by: Staci Stallings
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By: Staci Stallings
Welcome, blog hoppers! Last week I got tagged by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer *…stringing 26 letters into stories* So this week I get to answer the questions and then send you to five of my writing friends!
Introducing my soon-to-be-out ebook
Where did the idea come from?
True Power & Real Peace was written backward. Some of you have read “A Light in the Darkness.” In that book, the hero, Gabriel reads a book about God. When I wrote “A Light” I realized that I couldn’t have him read something that’s already been published. There were two problems with that. First, I couldn’t just copy whole tracks of someone else’s work. Second, there wasn’t one book I could find that would speak to each issue he was having throughout the book.
So the only thing TO do was write the book he was reading in the story as if it was a real book. To do that, I had to write whole sections of a “real book” that wasn’t real. After “A Light” was finished, I went back and read it and it struck me how easily “True Power & Real Peace” COULD be a real book. I did a little work on putting the pieces together and filling in the in-between places, and that’s how this book was written.
After “A Light in the Darkness” came out, I had several readers write to say they had been looking for the book “True Power & Real Peace” and hadn’t had any luck finding it and could I tell them who it was by or how they could get a copy of it. Well, it was by me, and the only copy in existence was on my computer. That’s when I decided to publish it.
Genre: Spirituality, Inspirational, Christian Living
What actors would play your character in a movie version?
The actors for “A Light in the Darkness” are Meaghan Jette Martin and Adrien Grenier.
I’ll do the synopsis of “A Light in the Darkness”
Holly Jacobs can run from her mother’s past no longer. She is unceremoniously summoned to her mother’s new fiancé’s home in Napa Valley. The place is wonderful, but Holly can’t enjoy it because she knows that just like all the others, it can’t last. When her mother begins pushing Holly to make permanent plans with a young man Holly has no interest in, Holly takes off, never expecting to find a light in all of her darkness.
The final chapter of the Faith Series begins…
Publisher: Spirit Light Publishing
How long did it take to write the first draft of “True Power”?
Well, the first-first draft was written inside “A Light in the Darkness,” and that book took about four months to write. The actual first draft of “True Power & Real Peace” was a lot harder because I had to take the pieces that were already written and put them into logical order (Gabriel reads them out of order in the book). Then I had to write the pieces around it. Also, I was in no hurry for that one because I didn’t think it would ever really be published. So I’m honestly not sure how long it took to write.
What other books in the genre compare?
Two of the books referenced in “True Power” are John Ortberg’s “Love Beyond Reason” and Marianne Williamson’s “A Return to Love.” So those two definitely would compare although Ortberg’s book is more mainstream Christian and Williamson’s has more New Age overtones to it.
Any other in this genre?
I’ve never written in this genre before. In fact, I’m in the process of asking what genre it would even fit into because I’m really not sure.
Anything to add?
“True Power & Real Peace” is BY FAR the most personal book I’ve ever written. It gets to a depth of how I live that I don’t think I would have even attempted to write but for the crazy way it came about. My life has been rocked by some pretty intense storms during and since writing this book including–the suicides of two very close people in my life and my son’s dyslexia, not to mention the countless storms that come up each day while being married and raising three kids.
This is honestly a book about “how I do it,” how I have and maintain a deep relationship with God through the storms and in the quiet times. It’s also the key that kept me sane when I had everything I ever wanted and I was still miserable.
Still, how do you put all that into words? How do you dig way beneath the surface and fashion those feelings and experiences in a way that is understandable to others? I don’t know. Maybe I didn’t, but this would have to be considered my attempt at doing so.
The ebook will be out very soon, and you can judge for yourself how well or poorly I did.
I sincerely hope you enjoy it as we move into the New Year!
Taking today off from blogging to let you know that my #1 Christian Romance Best Seller, TO PROTECT & SERVE is FREE on Kindle!
TO PROTECT & SERVE
“Romance of the purest and sweetest kind…”
Houston firefighter, Jeff Taylor is a fireman’s fireman. He’s not afraid of anything, and no situation is too dangerous to keep him on the sideline if lives are at stake.
Lisa Matheson runs a semi-successful ad agency that’s on the brink of falling apart. Her employees are incompetent and her schedule has become exhausting. When she takes on a client with a brilliant idea for a big conference, she thinks that maybe, finally this is her lucky break. However, the fire station wasn’t what she had in mind for finding conference speakers. When she falls for a handsome but shy firefighter, it’s possible that life might just be going her way for a change. The only problem is she can’t quite get control Jeff and the death wish he seems to have…
“Staci Stalling is like an artist, and she really paints a beautiful picture. There are few books that can glue me to my seat and with every Staci Stallings’ book, I am glued. In ‘To Protect and Serve,’ you will smile with them, get angry with them, and you’ll also cry when the characters are hurting. In this novel, Staci shows that love does not only encompass emotion, but to love, we need to trust, to accept and in some instances, surrender.”
–Amazon Reviewer, Rhonda Aberdeen
by: Staci Stallings
Well, the impossible has happened. “Deep in the Heart” has taken the #1 spot on Amazon’s Free Kindle page!
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April 19, Staci’s novel:
Just out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayers. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayers and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily until they can find someone more appropriate to fill the position. However, Maggie’s whole world is about to be up-ended by two way-over-scheduled children and one incredibly handsome hired hand. As she struggles to fit into a world she was never made to fit in, Maggie wonders if she can ever learn to become a perfect version of herself so she can keep the job, or is she doomed to always be searching for a life she can never quite grasp?
Keith Ayers despises his life. As the son of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayers and the fiance to a Senator from Texas’ daughter, it looks great on the outside, but inside, he is dying. He would vastly prefer to manage and train his father’s racehorses. However, everyone else thinks that is beneath him. He needs to get into industry and build on his father’s success. Suffocating under the constrictions of his life, he meets Maggie who begins to teach him that wealth and power is not everything in this life. But can Keith defy the most powerful men in Texas to follow his heart?
“This is more than a romance. The author cuts straight to the heart of God–love. God is love. Even through unexpected tragedies. And we can overcome evil with good–by His love.”
–Betty Anne Bantz
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I woke up this morning to some pretty incredible news!
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Amazon’s system, so I’ll give you a little crash course.
There are two ways to be a “best seller.” The first (and easiest) is to be listed high on the Tagged pages. Cowboy hit #1 on Christian Inspirational, #4 on Kindle ebook and #10 on Christian Romance at the beginning of this month on these pages.
Then there is the official BestSeller list… Well, guess what?!
Cowboy hit the official BestSeller list this morning (Dec. 20)!
Thank you SOOOOO much to my awesome, wonderful readers and friends! Thanks for reading and encouraging and supporting all these years! Thanks for asking about my books and giving me great feedback!
And if you want to come over and do the Snoopy Dance with me… COME ON!!!!
Have a blessed, safe, warm, wonderful Christmas!
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Have a blessed day!