Author Guest Post
A Day In Your Writing Life
Thanks so much to Kathleen for having me today. I know a lot of non-writers may imagine a writer’s life to be glamorous. Perhaps they envision us sitting behind a giant desk full of dog-eared books, in a plush room with all the creature comforts, looking fabulous in their oh-so-comfy chair.
Maybe that’s how it is for some writers. Not for me. I do have an office, but it shares the guest room and my daughter and husband like to pile their things in it. And my chair is close to falling apart so every day, I take up residence in the living room. My real office is a loveseat with dual recliners – one side is taken up with various notes and books, there are pens and pencils scattered about, and my little portable file box sits at my feet.
Organization is my weak point, so I rely on lists. Naturally I have several. As long as they make it from the chicken scratch process to Evernote – a program that saves me on a daily basis – I’m okay.
What’s my typical day look like? I babysit 3 days a week, and on those days, I’m up around 7am to have a quick breakfast before the toddler I watch arrives. After she’s settled in and fed, I haul my first grade daughter out of bed and start the process of getting her ready for school. Once the toddler and I are back home, we spend some time playing and doing some learning, and then I settle in for some work time. I’m lucky because she is easy and loves to play with her toy computer. I spend my morning trading off between working and playing with her, and then when she naps, I get in as much work as I can.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are my days, so if I’m not running errands, I’ve got my butt-in-the-chair writing, plotting, promoting, networking–whatever the day calls for. It’s a busy existence, and I’ve only got about seven hours to get in as much work as I can. Once my daughter’s out of school, it’s homework, family time, swim team, night routine, and then we start it all over again.
If you’re a writer, what’s your typical day like? And readers, how do you fit books into your busy lives?
About The Author
After earning her degree in journalism, Stacy worked in advertising before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. She rediscovered her love of writing and wrote several articles for a city magazine before penning her first novel. She shelved the long drama and began working on a suspense book set in Las Vegas, featuring a heroine on the edge of disaster, a tormented villain, and the city’s infamous storm drains that house hundreds of homeless.
Into The Dark is suspense with a dash of romance, and Stacy is hard at work on her next book, a darker, grittier thriller set in the Deep South. When she’s not writing, she spends all her time with her precocious daughter, supportive husband, and their three obnoxious but lovable canine children.
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Into The Dark by Stacy Green
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication Date: November 30, 2012
Format: Paperback - 292 / Kindle - 491 KB / Nook - 974 KB
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
The police close in on the Taker’s identity as Nathan and Emilie grow closer to each other and to resolving the misery of their own pasts. At the height of The Taker’s madness, his attempt to replace someone he’s lost will either kill them all or set them free.
My Book Review:
What starts out as a bank robbery of the WestOne Bank quickly becomes one obsessed psychopath's attempt to kidnap thirty-four year old bank branch manager Emilie Davis, and take her down into the dark seedy underground tunnels of Las Vegas' storm drain system that lies beneath the city. With the SWAT team closing in, the "Taker" aborts the attempted abduction and escapes into the 200 mile labyrinth to regroup. Hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan knows that whoever this man is, he'll keep trying to get to Emilie. Follow along as Nathan tries to figure out the reason behind the "Taker's" obsession with Emilie, and attempts to protect her before the stalker can succeed to take her into the dark.
In her debut novel, author Stacy Green weaves a chilling dark tale of suspense that keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seat. Written in the third person narrative that alternates between three characters: Emilie Davis, Nathan Madigan, and the "Taker," the reader is transported to Sin City and the deep dark tunnels that lie beneath its city streets.
From the start of the book, the author captivates the reader with the intense action that quickly gains momentum as the intriguing twists and turns builds upon the suspense and drama as the story unfolds, all the while keeping the reader guessing who the stalker is and why he wants Emilie so desperately.
This psychological thriller is set in Las Vegas, and I think the author does a wonderful job of researching the historical facts of the city and its underground storm drain system. Las Vegas has always been one of my favorite cities, and I was absolutely thrilled with the rich description and vivid details of the city, the storm drain system, and the variety of people who inhabit it.
What I found most fascinating about this story is the interweaving of the three characters' secrets, torment, grief and blame from their pasts and present life issues that permeates their lives. As the story unfolds, the author provides clues into the "Taker's" identity and teases the reader to figure it out while also uncovering the genesis of his plan. And if that isn't enough to keep the reader engaged, the author throws in just the right amount of subtle romance into the mix without overshadowing the main focus of the story.
With an intriguing cast of characters; engaging dialogue and interactions; and a storyline that has enough thrills and chills that gives the readers goose bumps until the exciting conclusion, Into The Dark is one hell of a gripping suspense thriller that will simply keep you riveted and turning the pages.
RATING: 4 STARS ****