Kristina: M&Ms, Chips 'n Dip, Jell-O Shots…what's your snack of choice when you're on deadline?
Shay: I don’t snack while I’m working. Part of the reason is I’m Lifetime status with WeightWatchers. WW says “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” and I so agree! And part is simple logistics: if I snack, I have to drink something, and then I have to go to the bathroom, which means leaving my work, which leads to temptations away from the work, as well as aggravates me for having to leave the work.
Kristina: I know about the temptations ~ good for you! What's your favorite non-word (as in a word we've bastardized or completely made up) and why?
Shay: Googled as a verb. I’m sure I’m not alone with this one.
Kristina: Y.E.S.!! When the writing gets tough, who do you lean on?
Shay: Writers Constance Phillips and Jenna Rutland are my anchors. Plus I can turn to the other wonderful members of MVRWA. Someone is always there for me: to brainstorm, to lift me up, to console me, to share doubts and fears, or to bitch slap me if I need it.
Kristina: I'm sure you never really need that bitch-slap. Finish this sentence: For me, writing is like:
Shay: bleeding and dying. Writer Paul Callico describes it like this. “It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader.” I mine my soul when I write. I turn myself inside out. It’s a visceral experience. If it isn’t, I haven’t gone deep enough and I won’t feel the connection to my stories that I want to feel. If I don’t feel it, my reader won’t feel it.
Kristina: Love that quote, Shay! Thanks for sharing!! Tell us one interesting/funny/crazy thing about this book or its characters that didn't make in 'between the covers'?
Shay: A sex scene begins in Hero Needed where the hero intends to use something unexpected from his luggage that will enhance the heroine’s pleasure. I don’t finish the scene on the page and I don’t disclose what that item is. I don’t know if I ever will. LOL
Kristina: Ooooh, now I'm verra intrigued to read that scene and fill in the blanks!
Marisa’s best friend Carolyn was killed by a train, but then Carolyn’s husband claims she committed suicide. Proving he’s wrong will be a heroic feat. EMT Nick Stark seems a natural for the job.
Yet the truths Marisa and Nick uncover spark unexpected danger. Does the secret of Marisa’s parentage tie in with Carolyn’s death? And is Marisa prepared to face the truth in order to identify whoever now wants her dead?
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All about Shay: Shay Lacy never moved from her native Ohio, except in her imagination. She considered joining the Army, but thought marriage would be the bigger challenge. She collects glass paperweights and rocks, and dreams of one day owning the rock section of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. She's an amateur photographer and an avid reader.
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