Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Stacy Juba, and her characters from Twenty Five Years Ago Today. It’s a fantastic romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Kris, the heroine from Twenty Five Years Ago Today.
How did you first meet your writer? I first met Stacy Juba when she dreamed up the novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, which was inspired by her days working as an editorial assistant for a small daily newspaper. She needed a female character to portray the editorial assistant who stumbles across a 25-year-old murder, and chose me, Kris Langley.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance? Definitely the romance. Diana Ferguson was the murder victim in the book and I fall for her nephew, Eric Soares. At first, he thinks I’m nosy and shallow, and doesn’t like me much, but I enjoyed our scenes much more once he realizes that I’m honest and not out to exploit his family. Then things heat up! But I like that Stacy makes the scenes romantic without being graphic and embarrassing.
Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you? There was a flashback scene she wasn’t sure whether to include. It showed me in elementary school, with my cousin Nicole, and Stacy wasn’t sure whether readers would like a flashback. But I convinced her that if she made it short, it would help readers to understand why I harbored so much guilt about Nicole, because redeeming myself from a past mistake is what led to me getting obsessed with the Diana Ferguson case.
Do you infiltrate your writer’s dreams? I hear that right now, she is writing a new chick lit romantic comedy series set in a theme park called Storybook Valley, so I think Stacy is dreaming about Cinderella and Prince Charming. I wish she put me in that series, instead of in this suspense book where I’m trying to solve a cold case and wind up almost getting killed.
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere? I’m a reporter for a newspaper called The Fremont Daily News. I like writing feature articles the best. Sometimes I have to attend family functions and try not to let my mother and sister Holly drive me crazy.
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in? Well, personally, I’d prefer to be in her funny chick lit series, but I have to admit that I love reading mystery novels. Stacy creates a puzzle to solve and most readers are shocked at the ending. I was certainly shocked! I would have loved to read Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, but I could have done without starring in it and having the world read about my personal problems.
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be? The scene where I’m tied up in a chair. I could have done without that.
What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you? Guilt. I have been carrying around a lot of guilt about an incident that led to my cousin’s death. Stacy decided that this gave me insomnia. She has me sleeping in the day like a vampire.
What is something no one knows about you? Why do you keep it a secret? And what would happen if everyone found out about it? I played a childhood prank on my cousin Nicole because she had hurt my feelings and was making me feel left out with her and her friends. She wound up in the wrong place at the wrong time and was killed by a serial killer. I kept my role in the whole thing a secret from my family and friends because I thought they would hate me the way I hated myself.
What do you find most appealing in men/women? Eric is very appealing to me. I have to admit that his looks attracted me first. He’s really good looking and always wears this leather jacket. He’s in a band and looks like a bad boy in that jacket. But what makes him most appealing is how loyal and protective he is of his friends and family. And he’s not a bad boy; he’s actually a high school teacher who is extremely popular with his students.
What do you like most about where you live? Fremont is a small Massachusetts town. I like the seasons in New England, especially summer. Twenty-Five Years Ago Today is set in the winter, and I suppose that adds to its cozy, quiet mood.
Are you a morning person or a night owl? I’m a night owl. I have such a hard time falling asleep. For a while, I used sleeping pills, but then they stopped working. That’s why getting the night shift job at the Fremont Daily News was perfect for me. I could work at night and then I’d be tired enough to come home and sleep during the day.
What’s your favorite animal? Cats. I have an adorable cat named Chipmunk. I also met a ferret in Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, and while I wouldn’t call that my favorite animal, let’s just say it was an interesting experience.
When obit writer and aspiring reporter Kris Langley investigates the 25-year-old unsolved murder of Diana Ferguson, a young artist obsessed with Greek mythology, not only does she fall in love with Diana’s nephew, but she must also fight to stay off the obituary page herself. Get in on the secret – join thousands of readers in discovering who killed Diana Ferguson.
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Stacy Juba loves to write stories about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. She has made numerous bestseller lists including GalleyCat’s Barnes & Noble Bestsellers and GalleyCat’s Mystery and Thriller Bestsellers. Stacy has written about reality TV contestants targeted by a killer, an obit writer investigating a cold case, teen psychics who control minds, twin high school hockey stars battling on the ice, and teddy bears learning to raise the U.S. flag. She has had a book ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. Stacy also offers the affordable Crossroads Editing Service for writers and does her editing the old-fashioned way, on a hard copy, so that she can mark up manuscripts with extensive comments and line edits. In addition, she teaches online writing and book promotion classes for various writers’ organizations. Watch for her upcoming romantic comedy Fooling Around With Cinderella.
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