Good morning monster readers! I am so excited to have author Stacy Overby on the blog today.
Now on to the interview…
What inspired you to be an author?
My mom and dad. She used to write stories for my brother, my sister, and me for school. Around a holiday she’d come in and read the stories to our class. Each kid would have his/her name in the story. My mom also read to us all the time as kids. As we got older, my dad would share all his sci-fi and fantasy books with my brother and me. They instilled the love of the written word from as far back as I can remember.
What genre do you write?
I stick pretty close to the speculative fiction genre. Mostly fantasy with some sci-fi and an occasional dash of horror thrown in. The speculative stuff is what I grew up on and what I know best. Besides, it’s so much fun to create entire universes from scratch and not feel like I’m bound to make it “real” as long as I can make it “real” for the world I’m creating.
What is your current project?
I have two things going at once. My biggest focus right now is getting Scath Oran off to a good start. This was a fun poetry collection to write because I got to research all sorts of cool Celtic myths along with a few other cultures. In between stuff for Scath Oran, I’m also working on edits for my space novel, Tattoos, that’s coming out later this year.
What were you like as a child? Did you like to write then?
I was shy and quiet as a kid. I didn’t have much self-confidence. I wrote, but I never shared it very far. Then I got in with a couple friends who were as introverted and awkward feeling as me. They loved books and writing as well. We’re still friends to this day and book/writing still are awesome.
What is your favorite book? Why?
Oh, boy. That’s a tough question. I don’t know that I have just one, so I’ll throw a couple of my top ones out. First, there’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. As you can tell from my social media, that’s a big one for me. I love the off-beat humor and irreverent zaniness in the books while also hitting on some rather uncomfortable truths. I’m also a huge Tolkien fan. The Lord of the Rings books are always high on my list.
Do you have a writing routine?
Routine? Probably the closest thing I have to a routine is I generally write late at night after I should have been asleep already. Between my day job, a six-year-old son, a husband, and some need for things like food and showers, that’s about the one real time I get for writing. But, I also tend to carry stuff with me for writing, be it my phone or scraps of paper and a pen or pencil.
How do you decide on character names and plots?
I am a total pantser. I can’t plot or outline much to save my life. So, I get a general idea sketched out of how things at least start—occasionally how they end as well—and see where things go from there. Character names are made up as I run into them. It’s kind of like trying to write the script to a movie while you’re watching it for the first time.
Are you a full time author or do you have a day job?
I have a day job as a program director for an adolescent residential dual diagnosis program. The teenagers I work with have a combination of substance use, mental health, family, legal, and/or school issues going on. While they are tough to work with, I really love these kids. The stuff I help them through tends to wind its way into my writing, albeit in rather sideways ways due to confidentiality laws and such.
What is your latest book and what was the inspiration for it?
My latest book is Scath Oran: Poetry from the Otherworld. I’ve always had this love affair with Celtic mythology and art. Then, in a writing group I’m in, I met an amazing classical poet. He spent quite a bit of time working with a couple of us, teaching us classical forms. Needing some inspiration to practice the forms he taught, I used some of what I knew from Celtic mythology. Things progressed, and I got the idea for this book from another challenge to finish a project. I knew at that point I needed to truly finish this collection and see it in print. And, here we are—touring to promote the completed project.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Keep writing. Don’t give up. It’s not an easy profession to get in to and it will do a number on your self esteem if you let it. But, the payoff is so worth it. To see a book come together after you’ve written all the words is an amazing experience. Keep your expectations tempered because you’ll receive more rejections than acceptances, but the acceptances will be much better than the pain of those rejections. Your words deserve a place in this world, so don’t give up.
The Wee Folk. The Fae. Fairies.
Whatever you may call them, they have whispered secrets in this collection of poetry plucked from the halls of Tír na nÓg. But, be forewarned, not all is as it seems on a journey through the shining realm. Come, take a step into the fairy ring as songs of the Fae drift on the damp night air.
Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GSZNWCP
Amazon Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946382418
Draft 2 Digital https://www.books2read.com/u/4AYR6q