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Friday, October 8, 2010

Halloween Extravaganza- Interview With Stacia Kane

Q & A with Stacia Kane

STACIA KANE has been a phone psychic, a customer service representative, a bartender, and a movie theatre usher. Writing is more fun than all of them combined. After an extended sojourn in England, she currently lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their two little girls. She wears a lot of black, still makes great cocktails, likes to play music loud in the car, and thinks Die Hard is one of the greatest movies ever made. She believes in dragons, the divine right of kings, and is a fervent Ricardian.

Welcome Stacia! Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for inviting me!
I'll start with this... Do you believe in ghosts?
Oh, totally. I've had way too many experiences with them in my life not to.
I recently read Unholy Ghosts, the first novel in the Chess Putnam series and loved it! Did you get as much of a following as you

hoped or expected?

Thank you!

The reaction has been much more positive than I expected, even more than I'd hoped. I don't think it's a matter of hoping or expecting a certain following; really you just hope it doesn't bomb horribly, and you hope it manages to find its audience, you know? I always expect the books to fail and be hated by most people, I think. So there was no expectation at all on my part that the series would be successful or popular or anything like that. I just hoped some people liked it. I really hoped I'd get to do more but I wasn't very confident that I would; I'd wanted to stretch out a particular situation into a fourth book but decided better to bring it to a conclusion just in case. I didn't want to leave readers hanging, you know?

I have no idea what sales are like--although I'm pretty sure I'm not setting records or anything, ha, I think I'm just sort of limping along--but there is an amazing group of readers out there who really understand the books and the characters, I think, and who really got what I was and am trying to do. They've been incredible, and that's something I didn't even dare to hope for. Certainly we'd all like to be bestsellers and making lots of money and all of that, but for me the idea that I actually put something out there that people really responded to is more important (although of course I wouldn't turn down the big money and best-seller lists, ha). I didn't start writing to make money, I started it to try to say something. So that matters to me, a lot. I really never dreamed that I would get a response this positive; it completely blows me away. Not just all of the great reviews, but all of the readers who've emailed me or sent me messages elsewhere. Just incredible.

City of Ghosts was released this past July, will there be anymore books in this series? Maybe even a spin-off novella featuring

other characters?
There will be more, yes! I'm very, very excited about that, and I'm currently about a quarter of the way through writing the fourth book, which I believe Del Rey is hoping to release around fall of next year, with a fifth coming out the following spring, and beyond that who knows. So hopefully sales of the fourth one will be strong enough that my publishers will want more again.
I'm a cover art nerd. I love many covers, but I really loved your covers for your Chess Putnam series. Who is the designer?
The covers for the US editions were designed by a woman named Juliana Kolesova. It's really cool to see how much readers seem to like them.
On your website, I see your US covers and your international covers. Both of which are beautiful. For all three of your Chess Putnam novels, choose which one for each title you would rather? US or International. (I'll leave a link for everyone to go to you link as well!)

Do I prefer the US or international covers? I like the UK ones best in general, I think, although I think the prettiest one is the German cover for UNHOLY GHOSTS (or, as they're calling it there, GEISTERFLUT, which means "Ghost Flood." Apparently UNHOLY GHOSTS sounded odd in German; they've changed the title for UNHOLY MAGIC as well but I don't recall just now what it is.) Since I haven't seen the covers for the next two German editions I can't comment, and the model loses points for not having the bangs, but I think the cover itself is gorgeous. For general effect, though, I love the UK covers. They're just so cool-looking.

Out of your Chess Putnam and your Megan Chase series, which series was more challenging to write?
Oh, definitely the Chess books. The Megan books were fun; don't get me wrong, I love them and I loved writing them, and no book is easy to write, but I was having fun, just trying to be kind of light and entertaining, although I don't think it's possible for me to write something without including some darkness. The Chess books are a lot a lot deeper; I put a lot more of myself into them and really dug into some things I just scraped with the Megan books. But I think it was worth it.

Your work is also featured in Love Bites & Vampire Romance 2. Are your planning on featuring any of your work in an

anthology anytime soon?
I'm hoping to, yes. I was invited to contribute to an anthology, and I'm just waiting to get some concrete details on that. So stay tuned!
I'm also currently working on a really exciting project with several other Del Rey authors. It's a sort of story-in-the-round called A GLIMPSE OF DARKNESS, with each of us writing a chapter based on what readers would like to see happen in the story. It's tons of fun, and it's happening on the Suvudu blog right now at Me, Lara Adrian, Kelly Meding, Harry Connolly, and Lucy A. Snyder. Come check it out!
What advice would you give all those aspiring writers out there?

Don't give up! And "write what you know" doesn't mean that if you're a butcher you should write about butchers. It means write what means something emotionally to you, write something about feelings and situations you've been in and/or know how to express. 

And learn about the business. If something seems to good to be true it probably is. PublishAmerica's website may look great, but they're a big scam and there are a lot of them out there, so educate yourself. 
Here's a few quickies:

Ghosts or Zombies?
Vampires or Werewolves?
Cats or Dogs?
Do I have to pick? I'll say dogs, because I'm allergic to cats, but I do love cats too.
Night or Day?
Night, absolutely.
Light Chocolate or Dark Chocolate?
Light, I think. But really I'm more of a fruity/taffy kind of girl.
Ice Cream or Candy?
Beer or Spirits?
Both. :-) Depends on my mood. But usually I drink vodka these days.
Summer or Winter?
Winter, totally.
Whats your favorite Tv show?
Right now it would be THE BIG BANG THEORY, I think. I don't actually watch a lot of tv, and right now BIG BANG is the only show I watch, although my husband and I have been catching up on MAD MEN on DVD and that's excellent.

What book/series are you currently reading?

Actually? Right now I'm re-reading my own books, because I'm writing the fourth one. I'm also reading a lot of cookbooks, because it's getting to be fall and I'm writing, which means I'm also spending a lot more time in the kitchen in order to avoid writing, haha. Also a collection of H.P. Lovecraft short stories, and several non-fiction books.
Thanks again Stacia. It's been fun!

UNHOLY GHOSTS--first in a new dark urban fantasy series, the Downside books. Del Rey (US) HarperVoyager (UK/AUS)

UNHOLY MAGIC--Downside #2. July 6, 2010, Del Rey (US) and HarperVoyager (UK/AUS)

CITY OF GHOSTS--Downside #3. July 27 US, August 5th UK/AUS
My For Review Of Unholy Ghosts, Click HERE.


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Orchid said...

Nice interview. Sounds like I might just have to look into her books.

Visited from Saturday Situation. ^_^

Emily said...

I'm stopping by for the Saturday Situation as well, and I loved this interview! These books are definitely on my TBR pile now. :D

Natasha said...

Hi guys! Thanks! I really recommend this series! You won't regret it!

Alessandra @Out of the Blue said...

Hi, I'm coming here from The Saturday Situation link-up from Candace's Book Blog :)

I hadn't heard of this author before (yeah, I'm not big on paranormal), but the titles sound interesting. I'll have to look into this series more carefully. Great interview questions!

Pennsylvania Book Chick said...

Loved the interview. Read these books, if you haven't already. They are wonderfully written, intriguing and action packed.

Anonymous said...

This series is great and Stacia Kane is a doll!
I am so hoping that she has a long and wonderful career so I can get more of her great word crafting and world building. And just so everyone who's read the books know, I'm on Team Terrible all the way!

Cherry said...

I came from Saturday Situation.

I really hate stories without endings, i.e., Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time before Sanderson stepped in. So I really like it when I learned that Stacia brought the story to a conclusion in about book 3 :)

Cherry Mischievous

brandileigh2003 said...

That is great advice about writing what you know. I have ideas but I can never get them down.
Great interview!

Visiting from Saturday Situation!
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

vickyvak said...

Nice interview! I haven't read the books but now I think I will!

donna said...

Great interview! These books were AMAZING, definitely in my list of all time top faves. I'm anxiously awaiting the fourth book.

yllektra (force-oblique) said...

Oh my I can't believe she wanted to wrap things up with the third book!
I mean the whole series is awesome..
I am sure we will be blessed with many more books with Terrible! lol

Thanks for the interview!

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