Stacey Kennedy

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: June 02, 2011

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A WARRIOR'S WITCH | An Otherworld Novel (Self-published - May 23, 2011)

Decades old guilt collide with a murder, igniting a battle in a warrior's soul to choose between love and duty.

Murder has brought Talon, Master of Guardians, as well as Zia, his witch and Master of Witches, to Chicago. The manner of death appears to be a suicide, but Talon is far from ready to close the case. To avenge the Guardian linked to his past, he agrees to take on the assignment, and find her killer.

As they dive deeper into the investigation, they find themselves entering a world where BDSM is the norm. A lifestyle that Zia is uncomfortable with and, rattled by this new development, she is more than ready to return to the Otherworld. But their investigation quickly takes an unexpected twist when they discover that they're not only hunting a killer but also someone who is controlling supernaturals in Chicago.

Their mission not only brings danger, but also forces Talon to deal with decades old guilt that corrodes his soul. Every event that unfolds only deepens his fight and pushes him to face an ultimate choice-what is more important-his duty to the Otherworld or the witch he holds closest to his heart?

Please describe your writing environment.

It's really quite simple. I make a coffee, I make sure there is no noise around me, I curl up on the couch and then write. That's it.that's all!

Please tell us your latest news!

Do you love witches, guardians, vampires, danger, mystery--all packed together in a steamy romance? If so, my new release, A Warrior's Witch might be a perfect read for you. It's now released!!!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My first story I ever wrote was, The Willow and I started it in 2009 so it actually wasn't that long ago. I never had dreams of becoming an author growing up. Now looking back, I can see little signs that pointed to this being my future career, but at the time I just didn't know it. It wasn't until the idea for The Magical Sword series came to me did I have any ambition to write a novel. But I'm glad I did because it's been a fantastic journey.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I suppose one that maybe helped me the most was to not give up. You will get rejected.expect it! Just keep at it and love your story! All it takes is one person to see the potential in it and say, "We want to publish your book."

What main genre do you write in?

Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

Without a doubt, the hardest part for me is the first three chapters. I LOATHE the beginning of a story. It's by far my biggest struggle, but luckily it's gotten easier. Doesn't mean I don't still hate writing them. We don't play nice.

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

The readers without a doubt. Every time I get an email where a reader gushes over my story, it gives me the confidence to write more. I swear my most loyal readers have more confidence in me than I do in myself. I can only hope that I keep making them proud and they continue to enjoy my stories.

Do you have any other author names? If so, what are they and what's different about what you write under each name.

Nope, Stacey Kennedy is actually my real name. When it came down to it, I just had no idea what to call myself. And truthfully, I thought it was so strange that my readers would be calling me by a name that wasn't mine. It just never felt right to me.

What inspires your writing?

The characters are what inspire me. I always start out with a simple idea that is a starting off point. Usually after I've fleshed out the first three chapters, which I hate doing by the way, I'm captivated and eager to tell their lives.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

Easy answer - Katie MacAlister. I'm a HUGE fan of her dragon series. The wit, the action, the steamy love scenes, what's not to love! Anyone capable of writing the work she does would just be a riot to spend time with!!

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