Talking with Stacey


I’m doing something new this week and interviewing one of WisRWA’s young, published authors.  I’ve read all four of Stacey Netzel’s published works and love each of them in a different way.  What also impresses me about her writing is the growth I see with each work.  Her stories are delightful and uplifting, and many of us have times in our lives when we need a helping tablespoon of both.  At least I know I do.

 

Stacey’s recently released book, Chasin’ Mason, drew me in for many reasons.  One being its focus on a horse.  A beautiful horse.  A special breed.

 

horsesI inherited my love for horses from my grandfather, and on my office wall I have a photograph of his three favorite horses.  His sister snapped the photo with a Kodak camera in the 1920’s.  She took it from the back porch of the farmhouse. Unlike Stacey’s horse, these horses were not a special breed, but they were my grandpa’s.  He loved them like Stacey’s characters love the beautiful horse in her story. 

 

Here’s more about Chasin’ Mason.  And then Stacey will answer my questions in our interview.

 

 

chasinmason_w1938_300Chasin’ Mason, by Stacey Joy Netzel 

Contemporary Western  188pgs
e-book: March 18th   Print:  May 1st

ISBN: 1-60154-387-5

Buy link:

When his father announced his engagement to a gold-digger with a lying, scheming fourteen-year old daughter, seventeen-year old Tripp Warner left Warner Ridge Ranch and never looked back. Until the day he got the phone call that his father had died unexpectedly.

 Reggie Reed lives with her guilt every day but can’t quite work up the courage to track down the son of the man who raised her as his own. When Tripp shows up at his father’s funeral eleven years later–and a hell of a man to be reckoned with–he has no interest in her too-late apology. Worse, they’ve inherited half shares of the family ranch—but only if they work together to catch Mason’s Gold, the stallion a young Reggie let escape and made sure Tripp took the blame for.

Tripp proposes a secret competition to the beautiful witch who stole his life: whoever catches the stallion first gets the ranch all to themselves. It sounds simple, but once they’re out on the range, tempers and passions flare in the Texas heat and nothing goes as either of them expects.

Can they work together to keep the ranch, or will their past get in the way of their future?

~*~

Casey:  Stacey, how excited you are with this upcoming release and why?

 

Stacey: Not to take anything away from the debut of Welcome to Redemption that I shared with my good friend Donna Marie Rogers (I got tears in my eyes when I first held the book in my hands), but I’m VERY excited for Chasin’ Mason because it’s my first solo full length release that will also be out in print.  Plus it has horses in it, and I love a book with horses.  I was so pumped for the release, I had 5000 bookmarks printed!  But half of them were off center, so the company sent me another 5000.  LOL  Readers, please check out my contest at the end of the post to see how you can help me distribute some of those 7500 bookmarks and win something in the process. *grin*

 

Casey: How did you choose this subject and these characters? 

 

Stacey: About two months before November 2007, just before Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month), my local country music station was talking about a band in Milwaukee called Chasin’ Mason.  I’d heard their name before, but it dawned on me that that’d be a great name for a book.  So I had to figure out who Mason was, and who was chasin’ him.  Mason ended up being the stallion on the book cover, and then I had a ‘vision’ of my heroine and hero meeting again at a funeral, which became the opening for the book.  I wrote 95% of Chasin’ Mason that November, polished it up, and submitted to The Wild Rose Press January of 2008.

 

Casey: How do you juggle writing, working, parenting, spousing, etc., when you’re in serious writing mode?

 

Stacey: I am not good at juggling, ask my family.  When I want to be writing and life has me too busy to do that, I get really crabby.  In fact, this spring I’m taking a break from writing anything new because I am filling in at my day job full time and if I try to come home to write, that leaves no time for my family.  So I’m working on figuring out a balance for everyone. J When in serious writing mode, in the middle of a new WIP, everyone knows mom’s working, and they need to be patient with me (though I’m not always patient with them).  I am lucky that my husband is very supportive (until I want to spend too much money on promotion items).

 

Casey: What’s your philosophy about writing and what advice do you have for us? 

 

Stacey: I have cliché advice, but it’s so true:  NEVER give up!  Do what makes you happy.  Whether you’re pursuing publication or not, if writing those words on paper (or typing them into your computer) makes you happy, don’t ever stop.  You may get published next week, month, year…or you may never show those stories to anyone, but if you enjoy it, then just do it!  It’s YOUR dream, no one else’s.

 

The last thing I’d like to tell everyone about is a contest I’m running to spread the word about Chasin’ Mason’s release.  Visit my website for details on how YOU could win one of 16 prizes in just ONE contest!

 

Casey, thank you so much for having me here to visit with you today.  I absolutely can’t wait for the release of Black Ribbon Affair.  Here’s to a happy, WARM Spring for everyone!

 

~Stacey Joy Netzel

 

Casey:  Thanks, Stacey.  I’ve enjoyed having you here today.  And folks, if you want to comment or ask Stacey a questions, she’ll be monitoring this blog today and tomorrow. J

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36 Comments on “Talking with Stacey”

  1. edie17 Says:

    Stacey, I liked the Chasin’ Mason band name, too. It’s fun how that got your imagination started on this story.

    Mary Jo, how fun to have the photo of your grandfather’s horses. That could be a story, too. 🙂

  2. Linda Swift Says:

    Nice interview, Stacey. I enjoyed getting to know a little about you. I wish you great succes with your book.
    Regards,
    Linda

  3. Skhye Says:

    Wonderful interview, Stacey! I’m a big lover of horses too. Chasin’ Mason sound great.

  4. Skhye Says:

    Make that “sounds”… LOL Bad fingers!

  5. Sandy Says:

    Mary Jo and Stacey,

    A great interview. I loved the picture of your grandpa’s horses, Mary Jo. I’m very much a horse lover.

    Stacey, can’t wait to read Chasin’ Mason, but I’ll have to wait until it comes out in print or until I get an e-reader. lol


  6. Good morning everyone, despite the snow we’re getting here in WI! 🙂

    Edie, I’ve had that happen to me twice. One other time I saw the title for an event in the newspaper, and it morphed into my one paranormal novella, IF TOMBSTONES COULD TALK. BTW, everyone, Chasin’ Mason the band has some wonderful music! They put on a good concert, too. 🙂

    Linda, thanks for coming by, and for the well wishes! Sending them back to you for your new book, Circle of Love. 🙂

    Skhye, Thank you, too. 🙂 You had a good blog the other day about Native Americans, with some good reference materials noted. Any one interested in checking it out, http://blog.skhyemoncrief.com/ She’s got some very nice pictures with that blog post, too. 🙂

    Hi Sandy! Believe me, I understand about the e-reader. I spent all my Christmas $ on author pens instead of an e-reader. I have a folder of about 40+ books waiting for when I save enough $ again. 🙂 I will have print copies in June at the WisRWA conference, I sure hope it works out for you to join us. It was so great to see you last year!


  7. Now is probably a good time to mention that in addition to the bookmark contest I’m running, I am also participating in The Wild Rose Press’s Win a Sony e-Reader contest, from March 31 to the first or second week in June.

    Each and every e-book bought from any of the listed authors earns you an entry into the contest.

    I have the link on my contest page.

    Each of my titles will get you a separate entry:
    CHASIN’ MASON $6.00
    WELCOME TO REDEMPTION $6.00
    DRAGONFLY DREAMS $3.00
    IF TOMBSTONES COULD TALK $3.00

    For as little as $3.00 you could win a Sony e-Reader!

    Okay, I’m done with the blatant sales pitch. 🙂


  8. Great interview. Chasin Mason is a great title and the book sounds terrific. I have Welcome to Redemption on my to be read very soon pile and I can’t wait to read it.


  9. Casey,

    I also wanted to add a thank you for your kind words about my books. 🙂 I’m really glad you enjoyed them all.

    That photo taken in the 1920’s is so cool! And the family connection makes it even better. I bet you think about your Grandpa and sister all the time when you look at it.


  10. Carolyn, thanks for coming by! I hope you enjoy Welcome to Redemption. I know Donna and I have been saying for awhile that we’re working on a sequel, and we really are.

    Do you have any books coming up? I really enjoyed Logan’s Redemption and look forward to another good read. 🙂

  11. Sandy Says:

    Stacey,

    I wish I could come to the Wisconsin conference, but money is really tight this year so unless we get a windfall I won’t be there. Last year was so much fun, I’ll really miss it.

    As soon as you get your print books let me know, and I’ll send you a check for Chasin’ Mason.

  12. Sandy Says:

    Oops, I forgot to say that I read Welcome to Redemption, and I can’t wait for another story in that small town. Grin. A lot goes on in small towns, and everyone knows everyone elses business. Smile. Not all bad though.


  13. Stacey and all those who’re stopping by.

    Chasin’ Mason was so good. I finished it this week. And Stacey’s ending brought happy tears to my eyes which I don’t think were hormone related. 🙂

    But her Dragonfly Dreams and If Tombstones could talk are also fantastic stories. Both very different from each other, yet with a deft touch of the special kind of fate/unknown that thrills the readers.

    Stacey’s and Donna’s Welcome to Redemption was so seamless I still can’t believe that two of them wrote it. Four separate stories, two done by each of them but incredibly woven and the characters will stay with you like great memories.

    Thanks for all you who’ve stopped by and gotten to know Stacey a bit more.


  14. Thanks, Sandy! 🙂 By the way, how’s your new website coming along?


  15. Casey, that’s about the highest compliment someone can give a writer, that their book inspired happy tears. 🙂 Thank you!

    BTW, what are you working on now?

  16. Sandy Says:

    Stacey, I think my new website will be up in another week. I’m just waiting for the domain transfer. If I had known how easy Microsoft Office Live was I would have done it sooner.

    Thanks for asking.


  17. Stacey,

    The WisRWA Board meeting 🙂 and I think I’ll go back to my Double Ds series since MJ is getting whiny about not having any writing time. 😦


  18. Well, Mary Jo should get her turn. 🙂

    I’m off to the movies with the kids and dh…going to see Bedtime Stories. I’ll be back this afternoon and let you know how it was.


  19. Stacey, as always, great interview. 🙂 Mary Jo, you already know how special you are to me, but hearing about your grandpa and seeing theat beautiful picture of his horses made me tear up a little (shut up, Stacey *G*). I’ve always had a special relationship with my own grandpa, who turned 85 last month. I’m hoping he has at least another 10 years in him. 😉

    Thanks for the kind words about Welcome To Redemption. Stacey & I are working on the sequel right now (unfortuntately I write a lot slower than she does; her patience makes her a saint in my book…LOL)

    I’m starting Chasin’ Mason tonight as my treat after getting my 1,000 words written. 🙂


  20. Donna,

    Chasin’ Mason is a treat. Enjoy. 🙂

  21. Christine Says:

    I’m a newbie – first time commenter to a blog. I liked the interview – good questions and insightful answers, enjoyed reading the comments – how supportive everyone is, and I’m even more motivated to keep clicking away towards my dream. Thank you ladies!


  22. Hey, Christine, definitely keep clicking away. 🙂 We are a supportive bunch, so don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. 😉


  23. Hey, Christine! Good to have you here. 🙂 Yep, never stop clicking along. 🙂

    Donna, you’re always here for me, thanks! I’m no saint, you forgot to mention how many times I’ve bugged you to get writing, even though it is kinda my job as your cp. In fact, put CM off for a couple extra days and write extra words! LOL


  24. As you can see above, I’m back from the movie, Bedtime Stories–what great fun! I’ll be buying the DVD when it’s out. It’s even got romance in it.

    Now my daughter is bugging me to go for a walk. I tried to play the card, “You know mom doesn’t like the cold and it’s really windy.” She has no sympathy for me, so I’m out for a short walk, then back to check e-mails again, post comments, and judge my last 2 Fab 5 entries. Then, maybe a nap. Nope, wait, I have to do some WisRWA Board meeting stuff.


  25. Well, okay, if you insist. LOL You’re the boss!

    Though I am looking forward to it. After writing Golden Opportunity my appreciation for cowboys and horses really grew. 🙂


  26. Christine,

    Stacey’s so right. Keep persevering and write. We’ve all been newbies once upon a time,oops that sounds like a bedtime story opening. 🙂

    Anyway, I’m so glad you stopped by and if you get a chance look at some of my earlier posts. They might make you realize we all go through lots of different feelings when we write. 🙂


  27. Hey Donna,

    Thanks for stopping by though I knew Stacey would be a big draw. Can’t wait for your turn when Meant to Be releases. 🙂


  28. Wherever Stacey blogs, I will post. LOL That’s one of the benefits of being critique partners, you never have to worry about being alone when you guest blog…not that’s it’s ever a problem for Stacey. 🙂

    And thanks, I look forward to my turn in July. 😉

  29. Tracy Mangold Says:

    Stacey,

    I am incredibly proud and slightly jealous of you (but in a good way). I know I need to get my own rear in gear and get published after all these years and I WILL! You are an inspiration.

    Thank you for being you. You know you have three of your BIGGEST fans all in that crazy picture from high school with you.

    Love you!
    Tracy


  30. Thanks, Trac! That’s right, get your writing done! 🙂 You, me, and Jena talked about writing a lot in high school. Funny how it all came back for us.

  31. Laurel Says:

    I just finished Chasin Mason last night. I really enjoyed it. I’ve read everything you’ve written. Your writing keeps getting better and better. New York needs to open their eyes and snap you up.
    Laurel

  32. Brenda ND Says:

    I can’t wait to read Chasin Mason. It sounds like a great book!


  33. Congrats on your success, Stacey. This book sounds awesome. I love a good western.

    It’s hard juggling writing with family, isn’t it? If you ever figure it out, let us know.

    :)Becky


  34. Laurel–I’m still jealous you were out in Colorado! But it’s a great concession to hear you enjoyed Chasin’ Mason. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know. So, do you have the number for New York, or do I need to e-mail it to you? LOL

    Brenda–thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the book should you pick up a copy. Let me know. 🙂 Cute bio on The Otherworld Diner. Donna knows, I’ve been known to have wandering body parts in my stories, and one time, the horse got a shot at POV. LOL

    Becky–thanks! Are you a Matthew McConnaughy fan? That’s how I picture Tripp. If you’re not a fan, then ignore that comment. 🙂 I promise to let you know if I ever figure out the secret to juggling, but if you do first–promise to e-mail me? BTW, your Borrowed Stilettos cover is very nice. Congratulations on the sale and the puppy! German Shepards are favorites in my extended family.


  35. Great interview! Congratulations, Stacey. I’m going online to “Chase” Chasin Mason myself! Maybe your next two books should have rhyming titles too. How about “A Ring from Bing?” Or “A Roll in the Hay With Jay?”

    Love your website, Mary Jo! Thanks for welcoming us.

    AY Stratton


  36. Anne, those sound like erotica titles! LOL Hope you caught CM…happy reading! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


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