Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure. Well, as you know my name is Nacole Stayton. I am happily married and live in Louisville, Kentucky. I love to read, watch Pretty Little Liars, and spend time with my family. I love all things monogrammed and have a weakness for homeless people. People say I wear my heart on my sleeve, but honestly I just feel like if the world showed a little bit more compassion, there wouldn’t be so much hate lingering around. Don’t get me wrong. I am a tough cookie too, but we all have a story, whether we share it on paper or a cardboard sign.
As a first-time author, how many projects and stories did you discard along the way to The Upside of Letting Go?
Honestly, none. Since I went into this not planning on actually publishing a book, my expectations were pretty low. Once I realized “wow, there is actually a story here,” I kind of left it and ran with it. Now ideas about this novel are another thing. I would brainstorm anywhere and disregard those items in a heart beat.
At what point in your life did you realize that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?
I think once I noticed people start to mark The Upside of Letting Go on their TBR on Goodreads. I was shocked at the amount of people who were interested. It made me more eager to finish my story and share it.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
My personal challenges are probably because I am my own worst enemy. I wanted The Upside of Letting Go to be flawless. But in reality everyone has typos, and there are things that slip through the cracks that you just can’t catch. I read and re-read The Upside of Letting Go countless times, so editing is definitely my number one challenge. As an indie author, people are already expecting your book to be poorly edited. I really want to change readers’ minds because the indie community is truly filled with wonderful, talented writers who deserve a fair chance.
Other than that, my second challenge was choosing my cover. As you know, the cover I published was actually my second one cover, and I had to do a cover re-release. I was so excited to get the first one done. I chose an image I wasn’t in love with. But then I stumbled upon my “current cover” and fell in love with it! So be careful when choosing your cover! It is the only thing people have to associate your book to.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
My novel started as a silly ole document in the Notes App on my cell phone and blossomed into the work it is today. I feel like it is my baby. I have watched it grow and develop, and now it is about to leave the nest! I don’t want to spoil it, so you’ll just have to read it to see what it is about!
Give us the 140 character TWEET description of your book.
TULG is a story of lust turned into love. The past turned into present and pain turned into healing. A NA’s beautiful story of triumph.
Our 6 Smooches
1. Cowboy hat or cowboy boots?
2. Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe in a spark or chemistry at first sight.
3. Favorite fictional male (or female) character who you have not written?
Mr. Christian Grey
4. Favorite song?
Country Roads by Ryan Bingham (check him out, he is amazing!)
5. Favorite TV show?
Pretty Little Liars
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
In Her Shoes?! Wait, let me jot that down for future book titles 😉