Faerie tales retold in a new light–The Shaughnessy File

Thanks to writer Stacy Garrett for being with us today. First, would you tell us a bit about yourself?

 I live in Sacramento, Cali. I was born and raised here, and I really can’t envision anywhere else as home. My family is a small one, just my mother and I, but I’ve been very blessed to have many close friends who are like brothers and sisters to me. They’ve helped me through a lot. I currently hold an A.A. in Photography, and I’m also working my way toward a Bachelor’s in the same. I like to tell stories with any medium you give me.

Tell us about your new series.

 The Shaughnessy File is the first book in a series I’m calling The 3rd District. In this world, kingdoms are corporations, and faerie godmothers send you to balls in limos! The Shaughnessy File follows the story of the four Shaughnessy siblings as they cross paths with a small area of New York known as the 3rd District. It’s said that magic is born there, and anyone who is drawn there will find happily ever after.  Aeyna Shaughnessy is the baby, and she’s a dancing princess who finds herself torn between wanting the private investigator her father hired or grabbing her dreams. Kienan Shaughnessy has dreams too, but they take a sudden detour when he finds himself falling in love with a nightingale who has never had a home. Taegan Shaughnessy unexpected gets himself a new pair of glass shoes as he tries to win the heart of the one princess he can’t have. And, lastly, Mel Shaughnessy’s entire world turns upside down when he has to deal with a beast of a woman who might just have true beauty hidden inside.

 What inspired you to write this story?

 I’ve always been a big fan of faerie tales, and I absolutely couldn’t resist rewriting a bunch of them with my own flavor (as well as throwing in a few originals!). I spent hours upon hours researching all the various versions of the tales I was interested in, and I also found some new ones I’d never heard of before. The difficulty was keeping the spirit of the story the same. In some cases, I took the tale literally, and in others, I found the essence of what the tale was about and ran with that. The 3 rd District is a series of five books, and together, they tell a much larger story. I’m enjoying the tale as I write it, so I hope everyone enjoys it as they read it!

 How would you best describe your books?

 Complicated. No, not that much so, but I love plot twists and unexpected curve balls. I also LOVE to build complex storylines. If I’m writing a series (like 3rd District), I want people to go back and read it a second time and see all the little clues I had been dropping that all but gave away the ending. I might be giving myself away, but I do everything deliberately in my stories.

 What is your favorite genre to write? To read?

 My favorite to write is both paranormal and fantasy romance. I love taking Earth and spinning it the other way by throwing in magic and psychics and werewolves, etc, and I also love going to wholly new worlds where I can make up all the rules! But when it comes to reading, I’ll read just about anything you give me! I have a preference for romance, but I’ve made my way through bunches of others. The one thing that I love for in my choice of reading material is PLOT. Even a very simple plot will catch me if it’s good. I still have several books from my childhood that I read over and over simply because they were too good to grow out of.

 What would you write if you could do write anything you wanted to write?

 Wow, hard one. Well, I’m pretty much writing exactly what I want to write, but if I could pick something new, I’d love to try writing a movie script. I’ve had a few stories knock around inside my head that I’ve thought would be a great movie, yet I lack the ability to write it in such a way.

 What do you most like about writing? Least like? When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

 What I like most is getting away from reality. No matter how much you may love your life, there’s just something about going into another world where reality is so much more interesting. If there was anything I didn’t like, it would be how time consuming it is! I can’t write fast enough to keep up with the stories in my head, and trying to squeeze in a little extra writing time always makes me feel like the kid sneaking a cigarette behind school.

 To be honest, I’m not sure there was ever a moment where I went ‘I want to be an author!’ There was, in fact, a time that I loathed writing. I was still in high school, and I was struggling with English class. But I was exceptionally blessed to have the most incredible teacher ever. She metaphorically kicked me in the butt until I just wrote something. It was probably the stupidest little story using my weekly spelling words, but I was hooked. I owe her a lot for that.

 What do you love most about writing and what do you not like?I love writing for the sake of writing. I have dozens of stories that I’ve written solely for myself (and my mother and friends). They’ll never be published, but that isn’t what matters to me. Writing is my salvation, to be a bit dramatic.

 Tell us a little about your path to publication. How many books have you published? How many books did you write before selling one?

 Currently, I have one book published: The Shaughnessy File. I’m dipping my toes into the water, so to speak. Books Two and Three of the 3 rd District are done, Book Four is half done, and Book Five is fully outlined. There’s a completed two-book series that’s on a fantasy world, and I have outlines and various stages of completion/work done on dozens of others. I don’t think I’m ever not writing something.

You’ve decided to self-publish, like so many other authors today. How did you find a publisher?

I decided to take a chance at it on my own first, through Barnes & Noble and Amazon. No pain, no gain, as they say. If I had taken a call of acceptance, I’m not sure I’d be able to keep from squealing happily and jumping up and down. Well, till I was off the phone anyway!

What’s your favorite thing about the book featured here today? Any special memories you have in the creation of it?

 My favorite thing about The Shaughnessy File are the characters within. I absolutely fell in love with the Shaughnessy family and the lucky souls who were meant to be part of their happily ever after. My favorite character of all is Taegan’s ‘princess,’ Kalliope Tavoularis. I modeled her after a dear friend of mine, and I didn’t even realize it until much later!

What are you writing now? What’s next for you—will you be making personal appearances anywhere our readers can find you? 

At the immediate moment, I’m in the middle of another fantasy series. It’s probably the most epic series I’ve written, but that’s half the fun! Next for me after that is hard to say. I write at the whim of the characters who tell me their stories.

What would you like to tell readers?  Anything else you’d like to add?   

If there’s anything I’d like to tell readers, it’s that I sincerely hope they love the worlds I take them into. My website is currently under construction, but I hope to have it and a blog up and running in the near future. (There’s that time crunch again!) In the meantime, if someone wants to email me, my contact is cryticalvision@gmail.com. I love getting feedback from readers.

To buy the book, see these links: 

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004S7ATB6

 Barnes link: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Shaughnessy-File/Stacy-J-Garrett/e/2940012188786

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