Lacey Carter Andersen
Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
My name is Lacey Carter Andersen, and I’m a mom of three little ones. I live in Arizona with my amazing kids, my supportive husband, and my three trouble-making cats. I’ve been writing stories since I first learned how to write. I even entered writing contests when I was in elementary school. I always knew I was going to be a writer, but it wasn’t until a couple years ago I started pursing it as a career.
If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
If I didn’t write, I’d be a teacher. I taught junior high for a few years, and I absolutely loved it! The kids amazed me each and every day.
Does your family support your career as a writer?
My family absolutely supports my career as a writer. My husband has read almost everything I’ve ever written, and my seven-year-old son wants to be a writer, just like me. They make me feel like an absolute rock star!
Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
Being a writer is a gift and a curse. I love bringing to life my worlds and characters, but they also haunt me like ghosts until I tell their stories. It pulls me out of this world a little bit, even though many times I want to be completely focused on “real” life. Which can be absolutely frustrating at times!
What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
I read Bridge To Terabithia when I was young. When the little girl died at the end, I was in tears. I didn’t understand. I kept turning the page, trying to figure out when they realized she’s actually okay. When it hit me that she was really dead, I hid the book behind my pillow for weeks, to “punish” it for hurting me. It was the first time I realize a story could break your heart. That, somehow, words on a page could string together to create characters that were so lifelike, they felt real.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want, write to market so to speak? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I write what I want. The difficult part came when I actually started having readers, as funny as that might sound. It slowed down my writing process, because I suddenly had an internal battle. Do I try to figure out what they want and give it to them? Or do I just keep writing? It was hard to realize that all I could do was write the way that came naturally to me. Because truly the most difficult part of my writing process is when I let self-doubt stop me in my tracks.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I typically don’t start researching an idea at first. Inspiration hits, and I start writing a story. When I come to a part that I realize I need information to continue, I stop everything and start searching for answers.
Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My newest release will be Cursed Hunter. It’s the second book in my Mates of the Realms: Mortals’ series. It revolves around a demon-hunter named Sharen, who is not your stereotypical heroine. In the story, she’s accidentally tied to three demons and discovers her whole world is a lie. It’s a reverse harem romance with a lot of steam and a lot of mystery.
What was your hardest scene to write?
My hardest scenes were in a scifi romance called Twisted Prophecies. At the time, a loved one was diagnosed with extreme OCD. I was heartbroken and weaved that into the story with a heroine who had crippling OCD and anxiety. I gave it a scifi twist, but that story has so much of my own heartache weaved into. Most readers wouldn’t know it, but I’ve never struggled that badly with a book before.
Do your characters talk to you?
All the time. And my characters are demanding as heck. They want me to write their stories now.
Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
My characters always drive my stories. I usually don’t plot out the book in any fashion until I get pretty far into it. And, I don’t think I would plot at all, except that my writing doesn’t move as quickly as my thoughts. With three little ones, I spend far too much time thinking about how I plan to write the rest of the story, rather than actually getting to write. So, that’s when I “plot.”
What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
I think Erin from Nightmare Hunter. She’s this wealthy, confident cadet who owns every room she walks into. I think my shyness and complete avoidance of conflict would drive her crazy!
What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
Sharen from Renegade Hunter is my current heroine. She’s kick-ass and tough, but she also feels a lot and has experience a lot of heartache. I think she’d say we were a bit of kindred spirits. We’re both a bit exhausted from fighting for the people we love, but we’re both good at putting on a brave face for the world.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Absolutely. There is a scene in Deadly Dreams, the second book of Erin’s story, where Erin has this amazing heart-to-heart with her mom. It was such a powerful scene, because Erin is so real. She is a person who has struggled, who has been wrong, who is absolutely vulnerable in that moment. I cried when I read that scene again. My narrator for the audiobook said she cried too. There are so many little secrets through that series that are pieces of my own life. But no one would be able to unwrap them, even the people closest to me.
What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
This may sound silly, but nothing. I don’t think I have anything else I can get rid of. I have an amazing husband and awesome children. My life revolves around caring and loving them. I write every free minute I have, so there isn’t much left after that. At this point in my life, I can’t take anything more out of it for my writing career.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
When I write fun or sexy scenes, it completely energizes me. When I write upsetting or difficult scenes, it drains me. I’m currently working on the third book in my Mates of the Realms: Mortals series, and I’ve been putting it off a lot. So much happens in this book that I have to have the energy to make it amazing. These characters deserve it!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
A new show. I usually write in the evenings, after the kids go to bed. So if my husband and I start a new show, I don’t get anything done for way too long.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I have been reading my book reviews, but I’ve decided not to anymore. I don’t have a thick skin. I’m a tired mom and writing is my escape. When I get bad reviews, I’m crushed for weeks. It’s just not good for me to read them. I have an amazing PA who I intend to simply ask for any important points that she notices in my reviews to spare myself the emotional black hole.
Do you Google yourself?
Only to look for pirated copies of my books, which I decided was depressing, so I stopped, lol.
What’s the best way to market your books?
I have no idea. I guess the best thing to do is simply write another book. That helps to sell my other stories.
How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
I’m not sure exactly what you classify as marketing. I probably spend an hour on Facebook every day, checking in with my readers and connecting to other authors. But actually marketing my books? I maybe spend ten minutes a week. As far as writing, most nights I write for two or three hours… unless I fall asleep with the kids.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Honestly, I just can’t believe I have fans! Every time I write something, I fully expect people to call it garbage and move on with their lives. The fact that I have a group of people who pick up most, if not all of my books? It’s incredible. It truly keeps me going.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think I see a lot of aspiring writers hesitant to actually finish a book. Meaning: write it, edit it, and publish it. Most just never seem to finish a book. My advice is that if they want to be a writer, they have to go through all the steps and put that book out there!
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
I think both. A big ego usually makes it so few writers want to work with you, but a big ego would also offer some protection in a business that is so vulnerable. Authors with big egos probably get bad reviews, roll their eyes, and move on with their day. Which I envy so much!
Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Uh. Honestly? I don’t think I’ve ever met a famous person.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a
Skye MacKinnon is such a sweet woman. She doesn’t mind when I awkwardly reach out to her to ask questions. She’s always supportive and encouraging. And along with being amazing as person, she’s an excellent writer with an incredible work ethic and a great business plan. Everything she does seems to be done smoothly and well. Since I’m always multitasking and often make mistakes, I envy her perfectionism so much.
Read any good books lately?
It has been a long time since I’ve completed a full book. I have ten minutes in the bath each night to read, so it takes me months to read a book. And half the time when I’m in the bath I’m doing a final pass on my books on my Kindle. But I’m hoping to catch up on reading in a few years when my kids are hopefully a little more independent.
Do you ever sleep?
I sleep for maybe four hours each night. I’m burning myself out a bit, but I write at night when my kids are asleep, so I just need more hours in the day. The only thing I can take from is sleep.
What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
Fast burn. Always. 😉
Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
I’m going to give a shout out to Elaina Jadin. I had a night when I was so stuck with business questions swirling around in my brain that I felt sick to my stomach. She answered so many of my questions and really put my on the right path. I am so grateful to her for that.
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