4/17/13

Interview with Tracy Hewitt Meyer

Welcome to Julie’s Book Review! Tracy Hewitt Meyer is visiting JBR today! She is giving away Wren’s Fantasy on the rafflecopter to the right of the page. The giveaway will last all April long. So lots of GREAT items for an AWESOME giveaway!

We are all very glad you came here to JBR.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in the beautiful state of West Virginia, and even though I moved away after college, I’ll always be a mountain gal at heart. On any given day you can find me running carpools for my three children, chatting with my darling husband, or taking care of our barrage of animals (dog, bearded dragon, toads). In between my family time, I write, write, write -working on my next novel and/or as an independently-contracted technical writer. 

What genres do you write?
I love all genres, and I’ve tried my hand at everything but inspirational! My novella, Trust of the Heart, is an adult contemporary romance. My novel, Wren’s Fantasy, is an adult paranormal romance. And I’m in the midst of finals edits on a contemporary young adult. I just love fiction. Any type. 

As a reader I love all genres, but my followers want to know what to expect from your books.
My adult novels definitely have sex. Who doesn’t love a steamy love scene? Wren’s Fantasy has it all – adventure, fantasy, romance, sex!, magic. It’s a melting pot of everything I love in a good, epic story. 

Who is your favorite character from your books?
After spending so much time creating and living within the characters I write, this is a tough question. But I’d have to say Wren O’Hara, from Wren’s Fantasy. She looks like Snow White and is incredibly vulnerable; yet discovers she is far stronger than she could’ve ever imagined.
What is your newest release? Can you tell us a little about it?
Wren’s Fantasy is my newest release and I couldn’t be more proud of it. It has talking trees, fairies, an evil Master, hot-hot Druids, and even a dog that is actually not a dog at all! For readers who love high-fantasy, this would be a great book.
What about future projects? Any hints?
My current project is a contemporary young adult romance, with the working title, A Life, Redefined. It’s about a seventeen year-old girl who has always believed she was the cause of her baby brother’s death when she was 10. It’s about her trying to get her life on track, living with this weight of guilt. And when she finds out her mother has kept a dark secret, her strength is tested to the point that she may not recover.
Check my website for publication details!

Can you give aspiring authors any advice?
I’m not going to say the typical, yet essential, ‘keep writing’, ‘don’t give up’. Those are very, very true. If you don’t keep at it, you can’t succeed. Plain and simple. But the writing has to improve. I’d recommend The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. Make the language rich, captivating, void of unnecessary words. I’ve learned through the years to enrich my writing, to tighten it, and to, hopefully, improve it.
And further, take your time. When I first started writing, I was on a feverish mission to get as much done as possible, sometimes sacrificing quality. It’s not a race. Take your time and put out the best product. That’s the most important thing. 

How about some “fun” personal stuff?
How about something past? Something present? When I was a senior in high school, I marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as an NCA cheerleader. That was pretty cool. And now? Well, it’s not uncommon to find me grooving to some good pop music, turned as high as it will go, and dancing in my car…or in my house…or even in my backyard. 

A favorite book or author you can recommend? And why?
As a reader first and foremost, this is one tough question! I read constantly. The most influential book I’ve read as an adult was probably The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, so I’d have to say her. I obviously love the paranormal/fantasy genre and this book spoke to me on several different levels. I’ve read it at least ten times. I just finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The layers, intricate details and beauty of the writing are incomparable. 

Favorite place to travel?
Paris, France
The Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia 

What kind of music do you listen to?
I love the Sarah Brightman Pandora Station. Here they mix these beautiful, haunting ballads that just help my erratic mind focus. When I write, this is what I listen to. Some of the artists are: Sarah Brightman, of course; Hayley Westenra; Enya; Josh Groban, to name just a few. 

Where can we find your books? http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/wrens-fantasy/ http://www.amazon.com/Wrens-Fantasy-Tracy-Hewitt-Meyer/dp/1619351447/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364403030&sr=8-1&keywords=Wren%27s+Fantasy http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wrens-fantasy-tracy-hewitt-meyer/1112312443?ean=9781619351448 

Before I go, I’d like to thank Julie for hosting me today. It was so much fun!! 

Well, I know I learned a lot and have added to our TBR list. I hope you all have had fun as well. Thanks again, Tracy, for coming and talking with me here on JBR. I hope you had fun and I hope to see you again.

Julie Ramsey
ADM JBR

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