WEbooker of the WEek Finds Home on the Web03:34
WE all know that WEbookers are creative types. This WEek's WEbooker, Staci, takes her creativity beyond WEbook, using a personal blog to promote her work and share her writing process. On top of it all, Staci is a mom with a fulltime day job. How does she do it? WEbook asked a few probing questions to find out.
grew up in the small desert town of Newberry Springs, California, on 40
acres of dirt and dry lake beds. It was the kind of town where
everyone knew each other, and I actually ended up graduating high school
with the same kids I went to first grade with. Being the oldest of
seven made every day interesting, to say the least. With two bathrooms
and ten people, everything was a well-orchestrated routine. It had to
be in order to avoid utter chaos. That being said, life in the middle
of nowhere was often boring so I turned to reading, writing, and
listening to my Walkman to wile the time away. I won a writing
competition when I was in second grade, but really didn't put much
thought into writing for enjoyment until well after high school. I had
always been the "wordy one," using big words for the simplest things, but
it wasn't until I moved to Needles, California that everything seemed
to fall into place. I really got into reading again and I was inspired
to work my creativity. I have decorated cakes, done scrapbooking,
dabbled in digital photography, and made little things out of paper. Finally, at the urging of family and friends I started writing for
fun. Now it has become my most engrossing hobby yet.
us a little something about your WEbook project, Lie to Me. What's it
about? Where did the idea come from? What is your greatest hope for
A: Lie To Me is about a girl who discovers that she
has a twin brother who was kidnapped by their aunt. She was never told
about him, and the book follows her journey to find out the truth. My
mom and I were talking about twins for some reason and the idea of
growing up not knowing I had a sibling -- a twin to boot -- really seemed
interesting. It sort of grew from there, and right away I knew I
had to write about it. My greatest hope would be to see it published
some day so I can show my son that all those late nights sitting at the
computer were worth it.
Q: In addition to your WEbook work, you
also have a blog that you use to talk about your writing. What's the
most fun thing about having a blog? How does your blogging help your
A: I've been using my blog to talk myself through the struggles of
writing out of my comfort zone and being motivated. I take my
frustrations out in words so I can go back and see that it really
wasn't so hard after all. It can really keep me focused.
In your profile, you mention that you have a 10-year-old boy. You also
have a day job. How do you balance being a mom, having a career, and
A: You know, I really don't know how I do it. My son, Devin, has
been extremely supportive, cheering me on every day. I try to spend as
much time with him after work as I can, waiting until he goes to bed to
write. Sometimes, I'll sneak in an hour or so while he's playing his
video games or reading. All I can say is that it only works because I
have a really supportive family.
Q: What's your idea of the perfect vacation?
perfect vacation would be a train ride across the country in the fall --
just Devin, my mom, and I. I've spent my whole life in the desert and
would love to see the greener side of the States. If I just so
happened to end up in New York, I wouldn't be terribly upset. I've
always wanted to go there.
Q: What's your favorite word?
would have to be "family." It means much more than the number of
people that I am related to. "Family" means I always know I have a friend.
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