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Interview with an Author: Stacy Juba

The last few weeks have been all about me. It’s time to turn the spotlight on someone else. Please give a warm welcome to award-winning, bestselling author Stacy Juba!

Stacy loves to write stories about characters at a crossroads; individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them. Although Stacy specializes in adult mysteries and romance, she has also written books for children and teens. I sat down with Stacy to find out a bit more about her and her writing process.

Judy: You’ve written books for children, teens and adults. How does the process differ, not just in writing, but in marketing and getting your name known?

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today ebook coverStacy: I’d say that writing for adults comes the most naturally to me and that is what I specialize in. For my young adult books, I drew upon a lot of the emotions I remember feeling in high school—the insecurities, self-consciousness, awkwardness, and that sense of wanting to find yourself. I also watched TV shows about teens and talked to teens as things have changed since I was in school, and I wanted to make sure young people today could relate to my book. Despite the short length, writing my children’s picture books required a lot of effort. I worked closely with critique partners and published children’s writers to fine-tune my writing for that age group. As far as marketing, my approach is similar for all of the age groups. Many of my adult readers buy my YA and children’s books for their kids and grandkids, so I do a lot of blogging, tweeting, and interviews. I do make a special effort to connect with YA bloggers and reviewers, and to participate in group marketing campaigns with other YA writers. I rarely pay to advertise my YA and kids books, as paid ads work much better for my adult books.

Fooling Around With Cinderella 600x900Judy: You have a new adult novel coming out called Fooling Around with Cinderella, which you describe as “chick-lit/clean contemporary romance.” Tell us a bit about the premise and when it’s scheduled to come out.

Stacy: I am so excited about this book! It is the first in my new Storybook Valley series, which is set at a theme park. Each book in the series will have recurring characters, but the romantic leads will be different. In the first one, Jaine, an unemployed marketing specialist, manages to get hired as the marketing coordinator for the Storybook Valley theme park. However, Dylan, the general manager and the son of the park’s owners, isn’t ready to make this new position full-time yet and convinces her to help out for the summer as Cinderella. The book is about the attraction between Jaine and Dylan, and how a former high school rival is trying to sabotage Jaine. It is such fun to write and I can’t wait to share it with readers. It should be out by Fall 2015. When it’s released, readers will be able to find the details here: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/fooling-around-with-cinderella/. Or they can sign up for my newsletter to receive an email.

Judy: What’s a typical day like for Stacy Juba and what’s next?

Stacy: Since I’m a mom, I spend a lot of time with my family during a typical day. Every day is different, but during a typical week, I’ll work on my book, spend time on social media, and I’ll do a few other marketing tasks per week such as connecting with bloggers or scheduling posts on my blog. I’m also a freelance editor and usually spend a lot of time editing manuscripts and brainstorming with my clients. Lately, I’ve also been teaching online classes for writers on blogging and time management. In the near future, I am looking forward to doing a huge marketing campaign for Fooling Around With Cinderella, writing more books and stories in that series, offering my classes to various online writing groups, and working with lots more writers on getting their books ready for publication.

Thank you, Stacy.

Find Stacy at http://stacyjuba.com/blog/ and on Facebook.

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Bake, Love, Write

coverWhen Lois Winston, author of the Anastasia Pollack crafting mysteries, sent the callout for authors looking to participate in a dessert cookbook that would also include advice on love and writing, my first thought was, “sounds like a great fun, but I’m not really into baking.”

This doesn’t mean that I don’t have a sweet tooth. I do. In fact, I like to say that “all my teeth are sweet.” I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like (gingerbread being the one notable exception) and I consider carrot cake a serving of vegetables. But baking … well, that’s what bakeries are for.

Then I thought about the Lemon Blueberry Pudding Cake recipe given to me by a golf buddy (after I’d admired her baking of same). It wasn’t exactly “my” recipe, but then again, aren’t all good recipes handed down and passed around? Sure, we might put our own tweak on it (and I did, the tip about coating the blueberries in cake mix is all mine), but the reality is, good recipes are a lot like good stories. And they’re always better we share them.

Lemon Blueberry Pudding Cake

Lemon Blueberry Pudding Cake

Thankfully, Lois was still open to submissions when I came back with my “yes” and the result is my entry in Bake, Love, Write. Here’s the official promo copy to give you a taste of what’s inside the book:

What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on writing, and their advice on love and relationships.

Authors represent a variety of genres, including mystery, romance, fantasy, paranormal, young adult, women’s fiction, new adult, non-fiction, and children’s books. Each entry includes an author bio, website (where applicable) and publication credits. So if you love the advice — or the recipe — you can check out the author and, maybe even buy their book(s)!

The authors, in no particular order, are: Brenda Novak, Lois Winston, Debra Holland, Dale Mayer, Shelley Noble, Caridad Pineiro, Diana Orgain, Lisa Verge Higgins, Lynn Cahoon, Jasmine Haynes, Jan Carol, Meg Bellamy, Bobbi Chukran, Melissa Keir, Amy Gamet, Kristy Tate, Terry Shames, Barbara Phinney, Kitsy Clare, Raine English, Cathryn Cade, Haley Whitehall, Shilpa Mudiganti, Melinda Curtis, Jessa Slade, Jill Blake, Daryl Devore, Molly MacRae, Elizabeth Rose, Helena Fairfax, Lourdes Venard, Jessica Aspen, Maegan Beaumont, Kay Kendall, Elizabeth John, Victoria Adams, Cyndi Pauwels, Alice Loweecey, June Shaw, Donnell Ann Bell, T. Michelle Nelson, Nina Milton, Pam DeVoe, Skye Taylor, Conda V. Douglas, Pepper Phillips, Judy Alter, Cadence Denton, Lesley Diehl, Erin Farwell, Regan Walker, Kaye Spencer, Barbara Monajem, Kathleen Kaska, Catherine Kean, Rose Anderson, Suzie Tullett, Deborah Hughes, Cynthia Luhrs, Judy Baker, Alicia Dean, Leslie Langtry, Janis Susan May, Mitzi Flyte, Ruby Merritt, Renee D. Field, Kathryn Quick, Susan Cory, Judy Penz Sheluk, Kay Manis, Kathryn Jane, Debra Goldstein, E. Ayers, Chantilly White, Sloan McBride, Triss Stein, Ana Morgan, Adele Downs, L.C. Giroux, Pamela Aares, Nancy Warren, Barbara Lohr, J.J. Cook, Lynn Reynolds, Cori Arnold, B.V. Lawson, Lynn Franklin, M.L. Guida, Irene Peterson, Sue Viders, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Susan Santangelo, Sheila Seabrook, Elaine Charton, Sharleen Scott, Kathy Bennett, Jody Payne, Reggi Allder, Ashlyn Chase, Beverley Bateman, Susan Lohrer, Donis Casey, Barbara Leavy, Stacy Juba, and Karen Rose Smith.

You can find Bake, Love, Write on Facebook and on Amazon (print), Kindle, B&N, Kobo and iTunes  and, of course, on my BOOKS page.