Staci, Welcome to “Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light.” First, tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I'm a small town girl who never dreamed I'd be living this life. I've always loved writing, and when I quit teaching to have my family 16 years ago, writing was a natural fit to the at-home lifestyle for me. Back then, it was a pastime, a way to not go crazy with a small baby and lots of time on my hands. What I never envisioned was what God would do with that. No way did I ever think I would be interviewed like this, no way did I think I would have ten going on eleven books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Most of all, I never saw the heart change God would perform in my life through the writing, the characters, and the incredible friends I've met on this journey.
I know you’ve written lots of novels covering several genres. Do you have a favorite genre?
The one I'm writing at the moment. ;) Mostly I write characters rather than genres. The character and circumstances they are in come to me, and I write that story. I tie my writing into a Christian/inspirational worldview. Beyond that, it might be adult, YA, suspense, near comedy, drama, or some mix of all of them. I most like observing and gaining insights from the human experience. Why do we do what we do? Is there a reason for all of this? Where does God fit into lives--especially broken ones? If it fits in THAT genre (however you would define that), that's what I love to write.
THE PRICE OF SILENCE sounds fascinating. I understand it came out of a true life experience. Tell us about that.
Yes. When I was teaching high school, I had two incidents at separate schools where a gun was brought to the classroom. One was in a neighboring class, one was in mine--though I didn't know about it until later. The thing that confused and disturbed me the most was the way the schools chose to handle the situations. It was all on the hush-hush although everyone knew about it. In one incident the student who reported the gun was threatened and harassed by other students until she left the school. I began to think and wonder, "What happens to a kid who is trying to alert a school administration to danger in the school when the administration doesn't want to listen?" What happens if you stand up and no one stands with you?
So is it fair to say that one of your goals was to help young people cope with bullying?
It's fair to say I think we, as adults, are completely missing the boat on this one. We don't know what these kids are going through. We don't take the time to listen. We don't take the time to really be there for them, so they are forced to cope with all of these destructive influences the best way they can. The problem is, they don't have the life experience to know how to handle them. I talked with a young girl once who was being harassed at school, being touched in ways that made her uncomfortable. When I went through the list of people to help her, it was like she couldn't see that any of them would do more than tell her to not be around those kids (which was impossible). Why are we putting our kids in these situations and doing nothing to help them? It's a travesty!
What kind of response have you received from young readers?
The overall response I've heard from young and old alike is, "Everybody in every school should read this. This should be required." I think it's because it says a lot of things that no one wants to. Face it, parents want to believe the fantasy that their kid's school is safe. The administration would face mutiny if the real state of safety in their schools got out. And kids are just trying to get through the experience without attracting the attention of those with less-than-good intentions.
And as well as all this writing, you own your own publishing company, too. I’m sure everyone asks you how you find the time. But, well, how do you find the time?
I don't. If I was trying to find the time to do all of this, I would have given up a long time ago. My philosophy is God knows. God knows what we're doing on any given day at any given moment, and He will put me where I most need to be doing what I most need to be doing. I simply need to be willing to do what He's put before me at that moment. That includes having three kids, a husband, two businesses, 30 novels, 6 Bible Studies, 5 short story collections, two blogs, two large extended families, 5 cats, 1 dog, a house, two schools with fundraisers and teachers, friends, Facebook, Twitter, two writing loops, helping other authors hone their writing, teaching Sunday School...
I'll tell you this: God is GREAT at scheduling. Because of Him, I can do all of that, with success, and have fun doing it!
Where can readers learn more about you?
Readers can find me on Facebook:
On my blogs:
And, that all-important question, where can they buy your books?
Info and links on how to buy all of my books is at:
Thanks so much for having me! It's been a blast being at "Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light"!
A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe every week with her various Internet endeavors.
Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.