She has created art, love and belief. "Revelations Of The Anonymous," Staceys first book of poetry, has been published by Christine F. Andeson Publications & Media. Stacey is currently working on her memoirs entitled "Kosher Crack." Her two children's books are due out in mid-July. (Amazon)
BBB: What inspired you to become an author?
SM: My inspiration for embarking on authorship came at a time in my life when I began to take a closer look at myself. My life felt like my cup was always half empty, and I yearned to have a half full cup instead. This common expression brought me to the conclusion that the only way I could save myself from drowning in pain was to save others, and I could not do that if I was barely treading water myself. Writing has always been a way to let out from within me that which I need to express. Writing is intriguing to me as words become images and images become visions. Thus, my inspiration comes from my own experiences in life, sometimes painful, sometimes awesome. I find writing to be a cathartic adventure towards healing and hopefully, I can reach others who need the courage to heal as well.
SM: The very title of REVELATIONS OF THE ANONYMOUS sparked within me years before I embarked on the venture of using the written word itself. My writing came at a time in my life when I truly felt anonymous. I lacked faith in myself feeling like something within me was hiding. I found so many unleashed reflections of my experiences in life since childhood. I had not realized the impact of my experiences until I took a hard look at my image in the mirror. Suddenly, I knew that I did not have to be invisible at all, but I found a woman who was now ready to reveal an intimate compilation of thoughts and feelings about my own life. Not to face these feelings is bad but not expressing them would be worse. It wasn’t until such time when I had an epiphany and found the faith in myself and to have the courage to finally expose my writing by this cathartic anthology of emotions. It has been a lifelong endeavor of mine to pour my feelings out on paper. And I must add, a "blank" piece of paper has always been a friend when I felt I had no one else in my life!
BBB: What do you think readers will take away from your book?
SM: Hopefully, the most important feelings my readers will experience as they read REVELATIONS OF THE ANONYMOUS is that they are not alone in sadness when all hope seems to have washed away. R.O.T.A. will give readers the encouragement to explore their inner selves and perhaps find their own spiritual awareness as they apply their personal journeys to each of my expressions. Perhaps, their loneliness and despair will turn to the knowledge that others have the courage to face and overcome past and present obstacles that have so deeply affected their self worth. Hopefully, those who want to help themselves in some way may even create dialogue with others and groups and will form support connections. High hopes for what this book will accomplish gives me the warm, loving feelings I so want others to embrace and give them the courage to face their own images in the mirror.
SM: Writer's block is common among all authors; however, when I have written my notes, I do pause and meditate before I actually stop for the day. I carry my computer like most authors and record any anxieties that slip into my mind. In my other pursuits as well, I focus until some "spiritual" entity tells me to stop, look, and listen to myself and take a break. Thus, the definition of writer's block is not the lack of ideas but a break to pursue a balance in my life. This is part of the process I want my readers to learn as well.
BBB: What are you currently working on?
SM: I have two children’s’ books due out in July, “Mommie What Does Love Mean” and “The ABC’s Of I Love You.” I am also working on my memoirs, “Kosher Crack.” While I am doing this, I continue to create my blogs and website.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
SM: Everyone can reach me through my website, www.staceyinsideout.com or Facebook at Stacey Inside Out.