August 2, 2014

Interview with Author Stacey O'Neale #TheShadowPrince #Giveaway

*What would you be doing right now if you were not an author?

Before I published my first book, I was a senior publicist for Entangled Publishing. I worked exclusively with #1 NYT Bestselling Author, Jennifer L. Armentrout. If I wasn't writing, I would still be her publicist. Jennifer is awesome and I loved working for her, but it left no time for my writing. I had to make a choice and I chose to follow my dreams.

*5 years ago: what were you doing?

I was writing, book blogging, and working as a publicist.

*Do you have a certain writing ritual?

I write mostly during the day while my daughter is in school. Once she gets home, it's all about her. The only time I write at night is when I'm behind on my word count. I'm not sure if that's a ritual, but it's my routine.

*What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

I've been really lucky. Most of my reviews have been very positive. Of course I've had a few negative ones, but I expected them. Each reader has their own personal taste, meaning not every book is for everyone. I don't mind the criticism. I'm just happy people are reading my books. :-)

*Ever fangirled over another author? Who was it?

Are you kidding? I fangirl all the time! I would love to meet Gena Showalter. She's my favorite author. I've met Melissa Marr and Holly Black a couple of times. I always fangirl over them because I really enjoy their books. I usually embarrass myself a little bit, but whatever, I don't care. ;-p

*Is there an author you'd like to meet?

Gena Showalter. I'd love to mimic my career after her. She writes in adult and YA, plus she releases a ton of books. I'd like to do the same thing. I'm a huge fan. I don't know what I'd say if I met her. She's just so awesome!

*Biggest writing pet peeve?

Self-editing. I try to write my first draft without going back and checking for mistakes, but it's tough. They call to me. Sometimes, it kills my daily word count. I guess you could say it's my personal pet peeve. 

* Do you read other's reviews of your books?

I did for THE SHADOW PRINCE. I couldn't help it. It was my first release and I was dying to know what readers thought. I've toned down since then and try to avoid them. Sometimes readers send them to me and I read those. They are usually really nice and I want them to know I appreciate them taking the time to write them. I appreciate all my reviews. I love my readers.

Fun Five:

Fav Color - Purple

Fictional Character you'd like to spend the day with? Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. He's one of my all-time favorite heroes. He's very complicated, which is how I prefer my heroes. I'd love to know more about his time as his alter ego, Strider.

Fav food - I have so many. If I could only choose one, I'd say pizza. You can never go wrong with pizza.

Fav song and/or singer - Right now it's Florence and the Machine. SHAKE IT OUT is a great song:

Guilty pleasure - Tehehehe...I have so many! Books are my guilty pleasure. I'm an avid reader. I love to go to bookstores and buy even though I have piles at home I still need to read. I may be a book hoarder. 
US ONLY! 3 Signed Copies will be given away!!

Stacey O'Neale started her career in publishing as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. She loves to write stories with swoony paranormal heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

When she's not writing, she loves blogging and fangirling about books on twitter. Occasionally, she leaves her computer to go outside.

Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: 

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. 

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?


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