Shannon Stacey

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Knocking on the door

You can stare at the door forever.

You can wish it would open.

You can wish you were on the other side.

But until you knock, nobody knows you’re there.

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Critique partner or enabler?

Who watches American Idol? (Don’t leave. This is about writing, not reality TV, so stick with me.) The auditions are the best part, but they’re an emotional rollercoaster for me. Not for my husband, who gleefully laughs his way through the dreadful, but he’s then he’s not creative. His artistic release is modeling HO-scale railroad—a logical, math-based pursuit. He doesn’t know what it feels like to pour your heart and soul into something and have it rejected. I cry … Read More »

Typo Virus and mud

The dreaded Typo Virus.

What is it with those suckers? I can honestly say I’ve never worked as hard on a book as I did No Surrender. I wrote, rewrote, scrapped, reinvented, revised, started all over again, worked and reworked on that book. I honestly don’t think I could tell you how many times I’ve read it, and I thought it was pretty clean.

There was an element to the storyline that didn’t work for my editor and rather … Read More »

Make sure you're chasing YOUR dream

It’s easy for an author to get caught up in the daily hoopla of the online romance community and, while the negativity’s a known creativity zapper, being surrounded by positives can be just as damaging to the muse.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the successes of others. You want to be that big deal in the Publisher’s Lunch. You want to have written that book the Smart Bitches and Dear Author love like whoa and damn. You … Read More »

This made me LOL today

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