Lacie Nation lives in Columbus, GA with her boyfriend of four years and their dog, Libby. She spends most of her time reading and writing. She writes from a very personal place and finds that creating a story based on things she's been through herself is very cleansing. She is extremely close to her family and tends to use little quirks that she loves about her family members to create realistic characters.
Q. Hi Lacie. We at TwoLips Reviews always like to introduce promising new authors like yourself to readers. Currently you are published with Secret Cravings Publishing, where you have two wonderfully received contemporary works out – So Beautifully Broken and Courageous Dare. In fact, both books have received some very complimentary five-star reviews, largely for the deeply emotional impact of your writing. How does that make you feel?
Lacie: Absolutely incredible! I put a lot of myself into my writing, so when I hear that it has touched people deeply, it makes all the tearful writing sessions worth it.
Q. In So Beautifully Broken, you feature a hero and heroine who have or have had drug addictions. What inspired you to pen this particular novel?
Lacie: In all honesty I wrote it based off of my own issues with addiction and the struggle to stay clean for the last ten years. Lilly’s fight to change her life was very much my fight.
Q. Courageous Dare deals with love and loss during war. Without giving away any spoilers, what was the hardest part of this book for you to write and why?
Lacie: There’s a scene where family members are given news about loved ones in Afghanistan. All I could think about while writing that particular scene was how I would feel if I was given that information. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write.
Q. How have your environment and upbringing colored your writing?
Lacie: I incorporate the little things in life I love so much into my writing. Little pieces of my family, and friends that gives my characters a real life feel. I want my readers to bond with the characters in my books.
Q. Have you had fans approach you yet for an autograph? If so, how did you react?
Lacie: Well, if family counts then yes, I have, but no one else. I do have a big conference coming up in August down in New Orleans that has a large book signing. I’m excited about that.
Q. What upcoming projects can your growing number of readers/fans look forward to?
Lacie: I have a free read available at: http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=7&products_id=234&zenid=c373dc9777c02ae413f43723a7e031ea. I always have ideas in the works. Who knows, maybe there will be a sequel to one of the books I already have out.
Q. Where do you hope to take your writing in the future? Have you set any limits as to how controversial your subject matter can get?
Lacie: No, I haven’t set limits. I tend to write stories based off things I’ve been through. My hope is that someday my words will help someone see that their life can change. No matter what happened to them, they can get through anything if they dig deep enough.
Q. Your heroes so far have been average guys rather than the hunky alpha males authors go for. What qualities do you find necessary in one of your “heroes”? And in comparison, how important is it to you that your heroines are strong women, despite their flaws?
Lacie: My heroes are based off normal guys. They aren’t perfect, but they can love deeply and completely. To me that’s all that matters. As far as my heroines go, I refuse to write a woman who is not strong in her own way. With Lilly in So Beautifully Broken, she was just that, broken. With the support of Jack, she found her strength within herself. She fought tooth and nail to overcome her past.
Baylee in Courageous Dare was the strength in her family. She was the person everyone else depended on to hold it together. When she found Nash, she was able share that load.
Q. How do you get into the head of your characters when writing a sex scene? Is it difficult to separate yourself from your story while you're writing?
Lacie: LOL…It’s funny because when I write a sex scene I write what I want. I write what feels good to me, and what I think is sensual and makes a person fan themselves. I can only hope it’s portrayed that way on paper.
Q. On one side, a strong sexual relationship between characters is very important, but on the other, it's just as important that the stories can stand on their own without the sex element. How important do you feel the sexual relationship between the main characters is in making a story interesting?
Lacie: I think it’s very important. If the characters have no sexual chemistry then the story will fall flat. I believe the story itself should be able to be told and hold interests even if the sex isn’t written into the book, but let’s face it, we all love a good sex scene.
Q. How important is cover art to your books? Are you given any input at Secret Cravings Publishing into the final cover to each book?
Lacie: Yes, I get the final say so on the cover. I think it’s very important that the cover tell a story. I know when I’m looking for that next read I look at the cover first. If the cover doesn’t catch my eye, then I tend to overlook the book. I also think that a simple cover can say a thousand words.
Q. Do you see yourself continuing to write solely in the Contemporary genre, or will you branch out to deifferent genres in the future?
Lacie: I’ll branch out I think. Whether I use my name or a pen name is a different story. I do plan to write a vampire story at some point in time.
Q. What is your opinion about current attitudes towards erotica coming into the mainstream market?
Lacie: I’ve read some erotica that has a wonderful story line. Anyone who thinks poorly about erotica being in the mainstream market obviously hasn’t read it.
Q. If you could choose anywhere in the world to set up your desk and write your next book, where would you like that to be? What’s special to you about this place?
Lacie: LOL…I’ve answered this question before and this time won’t be any different. There’s a small town in California called Sea Side. It’s cool all the time and absolutely beautiful. When I was there several years ago, I felt like I was home. I could do some serious writing there.
Q. Where can we find more information about you and your books?
Lacie: My website, www.lacienation.weebly.com, has all my information on it. There are also character pages. My blog is at www.soulshakinromance.blogspot.com. All of my other contact information can be found in both of these places as well as buy links.