Stacy was the treasurer of my local RWA chapter, Central Ohio Fiction Writers, for the past two years before handing the account books over to me. We carpool for the seventy-odd miles to our monthly chapter meeting, so I’ve gotten to know her a bit. She is, without question, one of the most joyful writers I’ve ever known. Her characters live and breathe for her–and she adores every breath they take, even when they’re not behaving well.
Question 1: A love of the Twilight series led you to write your first novel. What was it about those books that fired your imagination, and how is that reflected in your work?
Yes, I absolutely loved Twilight, and it introduced me to paranormal romance. As a fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I never even thought vampires could be good. But what really fired my imagination was wondering what Edward was thinking the whole time! I wanted his POV soooooo badly. So I think that’s what got me to writing my first book. And it’s why I always have at least two POVs (the heroine AND hero). I don’t want to frustrate MY readers.
Question 2: You’ve had traditionally published books, with Kensington, and you’ve self-published. Contrast your experiences with each type of publication.
I don’t know if I would have self-pubbed without the experience of being traditionally published first. Lyrical Press and Kensington taught me so much and I believe they made me a better writer. After publishing with them, I knew what needed to be done to be published (although it still took my husband’s offer of help to format to take that self-pub leap). So if I had to do it all over again, I would still go the traditional route first. Because to me it was the same as going to college and earning that degree.
Question 3: You served in the Armed Forces when you were young. Does any of that experience show up in your books?
I joined the Army when I was 17 (although I didn’t start serving until I was 18). Why did I join? Because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I couldn’t see going to college (felt it would have been a waste of money then) and I certainly didn’t want to stay at home. People think I’m brave; I thought I was a coward. Haha! As for the experience showing up in my books? I don’t know. All my life experiences are probably in there. I served during peace time (76-81), and it was a job like any other (except they made me exercise!). Pretty boring. Well… except for meeting my husband and living in Alaska. Those were pretty great.
Stacy McKitrick fell in love with paranormal romance, decided to write her own, and found her passion in life. She used to work in accounting, now she spends her time with vampires and ghosts, and is the author of the Bitten by Love and the Ghostly Encounter series. Born in California, she currently resides in Ohio with her husband. You can learn more about Stacy at her website www.stacymckitrick.com.