Interview with {Ella Malone}: Part Two

With our Falling in Deep Collection: Ella Malone’s The Mermaid’s Den releases TODAY, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Happy Release Day, Ella! ❤

I caught up with Ella, and she agreed to answer a few questions. Read Part One here!

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 1.20.38 PMWhat authors do you like to read? Favorite saying about writing?

I read a lot of classics believe it or not. I’m a huge Bronte and Austen fan. I love those ladies and their willingness to quest for and deny love depending on the situation.

As for sayings about writing, I don’t really have one. But I’ll gladly quote from Jane Eyre, “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Favorite writing music? Does it change from project to project? Favorite color? Favorite movie?

I listen to a lot of seventies music when I write. Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and bands like Bread get me into a certain mood that allows me to think “writing”.

Tell us about The Mermaid’s Den.

The Mermaid’s Den forces Laura Flynn to make a choice. She could face her life on land alone, with her husband lost at sea. Or she could return to the sea, resume her mer form, and face everything and everyone she swam away from to begin with. She weighs her choices, focusing on her previous love and what it would be like to face her clan again. She considers life without Tom, alone on the land. And while she didn’t run to land for a man, he did make it worth sticking out life with legs.

So just like many of have to do, we run smack into the moment where we need to consider our “before” life and how it may be influencing our “now” life. It’s really a story about regret and running, and whether or not they work.

Do you have any advice for new writers (like me)?

I’m a new writer, too, but I can give you my life’s motto: Say YES to everything!

ORDER The Mermaid’s Den here.

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 1.20.38 PMBlurb for The Mermaid’s Den:

Laura and Tom Flynn married after she fell for him hook, line, and sinker — literally. Finding Laura in his fishing net had been a shock for Tom, but one he came to embrace as they quickly fell in love. For fifteen years, they have lived and worked by the sea, and Laura hasn’t thought once of what she left behind when she chose to marry Tom. She doesn’t regret giving up her mermaid form. It wasn’t a sacrifice. It was a good decision, and one she had to make to survive.

Now, with Tom missing at sea, Laura faces a decision she swore she’d never consider. In order to search for Tom and his crew, she must become a mermaid again and face the demons of the deep that she eagerly dodged when trading in her tail. Or she can stay on land and continue her life, but without Tom?

Does she enjoy her future alone, without the man she loves, or face her fears and her past in the ocean? Either way, nothing will be the same for her again.

About the Author:

An avid believer of the saying “YES”, Ella Malone works to make the most of life in every way. She is a lover of all wonderful things: cherry blossoms, red lipstick, city skylines, snow covered country sides, the finest chocolate, a man’s hands, a woman’s back, vodka, and high heels. She has worked in public relations, advertising, and restaurants and recently decided to make her way doing what she loves, capturing the passionate moments of life on a page.

Ella Malone is the author of “The Mermaid’s Den” and the “Hot in the City Series” releasing in 2015.

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Interview with {Ella Malone}: Part One

With our Falling in Deep Collection: Ella Malone’s The Mermaid’s Den releases on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. I caught up with Ella, and she agreed to answer a few questions. Watch for Part Two on June 30, 2015!

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 1.20.38 PM Tell us about you. What are some of your previously published projects?

This is my first publication for public sale. I write a lot, but mostly for people I know. I’ve been commissioned to write a few poems here and there, and I write marriage vows and speeches when asked, so I feel like I’m a part of a whole lot of love!

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing? The hardest thing about writing?

I started writing in high school. I had a hard time expressing how I was feeling and grabbed a pen and notebook. I found journaling soothing and it helped to record good days and look back to them when I had bad days.

As for the hardest part… starting! Finding that first paragraph is tough. I usually start in the middle.

What has been your favorite character that you’ve written so far?

I really like the character I wrote named Cora. Her story doesn’t have a title yet, but she’s a recent college grad who decided to take one last summer to break out of her shell before settling into the business world. With a job lined up in the fall, she escapes her roommates and parents by spending the summer researching in Italy. She comes alive!

Where does your inspiration come from? What do you do to break through a block?

Inspiration can come from anywhere. I find a lot of it comes from things I see or hear. Listen hard the next time you’re in the store. People forget you’re standing there and say the darnedest things. Most can be easily turned into a story.

Has there been a progression through genres with your writing, or do you mostly stick with one genre?

I write chick lit and some sexier stuff. I don’t do dark generally. I like writing to be about passion and relationships, things I actually enjoy in life.

Watch for Part Two of my interview with Ella Malone on June 30, 2015.

PRE-ORDER The Mermaid’s Den here.

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 1.20.38 PMBlurb for The Mermaid’s Den:

Laura and Tom Flynn married after she fell for him hook, line, and sinker — literally. Finding Laura in his fishing net had been a shock for Tom, but one he came to embrace as they quickly fell in love. For fifteen years, they have lived and worked by the sea, and Laura hasn’t thought once of what she left behind when she chose to marry Tom. She doesn’t regret giving up her mermaid form. It wasn’t a sacrifice. It was a good decision, and one she had to make to survive.

Now, with Tom missing at sea, Laura faces a decision she swore she’d never consider. In order to search for Tom and his crew, she must become a mermaid again and face the demons of the deep that she eagerly dodged when trading in her tail. Or she can stay on land and continue her life, but without Tom?

Does she enjoy her future alone, without the man she loves, or face her fears and her past in the ocean? Either way, nothing will be the same for her again.

About the Author:

An avid believer of the saying “YES”, Ella Malone works to make the most of life in every way. She is a lover of all wonderful things: cherry blossoms, red lipstick, city skylines, snow covered country sides, the finest chocolate, a man’s hands, a woman’s back, vodka, and high heels. She has worked in public relations, advertising, and restaurants and recently decided to make her way doing what she loves, capturing the passionate moments of life on a page.

Ella Malone is the author of “The Mermaid’s Den” and the “Hot in the City Series” releasing in 2015.

Connect with Ella Malone:

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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The Phoenix Decree {Anna Albergucci}

ThePhoenixDecree for webHow far would you go to pursue your heart’s desire?

The Phoenix Decree (Book One of The Phoenix Decree Saga)

It’s nineteenth-century England. Social decorum reigns. Devon Phoenix, Marquess of Phoxdale and first-born son of the Duke of Seton, shuns society when he is bound to his soul mate through the discovery of a buried family secret. He learns she will need his protection from those drawn to her because of her lineage. When he crosses two centuries into present day to claim her, it is not without cost.

The life of Boston artist and history buff Elz Valli is about to be irreversibly altered. Coming face-to-face with Devon, she feels certain this striking, intellectual man bears more than a shocking resemblance to the man marked in the pages of her history books. Even so, she does not expect the chain of events that unfold because of one heated dance with him. With the pendulum in motion, there is no turning back as Devon’s presence in today’s world ignites raging fires—both good and evil.

Driven by his insane love for her, Devon will stop at nothing to have and protect Elz. But will this be enough to overcome the powers that will attach themselves to her?

Enjoy paranormal romance, thrillers, or maybe a little time travel?

Meet Devon, and make your library happy – available in paperback or eBook.

***Mature Content: Adult situations and language***


About the Author:

Annaauthorpic 008_2  Anna Albergucci has always had a vivid imagination. When she was a child, she entertained her mother and anyone who would listen with the telling of her intricate dreams. Now she puts that inspiration to paper, weaving her stories into deeply passionate characters that live lives the rest of us only dream about.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Anna lives in Texas surrounded by her ever-growing family and her fur babies. She serves as president of Cisco Writers Club, and is the founder of a yearly writers’ retreat she hosts at her estate each fall.

She loves mornings, coffee, and sitting on the porch appreciating her life. She’s a sucker for hosting parties, especially historical costume parties. And in her spare time you can find her touring old mansions, shopping for antiques, or curled up reading a romance, paranormal, or thriller, whether historical or contemporary.


Excerpt

Boston

Present day

Elz 

Devon is torn from me. Nooo!

My eyes fly open on a wave of panic to see Jarrett Phoenix holding him by the arm and speaking into his ear. Devon looks at me, alarmed. “Elz—Miss Valli, I…I don’t know what I was thinking. I’m so sorry.”

What?

I’m suddenly aware of the crowd pressing in on us. Turning to face them, I throw both arms above my head in a half curtsy, Marilyn Monroe, “Thank you very much” display. This earns me a round of applause with whistling and laughing, and without any further care, they all resume their previous actions.

I turn back to Devon and grab his hand, dragging him off the dance floor and through the crush of patrons toward the front of the club. I spin to face him.

Never do that again.”

He looks pained. “Of course not. You’re the last person I would want to hurt. I have never acted in such a manner and have no way to explain myself. It was inexcusable. I’m sorry—”

Stop,” I cry.

His expression stretches wide with alarm.

“That is the very thing I’m talking about.” My eyes burn with tears. “Never tell me you’re sorry for that. I don’t even know by what miracle that scene just happened, but I’m not sorry, and I pray you’re not either.”

Devon’s lips part on a single release of breath, and he whispers, “Honestly? I’ve been aching to do that for six years now. I’m not sorry for it. Only if I’ve hurt you, or damaged your reputation in any way.”

“No. You haven’t hurt me. You’ve made me happier than I ever thought I could be. And as far as my reputation goes, thank you. I imagine I’m the envy of every girl here.”


Praise for The Phoneix Decree:

“As a U.S. Marine, it was during my recent service that I was introduced to The Phoenix Decree Saga. Badass, these books deliver on every level. The best series I’ve ever read.”

~ Chase McCravey


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Interview with {Carrie Wells}: Part Two

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Carrie L. Wells is bringing an awesome tale to the Falling in Deep Collection: At the Heart of the Deep – releasing TODAY, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (Novella details below)

Read part one of my interview here.  On with the interview!

What authors do you like to read? Favorite saying about writing?

I read so many writers. I wish I could go back in time and steal F. Scott Fitzgerald from Zelda, but I’ve been reading a lot of indie writers lately.  Most of them are my Falling in Deep friends. Melanie Karsak and Margo Bond Collins, Pauline Creeden and A. W. Exley are just some of my go-to indie authors.

My favorite saying is one that a Composition I class of mine came up with: There is no right way to write, but there are some wrong ways!

Favorite writing music? Does it change from project to project? Favorite color? Hobbies?

The music I listen to changes with every project. The one thing that remains the same is that I am always writing while listening to my kids laughing, arguing, playing, or just generally making noise. Moments of complete silence are few in this crazy house.

My favorite color is yellow. Most people hate it, but I love the sunshine of it. It perks me up and reminds me of flowers.

As for hobbies, I don’t have many. My time is spent enmeshed in whatever my kids are into at the moment. Right now that would be football, scouts, and the park.

Tell us about At the Heart of the Deep.

At the Heart of the Deep was initially a pirate story, but I realized there was far too much to fit into the novella. So the pirates will have to wait. Instead, we meet Anya, an independent mermaid who is researching the strange goings on around her tribe’s island. She runs into Luke McCallister, a Matthew McConaughey-inspired dreamboat of an oceanographer. He and his team are working against the clock to see why the sea floor off the coast of Florida is shifting.

It came out a bit more typical than I intended, but I suppose there are reasons for the whole “kid rebels against father” story after all.

Do you have any advice for new writers (like me)?

Being that I’m new to fiction publication, I don’t have much to offer yet. However, I can tell you what I did. I found some support and went for it.

RELEASE DAY!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Read part one of my interview here.

Be a mermaid! Pre-order the novella here.

About At the Heart of the Deep Heart cover

Oceanographer Luke McAllister races to figure out why the ocean depth is changing off Florida’s Treasure Coast. But before he and his crew discover what’s transforming the deep, he stumbles upon an even greater mystery. Leagues below the waves, he swears he sees…a mermaid?

Anya isn’t allowed to get close to humans. But when a golden-haired researcher gets too close to her island, she can’t afford to stay away.

Together, this unlikely pair will seek to discover what’s causing shifts in ocean floor. While their new alliance is forbidden, Anya will risk everything to save her beloved ocean. The only problem is, she’s not sure what’s really luring her in, her love of the sea or the tempest Luke has stirred in her heart. Either way, Anya knows that the dangers facing the sea are nothing compared to what will happen to her when her father learns she’s broken the merfolks’ most sacred law.

Can Anya and Luke discover what lurks at the heart of the deep before it’s too late?

C. WellsAbout the Author:

Carrie L. Wells crosses genres, writing everything from newspaper editorials and textbooks to paranormal romance novellas. Her first fiction publication, The Heart of the Deep, will release in June 2015, followed by Playing with Magic in October 2015. A New England native, she spent her childhood on the beach and inland, fishing and dancing, before moving to Florida. And while she doesn’t tan, nothing keeps her from a walk on the beach.

Carrie earned her Master’s degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. With a love of chocolate, books, and her family, Carrie braves the world and chaos only children can bring. She currently lives in Florida with her fire-medic hubby and three children. She is an English instructor at Eastern Florida State College.

Find Carrie in these awesome places:


Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Pep Talk from a Peacock Whisperer

You often say: “I am writing a book.”

You rarely say the rest:“I want to write words that influence, words that inspire, words that matter.”

You spend hours with imaginary friends instead of real ones. You imagine whole galaxies, supporting characters with back stories that are never told, and grow a little giddy when creating that multi-layered bad guy.

Is that you?

Yeah, it’s me, too.

Yet, sometimes, I feel lost on the path to a dream fading from my hope, overwhelmed by the practiced and polished voices that surround me, convinced that mine will never compare.

I’ve learned to repeat these three things to myself.

1)     Comparison murders the muse, and it kills your creativity. Don’t do it. Just don’t.Practice reading beautiful works without comparing. You are building your ability, and you are learning. Give yourself time… and a decent editor.

 

2)     The submission process is almost exactly that clichéd definition of insanity. Expect to hit send on a piece and hear nothing, or they respond, and it wasn’t with a resounding yes. Limit yourself to half a day of mourning. And, then, you get up, and do it all over again – and again, expecting a different result.

 

3)     Baby, submit it and forget it. Divorce that piece. Find a new love. ASAP. It is DEAD to you! Keep moving forward, keep working, and for the love of Hemingway, keep writing!!

Interview with {Carrie Wells}: Part One

Heart cover Carrie L. Wells is bringing an awesome tale to the Falling in Deep Collection: At the Heart of the Deep – releasing Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (Novella details below)

On with the interview!

Tell us about you. What are some of your previously published projects?

While this is my first fiction work, I co-authored as kick butt technical writing book. Other than that, I’ve written for newspapers and in public relations.

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing? What is the hardest thing about writing?

I started writing as a kid. I loved stories so much that when I ran out of interesting things to read, I wrote my own. The hardest part is not writing the whole world at once. I want every story to encompass all of the ideas I have in my head and I have a hard time limiting what happens.

What has been your favorite character that you’ve written so far?

I’m in love with my YA fiction character Alex Montoya from my forthcoming Sugar Skull Chronicles. She’s a nerdy teen who finds herself with paranormal abilities. She is everything I wish I had been in high school!

Where does your inspiration come from? What do you do to break through a block?

Inspiration is in anything. I love looking at pictures and writing from those. Or songs. Songs can drive my writing in one direction or another. As for writer’s block, I talk. I talk to my super successful writer friends and my husband. He’s worked out quite a few plot lines for me.

Has there been a progression through genres with your writing, or do you mostly stick with one genre?

I write what comes to me. Most of my writing has a romantic element to it because relationships are a huge part of life in my world.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015: Watch for Part Two of my interview with Carrie Wells.

Be a mermaid! Pre-order the novella here.

About At the Heart of the Deep Heart cover

Oceanographer Luke McAllister races to figure out why the ocean depth is changing off Florida’s Treasure Coast. But before he and his crew discover what’s transforming the deep, he stumbles upon an even greater mystery. Leagues below the waves, he swears he sees…a mermaid?

Anya isn’t allowed to get close to humans. But when a golden-haired researcher gets too close to her island, she can’t afford to stay away.

Together, this unlikely pair will seek to discover what’s causing shifts in ocean floor. While their new alliance is forbidden, Anya will risk everything to save her beloved ocean. The only problem is, she’s not sure what’s really luring her in, her love of the sea or the tempest Luke has stirred in her heart. Either way, Anya knows that the dangers facing the sea are nothing compared to what will happen to her when her father learns she’s broken the merfolks’ most sacred law.

Can Anya and Luke discover what lurks at the heart of the deep before it’s too late?

C. WellsAbout the Author:

Carrie L. Wells crosses genres, writing everything from newspaper editorials and textbooks to paranormal romance novellas. Her first fiction publication, The Heart of the Deep, will release in June 2015, followed by Playing with Magic in October 2015. A New England native, she spent her childhood on the beach and inland, fishing and dancing, before moving to Florida. And while she doesn’t tan, nothing keeps her from a walk on the beach.

Carrie earned her Master’s degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. With a love of chocolate, books, and her family, Carrie braves the world and chaos only children can bring. She currently lives in Florida with her fire-medic hubby and three children. She is an English instructor at Eastern Florida State College.

Find Carrie in these awesome places:


Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Interview with {Stace Gaddy}

I met Stace when he graciously allowed the Cisco Writers Club a regular monthly spot on Good Morning, Texas! on 97.7 KATX. The CWC has been on each month, for several months, and I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Stace Gaddy on behalf of the Cisco Writers Club for the Rendezvous with Writing weekly column for Eastland County Today.

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Dr. Stace Gaddy

Tell us about you. What is your “day job”? What is your favorite part of your day job?

Current day job:  KATX 97.7, Eastland.   Operations Manager / Host, “Good Morning Texas.” From originally creating and developing “The Midday Mix” to re-shaping and developing “Good Morning Texas,” I enjoy all aspects of my job. I like the challenge of creating an informative and entertaining show every day, and I thoroughly enjoy interviewing local and national guests. I also take pleasure in doing production work—audio editing and writing, voicing, and producing ads, promos, and segments.

When did you discover you were interested in writing, particularly in writing screenplays and musicals? Do your write all the music for all the instruments? Tell me about that process and your current works.

My original training and passion was as an actor/singer. I was blessed with a high level of success as a performer, but, as a Christian, I increasingly found myself at odds with the content in most of the modern theater. I got my MA Degree in Dramatic Theory & Analysis / Playwriting in order to deepen my understanding of both the theory and practice of writing for the stage and screen. I continued that journey at the Doctoral level—receiving a Ph.D. in Speech Communication, with special emphasis in Phenomenology, Ontology, and Epistemology—applied to the field of dramatic writing in its various forms. My goal, and, more specifically, my call was to utilize this intensified training to create and produce plays, musicals, and screenplays that are both artistically and spiritually unadulterated—without compromising my Christian faith nor artistic excellence—in order to employ the performing arts and media as a vehicle for the Great Commission.

Yes, for my full-length musical called, Conundrum, I composed, arranged, and orchestrated all of the music. I also wrote the lyrics. Normally, this would be a collaborative effort between several people, but for this particular project, I wanted to do all of it. I doubt that I will do it again. It is extremely time-consuming, and people exist    that are stronger in certain areas of the process than I am. My musical preference would be to compose the music and lyrics and collaborate with a separate arranger/orchestrator for the final score—or vice-versa, to orchestrate someone else’s composed/arranged    music.

My original mainstream dramas have enjoyed successful productions in Houston, Chicago, and Off-Broadway.  My cantatas, targeting church audiences, have also flourished in several churches around the country. My current works include:

Conundrum: full-length musical (book, music, lyrics, arrangements, orchestrations)

Conundrum: feature-length screenplay (adapted from the stage musical)

The Word Became Flesh: one-act musical cantata (book only)

Centurion Christmas: one-act musical cantata (book only)

Emily & Otto: one-act play

Well House: one-act play

Various scholarly essays, published at Southern Illinois Carbondale Press, Christianity Today Magazine, etc…

Where do you find inspiration?

In God’s Creation—His universe, his earth, His human beings. My base-line philosophy and theoretical standpoint and approach is to apply God’s creative genius to my feeble creative attempts.  As part of my Doctoral studies, I developed a form of drama that I call, “Designism.” The fundamental idea is that to create truly enlightened works of art, in any of its various forms, I must thoroughly study and emulate the Master’s work—His Design. Specifically where playwriting is concerned, He is, after all, the greatest story-teller in eternity. Let us not forget, too, that Jesus as well is the “Author” and finisher of our Faith. These are two very basic examples of the idea, but the concept of applying God’s techniques to my work has no end. Dramatic structure is at the heart of God’s creation. Simply, on top of traditional educational training, I ask the Holy Spirit—the best Teacher of all—to instruct me, to give me insight. I study the Master Builder and try to do what He does.

When do you feel most creative during the day?

Most certainly a night person. No matter how hard I try to re-set myself to “early to bed, early to rise,” left unchecked, I always revert to hoot-owl tendencies.

What is your favorite word?

Wow—impossible to choose. A) Seemingly infinite pool of beautiful, evocative words – and in so many languages. B) I don’t know them all. One that pops into my head as I write this is, “indefatigable.” Fun to say, lots of poetic rhythm, and  powerfully communicates its meaning. The key to excellent writing is to pick the “right” word – not necessarily the fanciest. The   word that entirely and clearly captures–intellectually, poetically, and evocatively—the precise “thing” that the writer wishes to communicate.

What authors do you like to read?

Well, I am a literary sinner. I must admit that I do not read much fiction, nor novels of any kind. The pace is too slow for me. I do, however, read copious amounts of everything       for informational purposes—articles, journals, etc.—and I’m a news junky. In general,       I’m a knowledge addict. I am a bit compulsive about it. When I encounter a word,   concept, or event with which I am unfamiliar, I instinctively research it.

What’s next?

I am praying for the Lord to open the doors for the final, big-league, fruition of Conundrum. It has been tested Off-Broadway, revised, re-revised, and is “finished.” I’m constantly waiting and watching to find some Christian investors with vision and faith to finance the screenplay—to eternally affect millions of people with the Hope of Christ. To set a new standard of excellence in Christian theatre and film, befitting the Savior.

Much of the story-telling skill is similar from one type of writing to another – plot, conflict, characterization, etc. What is your advice to aspiring authors?

Train. Train. Train. Study the craft—really study it. Too many people have a gift and desire to write but don’t do the heavy lifting. Technique is absolutely crucial. Learn all of the theories surrounding it—then, and only then, can a writer add his or her new voice to the field.

Do not do what has been done before.  Easier said than done, I know, but make it your imperative to be unique. Don’t use other people’s phrases nor rhythms nor approach—use your own.  Influence is inevitable, but avoid imitation at all costs.

In essence, put on paper what in reality you are—one of a kind, never before, nor hence, existing.


Official Bio:

A native Texan, Stace has spent the last several years working professionally as a performer, director, and producer in theatre, music, film, and radio/television in New York City.  Now back in Texas to be nearer to family and friends, he is excited to be a part of the KATX family!

A member of the Actors’ Equity Association, Gaddy has been blessed with over 50 professional performance credits, ranging from national and international tours to regional and Off-Broadway theatrical work to concert performances at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, as well as Carnegie Hall.

Stace is also an accomplished writer/composer and director/conductor.  His original plays and musicals have enjoyed successful runs in Houston, Chicago, and Off-Broadway, and he has conducted several classical and sacred choral/orchestral concerts at various venues in NYC.

In related fields, Gaddy was honored to be the Chairman of the Arts Committee for the final Billy Graham Crusade in Central Park. He has also served as the Director of Development for Promise Productions in Glen Rose, and as the Director of the A.D. Players Theatre Arts Academy in Houston. In addition, Gaddy has six years of university teaching experience as an instructor for Acting, Opera Workshop, Voice and Movement, Introduction to Theatre, and Humanities.

Stace holds BA/MA Degrees in Theatre and Dramatic Theory/Playwriting from Texas State University, and the Ph.D. in Speech Communications from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Psalm 150!