I’m kicking off Friday with a bang and welcoming author Stacy Eaton to the blog. Stacy is the international bestselling author of the paranormal series My Blood Runs Blue. As you’ll find out soon, the color blue in this context has a special meaning for Stacy. Let’s jump in!
A Little About Stacy
Currently Stacy works full time as a Police Officer for a small township is Southeastern Pennsylvania. While her current position is that of a patrol officer, she spend a lot of time doing investigations and crime scene processing. Forensics is something she loves and she takes her job seriously. It is not just about proving who is guilty, it is also about proving people are innocent.
She is also a wife to a Police Officer and with their constant schedules life can get very hectic at home. She has been blessed with two children, a son who is currently in the United States Navy and is very proud of him for what he is doing and for serving his Country. Her daughter is a priceless princess who loves to help market her books to teachers and other parents while she is at school and church. She is also working on a book too.
When she is not working the job that currently pays all the bills she works on her business. Yes, she has her own business too.
In her spare time… she writes.
You mention in your author profile that you hail from Pennsylvania. For someone who has never visited there, what things make your hometown unique?
Stacy: Southeastern Pennsylvania is a pretty awesome place just because of where it is and what it has to offer. If you go to the North – you have the mountains – and New York City is not too far away. If you go to the east, Philadelphia which is rich in history is less than an hour away. Just a bit further past that and you find yourself at the beach. Heading south of us, Delaware and Maryland was very close by, and the west takes you to Amish county. While I live in a place where it is very populate, getting in the car and driving to the west 20 minutes takes me to the county so it is a very diverse area and I like that.
As a child, did you know that you wanted to be a Police Officer?
Stacy: I didn’t know I wanted to be a police officer until I turned 30. It was never a thought in my mind. One night on television I saw them talking on the news about how woman were vital to the job. I had recently watched the movie Patch Adams and that movie stuck with me. I had been asking myself about my life and what could I do with it that I could have a “passion” about. Once I saw the news article, for some reason the idea clicked in my head and I started looking into it. Not long after I applied to the academy and got accepted. I never looked back.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Stacy: It all depends on what I’m in the mood for and what might be going on around me. If I just need to do a quick unwind – I read, or snuggle with my daughter. Throwing toys for my dogs helps relax me a bit too. If I have more time, Watching a movie with my husband, taking a walk or hanging out with my best friend for coffee or a beer make a huge difference in my life.
The thing that relaxes me the most would be to be near the ocean with my camera in my hands. I love to view the world through the viewfinder and stop time in milliseconds. A piece of time forever stopped to be viewed over and over again.
What is it about writing that brings you back to the page for more?
Stacy: Allowing all the crazy thoughts in my head to get out! I am a classic Type A person and my mind is constantly thriving. It feels good to get some of those thoughts out of my head and on to paper. Allows me to forget about them for a time and move forward, making room for more thoughts to come.
How much has your work as a Police Officer influenced your books?
Stacy: My career has been a huge influence in my writing. All of my books take place in the world of law enforcement. I have found it is easy to write, when you can write what you love and know. Since I thrive on my job, it is easy to write about it. There is so much that people don’t know about what police officers really do, that this is my way of showing them the real world and not the “Hollywood” version of what they think really happens.
How did you come up with the title for your books?
Stacy: Every title I use is a line within my books. These particular words hold that particular book together all the way through and give you the theme. “My Blood Runs Blue” brings to you how important being a police officer is to Kristin Greene, and police officers around the world hold the thought that we all share the same blue blood.
“Blue Blood for Life” is a slight twist to that. Blue Blood keeps with the theme of the series while ‘for Life’ is a huge part of this particular book. It will be referenced in there many times.
Another book I am writing and should have released this summer is “Whether I’ll Live or Die” and is a thought the main character will have during a traumatic time in her life.
Are you encountering any surprises in writing a series?
Stacy: I wouldn’t exactly say I am encountering surprises; there are some roadblocks at times, but no real surprises for me. In book 3 of the series, I have had to go back three times to redo the plot to make sure it goes where I want it to go so that the fourth and final book will give closure to all the characters. It seems more daunting to makes sure I do that then surprising.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Stacy: Editing… sigh… I hate editing my work, but it needs to be done. I love the writing of it, but I get tired of going back and reading and re-reading everything over and over again. I always send my work to a professional editor, but it is the editing over and over again beforehand that wears me down.
What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Stacy: Grow a thick skin. Being an author is not an easy thing. There are people out there that do not want you to succeed, but what those people don’t realize is that there is plenty of room for everyone.
Also, understand that not everyone will like your writing. Everyone has personal tastes, and while you can reach a lot of people with your marketing, not everyone is going to want to read what you write and some, once they read it won’t like it at all. I never take offense to that. I know there are plenty of books out there that I have no interest in reading, but I support the authors and help them when I can. Learn to accept what comes your way. Embrace the positive and let go of the negative.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Stacy: I’m not sure I have a quirk. I will say I need to listen to music when I write and the music has to fit the feeling of the chapter I am working on. I write fast and just let things flow. After I put it all down on paper – I will go back and read it over to figure out what I just wrote and how to make it better or remove things that take away from the story.
What is your favorite supernatural creature and why?
Stacy: If you knew me – you would probably say a werewolf. Only because I LOVE WOLVES! I have them everywhere around me – including a custom made pendant around my neck and a tattoo on my back shoulder. However, while I like some werewolf stories, my heart belongs to the vampire.
I’m not entirely sure why that is, but I find myself drawn to the mystery of them. There is that mysterious darkness about them that I find draws me in and holds me close. The myths behind them make them almost appear real in some ways and it is just different enough from real life that I think, keeps my interest.
What’s your definition of the paranormal genre?
Stacy: Something that could be possible but is different than the way we view real life. There are so many different aspects of the Paranormal – the angels and demons, werewolves and vampires, ghosts and spirits. When you look at it – paranormal is like the category of “This could be true”, but no one knows for certain.
How do you feel about the boom of paranormal fiction recently?
Stacy: Personally, I love it. I deal with so much drama in my everyday life that I like to step away from that and fall into a fantasy of ‘what if’. What if this could be real, how different would our lives really be? It is rare for me to read a book that does not fall into this genre of some type. Don’t get me wrong, I do read other fiction, but if I had to choose between a women’s drama novel and one of fantasy, I’d take the fantasy 9 times out of 10.
Is there a specific paranormal sub-genre interests you the most?
Stacy: I tend to stick to the vampires and wolves, although I have read quite a few books dealing with angels and demons. I am not one for horror so I stay away from the violent books they depict the gory and violence of these characters – I am not a fan of Zombies, lol… they just make me really uneasy.
What scares you?
Stacy: Lol…. I don’t scare easily, but what truly freaks me out are things that slither and crawl. I am not a fan of snakes and spiders. I come across them in my job and they give me that all-encompassing spine shiver that chills you to the bone.
Our police station is haunted, and while it used to spook me, I embrace it now finding it rather interesting when he shows up.
What is your favorite paranormal book?
Stacy: Oh man, Really? Wow… hmmm…. I’m not sure I have a favorite. I have read so many of them, but if I had to pick one, I would have to say the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. I loved this series… Thrived on it. J.R. Ward is an incredible author and I love all of her books! Don’t tell anyone, but I want to be like her when I grow up! Lol…
What is your favorite paranormal movie?
Stacy: Wow! Another incredible question! The first movie that comes to mind is The Lake House that starred Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. I absolutely loved that movie! The second is Premonition staring Sandra Bullock. I am a huge fan of hers.
What do you think draws people to paranormal novels?
Stacy: The “What If” factor. People want to think that some of these things could happen or that they “do” happen. I think a lot of people don’t want to deal with reality because sometimes reality just plain sucks so they jump into fantasy and get sucked in!
Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?
Stacy: Nope – I use my own imagination to draw from. I don’t want to use the same ole stuff that others have used. I want something that came to my mind that is fresh from what is already out there. I think I succeeded in it too!
Cege – Thank you sooo much for allowing me to visit with you today! It has been a true honor to be here.
Thank you Stacy- I loved having you here!
Connect With Stacy
Purchase My Blood Runs Blue here.
Purchase Blue Blood For Life here.