Welcome Stacy Eaton, author of My Blood Runs Blue!
When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?
October 2010, although I cannot give you the exact date, lol. I had never thought about being an author before, people joked that I should write down some of my stories, but I never took them seriously until the plot for my first book came to me. Then I sat down, starting writing and I just can’t stop. It is like a virus that runs rampant in my blood now and that’s a good thing!
On average, how long does it take you to write a book?
My first book took me 9 weeks to write. It just flowed! The second one in the series took 11. It is a bit longer then the first one, but again it just flowed. I have a whole lot of projects going on now, and they are all taking me a bit longer because I split myself up between them. I have 4 projects I would like to have released this year.
Where do you find writing inspiration?
Many of my stories come from thoughts and experiences I have had at work. I’m a police officer, so all my stories revolve around law enforcement in different ways. Incidents that I have responded to or witnessed are brought into my books, not in every detail but the pieces of them.
I am also writing a book about Domestic Violence – something that is a very serious problem here in the US and around the world. This one is tough, it hits closer to home.
What do you think makes a good story?
Personally, I want to see depth in a story. I want to see deep characters and deep plots. I want to be able to fall into the story and live in it. If an author can pull me into the story and give me the depth to make me feel like I am one of the characters or the proverbial ‘fly on the wall’ than I think they wrote a great story.
I know from experience it is hard to pull readers in and even harder to keep them there. So keeping your characters interesting and bringing in twists and turns to the plots keeps readers wanting to turn the pages. I try to do that in my writing.
Is there another sub-genre aside from your primary sub-genre that you would like to write for and why?
The first two books I wrote are part of the My Blood Runs Blue series. My Blood Runs Blue & Blue Blood for Life are Paranormal Romance with a suspenseful and mysterious plot. People have talked about them as Crime Novels too and they are correct since both these books are written in the law enforcement world and deal with investigations. There will be two more books written for this series, I am currently working on book 3, but have not titled it yet.
I mentioned before a book on Domestic Violence, it is called “Whether I’ll Live or Die”. It speaks from the voice of a young woman who deals with it and also from the point of view of a female police officer dealing with it through the law.
A contemporary romance called “Liveon” is in the works also. I am about two thirds done with this novel, but I had put it on the back burner to work on other things for a while.
I am also working on a series with another author called “Blue Haze”. This series is an intense graphic series that deals with the depths of addiction in many forms.
Is there a main genre besides romance that you would like to write for?
I love writing about my job, so crime and action books will always be part of my future in writing. Authors always say to “write what you know, and know what you write”, and I think that is very true. I think that definitely makes me a better author and I hear it again and again in my reviews that my knowledge shines through in my written words.
How important is reader feedback, good or bad, to you?
I love feedback! I think that an author can only improve on themselves if the readers out there tell the authors what they loved or what they didn’t like about the books. Many authors get disappointed or depressed about bad reviews, but in my honest opinion, I believe that those are some of the most important reviews!
Of course, I personally love the positive kind! Seeing what my readers thought was wonderful in my book humbles me. When a reader tells me that they got sucked in and couldn’t put the book down and now they can’t wait for the next one; I am in awe. Many times I can be found doing a dance in my office when I read that another reader loved my books. My daughter usually joins me for the dances too!
I have had a few readers who had some negative comments and I appreciate them. I take to heart what they say so that in my next book I can improve on my writing skills. I think all authors need to do this.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
If I am not looking through the world through my characters, I might be looking at the world through a viewfinder. I love photography! I have been doing photography since I was in high school and I used to have my own dark room. These days I don’t have as much time, and everything is digital, but I am never far from my camera.
I also love to read, and my kindle is always with me. I love to play games with my family and just chill out with friends enjoying a beer or a chocolate martini.
What advice, if any, do you have for aspiring authors?
Accept the good with the bad. You don’t become a known author overnight. It takes time. It takes patience and it takes a thick skin. Learn to accept what people say good and bad about your stories. Use them to help you grow! Understand that what you write will never appeal to everyone, but eventually you will find your niche in the writing world and go after your dreams from there!
Also, surround yourselves with other authors that believe in helping one another. I am very involved in the WLC (currently called the WoMen’s Literary Café, but soon to be changing the name). The WLC is a huge part of my life! It brings authors, readers, reviews, bloggers and so much together. It’s a one stop place to get help and to help others. I love it!
About My Blood Runs Blue
Officer Kristin Greene has always felt that something was missing from her life. Although her job with the Fawn Hollow Township Police Department keeps her busy, she still feels like there is something else out there for her.
She soon finds herself investigating a homicide where a young woman has had her throat ripped out. When she has to give the death notification to the family, her investigative nature comes out fast and strong when the parents seem too accepting of their daughter’s death and make comments that just don’t fit.
When the family requests the assistance of the VMF Securities, Kristin is confused that they would think a security company could assist with the murder investigation. When Julian and Alexander arrive she quickly finds herself being pulled into a love triangle that has been going on longer then she has been alive. Why do they look at here as if they know her? And why do they keep talking about Calista?
Join Kirstin as she fights to learn the truth about the recent murder, the seductive and blood drinking men that have entered into her life and the rear truth about herself.