Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Into The Dark by Stacy Green: Interview and Excerpt:PIC Tour Stop


Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

So many places! I am a big history buff, and my dream is to travel to Egypt one day to tour the Cairo museum and the Valley of the Kings. I’m just fascinated by what they accomplished and how much of their lives are still left for us to learn from.


I also love the South and Civil War history, and I’d love to spend a few weeks touring all the battlefields and plantations. My upcoming suspense series, The Delta Crossroads Series, is actually set in Mississippi, so I get to travel virtually.


I’d also love to visit the castles of Europe and the Paris Catacombs.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

How hard writing is, and how much of what we do doesn’t make the final cut. So much research and back story is needed to write an entertaining book, but the reader doesn’t need to see all of that. I think that’s really interesting, because some of the most vital parts of the book aren’t even on the page, if that makes any sense. Without a strong back story, a character has no dimension and a plot very little meaning. Yet we don’t want to mire the reader in back story, so it’s a balance I had to learn.

Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?

I do, and they usually ask me about the tunnels beneath Las Vegas – if they’re real, where I heard about them. I love hearing from readers and hope they continue to contact me!

What was the scariest moment of your life?

Easy one. September 30, 2009, I was four blocks away from our house. I turned a corner, and then looked down at my phone to text. Next thing I knew, the front passenger wheel of my car was running up a rounded sidewall of a bridge. The car flipped and turned direction, leaving me hanging upside down. Miraculously, there was no traffic, and I ended up with a single bruise. But it was the scariest, longest moment of my life. Don’t text and drive!

Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.

Exhilarating. Stressful. Blessing.


Where are your fans most likely to find you hanging out?

Facebook, Twitter, or my blog. Links below.


Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?


INTO THE DARK has a unique setting, taking the readers below the glitz and glamour of Vegas and into the dark storm drains. It’s also loaded with suspense, romance, and secrets, not to mention twists and turns at just the right time.


Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it?  If so, can you share it?

Emilie’s resolve faltered as they reached the tunnel entrance. She peered over Nathan’s shoulder at the triad of pipes branching off in different directions. Big enough for a tall man to walk through easily, their murky blackness was as foreboding as anything Emilie had ever experienced.

She pressed the button on her flashlight and shined it into the abyss. Four other lights joined hers, and the inner concrete walls of the tunnel became visible. Graffiti was scrawled over them. A bevy of cockroaches scuttled away from the intrusion.

Emilie followed Nathan and Chris across the threshold and tried not to give in to the claustrophobia that immediately wrapped itself around her. The tunnel was wide enough for two people to walk side-by-side with room to spare, but the sense of being closed in was amplified by the heavy silence. The group’s splashing feet echoed and then faded away into the never-ending darkness. How deep were the channels?

A smell resembling the rotten egg she’d once dropped on Evan’s porcelain kitchen floor hit her full force. Emilie’s hand flew to her mouth.

“Something else, ain’t it?” Chris’s voice broke the uneasy stillness. “I liken it to a men’s locker room filled with dirty socks and jocks after a five-mile run.”

“If you guys stink this bad, you need medical help. Christ.”

“At least my stomach’s not rumbling anymore,” Nathan said.

“Shit, I could eat,” Chris said.

“You can always eat. You’re like a human trash compactor.”

“Do you guys have any idea where to find Snake?” Avery’s voice came out muffled.

Chris turned around and shined his light on Avery. “Dude, that hanky over your face ain’t gonna stop the stink. Embrace it. Feel the burn.”

Emilie laughed as the knot in her stomach began to uncoil. The banter made it easier to forget why she was here.

Her right foot suddenly came down on something hard in the shallow stream of water. She stumbled into Nathan’s back before an arm caught her from behind.

“Watch it,” Avery said. “Last thing you want to do is fall face-first in this.”

“Sorry.” Emilie clutched the hem of Nathan’s thin T-shirt. “I tripped over something.”

She shined her light into the two-inch-deep water. A pair of soulless black eyes stared back at her. A child’s doll lay abandoned, its once-blond hair soaked with the filthy water.
Children lived down here?

A two-hundred-mile labyrinth of dark storm drains serves as a refuge for the delusional stalker who will go to any lengths to possess fragile, emotionally isolated Emilie Davis. To survive, Emilie will have to confront the secrets of her past she has kept locked away from everyone, including herself. Emilie is a master escape artist—she’s fled a manipulative mother and a controlling ex-husband. But it’s impossible to evade a stalker who uses a bank robbery as a ruse to kidnap her. He’s still out there, hiding in the Las Vegas tunnels and dodging police. Emilie’s life careens out of control as her assailant continues his pursuit. She has nowhere to turn but to Nathan Madigan, the hostage negotiator who worked the robbery. Nathan is haunted by his failure to protect a loved one fourteen years ago and dedicates his life to saving others. Determined to catch the lunatic hunting Emilie, he finds himself losing his professional detachment. He fears history is about to repeat itself if he cannot protect Emilie from the Taker’s obsession.
The police close in on the Taker’s identity as Nathan and Emilie grow closer to each other and to resolving the misery of their own pasts. At the height of The Taker’s madness, his attempt to replace someone he’s lost will either kill them all or set them free.

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Raised in southeastern Iowa, Stacy Green grew up watching crime shows with her parents, so her love of suspense and psychological thrillers is no surprise. She’s fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind and explores true crime on her popular Thriller Thursday posts at her blog, Turning the Page.
After earning her degree in journalism, Stacy worked in advertising before becoming a
stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. She rediscovered her love of writing and wrote several articles for a city magazine before penning her first novel. She shelved the long drama and began working on a suspense book set in Las Vegas, featuring a heroine on the edge of disaster, a tormented villain, and the city’s infamous storm drains that house hundreds of homeless.
Into The Dark is suspense with a dash of romance, and Stacy is hard at work on her next book, a darker, grittier thriller set in the Deep South.
When she’s not writing, she spends all her time with her precocious daughter, supportive husband, and their three obnoxious but lovable canine children.

Follow Stacy online at her BlogTwitterFacebook, and  Web site.

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The homeless living in the storm drains of Las Vegas played a vital part in INTO THE DARK, and I want to give back. From November 1st until February 28th, participants will have several options to enter the raffle, including donating to HELP of Southern Nevada. The grand prize will be a $100 donation from me in the winner’s name to the homeless shelter of their choice.


CMash said...

Great questions!! This book has been getting rave reviews and I can't wait to read it. Thank you for shar ing a superb post!

Stacy Green said...

Thanks so much, Laurie! I really enjoyed answering your questions.