Name: Stacy Barnett Mozer
What you Write: middle grade
Agent: Emily Forney
Why BookEnds? As soon as Emily and I got on the phone, or in this case, on the Zoom, I knew she was the perfect agent to represent me. We hit it off right away, having the same love of English history, especially the infamous Henry the VIII and his wives and children. I am so excited to be working with her!
What genres do you write? Read?
I am a middle grade writer. As an elementary school teacher of grades 2 – 5, I love to read middle grade and have been a first-round judge for the Cybil Awards a number of times. I am a voracious reader and will often alternate between middle grade and young adult fiction, with an occasional adult book thrown in. Fantasy is my favorite genre, but I’m willing to try anything.
Plotter or pantster?
I am a little bit of both. I always know the beginning and end of the story but the journey is a surprise. A favorite writing memory was when I realized a plot point in the story that I wasn’t expecting and said it aloud. My son, who was five at the time, was sitting nearby and said, “Mom, but aren’t you the writer? Shouldn’t you know what happens?” But no, it was a complete surprise.
Synopses, love them or hate ‘em?
Hate them. Enough said.
Do you have a writing playlist or a vision board? If so, what’s on them?
I don’t have a playlist, but I often create a photo board of characters and settings since I’m an auditory writer. I hear my stories, but can’t see them until I find my characters online or finish writing and read the manuscript.
Drink of choice when writing? When not writing?
Hot chocolate or wine.
Day or Night writer?
As a full-time teacher, I’m a “whenever I can find a moment” writer. I tend to write a lot in very short bursts.
Twitter or Instagram? Or Facebook? Where can we find you?
I can be found at @SMozer on Twitter.
If you could meet any author, living or dead, who would you want to meet and why?
Wow, great question. I have always wanted to meet Suzanne Collins so I could ask her why she ended her middle grade series, Gregor the Overlander, the way she did. I understand that Hunger Games took off, but no series should ever end “Then she backed down a few steps and they held each other’s gaze until Gregor’s dad slid the rock in place, parting them forever.” Forever, really? It was so incredibly unfair for her to take away even the chance of a future. I would love to know why she didn’t leave more room for the imagination to get them together in the end.