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Please welcome Tracy Reed author of Generational Curse.
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by Tracy Reed
What or who inspired you to start writing?
I started writing because I wanted to read books about women like me. Women who love God, fashion and cute guys. Not only do I read my Bible, I also read Vogue, Bazaar, Elle, CR Fashion Book and Porter. At the same time, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to hot guys.
How did you come up with ideas for your books?
I get my ideas from a variety of resources. Sometimes it’s a word or phrase, a snippet of a funny story or thought, possibly something I saw on television, the movies or something I read. Sometimes, it’s a great place or meal.
What expertise did you bring to your writing?
The expertise I brought to this book was very little. I lived in New York for almost three years and I’ve encountered a few women like Kyla.
What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?
Here’s a secret, I’m petite with curves. Smile.
As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
My future writing schedule is full. My first novella, “The Good Girl,” is coming out in June. Then my next full length novel, “The Alex Chronicles,” is scheduled for later in the Summer. The Alex Chronicles is a series and the second installment is almost complete. I’m hoping to get it out by February. Then there’s the follow up to “Generational Curse.” It revolves around Kyla’s sister and her marriage. Behind that is the next installment of The Good Girl. Those are just the ones I know of off the top of my head. Oh yeah, and I’m work on a book of poetry. That one is going a little slower than I anticipated. In my perfect world, it will be out for Valentine’s Day…we’ll see.
[I’m sorry, seems I answered a later question here. I’ll give an optional answer for this one]
My future writing plans are to keep writing. I like telling stories and the only way to do that is to keep writing. I just finish Julia Kent’s “Shopping for a Billionaire” series. It was my first time reading a romantic comedy and I really enjoyed it. I want to try writing one. I love suspense but I’m not sure if I have the patient to write one. I think I’d get very anxious and would give the ending away.
If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?
I have actually asked myself this and it’s not who my friends think. I used to have a boutique [it’s now online], my friends think it’s Alex from The Alex Chronicles. That character and I are a lot alike. However, I think I relate more to Chloe from The Alex Chronicles and Zoe from Generational Curse. They’re both a little feisty.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?
I’d probably be fired if I had to cast this movie. I don’t know. I have an idea, but if I say who, then that person will be stuck in the reader’s head. I don’t want them visualizing my choice, but their version or idea based on the descriptions. However, I do like Laz Alonso for Eric. I think he ads just the right amount of charisma to pull it off.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?
No I don’t belong to a critique group. I do however have a team of beta readers. I have women of varying ages and marital status read my books. I like hearing from the reader if it makes sense. After all they’re the ones buying the books.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
I wrote my first book in secret and then I started the second one before I told anyone. The person that encouraged me to submit or shop my book, is also the first one I told I’d written a book, my mother.
What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)
Best writing advice: Don’t give up and write what you like
Worst writing advice: Don’t read anyone else’s work
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Outline…I’m laughing. I get an idea and either immediately start working or I kick it around in my head a while. Right now I have an idea for a book. Actually, I’ve had the idea for a while and I’m still not quite sure about it. All I know is that instead of five full length novellas, I want to make it five novellas. Where I’m stumped at is the characters. I’m not sure if they are as interesting as I think they are.
Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?
There are a few things I like to do and they play a big role in my writing. I’m a foodie and a fashionista. That explains why I give a lot of attention to the food, dining scenes and restaurants. Some of the restaurants are real and some are imagined. I have been following fashion since I was a little girl. My mother taught me about high-low dressing when I was younger. In case you don’t know, that’s where you mix a designer piece with either a vintage piece or something really great that’s lower price. Some of the designers I reference are my favorites.
Do you have an all time favorite book?
Not to sound all super holy, but my Bible. It’s packed with some really good stuff. I love the Song of Solomon. Man that couple really knew how to talk to each other.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?
I have a few projects in the works. My first novella “The Good Girl,” is coming out in June. It was supposed to be a stand alone piece, but when I got to the end, I realized she was still talking. It’s the story of Gabriella Townsend and her hot boss, Phillippe Marchant.
I’m doing the final revisions on my next full length novel, “The Alex Chronicles.” It’s scheduled for later this Summer. The Alex Chronicles is a series about five best friends and their relationships and secrets. The second installment of this series is almost complete and will possibly be out for Valentine’s Day.
Then there’s the follow up to “Generational Curse”…wow! It revolves around Kyla’s sister and her marriage. Corianne is frustrated with her husband and very tempted by her landscaper. I sort of elude to her situation towards the end of Generational Curse.
Plus the next installment of The Good Girl. I like where this series is going. This one is a good example of me writing by the seat of my pants. I know how it ends, I just have to get there. So far, Phillippe is having a challenge with Gabriella and not sure how she ended up with the upper hand.
Those are just the ones I know of off the top of my head. Oh yeah, I’m working on a book of poetry. It’s going a little slower than I anticipated. However, in my perfect world, it will be out for Valentine’s Day…we’ll see.
Who is your favorite actor and actress?
Hands down, my favorite actor is Idris Elba.
Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?
That’s a little tricky. There’s a second black moment or turning point I can share. It occurs in Chapter 18 when Kyla give Eric and ultimatum. The devastating black moment for Kyla occurs in Chapter 45.
What is your favorite reality show?
My favorite reality show…wow…that’s a good question. I like “Married At First Sight” and “Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta”
Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.
Writing a series for me sort of just happens. It’s not something I set out to do, it sort of just happened. Generational Curse started out as a stand alone but, when I introduced Kyla’s sister and her drama, I knew I had to write another book…and so far it’s juicy. What I’m discovering in the first book is a lot of back ground and character development. The tricky part in the second book, is summing up the previous book for the reader who just jumped on board. Once that’s accomplished, I sit back and enjoy the ride.
Anything else you might want to add?
Let me see…When I’m not writing, I’m working at my other gig, my lingerie store ThePinkDuchess.com. Oh and I love chocolate chipe walnut cookies, if anyone has a great recipe, please share it.
This has been a fun interview…hopefully we can do it again. Thanks.
What happens when a celibate Christian man befriends a woman involved with a married man? Sean knows he should run in the other direction, but Kyla tempts him to abandon his Christian beliefs for a taste of the forbidden. But if he continues the relationship, can he convince that being with a married man isn’t the fantasy life the generations of women in her family made it appear to be?
Sean Prescott and Kyla James are business associates playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse hoping the other will give in. But in this high stakes relationship game, is there really a winner or will both be losers?
“I WANNA GET MARRIED,” ERIC announced.
Kyla leaned up against the headboard. “Excuse me?”
“I want, let me rephrase that. If I want to be taken seriously as a marriage therapist, it would help if I were married.”
“Most of the couples I’ve been working with are beginning to question my ability to treat them, seeing I’m not married. So, what do you say?” He waited for her answer.
“That was a horrible proposal.”
“I’m sorry.” He got up and walked over to her side of the bed, took her hand in his, cleared his throat and made a second attempt. “Kyla, will you marry me.”
She looked at him for a brief moment, before replying, “Baby, I’m not Susie Homemaker. I like things the way they are.” He stood up, looking at her with no reaction. “Like I told you before, I’m not interested in marriage.”
“We don’t have to live together, it could be like it is now. Only difference is, we’d be married.”
“How is that like what we have now? I don’t want to be legally bound to you, or anyone else for that matter.” She tried to read his expression. “If this is something you feel you need to do, then I think you should get married.”
“But you said you didn’t want to get married.”
“I don’t.” She stood up and put her robe on. “Excuse me.” She walked into the kitchen and he followed her.
“I’m a little confused. You agree with my decision to get married, but you don’t want to marry me.”
“That’s correct.” She poured two glasses of champagne.
“I don’t understand.”
She took a long sip and answered him. “It’s very simple. You need a wife. Let me rephrase that, you want a showpiece. Someone your patients can relate to, right?”
“All I want from you is sex.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I’m a single Christian Woman who loves God, Fashion and Cute Guys. I live in California, but consider myself a partial New Yorker because of the two and half years I lived there. I own http://www.thepinkduchess.com, a lingerie site for curvy women. GENERATIONAL CURSE is my debut novel.
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