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Stacy Werner Esq. ’91 has published her first book, Desire In The Everglades (Soul Mate Publishing Inc., 2014). The contemporary romance is available electronically, with a print edition scheduled this spring. Her next book, Lawfully Yours, was released in e-format this spring. Werner also practices government law.
QUESTION: You write under the name Stacy Hoff — why?
Stacy Werner: Stacy Hoff is my pen name. I use a pen name to keep my dual careers separate. For some reason, the concept of a romance-writing lawyer is confusing to some people. (Maybe they think I’m going to draft a love scene in the middle of a contract. Tempting…)
Q: Where did the idea for Desire In The Everglades come from?
SW: My family loves survival shows, like Survivorman and Naked and Afraid. One night we started wondering if we could last even one night in the wild. Growing up in New York City as my husband and I did, the outcome is doubtful.
I started wondering what would happen if I really was stranded in a wild and dangerous place like the Everglades and came up with the story concept: A timid New York City television producer (Stephanie) is forced to produce a survival-competition show in which former Special Ops Marine (handsome, enigmatic Colin) must live in Florida’s Everglades, armed with nothing but a small knife. If he survives, he’ll win a million dollars and save his family’s farm from foreclosure. But Stephanie and Colin quickly learn that filming the show is more dangerous than either of them had thought — and a freak Florida storm forces Stephanie to survive these dangers with him.
Q: How did you meet your husband?
SW: My husband is Eyal (“Al”) Berkowitz ’93. We met at our dorm in Hillside, and it was love at first sight. We’ve been together for 24 years (married for 19) and have two boys, ages 9 and 12. Eyal is a CPA and a tax accountant.
Q: If you were to set a scene from a romance novel somewhere on campus, where would that be?
SW: The Nature Preserve. Writing a romantic scene there wouldn’t be too far-fetched for me; my husband and I would often take walks there to de-stress from exams.
Q: How does being both a lawyer and a romance writer work for you?
SW: Both professions give me challenges. The law is intellectual, and writing is emotional. Both elements can work well together, in a yin and yang kind of way. I am, however, definitely feeling the creative side tug at me harder. In addition to writing, I take art classes. I enjoyed oil painting and English lit classes at Binghamton.
Q: What’s the most fun about writing romance novels?
SW: If you’re a control junkie, fiction writing is for you. You do have to follow strict rules as to story structure, character arc, plotting, pacing, etc. But within these confines, the sky is the limit. Your characters will do anything, go anywhere, act any way you want them to. But the best thing is that at the end of the story, you feel like you’ve traveled along with them.
Q: What does your husband think about your writing?
SW: I gave him your question, and here’s his response: “I love when she writes. I’ve never watched more sports in my life.”Stacy Hoff's books are on Amazon.com