We had the good fortune of connecting with Connie Lacy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Connie, what do you want people to remember about you?
I hope people remember me for trying to focus attention in my fiction on issues that need addressing if the world is going to become a better place. Every novel I write has a backdrop of a social issue or two. I’ve found that time travel novels lend themselves to such themes. My novel “The Going Back Portal” trains a spotlight on the concerns of the #MeToo movement – that women deserve respect. My most recent novel “The Time Capsule” takes place during the flu pandemic of 1918, which resonates with readers going through the Covid pandemic. But it also focuses on the antisemitism of that time. “The Shade Ring Trilogy” is set in a near future, against a backdrop of runaway global warming. “A Daffodil for Angie” features a white teenager coming to grips with racial discrimination in the 1960s. My goal is to create an entertaining story with a little romance where my heroines try to overcome real life obstacles that hopefully resonates with readers.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I began writing as a teenager, hoping that one day I would become an author. Then in college, I was quite taken with journalism. So I have combined the two. I worked as a radio news reporter and anchor for many years while also writing novels and short stories. When I finally shifted from the news business to writing and publishing novels, I had gained enough savvy to make the transition, drawing on my experiences in radio. So far, I’ve written and published eight novels. I’m working on my ninth. My news experience helped me with all the research I do for each book as I try to create believable, interesting fictional worlds. As with so many other things in life, I learned that putting one foot in front of the other made my new career achievable. I write about the kind of characters I like – strong and resilient young women willing to tackle difficult challenges.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In the midst of this pandemic, it’s hard to imagine getting out and about. But as things slowly return to normal I have to think I’d love to take friends to a couple of my favorite bookstores. Story on the Square in McDonough, on Atlanta’s southside, has a beer and wine bar inside. A very cool bookstore. And Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur is a wonderful store for new and used books and interesting gifts. I love live theater and would definitely try to take friends to see a play at Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points. And then there’s Three Taverns Craft Brewery in Decatur. Great place to hang out, inside or outside, and have an interesting brew. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shout out has to be for my family. My husband and my sons have been super supportive and encouraging. And my parents always believed in me.