Saturday, February 17, 2018

Interview with Author Stacey Weeks

Hi all, I would like to introduce author Stacey Weeks to you today. Here is a little about her:

Stacey is from the play-until-the-streetlights-turn-on and come-when-your-father-whistles generation. She's a cool-off-in-the-sprinkler, drink-straight-from-the-hose, and fish-off-the-pier kind of girl. She is loyal even when others are not.
She has wrestled with brothers, played Barbie with neighbors, and stayed up too late reading just one more chapter. She's from BIG Sunday dinners, steaming hot tea, and Saturday morning coin-sized pancakes. She grew up with Tupperware, paper bag lunches, Yorkshire pudding, and mashed potatoes.
Lots of mashed potatoes.
Her family is a finish-what-you-start, bargain-shopping, home-cooking, and respect-your-elders kind of family. She is one of four children framed in memories on a wall. She jumped off docks, endured eight-hour trips that took twelve, and sat in the middle bench seat of the family sedan.
She is a wait until you enter the house before driving away kind of mom. She boils the kettle in a crisis, and she knows that a job worth doing is worth doing right.
She is a fixer of old things, painter of everything, cleansed and forgiven child of God. She believes that nothing matters more than the Lord Jesus Christ and who she believes He is.


Welcome! We're so glad you could visit us today. 
Thanks, I’m happy to be here!

What made you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always loved to read and for a long time I thought other people wrote books. It wasn’t until I took a few online classes and began to study writing that I grew serious about it and thought that maybe, just maybe, God would bless this desire to write for His glory.

What is your favorite thing about being an author?

I love how it allows me to freely express myself and work through personal issues. It lets me experience things I would never consider without the excuse of book research. I love brainstorming with other writers. It is so much fun to plan a friend’s book because I can let my imagination run wild and carry none of the responsibility of pulling the story together.


Where did the inspiration for your latest book come from? 

I save newspaper articles with strange but true reports. A daring water rescue inspired one scene from In Too Deep. I used the idea near the end of the book, so I plotted the book backward – from end to beginning.


How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing? 

Most often, the truths that God is teaching me and the ways that He is stretching me also becomes the growth arch for my characters. When my character, Grace, was reading Proverbs searching for wisdom  - so was I. As she meditated on a beautiful passage in Job –so was I.

What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?

I want readers to know that God is bigger than their circumstances. I want them to understand that even when life is unfair and we can’t make sense of it – God is always perfectly loving and leading us. His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours that we cannot understand them, but we can trust Him.

What is one of your favorite scenes in [book name]?

I’m drawing a blank! I can’t say any scene sticks out, but I love to read Sandra Orchard (Christian fiction) and Tess Gerritsen (medical crime). Critical Condition is my favorite book Orchard wrote and Playing with Fire by Gerritsen.

When you are stressed, maybe a deadline’s approaching too fast, what is your favorite snack food? Or so you have another way to cope?

I paint things or recover / repurpose something. I’ve painted upholstery, shoes, and even a carpet. I go for a run. If I keep my hands and feet busy with hard work it clears my mind and helps me focus when it comes time to sit down and work.

If time and money were not a concern, what one skill would you like to learn?

I would love to attend a seminary class on studying and teaching Scripture. I’ve taken online classes and really enjoyed them, but I would really love the feedback a professor or classmates would provide.

What is your favorite thing about where you live?

We live on a quiet cul-de-sac and our kids can safely play road hockey, basketball, and ride their bikes out front. I love to sit in my chair by the window and read while watching them.

What are you working on next? 

I’m waiting to hear back from Pelican Book Group about a Romantic Suspense tentatively titled Lethal Legacy: Travel writer, Jessie Berns, returns to her hometown to find answers about her brother’s suspicious death. With the help of an old friend, Detective Rick Chandler, they pursue a truth that someone is willing to do anything to keep hidden—even kill again. They uncover decades-old secrets that expose hidden sins and threaten the lifestyles of high-powered people in their small community. As they close in on the devious mastermind manipulating the town, it becomes frighteningly clear to Rick that Jessie is not the one calling the shots in her private investigation. She is the killer’s new target.
While I wait, I am working on a new untitled novel: When a drug scandal rips apart Jay Holloway’s perfect life, he learns that nothing was what it had seemed. Faced with losing everything, he finally becomes a man of God. But to save his family, he must fight more than a corrupt underworld intent on framing him. He must confront and conquer his strongest opposition yet: his wife.


Like a sunken treasure wedged in the lake floor, Grace Stone’s heart is submerged in the past. Her only hope in easing her guilt over her role in a tragic drowning is launching a Water-Survival program at Camp Moshe, but success depends on Grace risking everything on the man hired to rebrand the Christian camp.
Kye Campton’s extreme sports campaign lands him in hot water with the cautious instructor. His usual confidence wavers when it becomes increasingly evident that the camp’s fight for survival is against more than a declining economy. Will Kye be able to save the camp—and Grace—from a saboteur determined to see the place close for good?

9 comments:

  1. Thank you for introducing, Stacey. I am intrigued by In Too Deep.

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    1. Hi Melanie, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy In Too Deep (if you read it). It was a fun book to write.

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  2. Thanks for visiting with us, Stacey!

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    1. Thanks for having me! It's nice to revisit a story and remember the motivations for writing it and what God was teaching me at that time in life.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today.

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    1. Hi Connie, thanks for visiting and commenting. It was a pleasure to be on Stitches Thru Time :-)

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  4. Stacey, Thank you for sharing about your life and writing.

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    1. Hi Marilyn. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I enjoy the dialogue through the comment sections of a blog post.

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  5. Grace Stone’s story sounds very intriguing! Thank you for the interview!

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