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ImageToday we have a wonderful interview with International Bestselling Author Stacy S. Eaton, who has just released her 3rd book!

How would you describe Whether I Live or Die to someone who has not yet read it?

“Whether I’ll Live or Die” is an intense emotional drama dealing with the subject of Domestic Violence.  During the story you will walk with Amanda as she goes through several abusive relationships at a young adult age.  Her life will be anything but sweet and loving.

You will also meet Officer Nicole Nolan who deals with domestic violence through the legal aspects of her job.  Knowing how to deal with victims of abuse is touchy for her and she does all she can to help the victims she encounters.

A final showdown will intertwine the destinies.

Which came first, the title or the novel? 

They actually came at the same time. I believe the title defines a novel, and when you have a good solid plotline, the title should reflect that. The title for this one was born at the same time as the plotline, in that 30 minute drive.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? What is the easiest?

“Whether I’ll Live or Die” is a very intense novel dealing with domestic violence. There were times when I would write scenes and have to get up after a paragraph and walk away from the computer. The emotions were raw at times, and anger or pain would well up in me and I would need a break.

I also wanted to make sure that I showed the emotions and the pain as authentically as I could. It was important that I portray Amanda (the young victim) in the correct light and show the strength that Nicole (the Police Officer) has to have in order to deal with everything that happens.

The easiest part of the whole story was the plot line. It came to me in about thirty minutes while I was driving.  When I got home, I sat down and wrote the first two chapters and then the last. I knew exactly where I wanted this story to go, it was putting the words to the emotions that was the hard part.

Is this story based on an actual investigation you were involved with?

Well, that’s a yes and no. WILoD is the story of Amanda and Nicole.  Amanda is a young girl who craves love and finds herself drawn into abusive relationships one after another. Nicole is a strong control driver police officer who deals with the legal issues of domestic violence in her job. While no particular part of this book is 100% real, there are moments in this book that are taken right out of the past. Whose past? Too many to actually name Mike.

Domestic Violence is a very serious problem in our society. The actors have such a mental and physical control over the victims that they fear their lives and feel that they can never get out.

So, while you will see a whole lot of real life incidents, they are twisted and turned to get the message across for this book.

What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?

Life… Everything in life inspires me. People in my life inspire me. Seeing the emotions that people put out there and the adventures they experience inspires me. I use them all to make stories real. I use a lot of my knowledge from my job to bring a realistic view to my plot lines. Many people have told me they weren’t into vampires, but the realistic police work in my series has changed their minds! Lol… I love to hear that!

What do you think makes a good story?

I am all about twists.  I don’t want to know what is coming at the end of the book. I want to be surprised. Most romance novels all end the same… happily ever after… but if you look at life, seldom does it end that way. In my novels, I may end them happily ever after, but the twists that come in the story are surprising and most readers will not see them coming.

The My Blood Runs Blue series is a good example of that. In the first two books, I throw so many twists in them that people were amazed at the ending results. I know quite a few people who were not happy with the ending of My Blood Runs Blue, book 1 of the series. There were many people who told me that they wanted to other man to win, but I promised all those people that eventually he will get what he truly deserves. It will just be filled with some series twists before he gets there.

Whether I’ll Live or Die doesn’t have the kind of twists that I normally put to my stories, but this was a different journey. This one needed to explain the pain and frustration associated with abuse.

You have two other novels published besides Whether I’ll Live or Die, what are they about?

Currently I have a series called “My Blood Runs Blue” where I have two of the four books published. Now that Whether I’ll Live or Die is published I am working on the third book in the series.

This series is very different from my new book. It is a paranormal suspense series where I bring police and vampires together. There is a lot of police procedural stuff in them and made the vampires more human than many novels out there. While so many paranormal books target young adults, this series is for the mature ones, well young and heart mature ones!

What are you working on now besides the next book in the series?

I am also working on several other novels. I have a contemporary romance that I would like to finish. I have the fourth book in the series to complete too. One of my favorite projects to work on is a new guardian angel novel. I have let a few people read for first 15 chapters of this and they are really enjoying it.  It’s a fun novel to work on.

I have so many other projects that I would like to jump into, but with my full time police job and family it makes it very hard to find the time.

Thank you Wendy for allowing me to visit your blog and your readers! I always love to visit new places!

Connect with Stacy on her website, Twitter, her blog, Facebook, and Goodreads.

View the video trailer on Youtube!

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Whether I’ll Live or Die is available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble

“It sounded so simple in theory; ready… aim… fire… but what actually transpired was so much more.”

Officer Nicole Nolan holds the gun steady in her hands, knowing that life will be forever altered once she pulls the trigger. Her position as a small town police officer is to protect those who cannot protect themselves. It is her job, her career and her life.

Amanda stands where protection does not exist. With several failed relationships behind her, Amanda turns a blind eye to the possessiveness Josh displays in order to sooth her desperate need to be loved. As the mental abuse turns violent, Amanda must deal with the denial and embarrassment of being a victim once again. With her emotional and physical health siting on the edge, she must fight to regain control of her life.

A gripping story with one final destination, but will it be life or death?

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Today’s guest post is from International Best Selling Author Stacy S. Eaton. If you love police, vamps, and romance she’s got the books for you!

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Once Upon a Time – There was Time…

By Stacy S. Eaton

In my kitchen hangs a sign, “Once Upon a Time, There was Time” and underneath of that is a clock. The clock always says 2:06. It never changes because the battery died. I find this rather suitable for now, and have no desire to add a fresh one to make the hands start moving. In my world it is perpetually 2:06, but is that am or pm? Who knows? All I know is that every time I look at it, I feel like my deadline is 2:10 and I’m racing to make it.

In my office hangs another clock, once again the battery is dead, but this one makes even more sense to not tick. The numbers are all jumbled in a lump and the clock face reads “Whatever”. Which is also rather true, because does it really matter what time it is in the world of a writer? I don’t think so.

For Christmas I got a new clock, not sure why I like clocks so much, maybe it is because I am trying to find one that will actually stop time as the battery dies so I can get more done without losing another minute or hour or day. Anyway, this new clock, it’s a writer’s clock! Forever and ever it goes around touching on words like Write, Toss, Retrieve, Start Over, Adult Beverage, Write, Submit and Revise ending at Publish. Wouldn’t that be nice if that is where it actually ended?

Alas, that is not the end, and time still ticks by. Nowhere on that clock does it say marketing. If it did, I think the clock would begin to speed forward and we would see just how much time we actually spend on just that, Marketing.

In the world of a writer, we spend countless hours lost in the voices of our mind and the marks on the papers in front of us. I know that I can easily get lost in a scene and glance at my clock one thousand words later and see two hours has past. It seemed like I had just sat down and started writing, and the scene I just wrote only lasted fifteen minutes in paper time, yet two hours have gone by. Amazing…

When it comes to editing, I find that time speeds up even faster. As I sift through red mark after red mark from my copy editor, and fix and click and approve and remove, the seconds fly by and the hands spin around and around at a speed that amazes me.

Come the time to publish that book, it always seems that we do our best to try and push back time. To stop it or slow it down just a little bit, because we have set a date and we want to meet that deadline, but it’s just not perfect yet, so we push back time and have to adjust our clocks.

Once our book hits the market, it’s a mad dash to get it out there; to tell everyone about it, to shout it from the rafters of the Facebook pages and to tweet our fingers to the bone. We blog it, we post it, we share it, we pimp it and we glance back at the clock to see days have now flown by and we still feel like we aren’t doing enough. So we share it more, blog it more, tweet it into cyberspace and start to pimp ourselves to get the word out. The clock, well…. It just keeps moving forward.

Through all of this, the writing, the editing, the publishing and the marketing, it is obvious that my sign in my kitchen is true, “Once Upon a Time, There was Time”. Because when all of this is said and done, who has time to do anything else, like work on that next story?

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The busy life of Stacy Eaton

Currently she works full time as a Police Officer for a small township is Southeastern Pennsylvania. While her current position is that of a patrol officer, she spend a lot of time doing investigations and crime scene processing. Forensics is something she loves and she takes her job seriously. It is not just about proving who is guilty, it is also about proving people are innocent.

She is also a wife to a Police Officer and with their constant schedules life can get very hectic at home. She has been blessed with two children, a son who is currently in the United States Navy and is very proud of him for what he is doing and for serving his Country. Her daughter is a priceless princess who loves to help market her books to teachers and other parents while she is at school and church. She is also working on a book too.

When she is not working the job that currently pays all the bills she works on her business. Yes, she has her own business too.

In her spare time… she writes.

Find Stacy online at: Her WebsiteBlog ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

My Blood Runs Blue and the sequel Blue Blood for Life are both available on Amazon Kindle!

 

 

 

 

 

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