Tell us about Twenty-Five Years Ago Today.
It’s about Kris Langley, a newspaper editorial assistant who stumbles
across a 25-year-old unsolved murder while compiling her 25 Years Ago Today column from the microfilm. She becomes obsessed with the victim, Diana Ferguson, an artist who was inspired by Greek mythology, and is driven to investigate the case. Along the way, she falls for Diana’s nephew, Eric.
What genre is it?
It’s a blend of cozy mystery and romantic suspense. Some book clubs have told me that they would also classify it as a mainstream literary fiction novel due to the Greek mythology subplot and the many discussion points in the book.
What kind of readers will it appeal to?
I think it would appeal to anyone who enjoys mystery, romance, or family drama.
Complete this sentence for us: if you like _________________, you’ll love Twenty-Five Years Ago Today.
If you like books with a puzzle to figure out, you’ll love my book.
How would you like the reader to feel as they read the last word of your book?
I want them to be shocked by the ending and still be thinking about it a couple days later. I’d also like them to feel satisfied that the loose ends are tied up.
Have you written any other books that we should read next?
I’ve also written a mystery called Sink or Swim, about a reality show contestant who attracts a stalker after returning to her normal life.
My young adult paranormal thriller Dark Before Dawn is
about a small group of teen girls who take secret classes from the local fortuneteller and my young adult novel Face-Off is about twin hockey stars who battle off and on the ice.
I’ve also written a children’s picture book, The Flag Keeper, and the children’s collection The Teddy Bear Town Children’s Bundle. I call my website One Stop Reading: Books for Adults, Teens and Children, as my adult readers can also find something for their kids or grandkids.
I should also mention 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back, which is a companion book to Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and is free from many retailers at this time. And I have a free mystery short story called Laundry Day, which is available as an e-book and audiobook. I teamed up with award-winning narrator Nicole Poole to offer the audiobook for free.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a former journalist, like Kris in Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, and have always loved to write. I’ve been writing since childhood and wrote my first novel, Face-Off, in study hall when I was 16. It was published my freshman year in college. I love to read also and would probably write a lot faster if I wasn’t always sidetracked by reading!
Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?
My website is http://stacyjuba.com/ and if you click the Blogs tab, you’ll also find my blog posts.
How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?
I’m wrapping up the audiobook production of my mystery novel Sink or Swim, which should be out in April. I’m also finishing up my work-in-progress, a fun romantic comedy.