Interview with Stacie Wyatt

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Texas. I was born in Houston, but raised in Conroe. I am not sure how growing up in Texas affected my writing. A teacher influenced my writing. I enjoyed the writing prompts she gave us. One problem was at the time, I was reading about racism and prejudice, so that is what I wrote about. She thought I had experienced those issues, but I didn't think I did at that time.
When did you first start writing?
around Junior High. 7th/8th grade. 14 years old. I started writing poetry
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy expressing my feelings, emotions, and real-life experiences.
What are you working on next?
I was working on a blog-type format book about my kids, then my laptop crashed. I can't find the back-up file on Google or any of my flash drives. I do have an older copy but not the most recent one.
Who are your favorite authors?
Grisham, Steele, E.Lynn Harris, Dickey, Tyree, Dan Brown, God, Tina Ansa?, Honey B, Mary B. Morrison, Walter Mosley, James Patterson, Zane,
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God and my kids wont let me sleep long.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
dealing with kids, church, blogging, listening to music, cooking, cleaning, changing diapers, bathing, cleaning, picking up stuff behind kids, shopping, church,
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I subscribe to a few free books lists. I also subscribe to authors I like. Social media. Search for free books on Amazon. Searching for topics I like.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
no
What is your writing process?
I have none. When I get inspired, I write. I carry a notepad everywhere I Go. Not to mention the phone and the kindle.
How do you approach cover design?
I did my own covers except with Chocolate Kisses. I did go on other sites and tried to find a cover designer, but their prices was too high. I understand the importance of a good cover, but I'm a stay at home mom, blogger, with a fixed income. Some of the prices quoted was higher than my monthly income. I still would like professional covers on all my books. Maybe I can barter or do a review on the company, but I can't afford to pay too much (unless I am doing a payment plan). I also had issues where people did not like my ideas for my covers and did not want to design them. For example, for Love.Lust,Life, I wanted a female nude version of the vitruvian man, with arms outstretched. instead of the math and science symbols and stuff in the background, I wanted my titles of the poetry in the book. No one wanted to touch a nude cover. I wanted it in pencil or ink or even paint (used to be in graphic design school). One person even suggested I get naked for the cover. That's a negative. So, I designed all the covers myself using Amazon and Lulu's cover creator or designing the covers in Paint or Publisher.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love to read. I have a lot of favorite books. Time to Kill by John Grisham. Last will and testament by John Grisham. Basketball Diaries, Mama Dearest, Anyway the wind blows (E Lynn Harris). Addicted (Zane). For Celibacy (Confessions of a Good Christian Girl, Can you do it standing up?, The Christian Warriors Guide to defeating Jezebel, What are you waiting for). I love Alex Cross (James Patterson). Dan Brown, Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins (Davinci Code, Angels and Demons, Left behind series, babylon rising series, non fiction books by Jenkins and LaHaye.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle. I also use my phone
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Not sure. I need help in this area.
Describe your desk
I need a bigger, more effective one. This one is small but not a lot of arm room. The mouse is on my baby's clothing unit.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of books for pleasure. Some I love the description. Some I read for a particular topic, like Celibacy. I love a good book. My kindle has a few 1000 books on it. Amazon , i have bought over 20,000 books (free and paid)
Published 2013-08-29.
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Books by This Author

Miscarried
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 430. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
I wrote this short story as part of a contest on Lulu in 2011. The book was about myself, after having two miscarriages.
Conversing with Salvation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 400. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
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I wrote this short story in 2011. It was based on a conversation I had with God about my oldest son's salvation. Can he truly understand God's goodness and grace, if he is Autistic?
Conversing with Normality
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 630. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General, Fiction » Inspirational
I wrote this short story as part of a contest on Lulu. I did not win, but it helped me write a few new short stories since then. The short story is semi-fictional. I have an Autistic son and the book discusses a conversation over food. The boy was hungry and I was trying to figure out what to feed him.
Chocolate Kisses
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » African Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
I started this book in 2009 about a man, who I had a crush on. The book progressed from a simple crush to learning to get over an addiction. Cover art done by Justin Gordon