Stacey Turner lives way out in the country in West Central Illinois with her husband and 4 cats. She is the mother of three biological children and several assorted others that have “adopted” her along the way. She is the proudest grandmother in the world.
She is the Managing Editor of the Angelic Knight Press Horror Imprint for Ragnarok Publications, but also finds time to review books & interview authors, write a blog about her absolutely ridiculous family, and write fiction. She can be found at What passes for sane on a crazy day, See Spot Read, Twitter, Facebook & Indie Horror.
She does not like scarecrows, creepy dolls, birds (of any sort), snakes, clowns, or garden gnomes. She does like comments, new friends, scary movies and good books.
TDBW: When did you start writing?
Stacey: I can’t ever remember not writing. I was an Air Force brat and we moved around a lot so I ended up being the new kid in school all the time. Sometimes it took a while to make friends, so I did a lot of reading and writing both when I didn’t have anything else to do.
TDBW: What was the first story you remember writing?
Stacey: I remember writing a story about the house next to my Uncle’s house. My cousin and I were convinced it was haunted. I was probably in 5th grade or so.
TDBW: What genre is your most preferred?
Stacey: Horror is my first love.
TDBW: What challenges you the most in your writing?
Stacey: Just getting it done is the hardest thing for me. I need to make writing a bigger priority. Right now, as the managing editor of AKP, I’m very busy with editing and acquisitons. And a million other things to do in my life outside writing. But this year I’ve decided to focus more on the writing.
TDBW: What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Stacey: My favorite thing is talking to people who’ve read and enjoyed my work. I really like to hear what people think and what they took away from a story. And if it made them uneasy, all the better.
TDBW: What do you like least about being an author
Stacey: Editing. I love editing other people’s work, but hate editing my own. It’s hard to do, you know the story backwards and fowards and it’s hard to see the flaws. I’m very lucky to have honest beta readers who aren’t afraid to point them out. But honestly, to me, editing feels like homework.
TDBW: How many books do you currently have available?
Stacey: Currently, my work is available in seven anthologies and I have three of my previously published short stories available on their own on Amazon.
Visit Stacey Turner’s Amazon author page to watch for more exciting books
TDBW: What projects are you currently working on?
Stacey: I’m revising a novella that was previously published as a short story. I’ll be putting that up on Amazon myself. I’m working on a gothic novella I will be shopping around to publishers, and a fable for a project next year. I’m also trying to complete my first novel.
TDBW: Do you have any books coming out soon?
Stacey: I hope to have the novella, Soul Keeper, ready soon. And Grimm Mistresses which is a collection of five retold fairy tales by five female authors just came out in February.
TDBW: Which book, or series, is your favorite?
Stacey: My favorite piece of work of mine is my novella in Grimm Mistresses, “The Night Air.”
TDBW: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Stacey: Well Stephen King and Joe Hill are some of my all time favorites in horror. But I also love Elizabeth Berg for contemporary fiction, Jeanne Kalogridis and Susanna Kearsley for historical fiction, and Wendy Webb for her modern gothics.
TDBW: Which book(s) inspire you the most?
Stacey: Any really well written book is an inspiration. And I love it when the author comes up with an absolutely original idea, which is very hard to do.
TDBW: Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what band(s) do you play?
Stacey: I don’t. I get distracted if I try to listen to music while I’m writing and I start singing instead. I do listen to music sometimes in the car while plotting/brainstorming. I’m pretty eclectic though and listen to everything from Blake Shelton to Ke$ha, with some Halestorm thrown in.
TDBW: Any hobbies?
Stacey: I read about a book a week, and I love movies, especially horror of course. I also sew and I love to decorate. And I fish and garden in the spring and summer. And I travel a lot because my son is in the AF and my son in law is in the AF, so neither of them live near us.
TDBW: Tell us some more about yourself including your website and where we can find you on social media sites:
TDBW: Care to share a bit of one of your books with us?
Stacey: This excerpt is from the upcoming novella, “Soul Keeper,”:
“Karen, I think the first thing you need to do is calm down,” Sue said, glancing at Rachel asleep on the sofa.
Karen huddled in a wing chair, gripping her mug of tea in both hands. “Don’t you tell me to calm down,” she said, in a fierce whisper. “I saw a goddamn ghost! I may never be calm again.”
“First, I don’t doubt you in the least—you’re one of the most sane and rational people I know—but are you sure about what you saw?”
“Yes. I am sure. I was wide awake and Rachel saw it too. In fact, she saw it twice.” Karen sighed and rubbed a hand over her face. “I’m sorry Sue; I didn’t mean to snap on you. I’m just so lost here. I never really thought about ghosts much and I don’t know if we’re in danger or what’s going on. Maybe we should just leave here.”
“Where would you go? The house sold already. I mean, you can come stay with me…”
Karen chuckled. “In your little one bedroom walk-up? Not likely. There’s barely room for you and your cat there. No, I don’t know where we’d go. When I put the house up, I never thought it would sell in a week. But I was happy and didn’t think we’d need it again. No, I’d have to stay here while I looked for something else.”
“Well, are you sure the ghost is intent on harm? I mean, maybe it’s just tied to the doll and if you stay away from the doll…”
“That’s the problem. I can’t seem to keep Rachel away from the doll. It just pops back up every time I put it away.”
“Pops up?” Sue looked at her curiously. “You think the doll gets out of a locked room on its own and finds Rachel?”
“Yes, Sue, I’ve gone completely bonkers. Please call the men in the white coats.” Karen shook her head. “No, I don’t believe the doll does it, but I can’t explain how Rachel gets the doll either. I’m really at a loss here.” A single tear rolled down her cheek.
Sue moved to her and put an arm around her. “It’s okay. I’m here now. We’ll figure something out.” Karen leaned her head on her shoulder.
“Thank you for coming.” Then she grinned at her. “Are you sure you want to sleep in that room by yourself?”
“I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” Both of them giggled recalling the silly movie from the eighties and its catchy theme song.
“If only there were Ghostbusters to call.”
“Maybe there are,” Sue said, her voice so soft that Karen didn’t hear.