The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in New York and relocated to Houston about five years ago with my husband, Greg. We're the proud parents of three feline sons and will celebrate out thirteenth wedding anniversary next year.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Oh, this is tough. When writing, there is always a part of me that would like to live in my characters' world. That is what makes the journey so much fun and the end result so satisfying. With that said, I do have a stronger bond with one of them . Victoria Montgomery. Not only is she my hero's sibling in Dance With Deception, but she is the heroine in my third novel, The Skilled Seduction. Victoria saw me through the heartache of two miscarriages this year and many of the emotions she experienced throughout the plot were ones that I had personally been feeling. Why would I want to be her? Because she gets a happy ending with all of her wishes fulfilled. What could be better than that?
What's your favorite genre to read?
That depends upon what mood I'm in. I'm a fan of all genres, really; my many over-stocked bookshelves are proof!
Who or what influences you when you write?
Music is a large influence for me. A combination of beautiful melody and touching lyrics stirs my emotions and fosters my creative muse.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
First, I brew a pot of tea or prepare a cup of coffee. Next I sit down in my office, music on and French doors closed, and stare at the blank page. I fight the urge to check email, knowing that I will use that as a distraction, instead continuing to study that blank page. Then I remember something that Nora Roberts said at an RWA National conference . something along the lines of "You can't edit a blank page." Smart woman! So then I write. It isn't always fabulous (although occasionally I may think it is) but it is a start. Hopefully, many pages later, I feel good about what I've written or, at the very least, take comfort in the fact that I actually have something to fix.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
That's assuming I do break free. Sometimes, that's debatable! Writers block is so frustrating. It really is. When it occurs, I try to go to a museum (that always seems to help me get the creativity flowing). I also read in an attempt to try to break the block.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
My next two novels are also set in Victorian England and are sequels to Dance With Deception, focusing on the siblings. Enticing Eve is Colin MacAlistair's story while The Skilled Seduction is the romance of Tristan MacAlistair and Victoria Montgomery.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.
I would love to be a full time author. No, let me rephrase that, I will be a full time author (power of positive thinking). I hope that with each year that passes I will evolve, honing my craft and providing readers with novels that they hate to put down.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
My husband . because he's not perfect. And neither am I. Because he is kind, loving, fiercely loyal, and because he believes in love and believes in me, even when I doubt myself.
What do you do for inspiration?
Much the same answer to conquering writer's block, I go to a museum for inspiration and do research, absorbing as much as I can about the historical time period in which my work-in-progress takes place. I also look to fellow Authors for inspiration. There are so many talented, intelligent women in the Romance genre! This always inspires me and drives me to keep learning, keep growing and keep writing. Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Yes! I'd love to write a contemporary novel incorporating my love for football. What could be better than writing about a sport I absolutely love? Go Cowboys! What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I always wanted to write a historical romance, hence the reason I wrote a historical. Narrowing down the time period was difficult, though, as both the Regency and Victorian time periods interest me. Perhaps my next works will be set in Regency England? What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I love research! My office is filled with research books. In addition to referencing those, I also use the Internet where there is lots of helpful information at my fingertips. Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Deadlines help me. I can't procrastinate with a deadline.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
Writing is hard (at least it is for me). It is also subjective . some may like it while others do not. And it is truly a labor of love. For many Authors, there is no guaranty that your work will be published. Encouragement is crucial.
My husband has always been supportive of me. He encouraged me to enter contests and submit my work, which, initially, garnered some rejections. I then put my manuscript on hold during our relocation from New York to Texas. After some time had elapsed, both he and one of my closest friends and publicist, LeeAnn Lessard, encouraged me to dust my manuscript off and try again. Their never-ending support was all the encouragement I needed. What would you like to tell your readers?
Thank you; from the bottom of my heart thank you for reading my work and sharing my characters with me . for sharing my dream, because writing truly is my wish come true. I'd love to hear from you, so stop by my website or MySpace page and introduce yourself. We can share some cyber-tea and scones. What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
The best advice would be "You can't edit a blank page." Words to live by! Worst advice? Hmmmm . I don't think I've gotten any truly terrible advice. Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I do outline however that doesn't mean that I will stay true to that plot. Sometimes my characters want to travel in a different direction and so I change course (characters can be so stubborn sometimes). This is why my delete button comes in handy. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I don't belong to a critique group right now. I tend to feel extremely self-conscious as I'm writing. Typically, I'll edit at least twice before letting anyone read my work.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
Dance With Deception is my debut novel and is now available both in print and in eBook format.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
I blog regularly at my website, www.tracygoodwin.net, and can be found on MySpace at www.myspace.com/tracygoodwin or via my email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Readers who sign up for my monthly newsletter and are qualified to win prizes in my monthly contest. I love hearing from readers as well as fellow authors.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
I encourage readers to visit my website and MySpace page. Stop in, join my blog conversations and share a cyber cup of tea with me. Everyone is welcome!
Thank you for this opportunity!