Questions & Answers: Book and Author

25 questions about Stacy Maya and her book ''My pleasure, Starla''.

2021-06-19 4 min read

My pleasure Starla is on your hands now! 

Check out curiosities and information about Stacy Maya's debut book:

Q1: So where is Stacy Maya from?

A: I was born and raised in the South of Brazil but I currently live in a small town in Italy.

Q2: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

A: My first contact with written art was writing a song when I was 13 years old.

These two loves share the same emotion: the desire to eternalize something.

Q3: If you could spend a day with another popular author dead or alive, whom would you choose?

A: Paulo Coelho.

Q4: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

A: As a child I wanted to be a singer.

Q5: What is your writing process like? Are you more of a plotter or a pantser?

A: The plot of ''My pleasure, Starla'' already existed in my mind before the characters came to the story.

The biggest plot is in the next book, certainly many people were not expecting it but in the book ''My pleasure, Starla'' if you read it carefully, you can see it coming.

Q6: At what time of the day do you do most of your writing?

A: Usually in the morning but I've already written in all periods of the day and sometimes I didn't even sleep to finish.

Q7: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

A: I'm a big fan of technology so if I'm not writing I'm doing something with my cell phone or computer.

Q8: What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?

A: That haste is the enemy of perfection, the book needs to flow through the fingers, if you need to force it is not the time yet, move on to another part of the story.

Q9: Why Italy?

A:  Why not?

Q10: Who has been the biggest supporter of your writing?

A: My husband. He insisted that I should write, whether about this or any other topic, he is the person who encourages me the most in many ways.

Q11: How much research did you need to do for your book?

A: Nowadays there are many forums and groups on social networks with this theme, I deepened my research there to create my characters.

Q12: When was the idea for this specific project conceived?

A: Prostitution is a big issue in South America and in many parts of the world, but it's actually taboo to talk about it, we've all heard about sex workers, we see them everywhere, but we don't know exactly who they are.

''My pleasure, Starla '' gave me the opportunity to see and talk to people in this condition and to get to know them better as human beings, to know what brought them there and to know the human being who hides behind the glitter and tight clothes .

Each of the people I spoke to contributed to the creation of Starla and their stories told in the book.

Q13: What was your aim with ''My pleasure, Starla''. What message did you want to get across?

A: The message is that no matter what happened to you, you can be loved.

Q14: Which of the characters of ''My pleasure, Starla'' do you relate to the most and why?

A: Certainly, Starla, I also had this need to be loved for a long time.

Q15: Would you and your main character get along?

A: I believe so, because Starla is a very sincere girl, I like to surround myself with sincere people.

Q16: What is a significant way your book has changed since the first draft?

A: The first name of this book was '' Christine's diary '' so one day I was making bread and the title '' My pleasure, Starla '' crossed my mind.

I found it much better so I changed.

Q17: Who are the authors that influence you?

A:  Paulo Coelho, Clarice Lispector, Agatha Christie.

Q18: Describe a typical writing day.

A: I usually wake up, start the computer, make a coffee and put on some music to get in the mood before start writing.

Q19: What’s your favorite writing snack or drink?

A: I usually write drinking coffee or pause to drink coffee.

Q20: What part of the book was the most fun to write?

A: The part of the clients description. It was fun to incorporate Starla and adopt her way of thinking to write her routine.

Q21: Has writing a book changed the way you see yourself?

A: Yes, especially since it is always a surprise to know what your brain is capable of creating.

Q22: What comes first, the plot or characters?

A: The plot undoubtedly, I consider the characters key to the story but what happens to them that makes the book worth reading.

Q23: How long does it take you to write a book?

A: As '' My pleasure, Starla is my first book created I will use it as a reference: I started it in 2018 but I only wrote it consistently in 2020 and 2021.

Q24: Would you share something about yourself that your readers don’t know (yet)?

A: I speak three languages. I am self-taught in English and Italian and my native language is Portuguese.

Q25: What’s next for you?

A: I am working on the sequel to ''My pleasure, Starla'' which will be released in the end of 2022.