Recently I finished writing my 48th book and I went back to look at just how many words that I had written. When I counted up the numbers from my first drafts, it was over 3 MILLION words! Oh my! That’s not even counting the words written in edits, marketing, website, emails, and posting on social media!
After I realized that, I recalled that it was exactly 9 years ago that I sat down and wrote my first book. I’d never wanted to be a writer, never experienced that “Oh, I’d love to write a book” feeling. Nope, never.
So how did I start writing? Well, that’s a interesting story!
In was October of 2009, and I was on duty working a night shift (I was still working in law enforcement then). It was the middle of the night, and I was drinking a cup of coffee from my local Wawa. While getting my caffeine fix, I stretched my legs at a park in our Township and enjoying some much needed fresh air.
Cops live on instinct, and as I stood there, my spine prickled with unease and I glanced around. On the far side of the parking lot, near a corpse of trees something was watching me.
At first, I thought it was an animal, but the eyes were to far off the ground. They almost glowed in the darkness and I wondered if maybe there was a large tree stump or boulder in that area that an animal might have climbed up on, because the distance between the eyes and the ground was more similar to a person, then night stalking critter.
For a long moment, we watched one another, the hair rose on my arm, and I glanced around, taking a step back toward my patrol car, intent on turning on the Spot-Light. When I looked back, it was gone, and a shiver raced down my spine.
I was rarely a nervous person on duty and had no problem walking into the dark and investigating something, but that night, I got back in my car and left the park. I spent the next couple hours driving around and wondering what I had seen, and then maybe it was because it was three in the morning and I was tired, my mind began to weave a story.
What if I was on a traffic stop, and the driver attacked me? What if while I was being attacked, someone was watching me? What if that someone wasn’t exactly human? What if that not exactly human person was a vampire? What if that vampire came to my rescue?
By the time I got home, my early-morning-exhaustion-filled-mind had not only woven a fantasy but had created a plot. That afternoon, I sat down and wrote the first chapter of My Blood Runs Blue.
It was the start of something fantastic. A way for my mind to unleash the stresses of life. In the next 6 years, (2010-2016) I wrote and published 15 books. In 2016, I retired from law enforcement after my second major concussion – and since then I have published 33 more books. I’m in the process of writing my 49th and 50th book now and can’t wait to celebrate that milestone!
Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Best Selling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.
Stacy is very involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years.