Meet Author Stacy M Wray
Genre: Contemporary romance, Suspense, Children’s Chapter Book, and Women’s Fiction.
About Stacy M Wray
Stacy M Wray loves writing and reading anything romance – Judy Blume being one of the first authors she read in middle school. After all, a world without love, heartache and angst would prove a boring place to live.
Lover of gray and white cats, craver of all things sweet, enthusiast of camping and hiking, wife of an extremely supportive husband, and mom to two amusing adult children, she realizes life is pretty damn good.
She also appreciates that it’s never too late to try something new. Never.
We asked Stacy a quick round of questions, and here they are:
Q1: What famous author do you wish would be your mentor?
A: Judy Blume. She is the reason I fell in love with reading and even though we don’t write the same genre, I have immense respect for her.
Q2: What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
A: Write for you! Don’t try to concoct a story that you think might fit in with the masses—simply write from the heart.
Q3: When did you start writing?
A: September 2014.
Q4: What time of the day do you usually write?
A: I can write at any time, but I usually prefer quiet. So, first thing in the morning when my husband is still asleep is best.
Q5: Describe your perfect book hero or heroine.
A: I love a character filled with flaws, grit, and who is so darn real they could be your brother/sister.
Q6: How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
A: I completed my tenth book during lockdown in March/April. I’ve published eight so far and am querying my last two. A favorite is hard to choose, but The Reason is up there.
Q7: Do you have a favourite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
A: One of my favorites is Lily from The Reason for the simple fact that she’s older and has experienced more of life’s ups and downs. I feel like every woman could find a piece of themselves in her.
Q8: Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing the story?
A: Yes and no. Of course, I make scads of notes on my main characters and develop them on paper a little. When I write, I have a loose idea of what the story will be, but my characters dictate where it goes and what they do. My story develops as I type.
Q9: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: It normally takes me about nine months to complete a book, but the one I just finished in April (Hands of Women) I wrote in one month. The idea had been stewing in my head for months and it literally poured from me.
Q10: Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
A: I can recite the preamble to the US Constitution still since learning it from School House Rock as a kid. I’m quite proud of this. *insert goofy laugh*
Stacy agreed to participate in a little flash fiction.
This is the cover of your next book, write the opening paragraph…
“The wind tugged at the pages clutched between my aching fingers as the falling temperatures caused my skin to turn a pinkish hue. It figured my gloves would be in my other coat back at the hotel, laying in a heap on the floor. After glancing at the letter again, I shifted my head in every direction, searching out his salt and pepper beard and those piercing blue eyes. He said to meet him here. So, where is he?”
Books by Stacy M Wray
Stacy, thank you so much for being a featured author in our spotlight blog. And if like us, you want to find out more about Stacy and what she’s up to next, you can follow her on the links below and visit her website HERE.