Welcome Stacy Green

StacyFall1pressKiss and Thrill readers: please help me welcome romantic suspense debut author STACY GREEN. Her first novel INTO THE DARK released on November 30th. And, like it’s apt title, this story is dark and gritty!

IT’S THE MOMENTS FROM OUR PAST THAT BIND US.

Branch Manager Emilie Davis is having a day like any other–until two masked men storm into WestOne Bank demanding cash.  Her hopes of a quick end to her terror are dashed when she realizes one of the men has no interest in the bank’s money. Emilie is his prize, and he’s come to claim her.

 When hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan and Las Vegas SWAT enter the bank on a rescue mission, Emilie’s captor makes a shocking escape into the abyss that lies beneath the city: the Las Vegas storm drains, a refuge for the downtrodden and the desperate.

 HOW WILL IT END?

 Who is the man the media has dubbed the “Taker?” Why is he after Emilie, and what is the connection he’s convinced they share?

 Emilie can’t run from the Taker, and she can’t escape her own past. As her life closes in on her, she has nowhere to turn but to Nathan. The lines of professionalism blur as Nathan becomes determined to save Emilie. Together they venture into the depths beneath Las Vegas and discover a shocking piece of the puzzle.

But the Taker remains one step ahead. Desperate for the threat to emerge from the shadows, Emilie makes a bold move to reclaim her life, and it may cost her everything.intothedark333x500BLOGS

Readers, she had me at “Storm Drains.”

Evidently there are a couple hundred miles of tunnels underneath Las Vegas. Stinky, sludge-sewage, rat infested, black-as-night tunnels that snake in a giant maze underneath Sin City.

Could any of you think up a creepier hiding place? Or imagine being the kidnapped victim dragged through that hole? I read INTO THE DARK with perpetual goosebumps!

Stacy! (By the way, welcome to Kiss and Thrill.) How did you think up this idea?

When I came up with the idea of an escape route, I Googled “Las Vegas Tunnels,” thinking that since Vegas was essentially built by the mob, there had to be some stories about underground tunnels. I had no idea about the storm drains or the homeless living in them, but when I found out and started researching, INTO THE DARK gained a whole new layer.

Did it automatically trigger the nightmarish plot for INTO THE DARK?

Yes and no. I already knew Emilie had a stalker, but when I discovered the drains, I realized how terrifying I could make the book. The idea of being taken down there against your own will is horrifying, and it was easy to play up the suspense from that angle.

Yeah. Horrifying. (Quite the understatement!) One character describes the rich history of the tunnels. Is this true? And do some old buildings have foundations that empty into them?

The Weber case mentioned in the book is a real case from 2002. A man murdered his girlfriend and her kids and escaped down there. There are numerous legends–including the one about the troll–that are told by the locals. As for the foundations, that’s something I made up in the effort to find a way make the escape route work.

Your description of the tunnels: the stench, graffiti, homeless people and their belongings is vivid. Did you actually go down there to ‘visit?’

No, I didn’t. But I did read Matthew O’Brien’s fabulous book, Beneath The Neon: Life and Death in the Las Vegas Tunnels. He was a reporter for Las Vegas CityLife and spent several months exploring the drains, getting to know the people living in them. He does such a great job of describing the smell and feel of the place it was easy to imagine being down there.

Being kidnapped and lost down there would rank high on my fear-o-meter! What frightens you the most?

Something terrible happening to my daughter. The idea of someone taking her, of not knowing what happened to her, is paralyzing. I’m also fairly claustrophobic, and being locked in small places is an awful experience.

I noticed your next work is set in the Deep South. What’s a nice girl from Iowa doing writing so authentically about these sultry settings?

Well, I love history and I’ve always been fascinated by the Deep South. My dream vacation would be a month spent exploring the old plantations. So it was pretty easy for me to set the next book in Mississippi. I’m a research nerd, and writing about places I’d love to visit is my way of virtual traveling.

Favorite romantic suspense author(s)?

Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Greg Iles (although he is more of a thriller author).

Thriller writers are welcome here! 🙂 Your bio mentions your avid interest in suspense, even as a child. What book or movie do you revisit that still manages to grip you like the first time?

The movie would have to be Psycho (the original). I watched it when I was way too young, and it scared the hell out of me. Still does, and it’s still a masterful work of suspense. As for books, I’d have to say The Silence of The Lambs. I’ve read it a few times over the years, and it still keeps me turning the pages.

If you could do any profession in the world (automatically experienced at it) what would you do/be?

Honestly, I’m doing it. This is my dream.

Cool for you! Favorite food item?

Anything Italian! Sausage casserole is one of my favorites. I have a recipe that’s so easy and tastes amazing.

Hey, maybe we need a Kiss and Thrill Blog Recipe Day! Sausage casserole? That sounds great! Favorite holiday and why?

Christmas, because my daughter still believes in Santa, and I love watching her Christmas morning. I also love buying things for my family, love giving gifts. I always have.

Aw! Kids make it so magical. And the toys that are available these days…I don’t have any kids but can’t stop buying these cool things! (Toys for Tots loves to see me drive up.)

To know us is to know we love authors who give back in some way or are passionate about a cause. Tell us about your INTO THE DARK Charity Raffle.

The homeless living in the storm drains of Las Vegas played a vital part in INTO THE DARK, and I want to give back. From November 1st until February 28th, participants will have several options to enter the raffle, including donating to HELP of Southern Nevada. The grand prize will be a $100 donation from me in the winner’s name to the homeless shelter of their choice.

Here’s additional information on how to find Stacy and her novel:

INTO THE DARK is available in all digital formats and paperbacks. Buy Into The Dark on Amazon, Coffeetime Romance, Bookstrand
All other digital formats at MuseItUp Publishing, Buy the paperback

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Website: www.stacygreen.net

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Win a digital or paperback copy of INTO THE DARK by Stacy Green! Leave a comment, question or answer this

Where’s the scariest place a kidnapper could stash you? (Las Vegas Storm Drains is taken…think of some place else!)

One lucky winner will be announced Thursday, December 13th. Check back!

About Sarah Andre

Romantic Suspense That Keeps You Up All Night! I live in sunny FL, love daydreaming, reading and chocolate. I write in the wee hours of the morning before my helpless hubby and 2 male Pomeranian pups awaken with their demands. :) My debut LOCKED, LOADED and LYING is available now.

Posted on December 11, 2012, in Author Interview and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. Sarah-totally awesome interview. And Stacy, thanks so much for being here today. Your Las Vegas tunnel hook is fantastic. I’m definitely going to snag a copy of your book for my TBR pile. I’m using an old coal mine in one of the books I’m currently writing so I totally identify with that dark and scary tunnel angle. Creepy cool.

    • Hi Lena! I’m glad you like the hook – I loved writing about the tunnels, as sad as they are. Ooo, an old coal mine? That sounds really interesting. Keep me posted on that book!

      Thank you so much – I hope you enjoy Into The Dark:)

  2. Great interview, ladies! Stacy, I’m claustrophobic also so I love books about small dark places–I can be scared in the safety of my home! Congratulations on your release. I can’t wait to read it.

  3. WELCOME Stacy!
    I think the worst place a kidnapper could stash me would be a coffin…buried underground. Ever see those TV episodes or movies with that scenerio? (Shiver!) I start to sympathy-hyperventilate watching their panic.

    Stacy: what’s your blurb for the next book? I forgot to ask.

    • Oh Sarah, that is a chilling idea. Trapped in a coffin, buried alive. I’m always fascinated by the Victorians fear of that, and the various ideas (like the bells) they came up with in case that happened.

      Thank you so much for all your help, and for asking such great questions.

      Here is the current blurb (it’s a bit of a WIP) for my next book, Tin God, which is out in April.

      He just murdered the man’s wife…again.

      Discovering her employer’s body is just the beginning of Jaymee Ballard’s troubles. When widower Nick Samuels arrives in Roselea, Mississippi determined to tie the murder to the slaying of his dead wife, Jaymee realizes the secret she’s been harboring for years may be a motive for the killings. Up against a beloved minister and years of lies, she and Nick join forces to find justice. The truth doesn’t always set the miserable free. Sometimes, it destroys them.

  4. Great interview! I think the worst place a kidnapped could stash me was someplace that was slowly filling with water. You’d be cold, and know that a painful death was creeping up on you.

    P.S. Don’t enter me in the giveaway. I already have a copy.

    • Yes, filling with water would be terrifying, especially when you can drown in an inch of it.

      Thanks, Marcy, and yes, she was an ARC reviewer:)

    • Oh yeah, Marcy! If the question was: ‘what’s the worst way to die’ my answer would be drowning! I’m convinced I was on the Titanic.
      🙂
      Absolutely irrational fear of drowning…

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Whoa! I’m too scared to even think about that question! Stacy this story sounds completely awesome. You had Sarah at storm drains and you had me at SWAT team!

    Both your stories have such an originality and freshness to them! I’ll add them to my TBR pile, and I’m looking forward to reading them. Congratulations on your debut, and thanks so much for joining us today. I love your homeless giveaway idea too.

    Great interview Sarah, but that’s no surprise 🙂

  6. I adore Stacy and now I am so excited to have found your blog! Following now…

  7. Sounds like a great thriller. I think for me, the scariest place I could be held would be in a small dark room. Deathly afraid of tight spaces.

  8. Great interview. Gosh, Stacy. You look like such a nice person to write such chilling stories! Do you get scared writing them? Good luck with sales.

    • LOL, thank you. I guess I have sort of a dark side – or an interest in the dark side. I love criminal psychology and being scared. Thanks!

    • Hi Marsha,
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Yes. Chilling…that’s the word I should have used in the blog today. My husband thought I was nuts when he walked by and I was whispering ‘don’t put her in the drain, don’t put her in the drain…”

  9. Stacy, welcome to K&T and congrats on your debut! It sounds fabulous!

    My fear is narrow, twisty mountain roads without a guardrail. Make it a dirt road and slippery, and I think I’d pass out with fear. So I guess the worst place to stash me would be in a remote mountain cabin in the middle of a snowstorm.

    • Thank you so much! I’m honored to be here.

      Narrow, twisty mountain roads are terrifying. I remember once when I was kid, we were lost up in the Rockies (in the summer, thankfully) and we were on this tiny road, and I looked out the right side window, and it was sheer drop into a lake. Scared me to death.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • OOOO! Now that you mention it, Rachel, that freaks me out too. Ever been on a tour bus whipping around curves on a steep cliff? My limbs didn’t stop shaking for hours after we were safely back at the hotel.

      Stuck in a remote cabin in a snowstorm? Hey! Did you read my novel? 🙂

      • LOL, Sarah – I can’t WAIT to read your novel! 🙂 And I suppose I should clarify – I actually love being stranded in cabins during snowstorms. What I don’t love is getting there if the road is treacherous.

  10. Lovely interview Sarah and Stacy! Looking forward to a great read.

  11. authortamaraward

    Fantastic interview! I’m looking forward to reading this, also. Tunnels beneath cities fascinate me, also… though the stench and sewage and rats… not so much. The ones in your book sound perfect!

  12. Hi Tamara, thanks for commenting. You’ll enjoy the read.

    What really got me was that these storm drain mazes were REAL. I never knew Las Vegas had miles and miles of these under the feet of all those tourists. Just blows my mind. Next time I go there I’ll be looking at the sidewalks and streets not the neon lights and attractions. 🙂

  13. I’m pretty terrified by the scariest places everyone has mentioned. Now add some creepy crawlers to the mix–yikes!

    Stacy, I’m looking forward to reading your book. What a great idea to pay it forward by raffling off a donations to support a homeless shelter.

    Sarah, you are terrifyingly awesome as always 🙂

  14. It’s funny how the universe works. I just read a story about the underground tunnels in Vegas and the people living there. It included photos by the author of that book. Definitely got my mind spinning…

    I’m with Sarah, being buried alive makes me hyperventilate just thinking about it. I squirm whenever a show or movie uses that in the plot.

    Great interview ladies. Stacy, INTO THE DARK sounds great. Thanks so much for joining us today!

    • Gwen, did you read Beneath The Neon by Matt O’Brien? He spent a long time down there interviewing the homeless and had photographer with him. He’s helped bring their situation to the mainstream and founded a charity organization for them as well.

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  15. Thanks so much for being our guest this week, Stacy and we appreciate you giving away a copy of INTO THE DARK to one lucky winner on Thursday!

  16. Congrats on your debut release, Stacy. I think the scariest place to stash me would the sewers in NYC. Besides giant rats there is an urban legend that says alligators are down there, too.

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