I had the privlege to read and review Stacey’s book, Darkness of Light. The talent and flow of story telling amazed me, one that I shall read again and again.
By day I work as an Interior/Set Designer and by night as a writer of paranormal fantasy, adventure, and literary fiction. I grew up in Northern California. Even at an early age I was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. I acted in Los Angeles for many years before traveling around the world then moving abroad, where I lived in England, Australia, Caribbean, and New Zealand. I came back to San Francisco and went to school for my Interior Design degree. During all that time I never stopped writing. Moving back to San Francisco brought it to the forefront, and this time it would not be ignored. It’s my passion and my love. When I am not writing, I’m usually out hiking, spending time with friends.
Book by Stacey Marie Brown:
My book is called Darkness of Light and is a NA paranormal romance/contemporary fantasy. It is about 18-year-old Ember Brycin, who has always had strange things happen to her. After the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she discovers a secret that changes not only her life, but what and who she is. Love, lies, deceit, and betrayal lead her down a path to the Otherworld, into another realm where she will probably not survive.
Interview with Stacey Marie Brown about her novel Darkness of Light
Question: What have you published recently? My book, Darkness of Light, which is Book 1 in the Darkness Series. Fire in the Darkness, Book 2 in the series, will be out in late August/early September.
Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer? I have always been a writer, but being an author is a completely different thing. It’s a lot of hard work and tears. I don’t think any rational person ever decides to “become” an author. It is something that chooses you. There was a story that wanted to be told and it would not be quiet until I did.
Question: Where can we find your published writing? Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Smashwords.
Question: What types of writing do you do? I write fiction. It can range from a kid’s book about a dog that goes on an adventure for two years (true story), to my current paranormal NA fantasy books. I enjoy all aspects of writing. This is probably why I did so well in English classes. Somewhere inside me I even enjoyed writing essays.
Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them. That’s a tough one. I love all my characters, for different reasons. But, I’d have to say either Ember or Ryan. Guess I really relate to the smart-ass! Ember has been through some very traumatic events in her life, which causes her to grow up quickly. She was never the normal girl, which makes her stand out even more. I like that she doesn’t care about what people think of her. She is brutally honest and doesn’t hold back. Instead of falling apart, she pushes through, no matter how scary or painful. She’s smart, sassy, tough. She and Ryan both use sarcasm to guard themselves and deflect people from getting too close. Their hearts are both very fragile, but both can love fiercely. They’re full of flaws but are very real.
One of the relationships I really love is between Ember and Mark, her step-father. The love, respect, friendship, and total adoration they have for each other are so sweet. He understands her and lets her be herself.
Question: Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you? Not really. I love to read and really love the feeling of letting myself be taken into another world. If I did mentally edit, I probably wouldn’t enjoy reading so much. It would no longer be an escape, but a continuation of what I already do to my own books all day! I do get ideas and styles of storytelling from reading so many books that only help my writing.
Question: What do you eat while writing? I actually don’t eat while I’m writing. If I have food, I concentrate too much on that. If I really want to “get serious” and write, I actually have to leave my house and go to a café and have NO internet. Being home I find way too many distractions, like “Oh, look at the dust on that table. I must clean it now.” or “Oh I’m thirsty . . . oh I have to pee again” and the cycle continues.
Five for Fun:
What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? Is there such a thing? Kidding! My beverage of choice is either coffee (especially iced coffee lately) or Crystal Light lemonade. I put my lemonade in the freezer for a bit, so I get icier lemonade.
What is your favourite cartoon character? I love cartoons, and there are so many animated movies I love (Pixar is amazing). But in all honesty it would have to be Stewie from Family Guy. I love that dry, witty, twisted kind of humour. Guess that’s why I got along living in London for so long.
What is your favourite movie of all time? It must be my Gemini side but I could never pick one of anything. Love so many movies for different reasons and moods.
What TV shows do you like to watch? Sons of Anarchy, Hell of Wheels, Shameless, Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones, Jon Stewart, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, anything on the History Channel. I’m really random. I can go from the Science Channel to Veronica Mars reruns.
What do you like to do for fun or just to relax? I love hanging out with friends, hiking, traveling, and reading.
Question: Where can we find you on the web?
My website: www.staceymariebrown.com
FACEBOOK/ Book: www.facebook.com/DOLSeries
Review of Darkness of Light
This book recieved five stars.
I received this book for an honest review. I had 90% read in six hours, but at 2am in the morning and work at 8 I had to peel myself away from the screen. But I finished it the next morning. And what a story it was. This book reminds me of Iron King only on a much cooler and grown-up scale.
Ember has such a dry and sarcastic sense of humour that I laughed through so much of this book. She was no damsel in distress, and could hold her own. There were so many times I smiled when she stood up to certain people, her comebacks brilliant. She has a habit of just saying what she’s thinking, really she has no filter and it’s so, so funny. Just loved her as a main character.
The love story is not your usual. Eli is harsh, bitter, and sarcastic but the two of them, together, in one place is brilliant. Between the sexual tension and dry remarks it worked like a dream.
Stories of fae can be sweet, kinda like a bed time story, but Darkness to Light in no bed-time story quite the opposite.
This is story telling with a new kind of twist on it.
Just Brilliant. Loved it.