Stacy Juba – Interview and Giveaway

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Stacy Juba whose newest book Fooling Around with Cinderella was released November 7. Leave a comment or ask the author a question for a chance to win a Smashwords or Audible code for Stacy’s mystery/romantic suspense novel Sink or Swim. Read our 5 star review here.

Stacy wrote her first story when she was in the third grade – it was called The Curse of the White Witch. By the time she was in the fifth grade, she had her own mystery series about an amateur sleuth named Cathy Summers.

“I was an avid reader growing up, so writing my own stories was a natural progression,” she said. “I was quite introverted and writing was a way for me to express myself.”

While she was growing up, though, she actually wanted to be a private detective.

“My idol was Kris on Charlie’s Angels,” she admitted. “I used to have my own detective club. We scoured the newspaper for mysteries to solve. We never found any, though.”

She has written five novels so far, as well as a couple of children’s books. Her favorite so far is Fooling Around with Cinderella, the first book in her Storybook Valley series. The series is set at a fairy tale theme park in the Catskill Mountains. The park is family-owned and each book is a chick lit/sweet romance novel featuring a family member or close friend of the family as the protagonist. Characters who had center stage in an earlier book will take a supporting role in the other books.

She’s currently working on the next book in the series, Prancing Around With Sleeping Beauty. The main character is Rory Callahan, whose real name is Aurora. She is a dance instructor and the sister of Dylan Callahan, the male lead in Fooling Around With Cinderella.

Fooling Around with Cinderella was so much fun to write. I got to be really playful and funny when writing that book, showing another side of myself,” she told me.

While she was doing the research for Fooling Around with Cinderella, she did a lot of online research.

“I watched employee training and recruiting videos for large theme parks, listened to radio shows that featured theme park management, watched videos and read blogs by former princesses, and read books written by former theme park employees. Whenever I visited a theme park, I also took notes on the rides and the little things that most people wouldn’t notice, like where the employees go to clock in,” she explained. “Research can also be about something simple. For example, when I needed to describe a wedding dress and bridesmaid dress, I went online and browsed bridal shops to find just the right gowns to describe. That’s how Jaine wound up in a Tutti Frutti bridesmaid gown when she really hoped for Venetian gold.”

The plot or the concept always comes first for Stacy.

“Then I create characters to fit the concept. For example, when I was visiting a fairy tale theme park with my family, a concept popped into my mind of a reluctant theme park Cinderella who falls for her boss,” she said. “Once I had worked through that concept in my mind, I came up with the characters of Jaine and Dylan. Jaine, because I wanted her to feel like a plain Jane before the Cinderella transformation.”

Jaine is her favorite character to date.

“I like that she is so nurturing. She takes care of everyone. But sometimes she forgets to put her own needs first. I also love her enthusiasm for her job and her dry sense of humor. She was a fun character to write,” she explained.

“Could you ever co author a book with someone?” I asked.

“I’ve been working with some other authors of Cinderella romances, my Glass Slipper Sisters, on the Cinderella Treasure Trove, a free sampler of excerpts, Cinderella recipes, and royal party tips. I also edited an essay book that featured 52 authors reflecting on what they or their characters were doing 25 years ago, a tie in to my mystery novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. A project like that is a fun collaboration, but I don’t really have any desire to co-author a novel with someone. I like to be in total control of what I’m writing, so I don’t think co-authoring would be for me.”

Finally, I asked her for her favorite quote or saying.

“I loved the movie Rudy when I was in college, about an undersized athlete who worked so hard to play football for Notre Dame. I had the book adaptation and I remember there was a quote on it – ‘Sometimes A Winner is a Dreamer Who Just Won’t Quit.’ I found that so inspiring, especially at a time when I was getting rejected by a lot of book publishers,” she hold me.

12_7 stacy juba Fooling Around With Cinderella 600x900What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom. First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.

About the Author:

Butch Adams

Butch Adams

Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers), or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is also the founder of the Glass Slipper Sisters, a group of 15 authors with Cinderella-themed romance novels. Stacy is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series, Prancing Around With Sleeping Beauty

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  1. I like the sounds of your book. It will be a fun read. Do you add mystery into your books as well?

  2. Thanks so much for coming by, Debra! I have two previous mysteries with a romantic subplot in then, but the Storybook Valley series doesn’t have a mystery element to it. There is a villain in Fooling Around With Cinderella, though – but not a murderer, like in my other books!

  3. kim amundsen says:

    New author for me. Fun.

  4. Thanks for coming by, Kim! It was a fun book to write.

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