Jacy Sutton, novelist, blogger and marketing writer, lives in Minneapolis. During the days she writes for a small non-profit and at night she writes blog posts – including a piece for The New York Times – and a just-finished sizzling novel. Currently Jacy is working on her second novel and trying to reconcile the pride of writing a soon-to-be-published novel with erotic elements against her teenage sons’ desire to never have to discuss their mom’s dirty book with friends.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? I wrote my first novel, then started blogging to try to promote the book. But I’m enjoying the blogging so much I’m having a hard time getting back to the second novel!
I studied Journalism in college with a focus on advertising copywriting, which is an awesome background for all writing. It helps you grab people’s attention, keep them engaged and get to the point quickly.
2. How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. In 7th grade I wrote a book called Jenny & Brian, which to me were the two coolest names, ever. I passsed around chapters to friends and it was well received by other 13-year-old girls. It took me just 35 years to write my next book.
3. What has been your highlight since becoming an author? About a year ago I had my book club read my book. That was amazing. After years of discussing other writer’s books hearing them discuss mine was surreal. It was one of our best discussions ever. We talked about the book for two and a half hours and they gave me lots of feedback that I incorporated into the final manuscript.
4. What has been the downfall since becoming an author? The downfall? Reviews. A good friend rated my book a 3 out of 5. On Goodreads, she wrote, “Read it, it won’t disappoint you.” But the three stars disappointed me! The next time we’re out for coffee should be interesting.
5. Do you have any advise for aspiring authors? Write. Get feedback. See if it resonates. Then revise. Write. Get feedback. See if it resonates. Then revise.
6. What is a usual writing day like for you? I work full-time during the day. Come home. Walk the dog and write another couple hours. I wish I had more free time to write. But until I can earn a bit of a living at this, I just write whenever I get the chance.
7. What else do you do besides writing? I do developmental edits. I have a knack for dialogue and pacing and I love to help fellow writers with story line, language, character and plot development. I’ll do a beta read with substantive feedback.