Author spotlight: Stacy Juba

Welcome romantic-suspense author, Stacy Juba.Author photo

Why do you write fiction?
I have always loved reading books, since my Nancy Drew days in elementary school. Writing my own stories was a natural progression. Growing up, I was introverted and writing fiction was a way for me to express myself. Most of all, I love the writing process. It is entertaining for me to create a story and see how the plot and characters evolve from that initial idea, and it is exciting to share the finished story with readers all over the world.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Twenty-Five Years Ago Today is about Kris Langley, a newspaper editorial assistant who stumbles across an unsolved murder while researching her 25 years ago today column on the microfilm. I used to have the same job as Kris and found it fascinating to read the past issues and see how national news events were reported. As far as the local news tidbits that I included in the 25 years ago today column, most of that was very routine. One day, I started thinking … what if an editorial assistant came across a cold case? What if she becomes obsessed with it?

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
I would say that the majority of my readers are women. My ideal reader likes books that entertain and she reads for escape. She enjoys genre fiction such as mysteries, romantic suspense and romance novels.

Please describe your writing routine.
I do an extensive outline and then each day that I sit down to write a scene, I refer to the outline. I prefer writing on the computer in my office, but if I’m on the go, I will type on my Alphasmart word processor.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
I would advise them to find critique partners, join writer networking groups, learn all the publishing options available to them including traditional and self-publishing, and to read a lot of books on marketing, branding, web design, etc. Although writing is creative, it’s also a business and marketing skills are important.

More about Twenty-Five Years Ago Today:
Should we dig for the truth when Pandora’s Box is a coffin of buried secrets?
Cover artFor twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson’s killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, not only does she fall in love with Diana’s sexy nephew, but she must also fight to stay off the obituary page herself.

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4 Responses to Author spotlight: Stacy Juba

  1. Stacy Juba says:

    Hi Annette,
    Thanks so much for hosting me! Now did you tell me that you are a former journalist also? What kind of stories did you cover? I did just about everything – school news, police, fire, municipal meetings, health, entertainment and general features. My favorite was anything feature-oriented. Least favorite was breaking hard news and going to town meetings.

    • AnnetteDrake says:

      Hi, Stacy.

      Journalist? Gosh, that was a lifetime ago. I started out as a “cover everything” news editor for a small weekly newspaper in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. I went to lots of meetings – school board and town council. Those could be long hours. I loved writing human-interest stories when people shared their passions. Kind of like now. Thank you for telling us about your novel.

  2. Stacy Juba says:

    I loved the human interest stories for the same reason. People were always modest and didn’t think their passions were enough to write a story about and then they were always so touched when they read the article and saw how much I had listened to them and that it was worthy of an article after all. Have you ever thought of writing about a newspaper?

    • AnnetteDrake says:

      Hi, Stacy.
      I’ve just started writing my first “cozy” mystery, and the protagonist is a photographer/reporter for the Ogallala Gazette. The story is set in the late 1980s before the arrival of the internet and cellphones, and like all of my books, is based on my own experiences. Sort of. I never stumbled upon murder victims as my heroine does. I did struggle to understand the nuances of small-town living. Last night I shared the opening scene with my critique group, and their laughter encouraged me.

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