Author Interview Ocean’s Fire

  • How long have you been writing?

I started writing in 2004 in an effort to make sense of my insane life, planning a second wedding to a man with three small children, amidst my mother’s battle with cancer. It was journaling mostly. I discovered it was a transformative tool to help me understand my own feelings and communicate them to others. That turned into a self published memoir and how-to on second weddings. My writing has evolved from there, thank goodness. That first book wasn’t very good.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

I enjoy writing anything that makes readers look at the world in a new way. If I can prompt someone to get curious, I’ve done my job. I also want my words to inspire others to get in touch with their passions and take action, be it toward making their dreams come true, taking a stand for something, volunteering, improving their lives. Whatever it may be, get moving and go do it.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

Erotica, ha! Well maybe. The phenomenon of 50 Shades showed our tightly wound country that women are desperate for outlets to express their sexuality in a healthy way. Not that I necessarily think that story was healthy! We are in need of great, authentic storytelling that celebrates the sensuality that is our birthright. But seriously, after this trilogy is complete, I have my sights on Middle Grade fiction. Our young girls need more heroines!

  • Please tell us about your book.

Ocean’s Fire is the first installment of The Equal Night Trilogy. The Three Great Mothers, Fire, Air and Water, were once guardians of the secrets of Mother Earth. It was a time when women were revered, sex was sacred and magic was real. Those secrets have surfaced in the lost Book of Sophia, a book looking for Skylar Southmartin. Skylar gets caught up in the lives of four mystical women and learns her life is not as it appears to be. Meanwhile after reconnecting with her childhood sweetheart, she crosses paths with a dangerous stranger, who has intentions of ruining everything.

At the heart of Ocean’s Fire is a coming of age story that asks the question, Once you learn the truth, what are you going to do with it?

  • Which character was your favorite, and why?

Milicent, the antagonist was my favorite to write. Aren’t the bad ones the most fun?? There is no grey area for Milicent. It’s yes or it’s no. Most of us don’t live that way. It was fun and freeing to think so simply. My least favorite was Joshua. I re-wrote his entire character thread twice. He was originally as cold as Milicent and that didn’t sit with me. Skylar couldn’t be attracted to someone so void of feeling. Once I made him a bit more tortured, I felt better.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Keeping it to one! The story line is so rich and the characters so complex, I knew it would have to be a series. I researched women’s history, ancient cultures, religions and mysticism, and goddess culture for three years for this trilogy. Each topic was so fascinating and led to volumes of new information. Sifting through it all was challenging.

  • What is your writing routine?

As a mom of a sporty boy, I’ve had to make writing on-the-go my routine. But usually once he’s on the bus I will write for a few hours until my body says it’s time to move. Then I hit the gym. Most afternoons I’m pecking at my computer at the hockey rink.

  • Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

One cup of coffee should do it. And a deadline! The first book took three years, the second will take three months because I have a deadline!!

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

All in, three years from the idea to the approval of the ARC. This book started with an actual dream I had one night. I wrote sixty pages that very first day. I thought it was a breeze until I hit a wall and didn’t touch it for a year. Then I remembered that book I started writing awhile a go, and dug it out. Once I got all fired up about the manipulation of women’s history, it became a goal I had to finish.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

I discovered Scrivener after my word document became unmanageable. I haven’t picked my head up to see if there are any other or better organization tools out there. This one works for me. I take it as far as I can in Scrivener then convert it back to Word and look for professional editing help. I am open to the advice of those better than me.

  • Is this book part of a series?

Yes, it is book one of The Equal Night Trilogy.

  • If so, how many installments do you have planned?

Ocean’s Fire is book one. I am currently writing book two, Alchemy’s Air. The yet to be named Water will be book three.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

It is vital to get in touch with the voice within you that’s dying to get out. That is your fuel. Your inner passions and truths will keep you focused on your goals when obstacles pop up. My favorite fortune cookie is: You only see the obstacles when you take your eye off the goal. I live by that. You will be told no. The burning desire within you that has to get out at all costs will drive you to keep going when you hear those nos.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

I will say every woman should read my book. I am in my forties and I was raised not to question authority. It wasn’t until great loss in my life that my eyes were opened to a world few are talking about-the world where women know their own power and worth, and make decisions on their own authority. Great shifts are happening on the planet and every woman is feeling a restlessness to act. They yearn to be seen, to show the world their gifts and live with vitality and passion. My book is a lot of things but I think mostly it is a love story to women everywhere. My goal is that they fall in love with themselves.

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

My number one is Thoth, the Egyptian God credited with inventing writing. I mean if you have the opportunity to meet an Egyptian God, you take it right? I have my list of questions ready. I’m not sure where you go from Egyptian God…Dr. Seuss maybe. I’m in awe of all the rhyming. Third would be Masaru Emoto, author of Messages in Water. I am excited to dive into his research for my third book.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

I started researching ancient goddess culture and was astounded and pissed to high hell about the slow death of women’s rights in ancient civilizations. After patriarchal societies took over, women were officially second-class, at best. And it remained that way for thousands of years. But our time has come and women are recognizing and sharing the extraordinary gifts within them. This book is my own small way to offer support and inspiration.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I am close to a first draft of book two, Alchemy’s Air. It continues to explore the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship. It also focuses on the sacredness of female sexuality. As this is the Great Mother of Air’s turn to shine, I hope to do the beauty and power of nature justice. I also hope to convey the idea that our breath is our connection to the great divine within us all.

OCEAN’S FIRE: Book One in the Equal Night Trilogy by Stacey Tucker

Pub: October 10, 2017 | SparkPress
Once the Greeks forced their male gods upon the world, the belief in the power of women was severed. For centuries it has been thought that the wisdom of the high priestesses perished at the hand of the patriarchs – but now the ancient Book of Sophia has surfaced. Its pages contain the truths hidden by history, and the sacred knowledge for the coming age. And it is looking for Skylar Southmartin.
Busy picking up the pieces after her mother’s untimely death and trying to finish her veterinary degree, Skylar has no idea that she is the link between four mystical women in her life, and the perfect storm the Great Mothers have been waiting for. Meanwhile, she’s just reconnected with the first and only love of her life, Argan – but Joshua, a dangerous, irresistible stranger, threatens to ruin everything she’s trying to build. Amidst unraveling family secrets that shatter her views of the world and call into question everything she’s ever known, Skylar must fight off Joshua’s maddening pull and get a handle on her own budding powers… before it’s too late.

About Stacey Tucker

After her own mother’s death a decade ago, Stacey Tucker started down a path that taught her our world is far from what it seems. A desire to build a bridge between today’s science and the magic of a time forgotten has landed her in the world of fiction writing. She continues to redefine the word Feminine in America by speaking to women’s groups on cultivating the fire within as a catalyst for self-transformation. Tucker self-published Eat, Drink and ReMarry: StaceyLu’s Guide to Planning the Second Time Around as a way to survive planning her second wedding. Her debut novel, Ocean’s Fire: Book One of the Equal Night Trilogy, comes out this October.
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