Stacy, how has your family background affected your writing, if it has?
My great-grandma was also a writer. I think I’ve been blessed with a talent for writing, mostly from her.
What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?
I was tired of sitting around “wishing for someday” I decided to take matters into my own hands and make that someday today.
Please describe your writing process.
I spend most of my days with my three small children. While they play, and while I’m running errands with them, I spend my time brainstorming and figuring out my next scene. I have a few precious moments to write each night while they’re in bed, so I can’t afford to spend those moments deciding what should come next. Instead I spend my day planning, so my actual writing time can be used more effectively. I write from around 8:30 pm until 11:00pm most nights. I am not an out-liner. I enjoy discovering what will happen next in a book as I’m writing it. My process is to sit down each night and write. Some nights I can get in a good three hours. Other nights I’m lucky to get ten minutes. But I make it a point to write each day, if even just a little.
Where you do your best work?
Honestly? At writing retreats. I get more writing done during a retreat, which is usually three days, than I do the rest of the entire year combined.
Please give us a brief rundown of the plot of Shattered Hearts
Shattered Hearts is a book about a young mother who receives the crushing blow that her trusted, loving husband has a pornography addiction. It follows her journey of recovering and learning to find forgiveness, love, and trust once again.
What is the name of your book?
What genre is it?
Christian Women’s Fiction
Could we have a back cover blurb?
Here it is:
Sarah Dunkin’s world shatters when she walks in on her husband’s secret addiction. Thrown into the world of pornography, therapy, and support groups, Sarah must find a way to forgive before she drowns in betrayal and despair. The task before her seems impossible as she struggles to care for their five children on her own. Growing up without religion in her life, Sarah is forced to make difficult choices and finds herself being drawn to a higher power she never understood. But with the help of a mysterious friend, Sarah just might be able to piece back together the life, and the love, she and her husband once shared.
What goal did you originally have for your books and/or writing?
My first goal was to sell one copy of my first book to someone who wasn’t a friend or family member.
How did you decide whether to self-publish or find a mainstream publisher?
Mainstream publishers wanted me to add material to my books that I was not comfortable with. That’s why I chose to self-publish and I’ve never looked back.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
If the idea eats away at me day and night, and won’t leave me alone, that’s when I know the characters are demanding their book be written.
Where can we find your books?
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