Stacy McKitrick joins The Author’s Journal for a chat about My Sunny Vampire

Welcome to my site, Author Stacy McKitrick!

Hey Stacy!! We’re super-excited to learn all about you and your story and share your good news about My Sunny Vampire with the world at The Author’s Journal!

Author Stacy McKitrick
Author Stacy McKitrick

 1.    Who the hell are you and what do you write?
What? You don’t know who I am? Well, then, let me introduce myself. My name is Stacy McKitrick and I write sexy paranormal romance with a bit of humor.

So, I understand your vampire novel, originally contracted with Lyrical Press is now under contract with Kensington Press – Very impressive, Stacy!

Stacy and I met through an online editing class, Edit the Life Back Into Your Story, written and hosted by one of our favorite writing mentors, Lynn Johnston. We met through RWA’s FF&P chapter. Lynn led us through amazing ways to improve our writing, and Stacy and I, and our writing group have kept in constant contact with each other over the years, and we’ve watched and celebrated our collective writing success blossom. Thanks, Lynn Johnston!!

2.    Tell us what you love about your story.
Everything, of course! If I didn’t love it, it wouldn’t have been written.

3.    What is your Protagonist’s FLAW in this story?
Jack lives by-the-book and expects everyone else to be the same.

I enjoyed watching Jack meet his challenge in My Sunny Vampire. I really liked him!

4.    Do you prefer to read fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction. I like to escape when I read.

5.    Romance/Thrillers/Historical/Horror/Paranormal/Contemporary…? What’s your favorite genre to read? Any recommendations for the crowd?
I prefer paranormal romance in a contemporary setting, although I’ll read almost anything. I gobble up Lynsay Sands’ and Kerrelyn Sparks’ books. Oh heck, I just gobble up books! If I weren’t writing, I’d read more.

Great additions to our TBR list, Stacy!

6.    Any Pet Peeves about Romance?
I’m not crazy about couples who start out hating each other. Makes it hard for me to believe they would love one another, or that the love will last.

Hmm…Great point, Stacy. I don’t mind an argument or two along the way, but yeah, the romance is more believable if that initial spark comes from mutual respect.

7.    Quick – Name the last movie you saw, and did you love it? If so, WHY? If not, WHY NOT?
Vampire Academy. No, I didn’t love it, not like I love the books. Something got lost in translation. While the story was solid, I wasn’t feeling it with the characters. I think they just crammed too much in the movie.

I’m smiling because one of my favorite mantras is “Movies have been ruining good books since the 1920’s.”

8.    Favorite music to write by?
I don’t need music to write, but I can write to it. I just don’t always remember to turn on my iPod! When I remember, I play alternative rock.

9.    Any advice for new writers?
You want to write, then write. Won’t happen unless you start putting words on paper/screen. They don’t have to be great words, they just have to be words. You can make them great later on. I find if I write a conversation between two characters (and they don’t have to be the hero & heroine), I learn a lot about my characters and realize what I need to do to upset their world.

 Mwwha hahaha ha. Good writer. Stacy focuses on conflicts she’ll use to harangue said characters. You Go, Girl!

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 My Sunny VampireThe Premise:

Stacy McKitrick
My Sunny Vampire
A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance
By Stacy McKitrick

After centuries alone in darkness, how far will a vampire go for Sunshine?

Jack VanAllen has spent his long life following the rules and, as a member of the Vampire Committee, he also enforces them. So, when he awakens in an alley next to an illegally-turned vampire who resembles his late wife, he must prove his innocence or suffer the punishment: death. The problem? He doesn’t remember a thing.

Sunshine Petersen’s life as a vampire isn’t getting off to a great start. She’s got no control over her powers, can’t find a job, and sexy Jack is being stand-offish. The only thing she’d like more than catching the creep who turned her is getting Jack into the closest bed. But, could Jack be the one who turned her?

When he and Sunny team up to find the culprit, Jack discovers feelings he hasn’t had in years. But once Sunny finds out he’s keeping a major secret, she disappears. Unfortunately, the man who turned her still has plans…

CONTENT WARNING: Some graphic violence, sensual sex scenes, and a vampire who’s finally found his ‘sun.

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**Did you know Lyrical Press was just bought out by Kensington Publishing? Yeah! That means this novel is a Kensington Novel. Treat yourself!!

Book Buy Links:

Amazon | Barnes and Noble: Coming soon!! |Publisher: Lyrical Press

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Excerpt:

His Clara stared at him, but she wasn’t his Clara. Sunshine was everything her name portrayed. Hair like the fiery sun. Crystal blue eyes like the sky on a cloudless, sunny day. She even smelled like the roses from his garden after the sun brought out their aroma. She was Clara, but she wasn’t.

She blinked. “I was alone?”

Her words snapped him out of his trance. Now was not the time to think of her as anything except a vampire in trouble. He needed to focus.

“When I found you, yes,” Jack said.

She frowned, but relaxed in his arms. “You can let me go. I promise I won’t run off. It’s not like I know where to go.”

Stacy McKitrick
My Sunny Vampire
Published by Lyrical Press

He rather enjoyed holding her, but did as she requested. “How are you feeling?”

“Pretty good, considering I thought I was on fire not too long ago.” She looked down at her long, lovely legs. “I wasn’t, was I?”

He tore his gaze from her limbs and looked at her face. “No. No fire.”

She grabbed her stomach and winced. “Should I be in the hospital?”

“I’m afraid a hospital can’t help you. You were bitten.”

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My Review:

4 Stars for My Sunny Vampire

Come take a walk through McKitrick’s vampire world, February 16, 2014

By PMillhouse (USA)
This review is from: My Sunny Vampire (Kindle Edition)
Want to learn what it’s like to become a newborn vampire? See how sassy Sunshine handles the unexpected change. Come take a walk through McKitrick’s vampire world where we learn what it’s like through Sunshine’s eyes.What I liked about the story:
McKitrick wove a heated romance within a mystery’s journey in a contemporary setting. As the plot develops Jack and Sunny discover they’ve been set up. Jack’s vampire world is policed by a committee where the foremost rule is: Don’t ever turn a human without their permission.When Jack & Sunny wake up to amnesia (and the method is a neat surprise) after a New Year’s Eve Party gone awry, Sunny’s been turned, and neither she nor Jack remembers how, and she sure didn’t ask to be turned. The story follows these characters as they try to solve the mystery, root out the bad guys, learn what it means to exist as a vampire and fall hopelessly in love.
I loved the scenes where Sunny could get to places to photograph unique shots she’d never have been able to reach as a human.What I didn’t like:
Overall, I enjoyed the story. While somewhat predictable, the story moves along to a climax that satisfies. I was sad Jack kept comparing Sunny to his former wife but that’s an essential plot point for him, and it was fun to watch Sunny surprise him throughout the story.All-in-all I found My Sunny Vampire a great contemporary paranormal read.

Disclosure: I was given an ARC copy of the book for review. All comments and opinions are my own.

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Author Stacy McKitrick
Author Stacy McKitrick

  Stacy McKitrick’s BIO.

Stacy McKitrick fell in love with paranormal romance, decided to write her own, and found her passion in life. She used to work in accounting, now she spends her time with vampires, ghosts, and aliens. Born in California, she currently resides in Ohio with her husband. They have two grown children.

 

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Thanks for joining us at The Author’s Journal, Stacy. I love learning all about the Stories behind the Story.

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15 thoughts on “Stacy McKitrick joins The Author’s Journal for a chat about My Sunny Vampire”

  1. What a fun interview! I’m reading My Sunny Vampire right now and I’m really enjoying it! It’s funny that you two don’t like enemies to lovers books! That’s one of my favorite tropes. For me, hate is an emotion so strong it almost always has a spark of attraction in it!

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    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying it, Amber!! Yay!!! I don’t mind a fight or misunderstanding between the characters, but I like them to be attracted to each other right off. I’ve hated some people and it never changed. Maybe I hold a grudge, who knows. I just don’t trust a couple not to revert back to hate if their relationship started that way.

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  2. Wonderful interview! Jack sounds great and Sunny too! I agree, Stacy, I don’t like couples that start out hating each other either.

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    1. Thanks, Jemi! I even have a T-shirt that says “The book was better.” I’ve only had ONE person ask, “Which book?” Everyone else gets it!

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