Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Welcome Back, Staci Stallings

It's good to have you here, Staci, Tell us, what is your favorite scripture verse and why does it resound with you?

You know, this used to be an easy question. There are many now... Hebrews
11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. And Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

But I think my all-time favorite is 1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. Because the truth is, I can do good things and look really good doing them, but if I'm doing them for the wrong reasons, I'm wasting my time. Love is about eternity. Everything else only looks at now. If you're focused on now, you're really missing the point.

Good point, Staci! I agree. In your latest book, is there a story--an inspiration behind it that gave you the desire to write it?

God. Seriously. He put "Deep in the Heart" on my... heart. I woke up one morning with a name. A single name. Not a story. Not a plot. Nothing else. Just a name and a feeling of knowing this guy even though I really didn't. So I got up, went to the computer, typed in the name, and there he was. Strangely I don't think I'd ever heard this guy's name before nor had I ever seen him. Three weeks later he came out with a country song that became a major hit (while I was writing Deep in the Heart). So God gave me the inspiration, with as thin a thread as He's ever started me with, the desire to dig and learn and understand the story of these two people, and most of all He shared the insights with me about what HIS love and forgiveness and mercy and grace in a life can do, and how lives change when we share those things with others.

That's totally fascinating. How remarkable are God's ways. Do you have a favorite character in your book that is dear to your heart?

I would love the chance to give both of the main characters in this one a hug. Maggie because she is trying SO hard and clinging SO hard to God--even when it seems that all of life is against her. That's not easy, and a lot of people give up in the face of far less than she is dealing with. But Maggie clings to her faith and her belief that God will see her through anything, and she has the courage to share that faith with those around her. She's an inspiration to me--even though I'm sure she would think that was odd as she doesn't see herself that way at all.

And Keith... I can't help but smile when I think of him. He has such a big heart but he's been told so many lies in his life. Oh, what a trap that is when we fall into it. We think life is up to us to live, and every failure is just one more brick in the conviction that we're doomed to be miserable forever. I love reading this one and seeing what happens when someone shares God's love with someone. When they choose to meet hurt with unconditional love. It's awe-inspiring!

Now, a couple of fun questions:

If you could choose a favorite meal, where would it be and with whom would you want to share it?

My mom's fried chicken dinner at her house with my family! Hand's down. No question. I'm convinced that's what Heaven is going to be like!

Yes, and with homemade biscuits. Can't get any better than that. lol Where would you like to live permanently if you could have a choice? Why?

You know, honestly I love it right where I am. Yes, the Texas Panhandle is flat. There aren't many trees. It's more yellow than green, and the wind can be an issue. But the sunsets are beautiful. There is lots of space to roam and play. It's safe, but mostly because my family and friends are here. What more could I ask for?

Home is where the heart is, and yours is definitely in the right place! That is happiness and peace. Please tell us where readers can stay in touch with you and where to purchase your book.

Readers can read first chapters, excerpts, and reviews of all of my romance books at:


They can check out my Christian Living blog, Spirit Light Books at:


And they can see "Deep in the Heart" at Amazon Kindle here:


Thanks so much for having me!

Thanks for being here, Staci.

Staci is giving away a copy of Deep in the Heart. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!


Anonymous said...

This book sounds really interesting. I would love to win it! Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Anonymous said...

This book sounds really interesting. I would love to win it! Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Lisa Lickel said...

This book is an amazing and juicy love story. I just read it and cried at the ending. Very nice and real love story for today. Mistakes, misplaced love, maturity and just plain being nice become the real deal in the lives of the ultra rich.

cjajsmommy said...

I enjoyed the author interview. Now I'm hankering for fried chicken! Please enter my name for this book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Teela said...

Please enter me in Staci's giveaway of Deep in the Heart. Thanks, teelayoung@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Staci -- I have read several review on your book and it sounds terrific. I would like to enter my name in your drawing. It would be an honor to win your book.
Pat HInes
221 West Franklin
Monmouth, Illinois 61462
Blessings to you!!!

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

ann said...

Homemade fried chicken and biscuits - I'll be there LOL would like to sign up for the book giveaway - thanks
amhengst at verizon dot net

Nancee said...

"Deep in the Heart" sounds like a wonderful book. Staci, I love your favorite scripture verses. I happen to like them also. Some verses just seem to fit into our lives so perfectly. Thank you for offering this giveaway!
Nancee, Western Michigan

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a really good book...I would love the chance to read it!

Morgan G.

Jo said...

Enjoyed the interview and now would love to read the book.


Brenda Stimely said...
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Brenda Stimely said...

Great interview and our God sure is awesome! Thanks.


Erin S said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. I'd love the chance to win and read it! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

emstclair {at} gmail {dot} com

lgm52 said...

Sounds great! Sure want to read it!

Books Are A Blessing said...

Wow thanks for the info. This is the first Ive heard of this book and it sounds wonderful!

Anonymous said...

sounds like a fun read-Karen
sonflower277 at gmail dot com

Emma said...

Great interview. sounds like a great book. Please enter me in this contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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