Welcome to the first day of Bad Moon Rising! I’m a big fan of ghosties, ghoulies, and things that go bump in the night, so this time of year, I’m in my happy place. This is the fourth year I’ve hosted horror, thriller, and paranormal authors for Bad Moon, and it’s a wonderful way to discover new authors and learn more about them. Sharing is appreciated!
If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, our first author will be a familiar face. Staci is one of the busiest writers I know, and recently completed her paranormal romance Medici Protectorate series. Welcome, Staci Troilo!
You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?
I’m probably a combination of the skeptic (because mass hysteria can make people believe all sorts of crazy things and I don’t go with the flow in those situations), the smart one (because I wouldn’t run UP the stairs, go off on my own, or open any doors that simply do not need opening), and the final person (because they usually get it at the end or the opening of the sequel, and I’m just not lucky enough to get through it all unscathed).
If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?
I guess it depends on the amount of money. I don’t believe in ghosts (or at least, ghosts that harm people), but if the place is long-abandoned, it’s probably infested with all kinds of insects and rodents, and that would be more disturbing to me than any spirit that may or may not be there.
In a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice?
A car. I can get away faster than they could chase me, and if I’m confronted with a group of them, I can just mow them all down with a push of the pedal.
What is the hardest part of writing?
Making time to do everything I want to, particularly when I have tight deadlines and a high workload. I don’t get writers block, and any snags I hit I can usually fix quickly with some research or outline revision. For me, time is definitely the biggest factor.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
I hate to say something is a must-have for all writers because everyone has a different process. But must-haves (or really-nice-to-haves) for me are a notebook to brainstorm and outline, Scrivener or StoryShop to actually write, and Word to edit. I can muddle through with less, but those three are my standards, and I’m most productive when I use all three.
What are you working on now?
I’ve got a few projects going right now. I’m in the middle of book 4 (Stalked) of the Nightforce Security series. It’s a spinoff of the Medici Protectorate series (without the paranormal element) and follows a bunch of former Navy SEALS who now work for a security firm. The books are in the romance/thriller genre and are written under the pen name Keira Beck. I’m also writing a psychological suspense series and a dark paranormal suspense under the pen name Delilah Cross. And I’m still outlining my next project written as “me” (so suffice it to say I’m pretty busy).
A cold stone heart breaks more easily than it beats. Than it loves.
Damien was a loyal warrior, killed in battle in 1203. Because of his true heart, he was given the option to pass on to his eternal reward or exist in another state of being as a protector… until he could resume living the life he’d been cheated of. A soldier by nature, he chose the latter. And he waited centuries—as a gargoyle—growing increasingly bitter about his choice.
Then he sees her.
Rina is a hard worker and loyal friend. But she has the worst luck. One night, after saving her best friend from a violent assault, she finds herself at the attacker’s mercy. Then, out of nowhere, a savior comes and rescues her.
With only an angel to guide him, Damien must make the right choices to win Rina’s heart… or be forever damned as a grotesque mockery of the guardian he once was.
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Staci Troilo writes because she has hundreds of stories in her head. She publishes because people told her she should share them. She’s a multi-genre author whose love for writing is only surpassed by her love for family and friends, and that relationship-centric focus is featured in her work.