Good, albeit snowy, morning. Today, we are excited to take part in the DARKNESS OF LIGHT & FIRE IN THE DARKENESS blog tour. And we have the author of the series, Stacey Marie Brown, here for an interview and a GIVEAWAY!
When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.
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DARKNESS OF LIGHT
Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.
Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.
When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.
Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.
Welcome to We Do Write, Stacey! Your books sound great. How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I was a child. Writing and creating stories has always been a part of me, but I only thought of it as a hobby. It’s just been in the last couple years I realized this is what I want to do with my life.
Tell us about The DARKNESS series. What’s the story about?
Darkness of Light is basically about someone who doesn’t feel she fits in the world. Feeling different, insecure, and treated like a freak is something a lot of people feel at all ages. This story is how Ember figures out who she really is and learns to be happy with herself, no matter what other people say or think. Many people never feel like they “fit” in with what the society says they should be. Ember goes against that and finds her place.
Fire in the Darkness is about how she handles it. Ember’s world is constantly being turned upside down and threatened. Nothing is ever what it seems. She has to face more lies, deceit, and heartache from those she loves, while also dealing with her new found powers. Her true character develops and strengthens in how she deals with what comes at her. Dwellers of Darkness is her starting to put it into action. She has grown and changed a lot and in this one she takes more control.
Ember sounds like a character many people can connect with. How did the idea of the story come to you?
Reading inspired me. A lot. The more I read, the more my own story came to me. I think other authors will understand this, but the story took over my thoughts. Scenes started coming to me in the shower or when I was about to fall asleep. The characters had strong personalities from the beginning and started coming alive. They wouldn’t let me be till I started to let them out.
I know that feeling. :-) Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
This is just my opinion, but I feel you should not edit your own work. You are too close to it and sometimes do not see the simple mistakes or holes in it. I have beta readers, and all of them are good at different aspects of reading my story. Every writer is different, but I only like a few betas. Too many opinions and thoughts can actually make you lose the story you are trying to tell. A few people you really trust to be honest and helpful works the best for me. I also believe in getting your work professionally edited.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I am a little of both, but mostly a pantser. I like having a basic idea of what is going to happen; but every time I try to structurally plan a scene my characters go in the opposite direction. When I let them go, they always take me to a place that’s even better than what I was planning. I love them improvising in my head, and I just type out what they are saying. These characters are so real to me. I can see their movement, habits, phrasing. They are my actors, and I am the director.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Depends on the day. Sometimes it can be finding time; sometimes it can be writer’s block or struggling with a certain scene. Writing a series brings on another set of problems. Right now I’m writing my fourth and (maybe) final book in The Darkness Series, and I have to pull through and wrap up a lot of storylines and conflicts. It can get confusing and difficult to have them tie together and come out organically.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Caffeine! And probably music. Funny enough I have to cut off things nearby when I write—Internet, food, TV . . . any distractions that keep me from really focusing on my writing.
What are you reading right now?
I have six books on my nightstand right now and one on my Kindle that I am currently reading. I like to
read several chapters of each book a night until one grabs me, and I only want to read that one. Then I know how interested I am in that book.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The ability to travel with just a thought. Also the ability to time travel and live longer. Life feels too short to me. I love all magic so any power would be cool!
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
The things that writers google probably put us on the government watch list! With paranormal I am constantly googling weird stuff.
Ha! Very true. Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ... working. Sad and pathetically true! A few times you can catch me out with friends or hiking, but mostly I am working and writing! Any down time I get, I focus on my book stuff. Right now Book 3, Dwellers of Darkness, is going through editing, and I am starting on the final book. I also have another series starting to form in my head. Writers never stop working.
Who would you like to thank for supporting you through this process?
I could never do enough shout outs to those that have supported me. (Especially my Eli followers!) To all those who have been with me since the beginning or recently joined . . . I LOVE YOU ALL! You make it worth having to share Eli!
And finally, where can people find you and your books online?
Darkness of Light:
Fire in the Darkness: