Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by and agreeing to answer a few of my questions. Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
My Mother is the biggest instrument to me becoming a writer. I wrote a post on my blog once about this but I can give you cliff notes. When I was in 2nd grade a teacher told my mom I would never learn to read beyond a third grade level. I was devastated and when we got into the car I remember crying and asking my mom if I were stupid. She said to me, “Do you want to be?” and when I said, “No.” She said, “Then you won’t be.” We had always read together, but she spent that summer reading with me intensely. By the time I returned to school the next year, I had surpassed a third grade reading level, and developed a love of books. She is the reason I wasn’t shunted into remedial reading, and the reason I write today. Everything I am I owe to both of my parents and their guidance and love, but I am a writer because my Mom believed I could read.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
I nearly drown in a river. I went back to college as an adult and we had to take water samples for our science class. I was in hip waders that were too large for me. The instructor had just finished telling us how a man had drown in that spot a few weeks before because the current was so strong and not to go into the water until we were further up river. The ledge gave way under my feet. Luckily I fell backward, instead of into the water. I was able to grab onto some reeds. Unfortunately, I couldn’t pull myself up because the oversized waders extended in the current and were pulling me into the water. All of the cowardly men in my class ran away, and two women in the 40’s and 50’s crawled to the edge and saved my life. The reeds were pulling out at the time that they grabbed my arms. I still thank God for those two women. My daughter wasn’t even a year old at the time and I remember thinking, Please God let me see her grow up. I still get anxious when I’m near rushing water. Now, that’s enough of the heavy questions let’s talk about something fun!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be Loretta Lynn. I remember seeing her briefly in Nashville, and then seeing her bus and I SOOOO wanted to grow up to be Loretta Lynne. She wore pretty dresses and had big hair. Sigh, turns out only she can be Loretta Lynne, and I look terrible in big hair, and long dresses make me look like someone cut me off at the knees. Now I’m happy to be me.
How do you describe your writing style?
Fun, fast-paced and funny, which seems incongruous for mysteries but it works for me. I am accidently funny in real life. That comes from telling the truth, and saying what’s on my mind. I tend to see the world from a completely different angle than everyone else and it comes out as funny, so that’s how I write.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
No this is my real name. When I got married I added the Case portion to Stacy Verdick. Everyone thinks that it’s a cute little play on verdict but nope that’s my name. I once had woman say to me, “Your name would be perfect for a mystery writer.” That was just after my first book came out and I laughed and said, “You’re not going to believe this but . . .” Then it was another 10 minutes before I convinced her that it was in fact my real name. Life’s funny like that.
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
Yes, and I love it! Please keep contacting me. That way I know I’m not writing in a vacuum. Most of the questions I get are about what’s going to happen to the characters. Will Louise and Digs ever get together. What’s going to happen with Catherine and Gavin. I feel bad because I’m a complete pantser so I have no idea what’s going to happen until I write it.
Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or movie?
Every single one. LOL. I walk out of every single a**kicking movie cocky and ready to beat someone up I’m so into it. My husband knows when I’m reading a really juicy romance novel too, because I am that into the book! Stories are my escape and I allow myself to be drawn in as far as I can. I’m not happy when I don’t connect to a story on that level. That’s usually when I spend the movies pointing out plot devises that give away the ending of the story. It just ruins it for everyone. If I don’t connect to a book I stop reading. There are too many good books out there to spend a lot of time trying to get into a book. I used to, but not anymore.
Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?
My sister says Catherine is me. I guess that’s true to a certain extent. I do dress her in things I like to wear and she has my coffee addiction, but the other characters are me too. I’ve peppered my personality and my likes and dislikes into each of the reoccurring characters I write. Louise’s blue cheese addiction – GUILTY! Digs’ gadget obsession . . . yep, got that too! They all have a little of my DNA sprinkled in them. I am their creator after all.
An Intimate Murder
by Stacy Verdick Case
A Catherine O'Brien Mystery.
When Jonathan and Susan Luther are murdered in their home, St. Paul homicide detective Catherine O'Brien and her partner Louise discover this isn't the first time the Luther family has been visited by tragedy. Is it a case of bad family luck or is there something more?
I locked eyes with her and wished, not for the first time in my life, that I had telekinetic abilities. If I had, I could mentally disembowel Jane Katts. That’s probably why God never blessed me with that particular gift.
“Hello Detective.” Jane Katts’ tone was overly pleasant. She must have trumped me in some way and now she’s was just waiting for me to concede the trick.
“Close the door behind you, O’Brien.” The chief rocked back in his chair and smiled.
There was nothing in his smile except pleasantry, which made me more nervous than the one Jane Katts had given me. A broad smile was so alien on the Chief’s face that I was certain that Jane Katts had managed to pull a switcheroo and replace the chief with a pod person of her own design; one who is not hard-edged and sand-papery as I have come to expect but instead soft, with as much grit as a nail file.
“I’m afraid there’s not enough chairs so one of you will have to stand.” The smiley version of our chief of police said.
I braced my feet a shoulder width apart and crossed my arms over my chest, I preferred to stand for whatever nasty surprise Jane Katts had in store for me.
Louise sat and introduced herself to Jane. They exchanged a handshake.
“Ms. Katts is the reporter who asked for the exclusive interview.”
He glossed over the detail about her being the reporter who had engaged in a calculated smear campaign against the department.
“She would like to change the angle of her story to get more of an inside view.” The chief’s eyes cut to my face and I saw a hint of the real chief behind whatever hoodoo Jane Katts had performed on him.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Stacy Verdick Case was born in Willmar, Minnesota. After a brief stint as a military brat, where she lived in Fort Sill Oklahoma and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, her family moved back to Minnesota.
Stacy has written all her life earning a High School Writer Award and a Daphne Du Mauier Award for excellence in Mainstream Mystery/Suspense.
Stacy currently lives in a suburb of St. Paul with her husband of twenty-years, her five-year-old daughter, and their two cats.
An Intimate Murder is the third book in the Catherine O’Brien series.
Visit Stacy on the web: www.StacyVerdickCase.com
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