Last updated on July 23, 2023
Lorilyn: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Tracy: Although I have always loved the creative process and have been a “storyteller” for my entire life, I started writing about 25 years ago. Of course, in those days, it was a compulsion I found time for during my children’s naps. I hammered out reams of paper on my mother’s old typewriter or filled notebooks with my scrawl.
Lorilyn: How do you write? By the “seat of your pants” or outlining?
Tracy: A little of both. Once I get the inspiration for a novel, I like to create very elaborate background stories for each character. I like to know my people inside and out and understand what makes them tick. Then I do a rough outline, eventually expanding into plotting each Chapter or scene. Invariably, though, when I start the actual writing process, lots of things change and I go with that. The characters seem to take on a life of their own and often surprise me with what they say and do.
Lorilyn: Tell us about your new book, where the idea came from, how long it took you, what inspired you, and how people can get a copy.
Tracy: My Mother the Man-Eater was originally inspired when I was playing the Sims. The characters and interaction mushroomed into the idea for this book – a forty-something cougar on the quest for fulfillment.
Lorilyn: What would you say to a writer who aspires to write fiction? Any good tips?
Tracy: Never stop learning. The moment you think you know it all is the moment you become stagnant. This means writing, writing, writing, and sharing your work with a critique group or other trusted friends. (Start with people who won’t be too hard on you.)