Thanks for having me. I am a huge mystery and suspense buff so that's why I write the genre. I write interracial mystery/suspense so my books feature interracial couples, mainly black women and white men couples. I've always been a supporter of interracial relationships so writing about them comes from the heart. Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allan Poe are my idols and the reasons I love mystery and suspense. I've been writing professionally since 1997 when I was 19 years old. I was born, raised, and reside in Houston, Texas.
DWED: Have you always aspired publish a novel?
No. I didn't pursue writing professionally until I turned 19. I always loved literature and had a talent with writing, but it wasn't until then that I got the calling.
DWED: Would you say the journey to publishing was easy or hard? Why?
It's extremely hard to become published. I have always worked with publishers, never self-published and you have to go through tons of rejection before you might land an agent or publisher. It's well worth it to me. I love writing and I wasn't ever going to give up. I honed my craft, researched, and put in the work. I'm grateful it paid off.
DWED: Who or what would you say inspired ‘Giving up the Ghost &The Season of Sin?
Giving up the Ghost and The Season of Sin are books one and two in my current series. The main characters Detective Brianna "Bree" Morris and Detective Steven Kemp originate from my '08 novel Melody. I began the series because I fell in love with the characters and wanted to continue them. That brought all the inspiration I needed.
DWED: Are you a part of a book club or organization?
I'm a member of the Authors' Guild.
DWED: How does ‘Giving up the Ghost &The Season of Sin stand out? What does it offer and more importantly what can viewers find within it pages?
Well, for one thing I am not sure if many people are writing interracial suspense. That's a mixture you don't see everyday if at all. I’m also one of few black writers writing mystery these days and I think readers find that refreshing. With this series, you get passion and excitement as well as thrills, chills, and pure suspense. My novels are hardcore mystery and suspense, and I provide plenty of twists and surprises that'll have readers begging for more.
It's been extremely positive. Readers, reviewers, and book clubs have been very supportive. People say they enjoy my work and it's a pleasure whenever I touch a reader. Of course, you always have someone who might not care for your work but nothing pleases everyone. The majority of people have enjoyed my books and they’ve been very supportive.
DWED: Would you say you have a unique style of writing?
I think all writers have a unique style because unless he or she is copying someone’s writing, a writer’s style comes naturally through them. I love writing dialogue and it's one of my strong points. I do minimal description. I only describe what I feel readers need to know. I'm not one who describes every single character or every inch of a room. I leave description for what's important and I do enough to set the scene. I've been told my characters are powerful and really carry the story. I write straight-to-the-point and only include the meat of the story.
DWED: what kind of messages do you try to instill in your writing?
People always ask me this. LOL!None to be honest. I write to entertain. I don't write with messages in mind. I write mystery and suspense so it's not exactly the type of genre you'd expect to find hidden messages. I just want to entertain readers and give them a story that they enjoy. If they see a message in my work then that's a beautiful bonus.
DWED: Who is your favorite character in one of your books and why?
Detective Brianna "Bree" Morris. She is the star of my current series. I love Bree because she is the perfect mixture of a woman. She is strong but she is also vulnerable. I think it's important for me to show her in that light, and present her weaknesses as well as her strengths. I do my best to make all of my characters well rounded and three-dimensional. Bree is no different. She is not perfect. She makes mistakes, and sometimes does the wrong things but she is as real as you can get. I think that's why so many readers enjoy the character.
DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?
The third book in my series, The Wild Life,will be released July 2013. I also have two releases slated for 2014.
DWED: What would you say to all aspiring authors?
They need to take their time and learn the business before trying to jump into it. They also need to take time, years if so honing their craft. They need to seek out all options and pick the option that will give them the best shot, not that’s the fastest way to get published. Speed has nothing to do with anything. People need to make sure they can produce books to a publishable level if they expect to gain readership. People need to make sure they learn all they can and be the best they can be no matter if they are seeking publishers or putting their work out themselves.
DWED: Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know about both your work and yourself?
I appreciate readers who check out my work, and I encourage them to let me know how they feel about my work. I am also an approachable author who loves to hear from readers so feel free to contact me if you want.
The Season of Sin (Book 2) available now:
The Season of Sin:
Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris and her partner and ex-lover Steven Kemp are back. This time they are thrown head first into a gruesome homicide that brings forth as many secrets as it does clues.
Brianna’s psychiatrist, Dr. Nadia Hollister is stabbed to death in her upstairs bathroom. Brianna, who is at Nadia’s while the murder happens, is the only witness. Unfortunately she was knocked unconscious by the killer and only has the memory of the killer’s scent to go on.
Brianna and Steven sign on to help Homicide Detective Jayce Matthews solve the case. With Nadia’s journals as her guide, Bree learns that Nadia was keeping a devastating secret that has something to do with her adopted daughter. The renowned doctor was not whom she seemed to be and her secret may not have only got her killed but could ruin the foundation of her entire family.
The police hunt for suspects but Nadia’s secret could wreck the lives of many, all who have motive to kill her.
The deeper Brianna and Steven dig into Nadia’s past; the more they question whether Nadia was the true victim after all.
Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne) is a published novelist of crime fiction and interracial romantic suspense. She started writing professionally in 1997 when she was nineteen years old. Stacy grew up loving the suspense genre. Her idols are Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock. Stacy´s books include Everlasting (Simon and Schuster, 2007), Melody (Simon and Schuster, 2008), Giving up the Ghost (Peace in the Storm Publishing, 2011), and The Season of Sin (Peace in the Storm Publishing, 2012). Giving up the Ghost and The Season of Sin are 2011 and 2012 African-American Literary award nominees. Stacy was born, raised, and resides in Houston, Texas.
Giving up the Ghost:
The Season of Sin:
Genre: Crime fiction, mystery, interracial romantic suspense