Stacey L. Tucker
Stacey Tucker used her fifteen years of field research in women’s history, spirituality, and energy work to create her three book series, The Equal Night Trilogy. The romantic fantasy story combines science and spirituality in a relatable way for the modern reader. Tucker’s first book in the series, Ocean’s Fire, took Gold at the Living Now Book Awards, and she’s making magic again with Book 2, Alchemy’s Air. She has written for Women’s World, Working Mother, and Pop Sugar, and speaks to teen groups about self-empowerment and awareness in today’s saturated climate of social media.
In April of 2005, a book called to me from the overstuffed shelves of The Center for Hope waiting room. My mother had just died the December before, and I was starting bereavement counseling. I was 32.
Erroneous Zonesby Dr. Wayne Dyer was that book. And for weeks, I ignored its whisper. It sure was persistent. With each visit to the Center, it grew louder. Then one day when I couldn’t stand the blaring scream of that book any longer, I took it off the shelf and flipped through. Then I put it back.
I don’t do self-help.
This process happened a few more times.
“I’ve seen you look at that book more than once,” my counselor said. “Do you want to borrow it?”
What a foreign concept. “I can do that?”
That book changed my life. It spoke to me in the way only a book can. It acknowledged my deepest fears and told me I was still worthy. It spoke to me as if it were written for me. Because it was.
That was the start of my journey of self-healing. I was unleashed into a world where I was in charge of my healing, my growth, my happiness. It was daunting and exhilarating all at once.
The Power Within
Four years and at least a hundred books later, another gem shook my belief system. The Power Within You by Eric Butterworth opened my eyes to the divinity within me waiting for the opportunity to shine. The idea of our Innate Divinity rang true to me. We are each born with the gift of the Divine within us but it is our job to nurture it, heed its Wisdom and share what we learn with others.
What is your favorite genre to write?
I enjoy writing anything that makes readers look at the world in a new way. If I can prompt someone to get curious, I’ve done my job. I also want my words to inspire others to get in touch with their passions and take action, be it toward making their dreams come true, taking a stand for something, volunteering, improving their lives. Whatever it may be, get moving and go do it.
How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?
All in, three years from the idea to the approval of the ARC. This book started with an actual dream I had one night. I wrote sixty pages that very first day. I thought it was a breeze until I hit a wall and didn’t touch it for a year. Then I remembered that book I started writing awhile a go,and dug it out. Once I got all fired up about the manipulation of women’s history, it became a goal I had to finish.
"Tucker’s gift for dialogue asserts itself often… A romantic fantasy series starter full of intriguing concepts from science and spirituality.”
Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?
Erotica, ha! Well maybe. The phenomenon of 50 Shades showed our tightly wound country that women are desperate for outlets to express their sexuality in a healthy way. Not that I necessarily think that story was healthy! We are in need of great, authentic storytelling that celebrates the sensuality that is our birthright. But seriously, after this trilogy is complete, I have my sights on Middle Grade fiction. Our young girls need more heroines!
How long have you been writing?
I started writing in 2004 in an effort to make sense of my insane life, planning a second wedding to a man with three small children, amidst my mother’s battle with cancer. It was journaling mostly. I discovered it was a transformative tool to help me understand my own feelings and communicate them to others. That turned into a self published memoir and how-to on second weddings. My writing has evolved from there, thank goodness. That first book wasn’t very good.
What are you willing to lose to gain it all?
Which character was your favorite, and why?
Milicent, the antagonist was my favorite to write. Aren’t the bad ones the most fun?? There is no grey area for Milicent. It’s yes or it’s no. Most of us don’t live that way. It was fun and freeing to think so simply. My least favorite was Joshua. I re-wrote his entire character thread twice. He was originally as cold as Milicent and that didn’t sit with me. Skylar couldn’t be attracted to someone so void of feeling. Once I made him a bit more tortured, I felt better.
What is your writing routine?
As a mom of a sporty boy, I’ve had to make writing on-the-go my routine. But usually once he’s on the bus I will write for a few hours until my body says it’s time to move. Then I hit the gym. Most afternoons I’m pecking at my computer at the hockey rink.
At the heart of Ocean’s Fire is a coming of age story that asks the question, "Once you learn the truth, what are you going to do with it?"
Tell us about your book.
Ocean’s Fire is the first installment of The Equal Night Trilogy. The Three Great Mothers, Fire, Air and Water, were once guardians of the secrets of Mother Earth. It was a time when women were revered, sex was sacred and magic was real. Those secrets have surfaced in the lost Book of Sophia, a book looking for Skylar Southmartin. Skylar gets caught up in the lives of four mystical women and learns her life is not as it appears to be. Meanwhile after reconnecting with her childhood sweetheart, she crosses paths with a dangerous stranger, who has intentions of ruining everything.
In the past 15 years I have gained an enormous amount of knowledge about the intricate dance of the body, mind and spirit. And I look forward to the lifetime of learning still ahead.
In 2014 another book came into my life and shifted my focus. Goddesses in Older Womenby Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. This time a book piqued my curiosity about a topic I knew little about…women’s history. This was something I should be educated about, I am a woman! This led to three years of in-depth research on such topics as mythology, religion and world cultures. The outcome of that research was my first fiction novel, Ocean’s Fire. Fiction seemed the right place to marry research and creativity. I now realize that was just my first step. The Universe was whispering again but I couldn’t hear it.
“What was that?” I kept asking.
“teach,” it said. “teach,” “teach,” “teach,” “teach,” “teach,” “teach!!”
“Ahhh, now I hear you.”
The Great Divine has a wonderful way of keeping us on course for our soul purpose. We can be active participants or be dragged kicking and screaming until we surrender. It’s up to us.
There are documented milestones in a woman’s life where mythology, psychology and spirituality overlap on our search for meaning and renewal. Midlife is one of the big ones. We’ve raised our babies and now look to the future where we can make ourselves a priority. But we have no idea what that means, or how to do it. Our unique time in history affords us the means to live any life we imagine and no road map on how to do it. We are the trailblazers called to recreate the definition of Woman. Or I should say resurrect.
Through my research I uncovered a vast font of information about the ways of the Ancient Woman…Goddesses they were called. It was a time when women were revered, sex was sacred, and magic was real.
We’ve been through hell and back in the last two millennia. Women are ready to take back the life they know deep down in their souls they deserve. And I am proud to share the Wisdom I have gained over my dozen years of research and road testing.
When we are ready, we are led to the tools that we need on our journey through this life. We just have to be open to recognize them. If we push them away, they will keep at it. The Universe is in no rush.
That longing in your heart wants your attention. It’s only going to grow louder. And when you’re ready to take action toward fulfilling that desire that only belongs to you, I’ll be here.