Paranormal Headliner: Stacy Eaton

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.

Stacy On Writing

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.

Stacy’s Paranormal Perspectives

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

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stacy-Eaton/191880767522183

Twitter: @StacySEaton

Blog: http://stacyeatonauthor.blogspot.com/

Website: http://stacyeaton.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4826711.Stacy_Eaton

Purchase My Blood Runs Blue here.

Purchase Blue Blood For Life here.

Paranormal Headliner: Mia Darien

Today I am welcoming Mia Darien, author of Cameron’s Law and When Forever Died, as my first ever Paranormal Headliner!  I’m introducing this series as a way to highlight other authors writing in the paranormal realm. One thing that intrigues me about Mia’s books is that she is writing a whole series of standalone books that share a common setting: the town of Adelheid, CT. It looks like there is quite a bit of paranormal adventure going on in Adelheid! So grab a cup of your favorite beverage and settle in as we get to know Mia better.

A Little About Mia

Mia Darien has lived in New England all of her life and knows that no matter where she goes from here, New England is always going to live in her. Presently, she still lives in the land of snow and fast talkers, with her husband, her son and her pets. She writes a bit of everything genre fiction (horror, romance, mystery, fantasy and science fiction) and thinks it sounds like an odd joke: a unicorn, a space monster, and a pair of zombie lovers walk into a murder investigation…

You mention that you hail from New England, and you seem to have a strong affinity for it. For someone who has never visited there, what things make you love it the way that you do?

Mia: It may just be sentimentality. I was born here, I’ve grown up here. I lived in the same town my entire life. But it is more than that. New England is beautiful. I’m not good at describing scenery (my books are proof of that) but it’s green and full of hills and every autumn, the trees look like they’re on fire. I live in a rural area, farm country, where it’s quiet and peaceful. That suits me very well. I can walk down my dirt road, after it stops being a road, and see history from two hundred years ago where stone walls used to wall off pastures but are now full of trees and wetlands, and how it used to be the main road from my town to the neighboring town. It’s just full of history and personality. My husband, who was born and raised in the South, sometimes says it’s not always a *nice* personality, but I say we’re at least always honest. 😉

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Mia: Oh, all kinds of things! For a while, my best friend and I were going to open up a veterinarian’s office. At another time, I wanted to be a police sketch artist. When I was fourteen, I got hit by the writing bug and wanted to be a published author, and I’ve stuck with that since.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Mia: My husband would say I don’t do either very well! It’s true, I always feel like I should be doing something productive. I guess when I need to chill out, I like to read. I write as a hobby as well as for publication, so that unwinds me and I’m working on fitting time for World of Warcraft back into my schedule.

Mia On Writing

What is it about writing that brings you back to the page for more?

Mia: I can’t stop. In fact, I’ve tried. There were a few years when life was too insane and I just couldn’t write. Times when I felt like it was too much and I should stop, but the ideas wouldn’t go away. I kept coming up with characters and story lines that wanted to be written, so I kept writing them down and leaving them for later. Now I have more stories than time to write them, and the knowledge that I just can’t stop. I have to keep writing, or my head really might explode.

How did you come up with the title for your books?

Mia: “Cameron’s Law” is fairly self explanatory when you read the book. My entire premise is that there is a law that makes preternatural creatures legal. It is officially the Preternatural Rights Act of 2010, but is named informally after the man (werewolf, Harvard Law student) who began the process, Cameron St John, hence Cameron’s Law. “When Forever Died” is actually a line from the story, when one character is explaining something to another. To say any more would give away a plot point!

Are any of your characters based on people that you’ve known, or situations in your book things you’ve encountered in real life?

Mia: Yes, actually. Have you ever seen that t-shirt in catalogs: “Careful or you’ll end up in my novel”? Well, in my case, I only make characters after people I like. Sadie and Dakota are both a little bit of me. Sadie Stanton’s name comes from family names. Vance Johnston is a little bit of my husband. Sarah Beaumont is after a friend of mine. My family and friends always sneak in there in parts, even if it wasn’t a conscious choice. As for situations, not specifically. But everything I see, everything I feel, read, watch, learn about, all eventually goes into the mix and comes out into a story in some way or another.

It looks like you have a lot of work planned for the future of your series (6+ more books- WOW!). What has been the thing that has surprised you the most in crafting storylines that all converge in the same town/same place?

Mia: I’m not sure if anything has surprised me about the whole thing, or the town, but the characters like to surprise me. I recently – in the book I’m writing now – had what was supposed to be an innocuous conversation turn into something I had to adjust my plot outline for. Sneaky vampires. It’s always the characters that surprise me the most, saying or doing things I didn’t see coming. But that’s the fun part, too.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Mia: There are a lot of hard parts to writing. Just getting it done, for starters. Making sure it’s a story that doesn’t suck, is consistent and well written. Then the inherent anxiety that comes with releasing it to the public: oh no, are they going to like it, is anyone going to read it, are they going to pan it… and so on.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Mia: Keep at it. It’s hard and takes a lot of work, you’ll want to throw yourself out a window at some point, but you just have to stick with it if you want to move forward. Listen to advice, but not all of it ’cause your head will explode. Read, read, read.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Mia: Oh, my. That’s a tough one. It’s hard for me to know what my “quirks” are, but one thing that I have found that differentiates me as a little odd, compared to other writers: I hear about a lot of authors that write to music, and what music inspires them. I listen to television shows and movies while I write. You would think it would get in the way, but it doesn’t. I think it’s something about hearing dialog and ongoing stories that inspires me more than music.

What is your favorite supernatural creature to write and why?

Mia: I don’t know that I have a favorite creature, actually. Vampires are fun because I love making dead jokes. (I write in First Person and all my character have a hint or more of sarcasm in their wit.) So, they’re great for the lack of a heart beat jokes and such. But Dakota and her unique nature are an absolute blast. And I have some other unique creatures in the pipeline that I bet will be as much fun, so I don’t think I can actually pick a favorite.

Mia’s Paranormal Perspectives

What’s your definition of the paranormal genre?

Mia: I’m pretty broad about this. Paranormal is defined as anything “extra” normal, and that’s how I view it. If it has vampires, werewolves, faerie folk, witches and what not, I would define that as paranormal. Though I suppose I’d have to further define it as these creatures in our world, at any time. If it’s another world then it’s sci-fi/fantasy.

How do you feel about the boom of paranormal fiction recently?

Mia: It worries me, to be honest. I love that it’s popular. It’s “okay” now to be a vampire freak. But at the same time, I worry about the genre I love being flooded with substandard story-telling. People writing paranormal *just* because it’s popular and sells well, not because they love it, and there by weakening the whole thing.

Is there a specific paranormal sub-genre interests you the most?

Mia: You know, I don’t think there is. I just like good stories. It’s all about the story.

What scares you?

Mia: All manner of things! I’m anxious by nature, and neuro-chemistry, so real life can be pretty frightening. 😉 But seriously, reading books and what not, I can get spooked by things that strike too close to home, like zombie fiction that’s more realistic than outrageous can give me the creeps. Or mysteries with particularly realistic killer perspectives.

What is your favorite paranormal book?

Mia: The first Vampire Files book by P. N. Elrod, because it’s the first in a whole series I love a great deal and highly admire. If you want to put modern definition on classics, then I’d go with “Dracula.” I have an audio version that is so fantastic that I’ve listened to it repeatedly.

What is your favorite paranormal movie?

Mia: You know, I really don’t know. I’ve liked a lot of the blockbuster paranormal films, despite some defects. (Underworld, Blade) But there was a low budget indie time film called Demon Under Glass that was fascinating. I’m still waiting for someone to get “Dracula” right.

What do you think draws people to paranormal novels?

Mia: I think it’s just something in the nature of humanity that’s always been there. I watched “Ghost Hunters” for a while and that, by nature, proves my point but beyond that, I had considered doing a ghost hunting story. Still may, but it’s down the line. I was researching ghost hunter sites and read a fascinating article, which had a part that I’ve always remembered. If you look back in old lore and read stories of the faeries, the wee folk, and how they used to kidnap babies and so forth, the descriptions of many of those stories sound a lot like people’s descriptions of aliens in more recent time. From mythological to science, it’s the same thing. People have always had these fascinations with things beyond themselves. Vampires and shifters in particular are so much like humans but not that it’s easier to imagine, I guess.

Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?

Mia: I wouldn’t say I research to get the ideas. I just research and read about these things because it interests me, and ideas may or may not come. Like, I’ve written a historical romance focused during the time of the Beast of Gevaudan. I don’t qualify it as paranormal, but I did read about the Beast for the first time in the Werewolf Encyclopedia. (Fun book.) The French film ‘Le Pacte des Loups’ is also about the Beast. I was obsessed with Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Norse mythology in middle school and onward. Norse mythos has made its way into my story “When Forever Died.”

I particularly enjoy regional stuff. I have two books on regional vampire stories, one in New England and one from the South, and then two books of ghost stories, same regions since I have ties there obviously. So, I can’t say I go to this stuff to get the ideas, but it definitely gives me ideas when I read it. And even if it didn’t, I’d read it anywhere because it’s just fun and fascinating.

Connect With Mia

http://www.miadarien.com – Site & Blog

http://www.twitter.com/MiaDarien

http://www.facebook.com/author.miadarien

http://www.goodreads.com/mia_darien

Thanks so much for chat, Mia!