Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Glimpse and Glimmer by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Welcome to Author Stacey Wallace Benefiel


I’m a Midwestern girl that has been living out West since 1993. I grew up in Columbia, MO and now live in Beaverton, OR with my husband and our two young children. When I’m not writing or tending to my family, I direct children’s theatre and teach acting workshops.


What is one book everyone should read?
Well, I’m cheating, but I think everyone should read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Endlessly entertaining.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m writing the last book in the Zellie Wells trilogy, Glow, right now. I’m also working on the third story in my paranormal romance Day of Sacrifice series, Dormant. I have a short story called If You Leave that’s from the Zellie world that will appear in an anthology along with stories by H.P. Mallory, Amanda Hocking, and other indie writers. The proceeds from that will go to a literacy charity, which I think is great.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Zellie and Avery’s theme song is Sweet Disposition by the Temper Trap.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Lea Michelle who plays Rachel Berry on Glee would be great. I mean, I kind of get to see her play my high school self on TV every week. I tend to be a little (okay, a lot!) dramatic and have had a few gay boyfriends in my time. I’m sure she can relate to both of those things.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Zellie and Claire are like two halves of me. I was really into church growing up, but also did a lot of theatre. I was a daring, loud, nerdy church girl with a really bad crush on a cute soccer player.

How do you react to a bad review?
Honestly, it depends on what kind of bad review it is. I do read all my reviews and for a while there was responding to all the good ones. I’ve stopped that because it makes me want to respond to the bad reviews too. If it is a bad review where the reader has listed specific things they didn’t like, I’m good with those. My books aren’t for everyone. The ones that I tend to be annoyed with are those where the person bases their review on reading the synopsis or the sample. Yes, people write reviews like that. I have no idea why.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
Anytime between 5am and 7am-wake up with my daughter’s foot in my face, wait for my son to wake up and run down the hall.

7am-8am- Turn on PBS kids for my kids, make them breakfast (This includes any of the following: pancakes, waffles, Cheerios with a “wittle bit of milk in the red bowl not the yellow one”, Goldfish crackers, apple juice, yogurt, blueberries, Girl Scout cookies, and peanut butter toast.) Feed the dog and the cats. Crack open a Diet Coke. Sit down and read e-mails, check my sales, play Scrabble on Facebook, write a blog post.

8am-noon-Shower and get myself and the kids dressed. Take my son to school, go to the grocery store or Target with my daughter, think about what I’m going to write for the day, pick my son up from school, and make lunch. (This includes any of the following: hot dogs.)

12:08-4pm-Try to get the kids settled playing or watching a movie. (The end of naptime has seriously messed up my schedule!) Attempt to write at least 500 words on my current WIP while being interrupted every 5-10 minutes with requests for apple juice, Goldfish crackers, a different movie, bathroom accompaniment, and/or the one fruit we ran out of and I keep forgetting to pick up even though I go to the store 5/7 days a week.

4pm-5pm-my daughter comes into my office and falls asleep on my lap because she still needs naps. Answer more e-mails, Facebook, tweet, go on Goodreads, anything I can do typing one-handed.

5pm-8pm-make the kids dinner, clean up, make myself and my husband dinner, clean up, feed the dog and the cats. Get the kids ready for bed.

8pm-9pm-put the kids to bed or let them fall asleep on the couch and carry them to bed.

9pm-11pm-watch TV with my husband, read, or sometimes I get a chance to write some more.

11pm-Go to sleep and get ready to do it all again the next day.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
I like rain, which comes in handy since I live in the Pacific Northwest. Autumn is my favorite season because of Halloween, the changing leaves, and my son’s birthday.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Masterpiece Theatre Classics. Sometimes I don’t want to read the book; I just want to watch the pretty British actors in their pretty costumes.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I used to get a lot of guff from my friends for making The Ghost Whisperer appointment TV. A current embarrassing program that I really like is Off the Map-hot doctors in the jungle? Okay! Cheech as a medicine man? Yes please!

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
I think David Sedaris and I could write a hilarious misfit romantic comedy together.


Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams, the son of her mom’s high school sweetheart. At her sixteenth birthday party, held in the basement of her dad’s church, she finally finds the courage to talk to him. Turns out, the devastating crush is mutual.

As Avery takes her hand and leads her out onto the makeshift dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first vision of his death; shocking because not only are they both covered in his blood, but they’re old, like 35, and she is pregnant.

Afraid to tell anyone about the vision, (she’d just be labeled a freaky black magic witch, right?) Zellie keeps the knowledge of Avery’s future to herself and tries to act like any other teenager in love. When they get caught on their way to a secret rendezvous by her mom and his dad, they are forbidden to see each other.

Convinced that their parents are freaking out unnecessarily, Avery and Zellie vow to be together no matter what. They continue their relationship in secret until Zellie learns that their parents are just trying to prevent her and Avery from suffering like they did. The visions are hereditary, they’re dangerous, and if they stay together the visions will come true.

Now Zellie must choose between severing all ties with Avery, like her mom did to prevent his father’s death, and finding a way to change Avery’s future.


Zellie Wells’ life is changing. Her relationship with Avery is growing stronger every day, but their parents are still giving them ultimatums and trying to keep them apart. Her newly discovered powers have all but disappeared. Benjamin, another young Retroact, is back and has brought with him a painful shared vision and a troubled past. While working together to figure out what the vision means, Zellie discovers that Benjamin is a worthy friend and mentor. If only he could keep his hands off of her – if only she wanted him to…

Giveaway Details:
1st Place winner gets a copy of both Glimpse & Glimmer
2nd Place gets a copy of Glimpse
Open to US & Canada
Ends 4/15/11

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