Today I'm giving the blog over to a friend who has a new book out. I've read a few books by Debbie and she is an excellent writer. This is her first foray in to young adult, so I asked her about the inspiration behind the story.
The Inspirations of Lacey
by Deborah A. Stansil
One of the most time consuming things I encounter when starting to come up with a new book idea is names. As stupid as it sounds, I can sit for far too long trying to come up with the right name for a character.
Lacey Patrick was different. Her name came to me out of the blue one day as I was writing a blog post. The blog post was not fiction or anything remotely related to fiction, so I ignored the thought and carried on.
The name wouldn’t leave my head though and I jotted it down. That evening, I tried to work out where I could use the name in a short story for the next Twisted Tales volume which will be out next year.
I found myself getting frustrated. She just didn’t fit into any of the horror based stories that will be in that book. That was when I released Lacey was no longer just a name. Somehow, without even fully releasing I was doing it, I had built up a whole persona of Lacey in my head.
She was a student in her late teens. She wasn’t one of the “in” crowd, but she wasn’t a loner either. She was, in essence, an average teenage girl.
I began playing with the idea of what her story would be. Why would anyone care about this normal teenager?
And then it hit me. Lacey would be an ordinary teenager, living her normal teenage life, with no idea she was actually anything but ordinary.
As a horror writer, I began imagining the various scenarios I could put Lacey in, but she just didn’t feel right as a horror book character. And then the inspiration hit me.
Lacey was a witch. As soon as I had the thought, I knew it was true. Of course she was a witch. How had I never seen that before?
Once I’d seen it, I couldn’t unsee it. I wrote a few notes beside her name and then I left it there, saved but unseen, unwritten, but not forgotten.
I told myself I am a horror writer, not a fantasy writer. But as more ideas for Lacey’s story came into my head, I started to wonder “what if?”.
I mean who said I’m a horror writer? Just me. And what was stopping me from trying something new? Again, just me.
I decided to write a couple of chapters and see how I felt about it. Lacey pulled me straight into her world and her story was soon longer than a couple of chapters.
Before I knew it, I had a full first draft of Lacey Patrick and the Wizard of Darkness written. And I realised that I don’t want to put myself or my writing in a box.
I want to write about whatever inspires me to tell a story, and although that’s usually going to be horror (I have a twisted imagination apparently) when something different pops up, I shouldn’t write it off because it’s not “me”.
It’s in my head – of course it’s me.
Writing Lacey’s story inspired me on many levels to see that I can be diverse and I have the freedom to write the story that is there demanding to be written.
I hope Lacey inspires people to see that no one is average, no one is “normal” and no one should feel they have to shy away from something because it’s different to what they normally do.
We all have something special hidden away inside of us.
Blurb for Lacey Patrick and the Wizard of Darkness
When Lacey Patrick dreams of a hot stranger, her whole world turns upside down.
What she learns fill her with dread – not only must she process her whole new identity, but she must also find a way to save herself and her loved ones from a dark force that is stronger than anyone has seen before.
Who can she trust? How can she stop someone so powerful?
Time is running out and Lacey has to find the answers to those questions, and quickly – before it’s too late.
Buy on Amazon UK and Amazon.
About the Author
Born in 1982 in North East England, Deborah knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. Life got in the way, and the dream was put on the back burner, although never forgotten. She is now a full time author and freelance writer and writes her own blog, My Random Musings.
She has published three novels, two short story collections, a non-fiction book and a collection of funny poems.
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