Traci Hall is a friend and a fellow Florida Romance Writer member. I met Traci over three years ago when I wandered into the Super Saturday celebration our local RWA chapter, the FRW. At the time, she was President of our RWA Chapter and did a mighty fine job of it! The rest as they say is history.
Welcome, Traci. It’s so nice to have you here today.
Tell me about yourself. What makes you angry, happy, sad, snoopy dance?
I am simple
I have to tell you, I follow the same rule of thumb with frowning. I prefer less wrinkles, especially as that number climbs each year, therefore smiling lots is the only option!
So tell us, how many books have you written?
Wow! That is quite an inventory. Are they all published?
Thank God, NO, lol. I wrote a book about a 19th century heroine who was raped by the local sheriff. She had a blind son, and an MIA dad who turns out to be the star of the traveling show just come into town. (hanging head)
Ho! Boy! Which brings to mind my next question How do you decide on a topic?
Usually something will ignite the creative spark and a title comes to mind, which then leads to theme and plot.
Hmm…so you title your works before you actually have written the story? Interesting. Titles are usually the hardest for me.
What works best to keep you focused and on track?
Duct tape my ass to the chair, and self-bribery of diet coke, sunflower seeds and Good and Plenty candy.
LOL Unique tactic and dangerous! Have you ever tried to get duct tape off of anything? My preferred bribery is chocolate―dark chocolate:)
Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?
I love money, don’t get me wrong, but so far writing has been a break-even affair. Book marks, travel expenses, and don’t get me started on an hourly wage:)
I hear you, Traci. Anyone who thinks writing/publication will gain the average newbie fortunes is delusional, LOL I write because I love to see my stories build on those blank pages.
Hourly wage? Did you say we should be charging an hourly wage?! *grin*
When was the first moment you felt comfortable saying, “I am a writer?”
I remember going to a Florida Romance Writers conference back in 2003, and I walked around wide-eyed at the way people talked about writing like it could be a business. I had no clue – about anything! One of the first things I learned from that conference was to take myself seriously – which meant practicing saying – before being published - “I am a writer”.
Oh, I do remember the wonder of that first meeting! You were the chapter president at the time and how great you were at it. You welcomed me like I was a long lost friend. We have a wonderful group at the FRW.
Thank you!!! You were so friendly that it was easy to be nice:)
What type of stories do you like to write and why?
I like writing stories about families, and about possibilities. I like action, and happy endings. Always happy endings!
Where do you write?
I have a very small house, so my ‘office’ is a corner of our bedroom. It works for me:) And my hubby knows better than to complain about the book piles and post it notes.
LOL I can definitely relate to that. Where do you go to think?
The beach – the inspiration comes in (prepare for bad joke) waves, lolol
LOL good one! Do you have an upcoming release?
Yes, Something Wiccan This Way Comes is the second book in my Rhiannon Godfrey series(the first being, Her Wiccan, Wiccan Ways) – Rhiannon Godfrey is a teenaged girl who has recently moved to a small town. Her parents are Wiccan, but she is still searching her heart for her spiritual path. She’s psychic, almost fifteen, and confused, lol, as only a teenager can be. I really love this girl *grins*
Where can we find your upcoming release?
Amazon.com is the easiest way to order, although Barnes and Noble and Books A Million carry it on their websites too.
When will it be available?
September 1st! Here’s the purchase link:
Something Wiccan This Way Comes
What’s a girl to do when trouble finds her at every turn?
A Rhiannon Godfrey story.
Being different is nothing new for Rhiannon Godfrey. Neither is hiding who she really is to all but a select few. So far she’s managed to walk that line, but now someone is spreading rumors that the Godfreys’ New Age store is really a front for witchcraft, complete with cauldrons and eyes of newt.
The whole town is turning against them—even Rhee’s boyfriend is suspicious. Then there’s her ex-crush Matthew, who just showed up uninvited on her doorstep carrying a single suitcase—and a heavy secret.
Rhiannon tries to be good, she really does. But it’s hard when trouble pounces at every turn, and her unsuccessful spells seem to prove that science is the only path to enlightenment.
Hiding her gifts and running from confrontation is easier than standing up for what she believes in. But this time, there’s more at stake. And the possibility she may have to find the inner strength to banish one friend in order to save another.
More about Traci Hall:
Traci Hall writes young adult paranormal stories, and medieval paranormal romances. She is an active member of FRW, and she lives in Southern Florida with her family – you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her websites at www.tracihall.com or www.traciehall.com
Thank you, Traci, for taking the time to join me today. I’ve really enjoyed talking with you. Wishing you well with you series and your newest release.
Thanks for having me – it’s been a blast! By the way, I will be drawing a name over the weekend from all visitors who’ve left comments for their choice of print or ebook copy of Something Wicked This Way Comes, so tune in on Monday for the winner.
Oooohhh, that sounds great, Traci. Have a wonderful weekend! Thank you all for joining us today. Don’t forget to check in here on Monday to find out who won Traci’s book.