This week we’re introducing you to Stacy Claflin. She started her fiction writing career in 2012, and have published a lot since then. She has a big following on social media, and have participated in several podcast interviews and a lot of interviews around the internet. In this interview we ask Stacy about her writing, her inspirations, her productivity and much more.
Thank you for participating in this interview. Could you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you for the opportunity. I’m a lifelong storyteller. When I was a kid, I always got into trouble for trying to convince others that my stories were real. One time I even convinced my friends that she had a robotic unicorn built by my grandpa. Now I save my stories for novels. I mostly write paranormal romance, but have just branched into YA thrillers. Regardless of what I write, I always have suspense, twists, and turns.
Have you written anything for publication before?
I have seventeen titles published. Most are novels, but I also have short stories and novellas.
Do you have a favorite amongst your own books? Where should a new reader start, if he/she have never read anything by you yet?
I find that my favorite is usually whatever I’m writing! It’s definitely true right now. I’m excited to start writing each day and bummed when my writing session is over. I would suggest a new reader start with Deception, the first book in my paranormal romance series The Transformed. It’s free everywhere.
You seem to do some genre hopping. Which genre do you prefer to write in right now?
I mostly write paranormal romance, but everything I write has suspense so my new trilogy doesn’t feel like much a jump even though there’s no paranormal elements. Many of my stories involve abductions/kidnappings and that’s what my Gone trilogy is about.
You have been a prolific writer. How do you produce so much?
I’ve been listening to the Self Publishing podcast since the beginning! When I first started writing fiction, they were my only real contacts in the self publishing community. Now I listen to a lot of other writing podcasts and I’ve been inspired by how much the successful authors write, so I’m following their advice. I’m a constant student, always learning how I can improve my craft.
What is your daily routine like? Are you a full-time author?
I’m not full time yet, but that’s my goal. I get up about 4am Sunday through Friday and write for a couple hours. I usually go into it knowing what I’m going to write about, because I can write a lot faster when I know what’s going to happen. Even though I do plan, I still leave myself room for the story to happen naturally. There are plenty of times that things surprise me. It’s no wonder readers say they can’t predict what’s going to happen – many times I can’t, either!
You have a really big following on both Twitter and Facebook. Can you share a bit about how you managed to get to where you are now on those platforms?
I started my twitter account when I was blogging about personal development, so that’s been growing slow and steady for over four years. With my Facebook author page, I implemented social media strategies that I learned from blogging. The best way to grow a strong online presence is to find the social media networks that match your personality and interests. My favorite by far is Pinterest. It’s great for creating story boards and more. It’s a great place to be creative and find others with the same interests.
What or who are your biggest creative influences?
That’s always a difficult question to answer. I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember, and I’ve read everything from Sweet Valley Twins to Stephen King. I used to read 5-7 stories at one time and never had any troubles keeping the story lines straight. I think I bring in a little bit of everything with me when I write my stories.
What is your writing environment like and is there anything you’d change about it?
Most of my writing time is spent on the couch in the wee morning hours. It’s dark, quiet, and cozy–in other words, perfect!
What made you decide to participate in Fiction Unboxed and write in this shared world?
I’m a long-time fan of the Self Publishing Podcast. I’ve followed Sean and Johnny’s blogs since long before they were writing fiction, and they actually started the SPP the same month I began writing my debut novel. When they announced Fiction Unboxed, supporting their project was a no-brainer. As for the anthology, I love trying new things when it comes to writing, so that too was an easy decision.
Tell us about your story in the “Beyond the Gate” anthology?
Christoph is a gypsy from Yon. Every year his family travels to the festival in Waldron’s Gate to provide fortune-telling services. He’s excited to see his girlfriend, Ivy, who lives there. But when he arrives, he discovers that she recently disappeared and may have ventured into the Fog.
What do you plan to write next?
I have so many story ideas, sometimes that’s a tough question. Currently I’m writing the sixth book in my paranormal romance series. Next I may start an offshoot from my new thriller trilogy, or possibly start something new entirely. If there’s interest in my anthology story, I could expand that. I could have a lot of fun with those characters branching out.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions, Stacy. It was great!
You can see Stacy in an interview on the Story Telling Podcast in july 2013 right here, and also read the guest post she wrote for the Rocking Self Publishing podcast a short time ago. Furthermore you can catch her at Buddy’s Writing Show, and see this video about staying productive from kimanziconstable.com.
Last, but not least; Be sure to check out the Beyond the Gate anthology website, and sign up to be notified when the book comes out. And please come back here for even more interviews. Stacy’s has created the cover design.
Thanks for stopping by – you’re awesome!