Hello friends, meet Stacy Claflin, paranormal romance and thriller author and fellow participant in the YA Spring Fling Giveaway. Enter until April 3rd to win free copies of Gone and Hidden Intentions!
Take it away, Stacy!
What’s your favorite thing about spring?
I love that the weather warms up and the flowers bloom.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I love telling stories, and it’s a thrill when others love them as much as I do.
What’s the worst thing about being a writer?
It has its challenges (like rewrites and fixing edits) but I haven’t found anything that I hate.
Tell us more about your books.
I write a variety of stuff. My main series (The Transformed) is a paranormal romance full of suspense and love triangles galore. I love the world and the characters so much that I’ve given (and am working on more) side stories to some of the other characters. It’s a lot of fun.
I also write suspense. My Gone books are pretty dark and high on suspense. It all starts with a teenager being lured to a lonely park by a madman pretending to be a teenage boy.
Tell us something interesting about your main character.
Even though I throw them into horrible situations, they all find inner strength and grow into better people.
Coffee or Tea?
Love both. Coffee in the morning because it’s stronger and I get up at 4am to write. Tea for the afternoon because I don’t want it keeping me up all night.
Plotter or Pantser?
A mix of both, though I lean a lot more toward pantsing. When I do plot, it’s a loose outline with a lot of room for the characters to do their own thing. The best stories are the ones where the characters surprise me and make me change my outline.
What was the last YA book you read?
The Fault in Our Stars. I had to see what all the fuss was about.
What are your top tips for surviving a bad review?
Try to find the positive from it. I have some that say Gone was too dark for the person to finish it. Well, the positive side of those reviews is that people who like dark books will be excited to try it!
What are your top tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse?
Watch the Walking Dead now rather than later, when there won’t be any electricity. Even if the first episode grosses you out (I wouldn’t watch it for a year after seeing it) give the series a chance. Oh my gosh, it ended up being one of my all time favorite shows. No show has made me cry more. You just fall in love with the characters. At least, I did.
Where can readers find your books?
At most online retailers. All links can be found at my website: http://stacyclaflin.com/
Are you related to Sam Claflin, the guy who plays Finnick in the Hunger Games movies?
Yes. He’s my nephew.
What’s your best piece of advice to newbie writers?
Take it seriously and treat it like a business now – long before it is a business. I’m certain that if I hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t be a full time author now. Learn what you can from successful authors, listen to podcasts, and join writer’s groups online or off.
I’ll have an interview of my own appearing on Cady Vance‘s website in the next few days, so stay tuned for those thrilling words. And until the next time you hear from me, I’ll be furiously trying to meet two deadlines which happen to fall on the exact same day – one a gritty adult sci-fi story for a very cool anthology, and the other a television pilot based on that fabulous and timeless piece of literature, The Edge of the Woods (hah!).
See you all on the other side!
Or, more likely, deep in the procrastination somewhere along the way.