Author Spotlight/Interview: Stacey Jay

Posted March 28, 2014 by sarah in Author Spotlight, Giveaway, Uncategorized / 2 Comments


Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can’t think of anything she’d rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor, and yoga instructor.

In her very limited spare time, Stacey enjoys cooking elaborate dinners and eating them very slowly, dressing up in costumes with her sons, and drinking wine with her husband. She loves to hear from readers and personally answers every single email she receives.

 
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I had the chance to meet Stacey in November at the Vegas Valley Book Festival. 

 
 

 The most tragic love story in history . . .Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But Romeo didn’t anticipate that Juliet would be granted eternital life, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light.
For 700 years, Juliet has struggled to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent, while Romeo has fought for the dark side, seeking to destroy the human heart. Until now.
Now Juliet has found her own forbidden love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy their happiness.

 Seductive companion to the popular Juliet Immortal, in which former lovers—Romeo and Juliet—meet, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.

Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.


In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

 

One second, freshman Karen Vera’s on top of the most fabulous cheer pyramid ever. The next, she’s lying on the pavement with seriously unflattering cranial damage. Freakishly alive without a pulse, Karen learns that she’s a genetically undead zombie.
Suddenly, Karen’s non-life is an epic disaster. She’s forced to attend a boarding school for the “death-challenged,” her roommate is a hateful wannabe-Goth weirdo, and she’s chowing down on animal brains every day to prevent rot (um, ew?). Even worse, someone is attacking students and harvesting their brains for a forbidden dark ritual. And it might be the hottest guy at DEAD High, the one who makes Karen’s non-beating heart flutter!



Interview with Stacey Jay


Who first inspired you to write?

I’m honestly not sure the first person. I remember asking my mother for journal when I was seven because I wanted to write poems in it, but I’m not sure where the urge came from.

What’s your favorite thing about being an author?
Getting to play pretend every day, and that there’s always something different going on. The butt in the chair, and the hands on the keys, are the same, but the story is always different.
 

If you could co-write with any author (past or present) who would it be?
I’d love to write something with Suzanne Young. She’s a good friend and writes as fast as I do. Together, I’m pretty sure we could rule the world. (And I love her romances. Strong romance skills are important to me.)
 

What book are you currently reading?
I can’t say. It’s pretty bad, and I’m considering DNFing if things don’t improve in the next few pages. I’m really looking forward to Laini Taylor’s new book, however.

Which of one your characters do you feel you connect with more?
I love Gem from “Of Beast and Beauty.” I love that he starts out so stuck in one way of thinking, and then comes to value traits in himself he’s been taught to despite. 

What are you currently working on?
I’m been working on some indie romance projects for my secret pen name, and a new young adult contemporary that I’m hoping to have ready to shop in a few months. 

Is there anything else we should know about you?
Absolutely not. I’m very boring, but I try to make sure my stories are not ;).

Thanks for having me over to the blog, Sarah!

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