Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Stacey Jay is Back!

Okay Ya’ll,

The incredible Stacey Jay is BACK on the blog for the third time since 2009, because Miss Thang is celebrating the release of yet ANOTHER novel: MY SO-CALLED DEATH.

Stacey totally wins the award for the most frequently discussed person on my blog, because I think she may have surpassed Johnny Depp by now. It might be a tie for Tim Gunn, though.

Welcome back, Stacey!

(throws lots of glittery confetti)

ABOUT MY SO-CALLED DEATH

Just because you don't have a pulse doesn't mean you can't be perky.

One second, freshman Karen Vera's on top of the most fabulous cheer pyramid ever. The next, she's lying on the pavement with seriously unflattering cranial damage. Freakishly alive without a pulse, Karen learns that she's a genetically undead zombie.

Suddenly, Karen's non-life is an epic disaster. She's forced to attend a boarding school for the "death-challenged," her roommate is a hateful wannabe-Goth weirdo, and she's chowing down on animal brains every day to prevent rot (um, ew?). Even worse, someone is attacking students and harvesting their brains for a forbidden dark ritual. And it might be the hottest guy at DEAD High, the one who makes Karen's non-beating heart flutter!

Armed with a perky smile and killer fashion sense, it's up to Karen to track down the brain snatcher and save her fellow students from certain zombie death.

ABOUT STACEY JAY

Stacey Jay is a workaholic with three pen names, and a sick sense of humor. She loves creepies, crawlies, and of course, romance. What would a zombie novel--or any novel--be without kisses that make your toes tingle?

Stacey has been a full time writer since 2005 and can't think of anything she'd rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, and waiter.

On to the Interview!

Me: What was the inspiration/where did you get the idea for this latest story, and when did you realize it could become a novel?

Stacey: I was writing the sequel to YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME and I started wondering what life was like for a zombie who wouldn't go back to his grave. Was there zombie school? What did they do there? MY SO CALLED DEATH grew from there.

Me: Now that you’re a seasoned author, if there is one thing you could go back and tell your “debut author” self, what would it be?

Stacey: Get it right during copy edits because people are going to get angry if you start mucking around with your words too much during the First Pass Pages--the final read through before the book gets ready for print.

Me: Good advice! I’m always looking for new ways to tackle revisions. What is your tried and true revision strategy and why does it work?

Stacey: I like to print out my revision letter and then mark things off as I address them. I go through point by point and then go back and do a full read-through to see if any of the things I've added, shifted, or deleted need to be altered to correct the "flow" of the book. It usually works...except when it doesn't. Lol. Revisions still tear me up every time. It can be hard to re-imagine a story that's already set in your head.

Me: That sounds like a good plan, because sometimes it works . . . and then it doesn’t.

Readers . . . You can visit Stacey at her home on the web: http://www.staceyjay.com

And . . . MY SO-CALLED DEATH is officially on sale. (I’ve already spotted it at my Barnes and Noble!)

You can buy it here:
Amazon: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/My-So-Called-Death-Stacey-Jay/dp/0738715433/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_3

Thank you so much for stopping by, Stacey!

1 comment:

Sliding on the Edge said...

Loved Stacy's book and enjoyed reading her interview here on your blog, Leigh. Thanks.