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Shelley Munro
March 22nd, 2008, 05:03 AM
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http://www.shelleymunro.com/blog/wp-content/personaldemons-small.jpgMy special guest today is Stacia Kane (http://www.staciakane.com/Home_Page.html). Stacia has a new release coming out next month called Personal Demons. Of course, you already know I’m a fan of urban fantasy, so I’m ready to grab a copy! Stacia also writes erotic romance under the name December Quinn (http://www.decemberquinn.com/).

Did you know that Stacia loves to blog? She tells all below…


Why I love to blog
I’ve been doing something of a promo “push” for my April urban fantasy release—my first mass market paperback! While promotion is part of the job for any writer, for me it’s especially important. Not just because my book is a small press release, but because it means I get to guest blog.

When I was little my parents asked me (as parents do) what I wanted to be when I grow up. My answers always varied. Contrary to what so many writers say, I didn’t always want to be a writer—I wanted it more than any other job, but I know “race car driver”, “princess”, “housewife”, and “prostitute” also figured in there at various times. (No, really, I wanted to be a hooker. I didn’t quite understand what they did, but it looked to me they got to make good money for doing something everyone seemed to want to do, so it looked like a great job to me.)

My parents still tell the story of the time they asked me that question and I answered “A reverend. Because then everyone would have to listen to me.”

That one didn’t last long. And how I would have reconciled that with the hooking I don’t know. But the bottom line was, even as a child I wanted a forum of some kind, where I could say what I wanted and talk to people and hear what they had to say in response. Where I could really interact with people.

Now I have it, because I blog.

I love my blog, I really do. I never kept a personal diary, not with any regularity or seriousness. But back in 2004 or so I had a lot of friends with livejournals, and they encouraged me to sign up. I found I really enjoyed it. I could post as often or as little as I liked, and get comments…it was just plain fun. It was addictive.

So when I started having some success with my work, one of the first things I did was set up a “professional” blog. One where I could promote my work, sure, but more than that, one where I could interact with readers and other writers.

See, a lot of promo activities make me uncomfortable. Doing chats makes me feel like the party guest who puts a lampshade (in my case one with naked people on it) and dances around shouting “Look at me! Look at me!” Interviews are okay, I enjoy them, but I don’t feel like I’m interacting with lots of people during an interview.

Whereas with my blog, I feel like I’m really sharing something. Like I’m saying what I think, and getting to hear what other people think. I’ve made real friendships through my blog, people who cheer for me when I have successes and whose successes I can then cheer for. I can complain and have people all over the world sypathize. I can tell funny stories or post excerpts of my work and hear what people think. The blog is where I do most of my promo, because that’s where I’m the most comfortable.

I have two websites. One for the erotic romance I write for Ellora’s Cave under the penname December Quinn. The other for the new urban fantasy persona Stacia Kane. And while the websites are fine, they just don’t interest me much. They both have blogs, too, where I usually cross-post (I admit livejournal gets a few extra posts here and there, simply because the Friendslist feature means my older posts don’t get lost the way they do on Blogger.)

Blogs feel organic. They’re fun. I love coming up with new topics, things I think will really interest my readers. I love noticing the differences between the readers on Blogg as opposed to Livejournal and what they each respond to (Blogger readers are bigger fans of the erotic romance; livejournal is all about the urban fantasy.) I love meeting new people there.

A few years ago, a very good friend gave me a special Christmas present—an autographed edition of my favorite novel, The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk. In the special note to the autographed edition, Mr. Wouk talks briefly about how writing is done essentially in a vacuum, and says, “Audience and artist make no contact.”

Modern writers are lucky. We get to make contact. It’s one of the most fun things there is.

And I love guest blogging, so thanks for the opportunity, Shelley!

How about you, readers? Do you have a blog? What sorts of topics do you like to see writers blog about? Do you feel like part of a “community” when you read and comment on a blog?


My novel Personal Demons (http://www.amazon.com/Personal-Demons-Stacia-Kane/dp/0809572559) will be out next month from Juno Books. For a blurb and to read chapter one, click here (http://www.staciakane.com/Books.html). For more information on the huge contest I’m running to promote Personal Demons, visit my blog (of course) here (http://stacia-kane.livejournal.com/48816.html). To check out erotic romance by December Quinn, go here (http://www.decemberquinn.com/)–I have a vampire novella coming out on March 28th that’s a little bit horror and a whole lot sexy!)

Jennifer Shirk
March 22nd, 2008, 09:05 AM
That was cute. :)
Thanks for sharing Stacia's blog post.

Blogging is kinda therapeutic for me. It's fun to look back and read old posts, too. I love the community feel of blogging. Between the writers and readers, it's such a small world. :detective:

Shelley Munro
March 24th, 2008, 12:02 AM
Hi Jennifer,

I enjoy blogging, too, although I find I do need to plan ahead. There are some days when my brain refuses to think and it helps to have a post all ready to go.

Shelley