Staci Stallings, author of The Harmony Series books Cowboy and Lucky, is the founder of a group of authors and bloggers who support and promote each other on blogs and social media. A couple of months ago, I “met” Staci and did a character interview about her book Cowboy. The story intrigued me and I soaked it in over a weekend. I’ve since done a review of the delightful book and now Staci is back to share a little about herself.
second grade, I have always loved to write.
In fact, even before that I loved words.
When I was four, I told my grandpa that we had gone to town. I hadn’t
bought anything, but I was “anticipating” getting a ring. And then when we were playing baseball, I
caught the ball (which in and of itself is a miracle) and I excitedly said,
“I did it! I captured the ball.”
I still get razed about that one.
I was 26, I quit teaching to have my first child, and at first, I was
fine. But going from 100 kids and their
problems every day to one child who slept a lot and a big empty house all day
long by myself quickly got very old.
first I read, and then I got a book by Anthony Robbins that talked about doing
what you love. Well, what I loved was
writing and I’d always loved romance.
And since I couldn’t read the romances that were out at the time because
they were just too physical, I started writing my own.
tell as many people as possible that God loves them no matter what. The truth
is these books are no longer “mine” if they ever were. They are God’s. And He can do what He wants to with them. I
was just sharing with my husband last night that it’s so funny because for 16
years I have written with very few people reading what I wrote. Oh, I had loyal readers, but for an
indie-author, selling in-print books is really difficult if you can’t get out
and do the book fairs and trade shows. It’s hard to physically take the books
to get them in the hands of readers. The Internet helped, but it was still a
big challenge. However, that didn’t stop
me from writing. I have 30 finished full-length novels, six Bible Studies, and
literally hundreds of articles. Only now are all of the pieces falling into
place that God has been building my whole life–including all of the website
and marketing work He had me do. That is really interesting to me because if I
was going on my goals, I probably would have quit a long time ago. Good thing that wasn’t the case!
Marji – So how does Cowboy fit into your goal – besides being an excellent book!
out a book through a publisher. They gave
me an editor and a publicist. The editor edited the book to death, and the
publicist seemed to think it was now her duty to run my life. I quickly
realized that was not for me. So with Cowboy two years later, I decided to put
it out myself through my own publishing company. I was told that I had
“grown so much as a writer” even though I wrote the first published
book AFTER Cowboy. (It’s kind of hard to
grow… backwards!) So I knew I was on
the right track.
2006/2007 God nudged me to enter the script for Cowboy into the Kairos Contest
for uplifting movie screenplays, which I did.
Cowboy placed in the top 34 out of over 500 scripts. Then my kids and
life took over for awhile. In 2011 when
I decided to go big into Kindle and Nook, Cowboy was the first one I put out,
and it’s still my top-seller. I love the
story–the down-on-her-luck waitress, Beth, who has such a big heart she helps the
stranger she knows she will never meet again, not realizing that stranger is
America’s biggest country music superstar. Every time I read it, that book makes me want
to open my heart and be a little kinder to others–not for what I will get out
of it but because everyone, no matter what they look like on the outside, has
hurts they think no one would ever care about. I hope this books inspires
people to start caring about others who are hurting.
had a dream one night. There is a scene
in the book after the concert when they go out driving. That was part of the dream. I was trying to
help this guy who was very famous but no one knew how much he was hurting. That was about all I remember of the
dream. When I woke up, I started piecing
things together–like why I felt I knew him without knowing him, etc. Shortly thereafter, I started writing it.
Staci – “You’ll never guess who’s coming to
Denver!” It’s the opening line of
the book, and every time I read it, I just get the excitement from Lynn (Beth’s
best friend). And it’s so funny to me
how that one line changes everything in Beth’s life although she won’t know it
for like two months.
my regular life is pretty much chaos ordered only by God. I have three kids in two
different schools and a husband with his own business that I keep all the books
for. I have my own business. I’m now the founder of an author’s group online
which is a VERY busy group. I have my own blog and two blogs for the
group. I’m doing interviews, reviews,
and guest blogs for those. I’m also doing interviews, reviews, and guest blogs
for myself. I’m on Twitter and Facebook, connecting and keeping up with friends
there. I have two very large and
well-connected families who get together for birthdays and anniversaries, etc. I volunteer at both of my kids’ schools, I teach
Sunday School, and I’m the director for the VBS plays in the summer. So, honestly, I have no idea where I find
time to write. I just know I do–in snippets of time around doing laundry and
dishes and vacuuming and doing the finances …