Interview with Stacey Scott Mae

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was called The God of Might. I was a junior in High School and it got rejected from the literary magazine for profanity.
What is your writing process?
Now I write every day and never miss a day. I never edit until ALL the writing is done for the work into which I am pouring blood. Then I edit like a mad man. I cut like I imagine Hemingway would, except it's me... Sometimes I say to myself; Self, you are going to cut a thousand words today!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I knew I was reading when I was reading was I Robot by Asimov...and then came the rest of the series..and of course it changed my life forever.
How do you approach cover design?
I have only just started in the world of publishing with Just Sane Enough. I was lucky enough to have envisioned that cover in its entirely and have an artist friend at hand... For the book I am working on now, working title The Altar, the cover is coming in glimpses and flashes...I expect by the time the book is finished the whole image will beat at me in my sleep until I wake with it my head...Then I find an artist who can bring it to life... I write the image from my head in as much detail as I can, hand the sheet to the artist and suggest they imprint their own style on the piece where they can...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have lost myself in nearly every genre at one point or another. Fantasy and Sci Fi are my staple favorites. But when I need to read some writer's writer type stuff it is always Somerset Maugham, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Alexander Dumas... That's just the way I roll...
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything well-written will do the trick.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle, now...but still dig paperbacks...
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am a lousy marketer and am just finding my own ass with my own hands when it comes to marketing and self promoting...
Describe your desk
A mess...dual screens, pads and pens, gum wrappers, coffee cups, Kindle, some scratch lottery tickets, coffee cups, cell particular order...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the beach...for some reason this has given me a freak preoccupation with where the sun is when I write, both in the work and at my desk...
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 11th grade and I have never been the same.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book Just Sane Enough IS the story...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I liked the idea of going straight to the public...
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That remains to be seen!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That I can make myself feel anything about which I write...
What do your fans mean to you?
I am just starting out, but if they are fans, then my work is resonating in some way and we are bound and they are then the blood of my spirit...
What are you working on next?
The first book, Just Sane Enough was a clinical memoir of sorts. The second book is the fictionalized account in allegorical fantasy of that work, with all the drama I can create in language as we go...
Who are your favorite authors?
Asimov, Herbert, Simac, Sturgeon, Shakespeare, Maugham, Wilde, many more...Dickens...whew...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing. I get up, get coffee, and knock out my first 500 words...EVERY DAY.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Parenting and cycling...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Some combination of fate and freewill...
How do you know if you are doing it right?
I don't. I am ever just taking my best crack at it and what comes comes. The reviews of the book are heartening, meaning that there is some demographic some some hell of consciousness where what I write deeply resonates. You can check them out on Amazon. I am just recently up on Smashwords and the book hasn't yet been reviewed here.
Published 2014-03-03.
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Books by This Author

Just Sane Enough
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,570. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Abuse / general
I was in a codependent psychosis. I enabled an addict and a narcissist, one of the Just Sane Enough, a person who walks a fine line between functioning and lunacy. I describe my escape: clawing out of a dark hell thronged by demons of physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse, and protected a child who’d done no wrong but be born into a gaggle of demons and sycophants. It is a memoir and catharsis.