Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Stardust, Always Interview With Lacey Sutton

Her story Oubliette can be found in the Stardust, Always anthology.

What genre do you read?
I read pretty much anything, but my go-to genres are humorous YA (think Rick Riordian and Bruce Coville), cozy mysteries, and historical romances, preferably ones written where the book is 99% hijinks and 1% romance.
What genres do you write?
I write the stories that come to me, without worrying too much about genre. Most of the novels I have plotted are under the loose umbrella of “speculative fiction”, but I’m still struggling to find my voice with a full-length novel. So I’m practicing with short stories for now. I also have a historical romance I’m tinkering with when the mood strikes, and a book that started as an off-beat paranormal story, and ended up full-on horror. That one is shelved for now.
Where else can readers find your work?
My only other published short story “Bedtime Stories” can be found in the anthology “The Longest Night Watch” which was published to fund Alzheimer’s research last year. Other short stories and the sample chapters of a few novels can be found on Wattpad (LaceySutton). “Hatchet” is the prelude chapter to my 2015 NaNoWriMo novel about a cop on an Earth Colony who moonlights as a hitman to address issues she has with the justice system; “A Gift of Flame” is a project I have been working on for a VERY long time now. Set at the end of the Indus River Valley Civilization in 2400 B.C., it is a fantasy story about long held grudges and a pregnant Empress with a craving for chocolate (15 scenes published). “Muses” is the horror story that I’ve shelved. It is about a writer who has gotten rich off of penning gory little mystery-thrillers. The only problem is, he’s just writing someone else’s story... someone with a lot of hands-on experience with murder (9 chapters published). Finally there is “The Nothing Man”, which is a short story mentioned in “Muses”, and written as if it was authored by the main character, Aiden Ruskin. It’s a short paranormal story about a teen who sees a man no one else seems to be able to, and becomes haunted by the Nothing Man.
What drove you to write for this anthology?
Cancer hurt my mother and stepmother, and recently took a very good friend. I was mad. I wanted to hurt cancer back. Providing funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital seemed a great way to do that. Working on this project was also very cathartic—not only the story I wrote, but reading the amazing works by everyone else. From firsthand accounts to stories that focused on the careers and characters of Bowie and Rickman, this anthology is a celebration and a perfect tribute to those we have lost and those who are still fighting.
How long have you participated in Nanowrimo and the community?
I have participated in NaNoWriMo for nearly a decade now, and have won it 8 times. I discovered the Unofficial NaNoWriMo participants group about six years ago now, and have let it be my main time-suck ever since. Whenever I feel like writing, I go there and fool around until the sensation passes.
Your story- is it part of a larger series or freestanding?
Freestanding. The only way I can write short stories is to do one-offs. Otherwise the story just keeps going...
If you could ever meet a fictional character, who would it be?
Probably Data, from Star Trek: The Next Generation. I had such a crush on him, but also appreciated his desire to learn, his ability to insert personal enrichment into a busy career, and his hair. I mean, 90% of the time it was perfect. *Envious sigh*
Writing buddy?
I have a cat who prevents me from writing as much as his 23lbs of dead weight can manage. I also have a child, who is slightly more successful at 44lbs.
Coffee, tea, or other?
I’ll drink pretty much anything with straight caffeine. No energy drinks, but tea, coffee, soda, Bawls, caffeinated water... all good.
Morning or night person?
I’m a 10 am – 2 pm person. Any time before then I’m still waking up, any time after that and I’m beginning the downward slide to oblivion.
Plotter or Pantser?
The ideal me is a plotter, but in reality I begin very diligently to plot, then get distracted by something (or think “There must be an easier/more efficient way to do this!” and end up having to pants great swaths of it. I also have encountered sections that have been meticulously plotted, but when I finally write them no longer make sense in the way I envisioned and the whole thing derails. At these points one of the characters usually steps up and helps me wrestle the entire thing back onto the tracks. So... all of the above?
What question do you wish people would ask about you or your writing?
I tried to think of something witty, but really...just expressing interest would be fine. I have a few fans, but they’re at the “wow, you’re a good writer” level, not at the “How do you xyz.” I will even take “How do you get your ideas,” at this point in my career (which is actually the question I used as the seed of “Muses”). I also accept pestering, like “I loved this character! Why don’t you do more with them!” Yah... that’d be great...
One fun fact?
I tell many stories about my origins. Despite their nearly mythical qualities, they are all true.

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