THE GIVEAWAY - Stacy has generously offered to give away a copy of Lady Outlaw, and I'm throwing in a Starbucks gift card to one lucky winner. To be entered in the drawing, all you have to do is answer Stacy's question at the end of the interview, or for those who have trouble commenting on Blogger, leave your answer on my Facebook Author Page. The winner of Stacy's book and the gift card will be drawn at random next Sunday, November 25, 2012, at 9pm CDT, and announced on next week’s blog post. Check out the beautiful cover of Lady Outlaw!
No one would ever imagine a fresh-faced young woman could be robbing stage bandits of their ill-gotten fortunes. But Jennie Jones is desperate to save her family's ranch from foreclosure. And the risks seem worth it, until her upright new ranch hand offers a glimpse of how much is really at stake.
Former bounty hunter Caleb Johnson is ready for a new, clean start. With a woman like Jennie, he could build a future there in Utah territory. But only if his gentle faith can guide her in a choice between the land she's fought so hard to save and a future by his side.
Welcome Stacy! So glad to have you here!
Thanks for having me, Loree! I’ve enjoyed following your blog for quite some time, so I’m excited to be here.
Your lovely debut novel from Harlequin’s Love Inspired is titled, Lady Outlaw. How long have you been writing novels, Stacy? Is this your first?
I’ve been writing for eight years – ever since becoming a mom. Lady Outlaw is the second book I wrote. It was meant to be a companion to the first novel I wrote until the story took on a life of its own. J
The book is a work of historical fiction. What inspired you to choose the Utah Territory as the setting for this novel?
I was excited to set this story in my home state. At the time of the story, Utah Territory had regular stagecoach travel between a number of its towns, but there were still portions of uninhabited land—both were characteristics I wanted for that Old West feel. I also liked the chance to set it in a place that years later would be made legendary by notorious outlaws like Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch.
Fascinating history! They say that there is a bit of each of us in all of our characters. Which character in the book is most like you, and why?
Jennie Jones, the heroine of Lady Outlaw, and I are alike in many ways. We’re both redheads; we both have a strong stubborn streak and like to do things our own way; we’re both quiet and a little shy until you get to know us and then we love to tease.
I loved Jennie! She had so much depth to her character. Is there a sequel or series planned?
I have a WWI inspirational romance series that will be published by Grand Central Publishing in 2014. The first book is about a schoolteacher and a German-American handyman who fall in love even as anti-German hysteria divides the population of their small Iowa town. I’m currently writing the second book, which is about a nurse and a wounded soldier who meet in a hospital in war-torn France. And the third book will be set in England after the war.
I know I'm going to just love this new series, Stacy!
I know you are a real chocolate lover. What’s your favorite chocolate? Had to sneak that question in there!
I love European chocolate and dark chocolate, although I’m not a real chocolate candy fan. Give me chocolate with substance—like brownies, cookies, cake, pie, etc.—and I’m a happy girl! J
As we come to a close of this interview, I want to ask you—Thanksgiving is on Thursday, what are you most thankful for Stacy?
My husband and kids; temporal things like a house, food, job; the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom and a writer; and most of all, the help of the Lord in my daily life.
It’s been a pleasure having you visit here today. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule.
Thanks again for having me, Loree!
Now Stacy has a question for you—
What are you especially thankful for this Thanksgiving? What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions?
Great questions, Stacy! I'm thankful for my wonderful family. My kids are awesome, and my hubby is the best. I am blessed. Thanksgiving traditions for me: I make my mom's stuffing from scratch - turkey soup and all.
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Between you, me and the gatepost,
Don't forget, next week I will be interviewing my Seymour Agency sister, Jen Turano. We'll be talking about her debut novel from Bethany House, A Change of Fortune, and other things, plus there will be another giveaway. See you next week!
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