Darkness of Light Blog Tour: Author Guest Post With Stacey Marie Brown + Giveaway!

 

 About The Author:
Stacey Marie Brown works by day as an Interior/Set Designer and by night a writer of paranormal fantasy, adventure, and literary fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.


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 Guest Post:


Inspiration for writing or for the novel, DARKNESS OF LIGHT.

Finding inspiration, or your muse, to help you write can come from the most random, unconventional places. It doesn’t matter if it is non-traditional or traditional as long as it leads you to writing. Every day my muse can be different. It can be simply a song I am listening to or the second iced coffee in an hour I consumed. Inspiration for me never comes from one source but from several: reading, music, walks in the forest, a picture, art . . . my love for caffeine. All of them have contributed to my novel, Darkness of Light.

I have always loved reading fantasy. I was the kid who wrote my own Goonies-style adventure books. Then several years ago, I became obsessed with reading every type of fantasy out there, going through a ridiculous amount of books a week. Between the books that left me lacking to the books that had me crying because their next novel wouldn’t be out for another year, my own story started to take hold. Writing was always something I did on the side, but never really thought about it as a career. That changed.

It took me awhile to get here. When I was in my early twenties, I went to Los Angeles, seeking that stereotypical want-to- be-actress (aka waitress) role. I didn’t fit in LA as an actress as I spent more time fascinated by the production sets than any of the stars in them. I loved the world they created. Being on set never ruined the magic for me; it only made me more captivated. You could disappear into this world and become part of it. To all the Buffy/Angel fans out there, I spent an extraordinary time on those sets because of that. Even though the sets didn’t ruin the magic for me, Los Angles certainly did. I lost all inspiration to act or be a part of it.

Leaving the land of broken dreams, I traveled the world. Writing started coming back to me while being on a train looking out at the luscious rolling hills of England or the sun ripened hills of Greece or Italy. Writing can’t help but find its way back to you as you live and travel in other parts of the world. I felt awed in New Zealand and overcome on the beaches of the Phi-Phi Islands in Thailand. Inspiration was everywhere.

I came back to the states determined to change my life. While I went to design school, I started reading and writing, trying to capture all those feeling I felt when I traveled. Is it a way to escape the real world? Undoubtedly. And I am sure therapist would line up to have me on their couch. But, I am happy in my fantasy world. The fact someone else feels the same way when reading my novels only enhances that.

After finishing three years of design school with monstrous loans to prove it, I was an Interior Designer/Home Stager by trade . . . or so I thought. I found myself resenting work because it got in the way of my writing—the time I could concentrate on developing the characters and plot of Darkness of Light. Characters, scenes, and distinct voices started to come to me and wouldn’t let me sleep. Usually a sure sign you are crazy, but that was something I already knew. This was different. I had to write. They wanted out and would not take no for an answer. While my world developed into a book, I realized that my days as an actress and set/interior designer had been leading me here-to my true passion.

It is funny when something has been there the whole time but it takes you a while to acknowledge it. I used to write stories for my friends of our escapades and bind them, giving them as Christmas gifts. Creating worlds was always something I did, whether by writing, acting or designing.

Darkness of Light was inspired from all of this. It had been there growing, waiting till I finally came to my senses and acknowledged it. The people I’ve met, the experience I’ve had in my life are all somewhere in the book. And let’s admit . . . the fact I can write from home in my fuzzy pjs only makes it that much better. 

  Darkness of Light:


Title: Darkness of Light

Author:Stacey Marie Brown
Publication Date: February 15th 2013
Publisher:
Twisted Fairy Publishing

DARKNESS OF LIGHT is a Mature YA/New Adult Paranormal Romance

Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.

Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.


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Blog Tour Schedule:

Week One

May 6th – Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf – Guest Post
May 7th – Fade Into Fantasy – Interview
May 7th – Bibliophilia, Please – Guest Post
May 8th – Paranormal Book Club – Review
May 8th – Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance – Guest Post
May 9th – Curling Up With A Good Book – Interview
May 10th – Shelfspace Needed – Review
May 10th – Mom With A Kindle – Guest Post

Week Two

May 13th – A Book and a Latte – Interview
May 13th – Teen Blurb – Review
May 14th – The Book Hookup – Interview
May 15th – Another World Of Books – Review
May 16th – Sweet Southern Home – Interview
May 16th – Paperback Princess – Review
May 17th – Consuming Worlds – Guest Post
May 17th – The Girl with the Red Cape – Review

Happy reading until next time!