspired me to bring forth a story that would entrap emotion. Her books, the MPire Trilogies was the first set of books that poked at what so many hold dear, religion. So since this story’s backdrop is in a church, I knew I had my one opportunity to desecrate, defecate, oops, Freudian slip, to admonish the hypocrisy that lie within me about religion.

Where can readers purchase your latest book?  http://thedaringshow.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/3092725

What other titles have you written? I am in an anthology called Voices Behind the Tears: A Domestic Violence Anthology that was published through Saving Lives Through Lit (http://www.savinglivesthroughlit.org/). Although I’m an ass, I still have half a heart and that part believes in the mission of this organization. And your readers should look them up as well. In that book I am actually listed under my name, but all other books will be written by my alter ego.

How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate? Actually I was first published by Kisha Green and her website Writer’s Vibe (http://www.writers-vibe.com/) I wrote an article for her website that I thought would tell a story. She liked it and decided to publish it as a highlight under her Be Our Guest feature. That worked out great because she followed my writing and appreciate some of the book reviews I was doing for my site and asked if I could do a few for her. I appreciated the opportunity and we worked together for a little bit. She is a very insightful young lady.

What do you have on the burner for the next year? A suspenseful novella called….yeah, I probably shouldn’t mention it yet. But just know a book that is all me is coming to a shelf near you and should be on a table or bookshelf in your house…LOL

How can readers reach you? I have a reading club on Facebook called The Daring Show reading club – http://www.facebook.com/groups/98154548269/

and a thought provoking page called The Daring Show http://www.facebook.com/thedaringshow

My twitter: www.twitter.com/thedaringshow I hardly ever tweet, but I get on from time to time.

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2710243-thedaringshow

And finally my website: www.thedaringshow.webs.com

See a pattern here…LOL and yes, email thedaringshow@gmail.com

Do you have anything else you’d like to add? Yeah, buy my books, buy my books, and oh yeah, buy my books…LOL Thanks for the interview and the check is in the mail.

L.L. Reaper here. Thank you for dropping by and making me laugh. It’s been a pleasure.

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