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Stacy Kingsley

An award winning author, Stacy has been writing since the age of 9. Her first book was about her favorite subject, her stuffed tiger Jake. Her second book Zombies Are People Too! is the first in a series of 4 zombies based books and is available on amazon,, ibooks, and Besides writing Stacy loves horror and Halloween is her favorite holiday. She lives with one man and two cranky cats.

Story: Patient Zero


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Don't listen to reviews or critiques because if you listen to the good ones you have to believe the bad ones as well.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I always just jump right in. I've tried making up an outline but the characters don't always follow what I have decided they would do.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I don't. Every criticism is someone's opinion. If I listened to critiques I wouldn't be a writer at all. I write for myself, I sell my books, but I don't write for the people that read them. If they like them good if not that's okay too.


Lisa Rose

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I really liked your story, especially the way that Baxter tried to hide his transformation and kept on going to work. The part I liked best? "Son of a ," Jeffrey screamed grabbing his arm, "what the hell, Baxter?" Standing quickly, Jeffrey grabbed his arm and watched as the blood flowed through his baby blue dress shirt, and pooled on the maroon room carpet. That wouldn't be too hard to hide later, blood mixed well with the color maroon. "Hungry," Baxter mumbled, blood dribbling down his hairless pale chin.

Can't wait for the next...

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This was a great day read! It goes by really quickly with the short chapters. Nice short & entertaining afternoon beach read. I'm looking forward to the next.


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Hahah! I quite enjoyed this one. A rather humourous (in my opinion) piece about the start of the zombie revolution. It wasn't bogged down with unnecessary details and was a good, fun and light read.


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Good story. No real faults.

Dont Be Upset

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The voice I heard was "If I act arty enough then everyone will have to like my story or not be arty". I heard your voice and nothing from the characters.

Book lover

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Really liked this story! I thought the last three sentences were a mistake but other than that, good zombie story and well written.


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Well written


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pretty good and fast read

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