Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Stacey Wallace Benefiel-- Glimpse
Stacey Wallace Benefiel lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her husband and their two children. Glimpse is her debut novel. The next novel in the Zellie Wells trilogy, Glimmer, will be available in November 2010.
Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams, the son of her mom’s high school sweetheart. At her sixteenth birthday party, held in the basement of her dad’s church, she finally finds the courage to talk to him. Turns out, the devastating crush is mutual. As Avery takes her hand and leads her out onto the makeshift dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first vision of his death; shocking because not only are they both covered in his blood, but they’re old, like 35, and she is pregnant. Afraid to tell anyone about the vision, (she’d just be labeled a freaky black magic witch, right?) Zellie keeps the knowledge of Avery’s future to herself and tries to act like any other teenager in love. When they get caught on their way to a secret rendezvous by her mom and his dad, they are forbidden to see each other.
Convinced that their parents are freaking out unnecessarily, Avery and Zellie vow to be together no matter what. They continue their relationship in secret until Zellie learns that their parents are just trying to prevent her and Avery from suffering like they did. The visions are hereditary, they’re dangerous, and if they stay together the visions will come true. Now Zellie must choose between severing all ties with Avery, like her mom did to prevent his father’s death, and finding a way to change Avery’s future.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
If you are a fan of YA paranormal romance, you'll enjoy this story. It is a quick read, most people finish it in one sitting. Also, Glimpse is priced at $1.99, so it is inexpensive to try me out and see if you like my writing style.
Q: Why did you go indie?
After trying to get an agent for over a year and getting back rejections with notes, I decided to publish on Smashwords and Amazon. The experience has been amazing! It was more important to me that people had access to my work than it was to be traditionally published. I actually feel relief over never having to write another query letter again. Also, my sister who is an art professor, designs my covers for me-they're way better than any cover art a publisher could provide
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I really like Amanda Hocking for paranormal/fantasy YA, Jess C. Scott for YA, and Zoe Winters and Tarrant Smith for paranormal romance. Those are the indies. The traditionally published authors I like are Richelle Mead who writes the Vampire Academy series and Lillith Saintcrow who writes the Strange Angels series-although it kills me to have to wait for their books to be released on Kindle and then have to pay $10.99 for them.