Thursday, January 12, 2023

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Stacey Haynes

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Stacey Haynes

A warm welcome to award-winning novelist Stacey Haynes whose most recent publication is part of multi-author Suffrage Spinster series.

LM: What was your inspiration for the story? 

Stacey: The inspiration for my story is finding love during The Women’s Movement in the 1800s.

LM: What sort of research did you do for your story, and was there an exceptionally interesting tidbit you knew you had to include? 

Stacey: I read articles about the Women’s Movement and watched a movie on Netflix to see how Hollywood portrayed it.

LM: Have you ever considered writing under a pseudonym? Why or why not? 

Stacey: I haven’t considered writing under a pseudonym only because I’m not ashamed of what I’m writing. But since I co-author a few series with my sister, Marie Higgins, and we are trying to step outside of the Amazon window for publishing, we have decided to pick a couple of names to use, one will be for contemporary romances and the other will be for historical romances. Remember, though, it’s not because we are ashamed of what we write, because we are not. It’s because other publishing agencies may not accept multiple authors for who wrote the book.

LM: Did you set out to write a series? Why did you decide to write a series?

Stacey: Charity’s Challenge is a part of a MAP group for a series called The Suffrage Spinsters. At
first, when I wrote this story, I didn’t think of writing another in the series. But the hero of my book has a sister who is friends with my heroine. By the time I finished writing it, I figured she needed to have a story, too.

LM: How do you come up with storylines? 

Stacey: Before I begin writing, I need to figure out why I’m writing the story. I need a plot and a direction to go. Once that pathway is set, I will then put myself into my character’s shoes and pretend like this is my story and what would I say or do in that moment.

LM: What draws you to the time period about which you write? 

Stacey: To be honest, historical westerns are not my go-to time period. It takes a lot of research to find out how they lived back then. I find it difficult to write historical. I prefer contemporary. But, in this instance, what draws me to the time period would be the challenge of writing it.

LM: Why do you write in your particular genre?

Stacey: I’ve always considered myself a hopeless romantic. I want everyone to have a happily-ever-after. I love romance songs, movies, and stories. But I do love to toss in some different struggles to make the story exciting. I do enjoy writing time-travel romances as well as contemporary and historical romances.

LM: What is your process for writing? (do you outline, have a special place or time of day you write, etc.) What is your favorite part of the process? 

Stacey: My process for writing is mostly plotting. I have a Word document where I put my notes or research items on. I then think of what needs to happen in the book, figure out the problems, the trials, the villain, and then how to resolve it. It will take many brainstorming sessions with either my sister, or those in my writing support group that I’ve created. My favorite part of the process is finding the Ah-ha moment when you see it all make sense.

LM: How does/did your job prepare you for being a novelist?

Stacey: My job really hasn’t prepared me for being a novelist. When I was in high school, I took a creative writing class and dug into poetry after I got married. I currently work full-time as an accounting and payroll specialist at my work in the aerospace industry. I’ve been there for 32 years. If anything, studying the people I work with helps me create some character profiles. Since I am in payroll, I’ve looked at everyone’s names and have tried to use a combination of names to help come up with characters for my stories.

LM: What is your next project? 

Stacey: My work in progress is writing book 7 of Gems of the West series, called Opals and Orphans. My sister and I are also working on another series, a time travel one, called A Timeless Castle. We have two of the books almost complete for the 3 book series. I also plan on writing a sequel to one of my first stories.

About Stacey:

Stacey Haynes is an award-winning and best-selling author. She has always enjoyed reading and writing romance stories beginning with her first story in 6th grade. Her dream has always been to have one of her books published, and now has several, including a poem about her most disliked food, Peas! She won her first writing contest when she and her sister, Marie, entered their story The Magic of a Billionaire into an online writing contest on – and their story won 1st place!
She considers herself a hopeless romantic and tries to find the best in others. She loves to write in her spare time to relax after a hard day at work.

Stacey lives in Utah with her wonderful husband and three adorable children. She hopes to have more books published in her lifetime. You can follow her adventures on

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About Charity's Challenge:

Charity Burke wishes she could speak her mind, especially when it comes to the roles of women. Many men have asked for her hand in marriage, but she has refused, leaving her father—the mayor—very upset. She wants to be a schoolteacher, but a woman schoolteacher is unheard of. By attending the Suffrage meetings, she would meet other women in her predicament, but she hesitates to cause problems with her father.

Detective Nick Young is hot on the trail of a group that plans to overturn the government in Rochester, New York. Instead, Mayor Burke sends him on another assignment—to spy on his wayward daughter. When Nick sees Charity with his sister, Ellie, he knows he must keep them safe while attending the annoying Suffrage meetings. But being around Charity makes him understand women and their changing roles in the world. Can Nick give his heart to an opinionated woman and go against the other men in Rochester?

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