I am so pleased to welcome author and friend Stacey Joy Netzel. I’ve been a fan of Stacey’s since discovering her Welcome To Redemption series of short, sweet romances (I don’t write short, but I read them like eating candy!). You can learn all about her on her website, but here’s a quickie intro:
Stacey fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, she is thrilled to call herself a full-time writer after 20 years as a travel agent. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and the occasional paranormal short story just for fun. She lives in her native Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. In her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at the family cabin on the lake.
And now, without further ado, here’s Stacey to talk about the pride her dad has in her writing. (And learn how you can get a free digital copy of one of her holiday short stories!)
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“My Dad Brags About the Smut I Write” by Stacey Joy Netzel
I’ve been writing with the intent to make Full-time Author my career title since 2004. In August of this year I was able to make that dream a reality. I first published in 2007, and in all that time, my parents were very vocal in how proud of me they were/are.
My dad, Butch, in particular seemed to love telling people all about my writing. Many times the conversation would go something like this abbreviated version:
“My daughter is a published author.”
“Really? What does she write?”
“Romance books.” (and sometimes, I swear, he’d actually say “Smut books.”)
“Yeah. But I’ve never read any of her books.”
“Shame on you! You should be reading your daughter’s books.”
“I know, and I will.”
And yet he didn’t—even after I created a character in my Romancing Wisconsin series and named him Santa Butch (which my relatives really got a kick out of). So, after hearing the above conversation over and over, either by being present or my mom or an aunt telling me about it, I began to realize that my dad will take attention any way he can get it. I love the man, but let me tell you, at times he almost seemed proud that he hadn’t read any.
My mom Judy always buys a copy of my books, and one time Dad said, “I’ll read your mom’s.” Mom shot back, “Support your daughter, buy your own!” Surprisingly, he did. Here’s how I signed it:
Dad, here’s another book you can brag to everyone that you haven’t read. Love you! Stacey
He laughed. See? More negative attention. (The man never did grow up.)
However, this past spring, everything changed. My dear daddy had foot surgery and was off his feet for 6 weeks. He asked which book he should start with, and knowing he’d like a bit of western in with the romance, I suggested Trust in the Lawe. I wasn’t so sure he’d actually read like he said he would, so I wanted to raise the odds of hooking him.
Now, in the past 50 years, my 71 yr old father *may* have read one book. I seem to remember a paperback western sitting on the back of the toilet for about a year… However, he read my book in about a week. I know, he was in a forced sitting position with not much else to do, but after that first book, he moved on to the next, and the next and yes, the next. He told me he couldn’t put them down, and that he was amazed at how I came up with the plots. They sparked a few conversations at the bonfire this summer. He loved my kick-ass heroine Marley in Shattered Trust, talked to me about my characters Colton and Kendra as if they were real people, and then…*Cringe*…he started commenting on the sex scenes.
Yeah, I did NOT want to talk to my dad about them or know if he enjoyed them at all. LOL
Anyway, he’s now read at least 5 of my books and is working on the Mistletoe stories that feature his namesake. He’s slowed down a bit with his foot healed, but these days when he brags to people about his daughter being an author, he gets to tell them how much he loves my books, too. It sounds SO much better—although, unfortunately, I do believe the word ‘smut’ still gets used, darn it!
If you’d like to meet Santa Butch and Judy, check out Mistletoe Mischief, book 1 in my Romancing Wisconsin series. It’s FREE at Apple, ARe, Kobo, SW, and $0.99 Amazon and BN. (Kindle and Nook owners, if you email me at staceyjoynetzel (at) gmail . com, I’m happy to gift you a copy.)
Hopefully you’ll enjoy the story and want more of Santa Butch in the next two books, Mistletoe Magic and Mistletoe Match-Up.
— Stacey Joy Netzel
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Thanks! Stacey will be checking in throughout the day if you have questions for her, but what I want to know is this: have you ever shared a romance book with a…non-believer—and turned them into a fan of romance fiction? Share your stories!