Stacie Morrell is an entertainingly eccentric bibliophile. She works in the non-profit sector as a thrift store manager, volunteer coordinator, grant writer, and liaison promoting cooperation between non-profits to increase resources and impact.
Stacie has written for consumer magazines, blogs, book reviews, trade journals, grants and has authored two children's books with more on the way.
She is the mother of a precocious daughter and married to a technical genius. She reads everything. Really. She writes because it is part of her genetic composition. Stacie works too much and makes too little but loves what she does, so it's worth it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. My mom read it to me when I was a child, and it was one of her favorites. It was always something special between us. That's why I wrote a sequel, I had to know what came next.
Ready Player One. This was a unique and page turning book packed with geeky Easter Eggs from the 1980's, when I grew up.
The Thirteenth Tale. Riveting. Tightly written. Kept me up into the wee hours of the morning.
Ammie Come Home. I love anything by Barbara Michaels, but this is an essential read for ghost story connoisseurs. One of the few books I've read twice.
Beauty by Anne McKinley. Retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The best version ever. Really.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything. Mostly literary mystery, suspense and poetry, but I read everything. Seriously. Except romance.
Three sections explore the Facts of life (marriage, parenting, friendship, loss, etc.) Feelings and Faith (depression and anxiety, faith, God, etc.), and Fantasy (fairy tales and their relationship with faith and life.)
Do dark places bother you? The space under your bed… The closet, door slightly ajar… Do you believe in the Boogey Man? Who is he? Where did he come from? What does he want? Maybe he has a story to tell, And we should listen.
'The Forgotten Room' begins a mater of months after the original, and continues the stories of Mary, Colin, Dickon and the rest of the beloved characters from 'The Secret Garden.' This is the story of what happens next to the people of Misselthaite Manor. Mary finds another secret, learns more about Colin and her friends, gets a tutor, and faces a crucial decision or two.
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