This month here on the blog we’re celebrating having two fabulous new members with a series of interviews and today I’m super lucky to be chatting to Stacey Nash.
You’ve written both sci-fi (can I say I adored the Collective books!!) and contemporary – which is your favourite to write and why?
Aww, thanks! The Collective series in many ways was the story of my heart. But, I do love writing both genres and I can’t say that I prefer one over the other. I tend to switch back and forth between the two, depending on whichever takes my fancy.
Similarly, do you prefer YA like your sci-fi or NA like the Oxley College series?
There actually isn’t a lot of difference between my NA and my YA. That’s because I write to a sweet heat level (no shown sex scenes) and my young adult characters are in the upper age bracket and my new adult characters are in the lower age bracket. This makes the categories blur and become quite similar.
It’s great to find those sweet stories with characters a bit older and thinking about post-school type issues.
You’re from the gorgeous Hunter Valley region – how important is where you come from to your writing?
I do love my local area, but I have actually never set a story here. Most of my stories are set or based loosely around other places I’ve lived. I would be lost without the beauty of my surrounds though. It inspires me daily.
I’d love to travel there one day. My only trip was a whirlwind science conference which didn’t give me much time to appreciate scenery.
I got to know you through RWA (Romance Writers of Australia) – how important is the balance of romance in your stories?
RWA has connected me with so many wonderful people. Thanks RWA! Umm, as far as balance goes it’s very important to get right. Too little it doesn’t have the power to pull the reader through the story. Too much and it becomes a yawn-fest of ‘are these characters going to doing anything else but make eyes at other?’ That’s purely my opinion though. As both a reader and as a writer I prefer the romance to be a strong subplot. I always need something a little more adventurous to keep me entertained, but I do need a little love thrown in to make me swoon.
I love a meaty plot too!
What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?
The first draft is for telling yourself the story. Subsequent drafts are for perfecting it.
Favourite childhood story?
I’m going to complicate this because it depends on what age we’re talking about. During my early years it would have been the BFG, but by the time I was 10 it had changed to Anne of Green Gables (the entire series) and stayed at that until I was around 14 when I discovered Tomorrow When the War Began (again, the entire series).
We seem to have similar tastes. I think TWTWB was a huge influence for me too.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a few things at the moment. I’m rewriting a YA sci-fi that once again blurs the magic/tech boundaries and I’ve just finished editing another NA contemp with a rural setting.
I can’t wait to read them!
Fast five questions:
Pantser or plotter? Both
Vanilla or chocolate? Vanilla
Novella or full-length? Full length
Series or standalone? Series
Day writing or Night? Day
Writing for the young and new adult market, Stacey’s books are all adventure filled stories with a lot of adventure, a good dose of danger, a smattering of romance, and plenty of KISSING! Hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, she loves nothing more than immersing herself in the beauty and culture of the local area.
I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.