Blog Tour: Where the Staircase Ends by Stacey Stokes (Guest Post and Giveaway!)

Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for Where the Staircase Ends by Stacey Stokes! Here you will find a guest post and giveaway! Enjoy.  --- ...

Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for Where the Staircase Ends by Stacey Stokes! Here you will find a guest post and giveaway! Enjoy. 


Where the Staircase Ends

Author: Stacey Stokes 
Pages: 245
Published by: Month9Books
Published on: April 14th 2015
After her best friend orchestrates the lie that destroys her reputation, Taylor wants more than anything to disappear from her life. But when an accident turns this unspoken wish into reality, instead of an angel-filled afterlife, Taylor must climb a seemingly endless staircase into the sky. Instead of going up, the journey plunges her into the past. As she unravels the mystery behind her friend’s betrayal, she must face the truth about life and find the strength to forgive the unforgivable -- unless the staircase breaks her first.


Thoughts, Feelings, and Reactions to the Where the Staircase Ends Cover
By Stacey Stokes

Hi there! First, let me say thanks so much for having me. I’m so excited to get to share my debut baby with you!

Most writers will tell you that there are lots of highs and lows along the path to publication, but one of the biggest highlights is the first time you see your cover art. For me, it was second only to the first time I held a physical copy of Where the Staircase Ends in my hands—I nearly broke the windows with my excited squeals and scared the crap out of my neighbors. But that’s a story for another time. ☺

I received my cover art MUCH faster than I expected. We hadn’t even started the first round of revisions when I got an email from my editor asking for my comments on the first draft of the artwork, which was attached. My hands shook when I clicked on the image.

My first reaction? Shock. It wasn’t what I had expected.

In my head, I’d imagined something different…I thought there would be a close-up picture of a staircase, with maybe some snowdrifts piled in the corners to link to a critical scene in the book. So when I saw that the focal point wasn’t the staircase I was surprised.

Then I started looking at the girl, and I realized she was a PERFECT replica of Taylor, the main character. Especially her elbows. Which may seem like a strange thing to focus on, but the first line of the story literally makes a comment about Taylor’s pointy elbows, so the fact that the cover art nailed that detail was kind of magical.

The more I stared, the more I loved. I actually liked that they made the staircase a subtle background detail and focused more on Taylor, because at the end of the day it’s a story about her, not just a story about the staircase.

We ended up making a few minor changes to the font and the sky, but overall the first version they shared with me isn’t much different from the version you see today. Turns out the hardest part of the process was waiting almost a full year before I could share it with the world. (I may or may not have cheated a few times and showed it to friends, but came you blame me?)

I hope you like it as much as I do.


Stacey Stokes

Stacy Stokes attended the University of Texas at Austin and The Wharton School of Business. She grew up in Dallas, TX, and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband. WHERE THE STAIRCASE ENDS is her first novel.

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