About Stacey

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As a former award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and their two retired racing greyhounds, SheWearsThePants (Pansy) and Shutter.

Recommended Reads

I’ll keep updating as I find new ones, but also check my Twitter feed for recent reads and recommendations. (P.S. If it’s a series, the link here is to the first book.) Enjoy! 🙂

Television Doesn’t Always Rot Your Brain. 🙂

I’m a fan of good television. I think you can learn a lot about dialogue from hearing it aloud on TV and in movies. And I think you can learn quite a bit about story, character development and many of the other major building blocks of writing by seeing someone do it well (or really, really poorly) on screen. Books, of course, should be your primary source for this kind of stuff, but sometimes seeing it play out helps it click differently in your brain. So…that being said, here are some of my favorites:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Seasons 1 and 2 particularly)
  • Veronica Mars (Season 1 especially)
  • Firefly (Season 1, which is, unfortunately, the only season)—yes, it’s science fiction. I was a geek in another life. Actually, in this one, too…
  • My So-Called Life
  • The O.C. (Season 1)

Movies You Should See

I’m a huge movie buff—the reigning champion of Scene It, as matter of fact. At least around my house! So, it’s hard for me to pick just a few favorites, but these are among those I would take with me if I got stuck on the proverbial desert island.

  • The Molly Ringwald Triumvirate: Breakfast Club (my ultimate favorite), Pretty In Pink and 16 Candles.
  • Disturbia
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  • Never Been Kissed
  • The Sixth Sense
  • The Matrix
  • Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightly version)
  • Ever After
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (based on Shakespeare’s play, Taming of the Shrew, believe it or not)
  • Clueless (based on another Jane Austen classic, Emma.) Need an English paper topic? Read the book, watch the movie, note similarities and differences. 😀 Sorry, the English major in me just won’t go away!