#OWSCyCon2019 Author Spotlight
As part of the build-up to OWSCyCon2019, I want to introduce you to some of the amazing volunteers and authors taking part in the event. If it wasn’t for the volunteers, there could be no CyCon, and I’m grateful to every single one of them for giving up their time to make this happen. But by the same token, without the authors taking part in the event, we wouldn’t be able to bring you the amazing events that we have planned. So without further delay…
Meet Stacy Overby
Stacy Overby is an author, poet, and graphic designer. Her short stories and poems have been featured in multiple anthologies, online, and in lit journals. She has two books in print. Scath Oran is her first solo poetry collection, and her debut full-length novel, Tattoos: A Black Ops Novel. She is the program director for an adolescent treatment program by day and an author by night. Her day job provides inspiration for many of her stories. When not at work or writing, she and her husband are playing with their son, hiking, camping, or involved in other outdoor activities – if it is not too cold. She, along with her social media contacts, can be found at www.thisisnothitchhikersguide.com.
What Genres Do You Write In?
Why Don't You Start By Sharing A Little About Yourself
Hmm. What else would you like to know? I always wonder what else to say with this question. Can you tell I never know what to say when I get asked this? Well, let me tell you a little about my love of writing. I’ve been writing since elementary school at least. I fell in love with fantasy and sci-fi early because I grew up with these genres. Seriously, my dad would get a book, read it, and then my brother and I would fight over who got to read it next. I think I was still in elementary school when this went on.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
Tattoos is a space opera novel that tells part of Eli Thorson’s story. Eli, a Black Ops soldier–think a mix of military special ops, CIA, and state police–discovers not all is as it seems with his orders. When he looks a little too far into them, he is forced to make a choice. Will he uphold the Black Ops oaths he swore? Or will he uphold the spirit of those oaths, even if it means going against everything he thought he had?
Who is your intended readership?
Emerging adults to adults who love space opera.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’m not sure. Since I started writing so young, I would have to guess I wanted to be a writer as soon as I learned what a writer did.
Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?
Oh my. That’s a long list. Obviously I love Douglas Adams’ work. Hence the inspiration for my blog and all. I also love Tolkien’s work, Anne Bishop, Anne McCaffery, Piers Anthony, and Neil Gaiman. I could keep going, but I’m not sure you have all day.
What advice would you give beginning writers?
Don’t let the self-doubt and imposter’s syndrome beat you. We all go through it. Hey, I still fight it off and on. But, you are the only one who can tell the stories in your head. No one else can do it for you. And you never know when one of those stories may be just what someone needed. Get them written.
What do you like to do when you're not writing? Any hobbies?
I love being outdoors. Hiking and camping mainly. With those adventures, I also do a fair amount of photography. My other hobbies are quilting and crocheting.
What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?
Ooo, yes! Tattoos is the first book in a series. While I’m not certain how many more books there will be in the series, the next book should be coming out later this year. It’s called Scars, and follows Shawn Russell, Eli’s best friend.
Pre-Order Products will ship 5/16
The Wee Folk. The Fae. Fairies.
Whatever you may call them, they have whispered secrets in this collection of poetry plucked from the halls of Tír na nÓg. But, be forewarned, not all is as it seems on a journey through the shining realm. Come, take a step into the fairy ring as songs of the Fae drift on the damp night air.