Like Katie Capwell, the female protagonist in my new new novel, MAYBE SOMEONE LIKE YOU, my
path to following my dreams wasn't a straight line. No, it was more of a wild
zigzag, like a trail made by a frantic mouse in a maze. The idea of becoming a
writer was always teasing me with its alluring pull, but writers were "other"
people—fancy people who wore blazers with elbow patches. (Okay, so my childhood
idea of a writer stuck with me through adulthood, even though I knew better.)
Upon graduating from UCLA, I began working in television casting. It was a
(relatively) seamless flow from interning at NBC to working as an assistant to a
casting director. The first show we cast fizzled, but the next show we worked
on—one that people mistakenly called The Exiles in its infancy
stage—became a huge hit. Soon, people were no longer calling it anything but its
correct name, The X-Files. Through the years, I was promoted, and then
I moved to a different casting company as a casting director. The job was
amazing. No other position would've allowed me to meet so many
individuals from all walks of life. They told me their stories, intrigued, and
But every season during hiatus, I would do the same thing—slip away to a quiet
spot and write. In private. And NO ONE knew about it. Because initially, every
single word I wrote was cringe-worthy. I wasn't a writer. Hell, I couldn't even
put one nice sentence together.
But after nearly a decade in casting, I was craving a change. And then it came
to me: one of the things I loved about casting was working with actors at the
cold-reading workshops I taught regularly. I liked helping people, teaching them.
So after the finale of Party of Five, the last show I cast, I left my
job. I was terrified. But I had a plan. I was going to attend school at
night to get my teaching credential and master's degree. My first job was
teaching kindergarten on an emergency credential at a school in a neighborhood
with a tough reputation. Some of my students were challenging, but God, how they
wormed their way into my heart. They became more than just students—they were my
kids, my babies. I wanted to give them the world.
After graduating with my master's degree, I got a job teaching third grade in a
different district. I thought I would teach there forever. But I was newly
married, and surprise! Pregnant after only four months of marriage. My plan was
to return to my job after having my daughter, but I couldn't. The thought of
leaving her in someone else's care all day made me tear up. Oh, I know plenty of
moms can't wait to go back to work, and I understand that. Trust me, there were
weeks that I worried about money, my contribution to our family, and the
possible degeneration of my brain. But through all that, the decision was the
right one for me, and I knew how lucky I was to have the option.
I had three more children in the next six years, making it a total of four kids
in eight years. Phew. And when they napped, I wrote for fun. But the
thought of writing an entire book never entered my mind. It wasn't until I read
a Stephenie Meyer interview in which she said she told herself stories all day
long that I had an aha moment. The interviewer said something along the
lines of, "No, not everyone does that!" And I thought to myself, I do!
And so I scrambled to my laptop and began writing the story that was
playing on repeat in my head. It didn't matter if it sucked, I just wanted to
get it down.
As fate would have it, two women who had kids at the same school as mine became
my critique partners. We pushed each other to become better writers, supported
one another, and formed a lasting friendship.
Now, two jobs, four kids, and years later, I have an amazing agent, and
my second book, MAYBE
SOMEONE LIKE YOU, is out in the world. So even though it took a circuitous
route to get here, I wouldn't change a thing. And to all of you aspiring writers
out there, KEEP WRITING!
Katie Capwell is a bright and accomplished recent law school graduate, and
she has her shiny future all mapped out. It's brimming with courtroom victories
and creating change. Ryan Brincatt is a tattooed and impossibly cool martial
artist, and he's mastered a fierce roundhouse kick.
Their paths never should have crossed.
But when Katie lurks outside the kickboxing gym where Ryan works as a
trainer, she's immediately drawn to his casual confidence and playful green
eyes. Without making her usual list of pros and cons, she impulsively signs up
to train with him.
She never imagined that one decision would change. Absolutely. Everything.
New Adult | Romance Contemporary
[Entangled Embrace, On Sale: April 16, 2018,
e-Book, ISBN: 9781640634855 / eISBN: 9781640634855]
Stacy Wise has a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Masters in
Teaching from Chapman University. She lives in California with her husband, four
children, two dogs, and an ever-changing number of fish.
a full-time writer, Stacy worked in television casting on shows including Party
of Five, The X Files, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Married...With Children.
When she's not dreaming up stories, you can find her beating up the bag at a
kickboxing gym or walking her dogs, Bailey & Rex.
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