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Stacey Jay

Stacey JayStacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with three pen names, two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can’t think of anything she’d rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor (for real) and yoga instructor. In her very limited spare time, Stacey enjoys cooking elaborate dinners and eating them very, very slowly, dressing up in costumes with her sons, and dancing like a total freak who all but the coolest of her friends are embarrassed to be seen with. Read excerpts at Stacey Jay’s website.


Marion Chats with Stacey Jay

Stacey Jay, author of the ANNABELLE LEE urban fantasy series, a YA high school zombie series, and the YA fantasy books Juliet Immortal and Romeo Redeemed, a paranormal take on the English-speaking world’s most famous couple, is a busy woman. Before turning to writing, Jay worked as an actress and playwright. Currently, in addition to working on her various series, she is raising her two boys and participating in several writers’ conferences this summer. I exchanged e-mails with Stacey, and caught up with her at the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference in Fort Bragg, California, to ask a few more questions. I’ve got an autographed copy of her book Blood on the Bayou for one lucky commenter.

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Dead on the Delta: Hard-to-put-down “rural fantasy”

Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay

Stacey Jay’s fairies are tiny, beautiful… and bloodthirsty. Chemical disasters caused them to mutate, and now they swarm the bayous of the Delta region in search of human blood. Most humans die from the bite. Some expire immediately in intense agony, while others go insane first and live a few more years in containment facilities before dying.

A few humans, though, are immune. Annabelle Lee is one of them. Being immune qualifies Annabelle for all sorts of unpleasant jobs, like collecting fairy poop samples for Fairy Containment and Control. And, as Dead on the Delta begins, helping the cops ID the body of a child on fairy-infested land. Then she learns the child’s death may be related to the activities of a drug ring in the swamps. And then things get even stranger…

Annabelle’s life is a mess. She has a drinking problem and major relationship issues... Read More

Blood on the Bayou: Forget the romance, babe

Blood on the Bayou by Stacey Jay

Blood on the Bayou, by Stacey Jay, starts with a nightmare and ends with a wedding. In between, Annabelle Lee learns more about her growing magical powers, the nature of the toxic fairies who menace humanity, and the secrets of her own heart.

Annabelle Lee… sounds all dreamy and ethereal, doesn’t it? Well, forget the romance, babe. Lee is a hard-drinkin’, hard-lovin’, kick-ass redhead doing a dangerous job in the war zone of Louisiana, where venomous sparrow-sized fairies have driven humans to live behind iron fences and travel in head-to-toe exposure suits.

As we learned in Book One, Dead on the Delta, fairies have been with us forever. An act of bioterrorism mutated the insect-sized creatures and gave them a growth spurt. Fairy venom drives humans mad before it kills them. Some humans, like Annabelle, have... Read More

Juliet Immortal: Left me more frustrated than satisfied

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Juliet Immortal was one of my most anticipated books of 2011. I loved Stacey Jay’s Dead on the Delta, and when I learned that she was writing a Shakespeare spin-off involving an original type of paranormal being, it seemed like too much awesomeness in one package. I really wanted to like Juliet Immortal, and it makes me sad that I did not.

Here’s the premise: Romeo and Juliet fell in love in medieval Italy, but their story ended rather differently than the version we all know. Romeo sacrificed Juliet to gain eternal life in a supernatural faction called the Mercenaries. When Juliet died, her soul was claimed by the Mercenaries’ rivals, the Ambassadors. The Ambassadors’ goal is to make sure soul-mate couples get together and commit to each other. The Mercenaries’ goal is to destroy these couples by ... Read More

More books by Stacey Jay

Megan Berry, Zombie Settler — (2009-2011) Young adult. Publisher: Megan Berry’s social life is so dead. Literally. Fifteen-year-old Megan is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she’s part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people with a whole lot of issues. And things are about to get even worse. Someone at school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies and it’s up to Megan to stop the zombie apocalypse…

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fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsMy So-Called Death — (2010) Young adult. Publisher: Just because you don’t have a pulse doesn’t mean you can’t be perky. One second, freshman Karen Vera’s on top of the most fabulous cheer pyramid ever. The next, she’s lying on the pavement with seriously unflattering cranial damage. Freakishly alive without a pulse, Karen learns that she’s a genetically undead zombie. Soon, Karen is sent off to DEAD High, a boarding school for the “death-challenged,” and her non-life is suddenly an epic disaster. She’s stuck with a greasy-haired, wannabe-Goth roommate who hates her guts. She’s chowing down on animal brains every day to prevent rot (um, ew?). Even worse, someone is attacking students and harvesting their brains for a dark ritual… and it might be the hottest guy at DEAD High, the one who makes Karen’s non-beating heart flutter! As more brains are stolen — including her best friend’s — Karen tracks down the brain snatcher to save her fellow students from certain zombie death.

Stacey Jay Dead on the Delta urban fantasy book reviewsThe Locket — (2011) Young adult. Publisher: On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him — with their mutual best friend Mitch, no less — he dumps her, leaving her devastated. And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie’s chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realizes that changing the past may have had a dangerous effect on her present. Can she make things right before the locket destroys everything — and everyone — she loves?

fantasy book reviews Stacey Jay Of Beast and BeautyOf Beast and Beauty — (2013) Young Adult. Publisher: In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra is raised merely to sacrifice herself someday to ensure her people’s vitality. In the desert outside, Gem, a mutant boy, fights to keep his people from starvation. Neither dreams that together they could return balance to their world. Isra, a Smooth Skin, bound by magical covenant to the city of Yuan, wants to help the Banished people of her city, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits the blind princess believes she also possesses. One night, Gem is captured while trying to steal the city’s enchanted roses, and he becomes Isra’s beastly prisoner from the desert. But when Isra enlists the aid of Gem to help her grow herbs that will prevent mutation, she discovers just how human he is, and she begins to question everything she’s been raised to believe. As dark secrets from the past are revealed and Isra’s sight returned, she will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.