Sunday, January 11, 2009

Blog Tour - Day 1 - Meet Stacy Hawkins Adams


Today we welcome author, Stacy Hawkins Adams on the first stop of her Blog Tour for her new novel, The Someday List. Stacy is truly one of my favorite authors. I was so moved by Micah, the male character in her first novel that I named my son after him. (No kidding.)

Welcome Stacy. Tell us about yourself.
I'm a wife and mother of two. I grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and was always an avid reader and writer. I decided in high school to pursue journalism as a career and after obtaining a degree in mass communications, worked for newspapers in Florida and Virginia. I never stopped loving fiction, though. My first novel was published in 2004. These days, along with penning books, I serve as an inspirational speaker, freelance writer and marketing consultant.

What type of jobs or careers have you worked in the past? I've always been a writer! My college internships were at newspapers around the country, including The Albuquerque Tribune and USA Today. My first job was as a general assignment reporter at Florida Today. I left there to join the staff of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where I spent a dozen years writing in various capacities - courts reporter, social issues reporter and eventually spirituality columnist. For a while, I also delivered live reports from the Times-Dispatch newsroom on the local CBS affiliate's 11 p.m. news broadcast.When did you begin to realize you wanted to write?My 10-year-old daughter asked me this question the other day and was amazed when I told her around 'first grade.' It's the truth, though. I was very shy at that age, and often lost myself in the world of books. I soon began cranking out poems and short stories, and my family was surprised by how well they read. My eldest sister would take the pieces I produced, type them up and staple them together in what she called a 'book.' I guess the seeds were planted then. Everyone I knew - from my family to my teachers to my friends - would ask me to write something for them. Their enthusiasm encouraged me, and I just kept at it. As a fellow writer, Rhonda, I'm sure you know what it feels like to have to write something that's burning inside you. That's how it has always been for me, whether it's fiction or nonfiction.

Tell us about your journey to publication. My road to publication actually began through a journalism connection. I had written a newspaper column about a Richmond woman who operated a faith-based ministry for women in her home, and it was picked up by a freelancer for Today's Christian Woman. An acquisitions editor for Revell Books read that version of the story and contacted the woman I had featured to ask her for a book proposal. He asked if she knew any writers who could help her, and she recommended me. I helped her with her proposal, and during that process, the editor asked to see my fiction and nonfiction work. I had been working on my first novel, Speak To My Heart, off and on for three years. I pulled it off the shelf and sent it to him, and several months later, he called to discuss a publishing deal.

Are you a full-time writer? If so, describe your day? Yes, I'm a full-time writer, but not all of my writing-related work centers around my novels. I typically rise in the mornings between 4:30-5 a.m. and work on my fiction for about two hours. That's when I seem to be the most creative, and my mind hasn't been filled with the clutter of a busy day.After I get my kids off to school, my schedule varies, depending on whether I'm working on my parenting column or other freelance assignments, or assisting one of my nonprofit marketing clients. I write the bulk of the published material for two Richmond-based charities, from drafting their volunteer manuals and press releases to creating brochures and producing electronic newsletters.At the end of the day, after trying my best to catch up on emails and participate in various social media (I'm trying to do a better job of this!), I'll revisit my fiction and tweak the storyline or something about the characters or setting. When I'm on deadline for a manuscript, this schedule is completely altered, and I go into what I call my "cave," which is really a mindset, where I set aside emails, extracurricular activities, etc., and spend eight to 12 hours a day cranking out a draft of the book.
What is your biggest accomplishment to date? I still very much view my writing career as a work in progress, but I was honored to have my third novel, Watercolored Pearls, place second in the American Christian Fiction Writer's 2008 Book of the Year Contest, and to have a collaborative project, the anthology This Far By Faith, win first place in the 2008 African American Literary Awards Show anthology category. However, I honestly have to say the biggest accomplishment so far has been knowing that the fictional characters I've been given the inspiration to create have truly made a difference for readers. It's humbling to hear from people across the country - a woman who was contemplating suicide until she read Speak To My Heart; a medical student who landed a prestigious fellowship after being inspired by Watercolored Pearls to pursue her dreams; a wife and mother I know well who told me months after Nothing But the Right Thing was published that this book had given her the courage to leave her abusive spouse.Those are results I couldn't pay for, and every time I hear from readers with stories to share, I'm reminded of what I heard a fellow author say at a writer's conference about 18 months ago: When a book is "born," that means the person God ordained it for is ready to read it.

Stacy, we've learned quite a bit about you today. To close out this part of your interview, do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?Rhonda, it has been a pleasure to be your guest! Thanks so much for allowing me to share more about myself with your readers. Different verses have sustained me at different
periods in my life. Psalm 62:1- My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him has been the most recent. On New Year's Eve, however, I flipped open my Bible and was led to a familiar passage that will serve as my guide for 2009: Habakkuk 2:2,3- Then the Lord replied: Write down the revelation and make it on plain tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.


~ ~ ~ABOUT THE BOOK

The Someday List Jubilant Soul Series Book One

by Stacy Hawkins Adams

Rachelle Covington has it all. A fabulous home, a handsome and prestigious husband, two beautiful children, and a place in the upper crust that's quite comfortable. But her life is not all it's cracked up to be. When her husband goes away on business trip and the kids are sent off to the grandparents for a month, Rachelle takes up the challenge of a seriously-ill friend to start a list of things to do before she turns 50. She heads back to Jubilant, Texas, to reconnect with her past, her purpose, and herself. But when her ex shows up in town looking very fine and very single, Rachelle must confront feelings she thought she'd long buried. Will she give up everything to recover the past? Or will she find a reason to plan for the future? The Someday List is an honest look at what makes us who we are and what can throw us off track. Author Stacy Hawkins Adams writes with a voice that is fresh, sincere, and completely real. Her characters jump off the page and into her readers' hearts.

For more information about Stacy, visit her at stacyhawkinsadams.com.~ ~ ~THE SOMEDAY LIST BLOG GIVEAWAY Stacy Hawkins Adams is the author of four Women's Fiction books and has contributed to two anthologies. Read the question below to see if you can answer it and provide the name of the book in which it was featured.

When Serena's work-related project went sour, where did Micah treat her and his mother to lunch? In which book was this restaurant mentioned?Leave your answer in the comment section. Entries with the correct answer will be entered into a drawing for the The Someday List Blog Giveaway. View the prize package below:

The Someday List Blog Tour Giveaway
$50 American Express Gift Card
Autographed Copies of all of Stacy's books: Speak to My Heart, Nothing But the Right Thing, and Watercolored Pearls, and the anthologies The Midnight Clear and This Far By Faith.
20% Discount Coupon from Tywebbin Creations. (May apply to one service) Join Us for an Hour Long Chat with Stacy on January 30, 2009.

We will announce the GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the THE SOMEDAY LIST BLOG TOUR GIVEAWAY during the call.

For details, visit Stacy's blog.~ ~ ~THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY TODAY!

Continue to visit other stops on The Someday List Blog Tour at:http://www.stacyhawkinsadams.com/blog

15 comments:

upwords said...

Great feature, Rhonda! I love THE SOMEDAY LIST and am looking forward to this fabulous blog tour. Thanks for sharing with us Stacy!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Stacy! Much success with the blog tour.

Wanda B. Campbell

Jessica said...

Great interview! I can't believe she gets up so early. Wow. Also, what a sweet, supportive family she has.
I've heard her name before so hopefully I'll get to read one of her books someday.
Thanks for the interview!

Missy said...

Wow this was a great read and I wish i could answer that question the prize is absolutely divine!

Ty said...

Thank you for hosting the tour Rhonda!

tia said...

Loved the interview!! Quite the interesting read (and that is a fabulous photo, too, by the way).

Donald James Parker said...

Sounds like a great book. Best of luck with the tour.
Donald James Parker
Author of Reforming the Potter's Clay

Kristin said...

I want to know though, Ms. Stacy Hawkins Adams, is there a painting that gets ugly in your closet? (ie., a Picture of Dorian Gray) because you just get younger and younger. Ppphht. Can't wait to read the book, it looks great! Kristin

Rhonda McKnight said...

Kristin,

It's not makeup and photographers magic either. She's just beautiful, inside and out!

Stacy Hawkins Adams said...

Thank you guys for the kind comments. I celebrated another birthday on Saturday. And yes - a great photographer helps! LOL

Rhonda, thanks for hosting me on the first stop of my blog tour. You're a gem.

I hope everyone who has a chance to read the book will enjoy it. After writing it, I started trying to craft my own someday list, and it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be....

Warmest Regards,

Stacy

Ladysilver said...

Sorry I can't answer the quetions, but I am looking forward to reading this book.I have heard great things about it

Ladysilver said...

I am sorry I can not answer the question, but I look forward to reading this book. I have heard great things.

Shawneda said...

great interview The Someday List was quite wonderful!

Stacy Hawkins Adams said...

Shawneda,

So glad you enjoyed the book! And Donald, I meant to thank you earlier for your kind regards. I hope your writing year is off to a great start as well.

Monica Carter said...

Great interview, Stacy. God bless you in this and all your inspired pursuits!