Interview with Tracy Lane
The Blog Ring of Power Presents...
Today, we have fantasy author Tracy Lane on the Blog Ring of Power. I saw Tracy's Paranormal Properties popping up all over the internet on blog tour and was intrigued. I cold-contacted Tracy to invite her on the BRoP and she was gracious enough to agree! Yay! She's here today to tell us a little about herself.
This is part one of a five-part interview. Be sure to check out the other BRoP sites for the rest of the interview:
Part 2 @ T.W. Fendley - Thursday, July 25
Part 3 @ Emily LaBonte - Friday, July 26
Part 4 @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazon - Monday, July 29
Part 5 @ Vicki Lemp Weavil - Tuesday, July 30
BRoP: How long have you been writing?
Tracy: I started writing at a young age, just short stories to show my friends. Life got in the way after that, I was busy working and raising children. I didn’t start to seriously write until 2007.
BRoP: When and why did you begin writing?
Tracy: I began in 2007, my children were teenagers and didn’t need me as much. I felt alone and bored and wanted something to fill my time. I remembered how much I loved writing when I was younger and decided to try it again.
BRoP: Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote?
Tracy: Just short stories about my friends. I would make them do things they would not normally do in life. They really seemed to enjoy the stories.
BRoP: When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?
Tracy: When I had my contract for Paranormal Properties in hand. Until then I still was not sure I could make it as a writer.
BRoP: What books have most influenced your life?
Tracy: My favorite book of all time is A Wrinkle In Time. I read it several times as a child. That is when I decided I wanted to create worlds and characters to live in those worlds.
BRoP: What genre do you write?
Tracy: I love fiction. Young adult is what I would like to be known for. I have a list of about 8 more books that I want to write for young adults, and make them fun for all ages to be able to enjoy.
BRoP: What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
Tracy: I have so many I just can’t pick one. I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to write about first. Once I started Paranormal Properties I had to make myself stay with it. It was so tempting to start another book but I knew if I did I may never finish one.
BRoP: What format is your book available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)?
Tracy: Paranormal Properties is available in print and e-book format.
Where can readers can stalk you:
Website | Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Smashwords | Book Page
Tracy loved to write short stories in school and had always wanted to be a writer. But raising children and working jobs got in the way of indulging her passion of writing. Then she realized her children had grown up into teenagers and they didn't need her as much. She started toying with the idea of writing once again. So setting aside 5 to 10 minutes per day to write at least one page she thought she could end up with a book a year. Now Paranormal Properties is published and she still has a list of at least 8 more books to write. She doesn't think she'll be slowing down anytime soon.
PARANORMAL PROPERTIES: The Weir family has just arrived in Dusk, North Carolina, one of the most haunted cities in America, to scope out some of the town’s 127 reported “paranormal properties,” which just happens to be the name of their own ghost hunting show: Paranormal Properties. What Jake Weir doesn’t know, and what his parents could never imagine, is that Jake can see ghosts! And hear them. And talk back to them! This talent comes in handy when he runs into Dusk’s oldest, most famous ghost: Frank Barrone, a one-time lounge singer made famous by his booze-soaked ballad, “Barroom Eyes.” Frank was gunned down by a local mobster in 1951 and has been searching for his killer ever since. When he learns that Jake can see and hear him, Frank makes young Jake a deal: if Jake will help Frank find his killer, Frank will help his parents find a ghost to film for their upcoming Halloween Special on Public Access TV. Jake enlists the only friend he’s made in Dusk, an overweight tomboy nicknamed “Tank,” to help him track down Frank’s killer. As clues emerge and old leads heat up, Frank and Jake learn they make quite a team. But will Jake find Frank’s killer? And will Frank find a real haunted house in time for the Halloween special?
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