Last updated on June 17, 2022
Today marks the release of Stacy Padula’s latest novel When Darkness Tries to Hide.
Lorilyn: How did you become interested in writing?
Stacy: I wrote my first book when I was in Kindergarten; it was a short story about a puppy. Then my writing just continued…I wrote books all through elementary school and continued beyond. I finished my first draft of When Darkness Tries to Hide when I was 15 years old. I had read a lot of different books while growing up that had been about high school. When I entered high school I was completely shocked by what was going on around me! It was nothing like Sweet Valley High or the Babysitters Club.
Lorilyn: What should people know about When Darkness Tries to Hide?
Stacy: The book picks up two months after where The Right Person left off. There is a terrible storm that brings destruction to the town and into the lives of some of the characters. One of the characters, Andy, gets injured and another character, Jason, feels responsible. (Although no one knows at first exactly why Jason feels that way).
Lorilyn: Have any experiences from your own life affected the storyline of the book?
Stacy: I have not written about anything that has happened to me exactly, but everything in the books is based on things I have witnessed teenagers go through, or emotional/social/physical/spiritual battles that I have fought in my life. The books are filled with lessons I have learned from my own experiences, but I have woven those lessons into the completely fictitious world of Montgomery Lake High. It is my hope that teens and pre-teens can learn from these lessons and not go through as much pain as I had to in order to learn them!
Lorilyn: What is it like waiting for each book to be published?
Stacy: It is exciting! My next book, which will be published apart from the series as a novel, is Montgomery’s Masquerade: The Battle for Innocence. It is a prequel to the series that takes place when the main characters were in 7th grade.
Lorilyn: Do you have a “life verse” that you have claimed? If so what is it and why is that verse so meaningful to you?
Stacy: Psalm 84:11 has significant meaning to me. It states that God withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly. This verse is a reminder to me that anything that I pray for and do not receive is not good for me, and that I only desire it because I have a limited understanding of what is best for me. God knows what is best, and as long as I am walking with Him, He will not withhold anything good from me. So whenever God closes a door in my life, I recall Psalm 84:11 and find great comfort and peace within its promise.
Lorilyn: Who (or what) is your greatest encourager when you write and why?
Stacy: I have a wonderful support system of family and friends who encourage me in my writing. What encourages me the most, though, is the world of Montgomery Lake High that exists within my mind. It is like God has put this world in my head, and these characters are so real to me, and I write to express what is within me: a message of faith to reach out to the youth.
Lorilyn: Is there anything else that you would like your readers to know about you that would give us even more of a glimpse into your personality and passions?
Stacy: “Passionate” would be the best word to describe me. When I’m into something, I’m into it with my whole heart. I love my life and think God has blessed me with the best friends, best dog, best job, and the best mother in the entire world. Writing is my favorite pastime. I have learned a lot about conquering fear this past year. The ocean moves me.