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+ What initially got you interested in writing?

Honestly it’s just something I’ve always done. In elementary school I started writing stories that I would read in front of my class—whether they wanted me to or not. (Ah, the joys of a captive audience.) Through the years I’ve used it to entertain others, channel my emotions, or bore professors in college with thirty page essays on some inane topic like how glue is made. It wasn’t until adulthood that writing and I decided to become exclusive. It’s part of who I am. Always has been, always will be.

+ How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?

After The Conduit was written I sat on it for a full year before I told anyone other than my husband about it. It was the feeling that I owed it to the characters—that I had fallen in love with—that drove me to publish their story for others to read, so that maybe they could fall for them like I did.

+ What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

There are so many books out there full of dark angst. My books may dip a toe in the dark, ominous waters from time to time but my main goal is to inspire people and make them laugh.

+ What do you find most rewarding about writing?

When readers tell me my books inspired them in some way. I’m such a sap it makes me all weepy.

+ What do you find most challenging about writing?

Actually releasing a book out to the public for the first time. It’s like stripping naked in front of a room of strangers and asking them to point out all your flaws.

+ What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

The literary world can be a very frustrating place at times. Remember why you are doing this; a passion for storytelling. Don’t lose sight of that. If you’re having one of those days when you feel lost in the sea of writers then just sit down and write. Let the words flow as a reminder of what it’s all about.

+ Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I do an awesome interpretation of the Snoopy dance. Seriously. It would blow your friggin’ mind it’s so authentic.

+ What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

Visit me at www.staceyrourke.com, don’t forget to say hi to Mr. Pickles! Follow me on Twitter @rourkewrites or like me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/staceyrourkeauthor

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