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Sunday, September 28, 2014

2014 Debut Authors Bash: Stacey Nash: Author & Character Interviews

I am excited to welcome Debut Author Stacey Nash, author of the Collective Series, to Diane's Book Blog:

About the Author:

Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. When her head isn’t stuck in a fictional world, she calls the Hunter Valley of New South Wales home. It is an area nestled between mountains and vineyards, full of history and culture that all comes together to create an abundance of writing inspiration. Stacey loves nothing more than spending her days being a stay at home mum with the flexibility of writing when inspiration strikes.

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Author interview:

What is your favorite part of the Collective Series?

I have so many parts that I love in all of the Collective books. In Forget Me not though, it would have to be when Anamae is using a telcom (telecommunications device that works like telepathy) for the first time. The boys torment her because the thoughts she accidently sends are a little amusing -- for them, embarrassing for her.  The banter is a bit fun.

How long did it take you to write 
Forget Me Not ?

Forget Me Not took roughly eight weeks to write. I wrote in every scrap of time I could steal and thought about the story when I wasn’t writing. It was almost all consuming. But then it took a few months to revise and iron the story out into a polished product.

If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?

Jax. Purely for entertainment purposes.  ;)

If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?

Definitely Lilly. She’s fun, bubbly and wouldn’t put up with my rubbish, because she always calls it like it is.

What is your favorite book that you wrote?

 That is a really tough question. I love all of my books for different reasons. Remember Me (book 2) was probably the most fun to write though. The dynamics between the characters had grown since Forget Me Not and there are a few new characters who mix things up. Plus there were more action scenes and more kissing. Both things I love to write.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I sure can. I’m working on the third book in the Collective Series at the moment. Here’s a little section that hopefully is spoiler free. Also, note this is a draft so things may change. ;)

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you! I’m so grateful to every single person that decides meeting Anamae and co might be fun.  And I’m thankful for you spending your precious time on reading my stories.

Character Interview:

Please welcome Anamae from Stacey Nash Collective series:

What is your name? Do you have a nickname?

Anamae, but I’m often called Mae. 

What is your hair color? Eye color?

Boring brown and weird grey-blue.

How old are you?


What was the best part about coming back for a sequel?

The best part? There was no best part, if you call being hunted, taunted, and beaten by Manvyke a good time, then I guess the best part was trying to get away.

What is your biggest fear?

Losing my family, and by that I mean Dad and Will. Technically we’re not related, but Will … he’s important.  And since Mom vanished, there’s only been Dad and I. I couldn’t bear to lose either one of them.

What is your most treasured possession?

A necklace and pendant that belonged to my mother. It looks sort of like a forget-me-not, you know the little blue flowers. Except it’s about as big as a quarter and it’s tech, so it comes in pretty handy when I need to pop out of visibility.

What is your motto?

You can’t help someone who doesn’t help themselves.  And by that, I mean I’m not going to sit around waiting for someone to help me. That may never happen. If you want something, it’s up to you to make it happen.

Forget Me Not

(Collective #1)

Stacey Nash

Genre/Age Range: Science Fiction, Young Adult
HarperCollins AUS Impulse
Release Date: February 17, 2014

Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. When the brooch and the pendant are worn together they're no longer pretty pieces of jewelry -- they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewelry's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device -- and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One.

She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt. 

Fiction is Fact. Know the Truth.

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Remember Me 

(Collective #2)

Stacey Nash

Genre/Age Range: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: HarperCollins AUS Impulse
Release Date:October 1st 2014 

When all is lost, she must remember...

Anamae Gilbert managed to thwart The Collective and rescue her father, even though his mind is now a shell. Determined to stop Councilor Manvyke hurting her family again, she’s training to become an active resistance member and enjoying a growing romance. But things never sail along smoothly – Manvyke wants retribution. And Anamae’s name is high on his list.

After a blow to the head, she awakes in an unfamiliar location. Anamae can’t remember the last few weeks and she can’t believe the fascinating new technology she’s seeing. She’s the new kid at school and weapons training comes with ease, but something feels off. Why does the other new kid’s smile make her heart ache?

And why does she get the feeling these people are deadly?

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