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Dec 05, 2008; Maude Asks:

Hey Stacey, I'm wondering who your editor was for My Date with Satan. Thank you!

Stacey answers:

My editor was Nan Graham.

Dec 05, 2008; unome Asks:

Are you really married or is that a way to cool the frenzy?

Stacey answers:

I'm not married. I am unmarried. Let the frenzy begin.

Dec 05, 2008; unome Asks:

Are you really into Scientology or is that just a way to stoke the frenzy?

Stacey answers:

I've found it very hard not to like Scientology since I discovered that they believe we all have wicked little aliens stuck all over our bodies. (They mean it! But it's a metaphor! But it's not! Because they mean it! But ha ha ha it's a metaphor anyway!) So I'm more of a fan of Scientology than an actual Scientologist. Also, I have this weird Tom Cruise thing (he appears in my dreams) but I think I'm getting over it.

Dec 02, 2008; Nano-rhyming Asks:

What did your novel-in-a-month end up being about?

Stacey answers:

It's sort of about aliens and robots and Mormons and plagues and drugs, in no particular order. How about yours?

Nov 17, 2008; Verbose Asks:

Please list your top 20 favorite verbs!

Stacey answers:

In the two weeks since you asked, Verbose, I've only been able to come up with one: procrastinate.

Nov 01, 2008; Wonderer Asks:

So it's November 1. Are you going to do Nanowrimo? Should I do it? I'm afraid.

Stacey answers:

Yeah I guess. I'm going to try anyway. Nanowrimo is when you write a novel in a month and that month is November--see their website. It's a short novel and it's allowed to suck. It's sort of like a writing exercise. I'm actually having trouble just typing this answer right now so I am not sure I can write a whole novel but I will try. If anyone else is doing it, my writing name (and my porn star name) is Bunny Meadowbrook and you can list me as one of your writing buddies.

Yes you should do it. I am afraid too. Failure is an option.

Oh yeah, also, my novel is supposed to be about the history of the entire world and probably will have aliens in it. You are welcome to use/steal this brilliant idea also.

Oct 28, 2008; Candice Asks:

Gday I have to write an essay for uni and im talking about the necessity of memory and why memory even in fictional literature is important. for example, I live in Australia and we have recently studied fictional works from 2 Aussie writers about real issues. For example there is 'Sorry' by Gail Jones and 'The Marsh Birds' by Eva Sallis. Sorry is a fictional story but it is about Indigenous Australians and The Marsh Birds is a fictional story about migrants. i understand that both these texts make the reader think about the past but i question how important they are because technically we're not REMEMBERING anything because they are indeed fiction. So my question to you, as weird and complex as it seems is why is fictional literature important in regards to the memory of the nation? this isnt my essay question but i think if i understand someone elses point of view on this it may help me to atleast have an idea of what im talking about. Im sorry if this is boring or complicated for you. cheers Candice

Stacey answers:

Hi Candice. Though I'm not sure I totally understand your question, I'll give it a shot. Fiction is important in regards to the memory of the nation because our brains process events as narratives and stories give drama and shape and texture to what might otherwise be dry or abstract facts. This kind of fiction isn't my favorite kind of fiction because sometimes it feels like it's trying to teach me a lesson. But when it's done well, it can be truly great, and the story that comes to mind for me in this vein is Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried."

Oct 27, 2008; natalie Asks:

when will i have sex with ollie

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Oct 24, 2008; Inspired by Asks:

Do you consider yourself a writer who uses magical realism in their stories or dirty realism?

Stacey answers:

I had to go to Wikipedia to look up dirty realism-what a great term! Like a dirty martini! I'd actually always heard that kind of writing referred to not as dirty realism but as minimalismó80ís era stripped down prose, often with working class characters, usually in realistic though heightened situations. Drinking is often involved. Though I really like a lot of dirty realismóitís hard to beat a Raymond Carver storyóI think the emphasis here is on the realism and Iím a really bad realistic writer. I simply donít have enough intellectual curiosity and simple love of the texture of everyday life to write about it at length. In a way, I donít even believe in everyday lifeóI mean, I believe it exists but I donít believe in it in a metaphysical way. Iím much more devoted to the idea that the world is a giant metaphor waiting to be gobbled up and digested by our minds, and that the reality inside our minds is much more interesting than the trappings of the objective world.

As for magic realism, I recently read a whole bunch of Garcia Marquez and man, I would totally join up if I could write like him. But honestly, Iíve never quite understood the term. I canít really tell the difference in reality levels between Garcia Marquez and Kafka and Isaac Bashevis Singer and Henry Jamesí ghost stories and Carl Jungís autobiography. As far as I can tell, fidelity to everyday life has never been a requirement of literature. Some of the most enduring storiesóBible stories, fairy tales, origin storiesóare totally strange, wild, and dreamlike. So I probably wouldnít use the term magic realism for my own writing. Iím not sure what term Iíd use. But one of the great things about not being an academic is that I am not obligated to use any terms at all.

Oct 20, 2008; Inspired by Asks:

How would you describe the humor in "Beauty Treatment" or "Cavemen in Hedges"?

Stacey answers:

You know, itís hard to describe humor. I think thatís kind of the essence of humoróit slips between the cracks in categories and logic, which is what allows it to be so subversive. In fact, itís so hard to describe humor that I can only think of a handful of adjectives commonly used to do soósatirical, slapstick, subversive, dark, and stupid. Can anyone think of any others? Scatological? Of those, Iíd pick dark to describe my writing because Iím sort of obsessed with the connection between funny and sad. But I think thereís also a bit of satire and slapstick, and whenever thereís slapstick thereís going to be stupid. Thatís everything but scatological, and I admit that I donít find poop funny. Well, maybe dog poop. And bird.

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