I’ve had Tracy on the blog before (here and here) so it isn’t news that I’m a fan. Tracy was part of the first group to befriend me when I decided to leap into the book world as a blogger. I’ve organized events for her, created a few graphics, read all of her books, and am more than thankful for a friend like her! <3
About Tracy as an Author
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
If I have to choose one genre, I’d say Women’s Fiction. I consider the Pastime Pursuits series chick lit/romantic comedy, but some refer to it as Women’s Fic because I tackle some serious matter. What do I mean by this? When people traditionally think about chick lit, they have a preconceived idea the books are about shopping and love. This is not the case and a barrier the genre is trying to break through. Yes, romance is a large part, but the books also touch on death, drugs, and more. With chick lit, we try to have a relaxed, fun book, but still cover deep issues.
Sassy and realistic. That’s the best way I can think to describe it. My characters are funny, sarcastic, occasionally swear, and aren’t perfect. I’ve had reviews when readers state my characters don’t make the right choices. They’re not supposed to! I’m not sure how many people make the right choice the first time, or have perfect, mature thoughts every time. I don’t know about you, but I complain internally (and sometimes externally) and don’t always think before I act.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I can’t tell you why I started, but I can tell you I began in grade school. It was third or fourth grade when we started keeping journals with one-page stories. I loved these. I still have my notebook and drawings. I even scanned in the pictures and types the stories for my mom one year for Mother’s Day. Whether stories or poetry (which I was heavy on in middle school), writing has always been a part of me.
What is your favorite scene that you’ve written?
Actually, you’ll see that scene in my next book, assuming I don’t cut it in revisions. It takes place at a bar and the main character has had a tad too much to drink. I had so much fun writing it, and hope to show it to you this summer!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Believe in yourself, keep writing, and don’t give a #**#. Yep, I said it. Something I’ve learned over the past year is the importance to just write what you want and ignore all the haters because there are plenty out there. You can waste time trying to please everyone out there, which is impossible, or spend that time writing. It’s your choice.
First and foremost, thank you for reading and supporting my work! Whenever a book comes out, it’s followed by a crippling fear readers will hate the story. So thank you!
How do you beat writer’s block?
Take a shower. Seriously. My mind clears and things come to mind. Sometimes I’ll meditate. Others I’ll skip,a scene and try a new one. If I experience writer’s block, I really think it’s just my mind telling me I need to take a break. The thing about being an author is the writing brain never shuts off.
Are any of your characters based on you?
No. Every main character has a piece of me in some respect. It could be the way she talks, reacts to something, or an experience that I had that I’ve transferred to my character. But none of my characters are based on me.
About Tracy’s newest release, Sparing the Heart
I don’t even remember. I know I tossed around quite a few in my online group Chick Lit Chat HQ, which is comprised of awesome chick lit writers and bloggers. I knew I had to have a bowling pun!
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not particularly. I don’t set out to write a book with a message. If there’s one thing I know as a reader, it’s that books speak to you in different ways. Some may find ways to heal with this book, others may learn to love their weatherman whether or not the forecast is wrong, and maybe some will read it and just enjoy the ride. I want readers to take what they need from it.
How much of the book is realistic?
The fact that I wrote it! Like I said earlier, I don’t base characters on my own life and I don’t base my books on them. If there is a resemblance, it’s small. I enjoy bowling, I like to color, and I’m in my thirties. That may be where the resemblances stop. Kate hates coffee. How do you think I wrote this book? With tons of coffee.
About Tracy as a Reader
I take inspiration from all types of books. As a kid, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder, Trixie Belden (Julie Campbell/Kathryn Kenny), Sweet Valley High (Francine Pascal), The Babysitter’s Club (Ann M. Martin), Fear Street (R.L. Stine), Judy Blume, Christopher Pike, Gary Paulsen, among others. Now I read fantasy and science fiction, which, in the past, I never did. As an author I think it’s important to read not only within my genre, but to expand outside of it.
What book are you reading now?
I’m in an online chick lit book club and am finishing up Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella. Her characters are over-the-top and funny, making for an entertaining read.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I don’t pay attention to if an author is new or established. If a book sounds interesting, I’ll read it. So many new authors are now my friends as we’ve connected through social media. They are all so great and I don’t want to single anyone out. I’m always open to reading new authors.
Because Karan is Random…
Name something odd about yourself.
Sometimes when I am on Instagram or Facebook, I will “like” a post if there is an odd number to make it even.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I want to thank Karan for being so incredible and helpful and welcoming me on her site for this interview. I also want to thank all the readers for picking up my books and giving me a chance. Reading, for me, is all about fun and escape, and I hope you find that in my books.
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