Stacy Monson writes contemporary inspirational romance, and she has BIG news. First a little about her, and then she’ll tell you why she’s been happy dancing this past week.
Home for Stacy is Plymouth, Minnesota, a northwestern suburb of Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband of 28 years, Mike, and their golden retriever, Libby. Stacy and her husband are deep in the midst of wedding plans for their daughter. Their son is a senior at the University of WI-Eau Claire.
Stacy still bemoans missing the memo about having summers off. Her husband and children are all (or will be) elementary teachers. But she loves her job as Community Relations Director for Touching Hearts at Home, a non-medical companion care agency serving seniors and people with disabilities.
Welcome back, Stacy! When you were my guest this past March, you were celebrating some contest placements. I know there have been more since then because I was present at one of the award ceremonies. Please tell us about these successes as well as other steps you’ve taken since your interview.
Hi Keli. Thanks for having me back. I’ve had fun celebrating with you over your recent sale, so I have to say congrats to that first.
Let’s see – a lot has happened since my interview with you in March. Finding Grace had a lot of success in 2010 on the contest circuit – it placed first in the Gotcha!, the Duel on the Delta, and the Touched by Love contest, and tied for 3rd Place in the TARA Contest. I was also a Bronze level finalist in the Frasier Contest run by Susan May Warren at My Book Therapy.
It was so exciting to find out I placed first in the Touched By Love contest – that contest is especially dear to my heart because it’s an FHL-sponsored contest (Faith, Hope & Love – the inspirational chapter of Romance Writers of America®). And it was extra fun to receive a phone call from YOU telling me I’d won, since I was unable to attend the RWA Conference in Orlando. People at the grocery store thought I was a little strange – squealing my way down the cookie aisle! My second book, Living Peace, placed first in the Heart of the Rockies contest.
In September I attended the American Christian Fiction Writers National Conference in Indianapolis where I pitched to Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency. She apparently liked the premise for both books and asked me to send proposals. I love the ACFW conference – it has great workshops, lots of time to meet with authors, agents and editors, and a really great atmosphere.
Just last week, you received The Agent Call. I knew it had happened because I heard your gleeful shouting all the way from Minnesota to California. OK. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I know you had to be thrilled. Please tell us how the Call came about, how you reacted to the BIG news, and what you did to you celebrate.
It’s been really exciting. The first thing I had to do was learn how to even create a proposal! My good friend Brenda Anderson allowed me to basically copy her format, which was an enormous help. I sent Joyce proposals on both completed manuscripts and then began the wait.
Last week I received an email from Joyce saying she had read both proposals and would like to talk about working together. I was so stunned I called my family downstairs and asked them if it said what I thought it said! There was lots of squealing and dancing around (including our golden retriever who loves a happy party!). It was torture waiting for Joyce to call the next morning (I carried my cell phone everywhere with me). When she did, she said she wanted to offer a contract. We chatted about potential publishers, the order of the books, and our cold winter (she’s in PA, I’m in MN). I was able to control the squealing until after we hung up.
What’s extra fun is that my family is as excited about this as I am! I’ve heard my hubby telling a number of people on the phone, online, etc. SO fun to share this with them, and my dear friends who’ve ridden this roller coaster with me.
I’m thrilled for you, Stacy, and hope you have even more good news to share in the near future.
I invite your visitors to join in your celebration by leaving you a comment.
Thanks, Keli. It’s been a fun ride so far, with more ups and downs to come, I’m sure. My parting comment is to every aspiring author out there. It’s true what they say – Never, never, never give up. Hard work pays off!