Welcome to my first author interview! I hope you enjoy getting to know Charissa as much as I did. First a bit about her book:
Eyes of LightCharissa Stastny
Eyes of Light takes opposites to a whole new level. From Hispanic drug capos to Mormon missionaries in Guatemala, this story shows the spectrum of the human soul. The protagonist, Suvi Goldstein, is smart and resourceful, yet unaware of her true potential. She tries to escape her past, but life’s whirlwinds suck her back into danger and intrigue as she falls for a man with secrets as deadly as her own.
When disaster strikes, she flees to leave her guilt behind, but finds herself in even greater peril. Torn between violent men in one world and a kind, forgiving man in another, Suvi must find her way toward salvation. But will she ever be free of the darkness that binds her? Can she ever forgive herself for what happened…so that she can love again?
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Now, on to the interview!
A bit of background on Charissa:
Charissa Stastny lives in Meridian, Idaho with her husband, four kids, and her super mellow dog named Ginger. She and her family love camping, hiking, and biking. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from BYU, but is currently a proofreader and a grant writer. Eyes of Light is her first published novel. Her second book, Secret Keepers, is due out this fall.
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your “must read” list?
Some of my favorite comfort books are: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, any of the Harry Potter books, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, and anything by C. S. Lewis. I read 50-60 books a year, but still have a daunting “To Read” list that I feel I will never get through. I TRY hard though.
What is one silly fact about you?
I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, but am gambling-challenged. I haven’t ever pulled a handle of a slot machine, or thrown dice across a craps table, and I can’t shuffle cards to save my life.
What got you started on your writing journey?
I’ve dabbled with writing since I was a kid. I loved reading clean romance as a teen, and wrote out many cheesy scenes between handsome cowboys and beautiful milkmaids in my journal. The world will never see these!
Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
After my husband read my first story, he commented, “It would have been better with a zombie in it?” Since then, the “search and find” feature on Word has become my best friend. I always use it before I send out drafts to readers, because, unfortunately, my husband is skilled at sneaking zombies into my scenes. There is nothing worse than when the masculine hunk in my story tells the girl of his dreams that “he wants to eat her brains.” Ugh!
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
Quite a lot. There is always one character that I most identify with—usually the shy, awkward one that has a good heart, and doesn’t know how to accessorize. My cool characters are my dreams of how I wish I could be. It’s fun as a writer to live vicariously through our characters.
Where do your ideas come from?
My characters. Once a character is born in my head, then I watch them unfold on paper or the computer. Their depth and mystery always surprises me. A vivid character creates action, tension and stories!
Please share about your book
Eyes of Light is the first book in a trilogy that takes opposites to the extreme. From Hispanic drug capos to Mormon missionaries in Guatemala, this story shows the spectrum of the human soul. The protagonist, Suvi Goldstein, is smart and resourceful, yet unaware of her true potential. She tries to escape her past, but life’s whirlwinds suck her back into danger and intrigue as she falls for Austan, a man with secrets as deadly as her own.
When disaster strikes, she flees to leave her guilt behind, but finds herself in even greater peril. Torn between violent men in one world and a kind, forgiving man in another, Suvi must find her way toward redemption. But will she ever be free of the darkness that binds her? Can she ever forgive herself for what happened…so that she can love again?
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
Definitely Suvi. I wish I could meet her in real life.
If you could sum up your main character in five words, what would they be?
Impulsive, volatile, tender, confident, torn.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
Two reasons: 1) Because I went to a lot of trouble to delete all “zombie” and “brain-eating” references from it, and 2) The characters are amazing! You will fall in love with Suvi, Austan, and James.
Thank you Charissa for being here with us today and letting us get to know you and your book!