For the record, please state your name.
Thank you so much for having me, Maggie! I’m Stacy Eaton, and I’ve been writing since 2010. I’m a USA Today Bestselling author and to date have 20 books published.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I think my love of paranormal and a mixture of my job. At the time, I was a police officer and when I worked night shift, I had a whole lot of quiet time where my mind wandered. One night I came up with a story and then told my husband I was going to write a book. He laughed at first, but a week later I handed him a few chapters and he was like, um, wow. That was October of 2010, and that book, My Blood Runs Blue, was published in April of 2011.
Before that night, I had never considered writing, in fact, the only thing I ever wrote were to do lists and police reports. After that – I never looked back.
What’s your writing style like?
Generally I’m a pantser when it comes to writing. My plots explode in my mind and I create the characters. After that, the characters take over the story. It’s not unusual for me to be working on at least two stories, if not three, at the same time. It all depends on how loudly the characters are speaking at the time. Sometimes they can be a real pain in the butt!
I know a lot of authors that work off outlines, but I can’t do that. My characters change things to often for me to stick to an outline. Although I do sit down sometimes when my characters are being difficult and I work out the main plot points that need to be addressed. That usually helps me keep them in line.
I also always write in first person, with multiple points of view. As a reader, I want to know what is going on in the characters minds. So putting multiple points of view into my story gives you a 360 degree look at the scene.
I also write very quickly. I have written 56,000 words in 4 days to complete an impromptu project. Generally, on my writing days, I will try to get in about 6-8K a day.
What’s your favorite genre to write/read in and why?
Wow… tough question. I love writing in Paranormal Romance and Romantic Suspense; although, I have recently been doing quite a few contemporary romances. When I write PNR, it gives me a chance to distort reality into my own view. It’s fun to create a world where anything can happen. My romantic suspense novels are generally intense and very in-depth. They all deal with police work, and I put a lot of heart and soul into them, but they can be draining to write.
What’s your least favorite genre to write/read in and why?
I have yet to write in a genre that I don’t enjoy. Even my women’s fiction books which deal with domestic violence are enjoyable to write, although intense and emotional. I guess if someone came to me and said, hey you need to write a horror novel, I might be like, yeah, I’ll pass. I’ve seen enough horror in my previous career.
Some writers have something playing in the background, do you and what?
Music – I always have music playing. I have like 20 playlists that I choose from depending on what I’m writing. If I’m working on a darker book, I’ll play Evanescence, Within Temptation or We are the Fallen. But I have country lists, classical lists, romance lists, and rock, too. It all depends on the mood of the story. I even have a few playlists for specific books and characters.
What’s the inspiration behind your books?
Well, a lot of things. I wrote three books, Whether I’ll Live or Die, Barbara’s Plea and You’re Not Alone, which all deal with domestic violence because I’m an advocate and was on the Board of Directors for my local center for three years.
One of my latest releases, Tempt Me Too, is about that first love that we all can remember so well. That story was based off of my own first love back when I was a teenager. Everyone can relate to that story in some way.
My romantic suspense novels were ideas that I came up with, and I used my job as a police officer and detective to add depth and detail to it. Sometimes I even based certain crimes off of ones I had investigated.
If you could do it all over again, would you change anything about your books?
Not really. Granted as I grow as an author, I look back at some of my earlier writing and go, oh man, what was I thinking! But, I learned that it is better not to look back, but to move forward. Being an author is a continual growing experience.
Is there anything you found particularly challenging about writing?
Not the writing. I lose myself in the writing. I have so many books that I am working on right now that focusing on writing, editing, marketing and all the rest that needs to be done is very overwhelming at times. That is probably the hardest part about being a writer, is doing it all.
Who are your cover designers?
I have two cover designers, Natasha Brown and Calinda B. Natasha has done the majority of my stuff, but recently Calinda assisted me with changing my cover to Garda ~ Welcome to the Realm and she created my Mended by Love and Tempt Me Too covers.
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
I can’t say that any author has influenced my writing, but I have a few very good friends who have supported me in countless ways: Melissa Foster, Amy Manemann, Natasha Brown, Calinda B, Colleen Albert and a host of others.
As for what books, well I never have time to read these days, lol…
What is your take on fanfiction?
That is a pretty popular question these days. Generally, I am not a huge fan, BUT I am a gigantic fan of Melissa Foster’s Remington Series, and I have three books, Cured by Love, Revived by Love and Mended by Love in her Remington Kindle World.
I’ve been asked to take part in several other worlds, but decided that I wanted to remain focused on my own worlds.
What advice would you give any newbie author or anyone that wants to pick up writing?
Learn to take criticism.
It will come from your editors, your proofers, your beta readers, your reviewers and your readers, and sometimes it can be harsh. I learned early on not to take things personally, but instead look at what the person is really saying and see if there was something I could work off of. Sometimes you can see a valid point for something. Other times, you want to slam your head against your desk and give up, so just let it roll off your back and move on.
Tell us a little about yourself. Perhaps something not many people know about? Can you share with us the best way to contact you and where to find your work? This is where you have the floor.
Oh Goodie!!! I get to brag here! Just kidding. So I already told you who I am, and all about my writing, now I’ll tell you about me, the person.
I was a police officer for almost 16 years and retired early after my second bad concussion. My husband is a police officer, and my son, who is 26, is in the US Navy and just became a father. YEAH! I’m a grandma! I also have a 13 year old daughter at home who is working on her second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, she does competitive cheerleading for her school, takes tumbling classes, and sings in the high honors chorus for her middle school.
I love photography, Disney and hanging with my family. We try to get to Disney once or twice a year. My favorite place in the whole world is the beach. I love to hear the waves, feel the sand on my feet and the sun on my face.
I have a website, www.stacyeaton.com where you can find out more about me and my books. If you visit, you can read the first chapter of almost all of my books. And of course all my books are listed on Amazon HERE for you take a peek at. I also have a great Newsletter that goes out twice a month with updates on my new releases, sales and I even have a sharing corner where I share a few books from other authors. Sharing is caring!
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us!!!
Thank you so much for inviting me to visit Maggie! I’ve had a blast and I hope your readers have enjoyed my time here! Thank you again, and Happy Holidays to you and your readers!
Stacy, her daughter, and grandson