Stacy Navarro has been passionate about writing for more than twenty years. After being a stay-at-home mom for 17 years, she finally shook the dust bunnies off her spiral notebooks and began to write seriously. Her dreams became a reality when she won Crossbook’s Writing Contest in 2013 with the manuscript for her book, ‘Hand Over Your Heart’.
Through her characters, Stacy strives to celebrate the fun in everyday life, her faith in the Lord, and how struggles can transform into blessings.
She currently lives in Southern California where she is raising four children with her husband, Roberto.
What inspires you to write?
My first novel actually began as a challenge to my teenage daughters who hate to read…if I wrote a book they promised to read it. Imagine the excitement that I felt when they got to read the first half and started hounding me to write because they couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I really want my characters to be people I’m proud for my kids to look up to.
Being an avid reader myself, the drive to give someone else that same thrill I get from reading a good book fills me. It’s my rush.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a spiral notebook girl. I can carry them everywhere and scribble ideas whenever they hit me. Of course, once I’ve got several scene ideas piled up, I get everything organized on my laptop while I’m sitting on my patio.
Jogging on my dirt road is my biggest momentum started. There’s something about that solitary environment that gets my characters talking and juices flowing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters totally argue their cases to me. Sometimes when I get an idea for a conversation between characters I think, “I wouldn’t say that.’ They answer back, “Yeah, but I would.”
When it’s been awhile since I’ve written I miss them. It’s like they’re friends. Writing is very personal.
What advice would you give other writers?
Push yourself, but have fun! Don’t always write things to turn out just the way everyone expects. As hard as it is, try not to let people’s opinions direct your writing. (Professional guidance is always helpful. I’m not saying to be arrogant and not seek advice of experienced people. I’m talking about not being afraid of being original and staying true to your beliefs.)
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After being a stay-at-home mom for 17 years, it looked like I was going to need to enter the work force. My husband knew writing was my passion and wanted my to get to live my dream. So, we self-published my first book, Singlehanded. A few months later I entered the manuscript to my second book, ‘Hand Over Your Heart’, in Crossbook’s Writing Contest. Crazily, I won!!! So, they published my second book for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
An avid reader and owner of a kindle myself, I’m fully aware of how popular ebooks are. I definitely see technology continuing to play a huge roll in the publishing world.
Having said that, I just can’t bear the thought of the printed book being done away with…my three overflowing bookshelves can testify that. There’s no replacing the smell of the pages and the rush I get when I see there are only a few pages left.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
young adult, fiction, romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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