Author Interview: Sara Dailey & Staci Weber & Giveaway

Posted September 5th, 2012 by in *Feature/Meme / 3 comments

OUAC Welcomes:
Sara Dailey & Staci Weber
Born and raised in Houston, TX, Staci Weber is one half of the writing duo responsible for the YA paranormal romance novel, SINFUL. A graduate of the University of North Texas, Staci is a junior high English teacher with an addiction to reading romance novels. She considers herself incredibly lucky to have a close family, some good friends, a fabulous husband, and two beautiful little girls.

Sara Dailey co-authored the YA Paranormal Romance novel, SINFUL, with her good friend and co-worker Staci Weber. She has a degree in literature from U of H Clear Lake and is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. Sara is a native Texan and lives with her wonderful husband and son in League City, TX where she is a middle school English teacher.

Be sure to check out Tori’s review of Pack of Lies! Sara and Staci are going to spend a little time at OUAC and answer a few questions for us. I hope you enjoy them!

OUAC: Tell us a little bit about yourself, Sara.

Sara: I’ve been married for 11 years and have a seven year old son named Gavin. Staci and I have been writing together for about 5 years, and I teach language arts to 7th graders. On top of that, I am also in grad school to become a school counselor. So, between being a mom, wife, teacher, writer, and student, I stay pretty busy.

OUAC: What is your favorite genre you like to read?

Sara: My favorite genre is definitely YA. I read some adult romances, but I always find myself going back to YA, and I love it all: paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary, historical, you name it. As long as it has a central love story, I’m in.

OUAC: Do you have a favorite book?

Sara: I have lots favorite books. It’s too hard to choose just one, so among my all-time favs are A Fault in Our Stars, 13 Reasons Why, Unwind, and I could keep going and going, so I will stop there.

OUAC: Are You a Twilight fan?

Sara: Absolutely (even though I wasn’t a fan of Breaking Dawn). To be honest, it was those books that got me hooked YA, and I can’t say a bad thing about a series that got so many teens (and adults!) all over the world reading. Now, the movies? I hated, but that won’t stop me from seeing the last one.

OUAC: Edward or Jacob?

Sara: No contest – Jacob all the way 🙂

OUAC: How did you and Staci meet?

Sara: We met through teaching. Staci was teaching 8th grade, and I was teaching 7th. We didn’t talk much at first, but when both of the other 7th grade teachers were leaving our school, I begged the principal to move Staci to 7th grade, so I wouldn’t be stuck with two new teachers. I was so glad I did because once we began teaching together, we made fast friends.

OUAC: What advice would you give any aspiring writers?

Sara: The best advice I could give is to write the best book that you can and never give up. Even some of the most famous authors faced a lot of rejection before someone finally took a chance on them. And be patient! After the book is finally written, it really is a sit and wait game.

OUAC: What do you enjoy most about writing?

Sara: I feel like writing is my creative outlet. It’s fun to take an idea (usually from Staci’s brain), figure out how to make the plot work, and then watch it grow into a novel.

OUAC: What do you not like about writing?

Sara: Time restraints and deadlines. It’s so hard to find the time to write, and when I do have some free time, sometimes I just want to lie down on the couch and veg out. But, Staci and I did learn this summer that we work well under pressure. We had about two weeks to finish a pretty big chuck of book 2, revise, and edit. Somehow, we managed to get it finished a whole week before the book was due.

OUAC: Tell us a little bit about yourself, Staci.

Staci: I have been married for thirteen years to my best friend, John. I have two awesome little girls, Teagan and Cameron. I teach Language Arts to middle schoolers, so of course, I’m probably a little crazy.

OUAC: Who are your favorite authors?

Staci: I love, love, love John Green. Some of my all time favorite characters have come from John Green novels. I do read a lot of adult romance, and some of my favs are Christine Warren, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Lynsay Sands.

OUAC: Edward or Jacob?

Staci: Book – Edward
Movie – totally Jacob

OUAC: Do you have a favorite paranormal creature?

Staci: I have always loved weres. I like to read stories about any and all kinds of weres. I think it has to do with the animal instincts that the characters get to have.

OUAC: How did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Staci: I didn’t grow up wanting to write. About seven years ago, I had an idea for a book, and asked Sara to write it with me. From the very first day of writing, I was hooked. Now I think being a writer is part of who I am.

OUAC: Are there any other genres you would like to try to write?

Staci: I would love to write adult romance one day. Sara and I actually have a few ideas in mind already, so it might not be too far away. I don’t think that it would be that different from the YA romance that we write now.

OUAC: What do you enjoy most about writing?

Staci:I like being able to create new people and new places. I have a fairly wild imagination, so it’s nice to get all the stories from my mind and put them on paper. It’s almost like I get to de-clutter my brain.

OUAC: I love reading paranormal books. I love that you created a community of werewolves. I am curious to know what inspired and motivated you to write this story line?

S&S: We love the paranormal as well. When we decided to write a series, we knew that we wanted each book to be about different members of the pack. Neither of us like reading about the same characters over and over, so by focusing on different characters we never get bored.

OUAC: Do you have a favorite scene in Pack of Lies?

S&S: We love the scene when Alli makes her first change from girl to wolf. This is also the part where she meets Cade.

OUAC: I love all the characters you created in the books. I found them to be very strong especially Allison. I really enjoyed the forbidden romance between Cade and Allison. I thought Cade’s character wasn’t very strong at the beginning but by the end of the book he changed. Do you think the relationship with Allison made him stronger or weaker?

S&S: We think Cade’s feelings for Allison is a weakness for him, especially with his father, but as he learns to accept those feelings they give him the strength he needs to defy his father and be the hero.

OUAC: Do you think Kendall’s jealousy added to the book?

S&S: Everyone loves to hate the mean girl, and Kendall is the ultimate mean girl. She causes all kinds of problems for Alli and Cade, so we definitely think she added to the novel.

OUAC: Can you tell us a little bit about the next book in the series?

S&S: Well, book two focuses on Allison’s brother, Aiden. Aiden was such a fun character to write in Pack of Lies. It just made sense for the next story to be about him. I don’t want to give too much away, but something big happens to him at the end of Pack of Lies, which leads to the next book.

OUAC: Can you tell us if you are working on anything else now?

S&S: Right now we are in the revision stages for book two and the plotting stage for book three.

OUAC: How many books do you plan on having in the series?

S&S Four. We have a couple of storylines that continue throughout all the books. They will all resolve themselves in book four. After that, we have another stand alone YA novel that we have started and are looking forward to finishing.

Thank you so much for stopping in Sara and Staci! I can’t wait to read your next book!

Pack of Lies by Sara Dailey and Staci Weber is available on Kindle!
Born and raised in Houston, TX, Staci Weber is one half of the writing duo responsible for the YA paranormal romance novel, SINFUL. A graduate of the University of North Texas, Staci is a junior high English teacher with an addiction to reading romance novels. She considers herself incredibly lucky to have a close family, some good friends, a fabulous husband, and two beautiful little girls.

Sara Dailey co-authored the YA Paranormal Romance novel, SINFUL, with her good friend and co-worker Staci Weber. She has a degree in literature from U of H Clear Lake and is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. Sara is a native Texan and lives with her wonderful husband and son in League City, TX where she is a middle school English teacher.
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