August 28 – Tracey Livesay

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Tracey Livesay is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

Because I love telling stories and putting my point of view out into the world. I also believe this is something I was born to do; I’ve been writing in one form or another since I was a little girl.

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Every time I’ve followed my heart, I’ve made the courageous choice. Whether it was choosing to marry my husband (against some initial familial protest on both sides) or deciding to become a published author. There were conventional, expected choices, but I did what’s right for me and both decisions turned out well.

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I believe in happily ever afters. I’m lucky enough to have it in real life, but before I did, I loved reading books where I knew it was going to end happily. I was willing to follow my couples through anything, because I knew they’d always end up together. And as a writer, I love that I’m now offering that same happiness to my readers!

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)

When my husband was just my boyfriend, he’d write me the most romantic love letters. And they were unique to his personality. I’ve kept all the lettes he’s given me and i even used one he gave me for a character in one of my books, love on my mind. If you read that book and the acknowledgements, I mention how the story came to be because of that letter.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Be kinder to yourself. You’re so much more than you believe you are.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

In my book LOVE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER, my heroine was in an accident and ended up with amnesia. I did a lot of research on real life cases of amnesia and was surprised to learn the many ways it can affect people. It’s not always like it is in books and movies and some of it was really sad. Some people never regain their memories. And sometimes, it’s more than just a loss of memory. It can include a loss of language, of life skills, of how the world works. It’s a really devastating condition.

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

I know authors talk about voices in their head, but it doesn’t work that way for me. I get ideas about stories and I’ll jot them down, but generally, when it’s time to write a story, I have a procedure I follow. It either starts with a plot or a character and I build everything from there.

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I would live in the present, because much of history wasn’t kind to people of color, especially women. But if I could live anywhere for a month, I’d choose a cottage near water. I’d have a stocked pantry, wine cellar, and my laptop, but other than that, just me. I’d be free to read and write to my heart’s content.

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

I would have to say that one of the most remarkable things I’ve had happen in my career is seeing my name or book covers on tv and in newspapers. I can’t describe the feeling. I think my inner twelve year old can’t believe that we’ve gone from reading these books to actually writing them!

 

Tracey recommends:

Naima Simone   –   naimasimone.com   –    @Amazon

 

Nina Crespo   –    ninacrespo.com   –   @Amazon

 

Adriana Anders    –    www.adrianaanders.com  –   @Amazon

 

 


Tracey Livesay’s latest release, LOVE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER, was the winner of the 2018 Emma Award for Best Interracial Romance. She writes smart, sexy and emotional contemporary romances where strong, successful heroines find love with powerful, passionate heroes. She’s been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly and on CBS This Morning. A former criminal defense attorney, she finds crafting believable happily ever afters slightly more challenging than protecting our constitutional rights, but she’s never regretted following her heart instead of her law degree.

Tracey lives in Virginia with her husband-who she met on the very first day of law school–and their three children. When not answering the call of wife, mother or author, she runs marathons and daydreams about designer purses.

 

Learn more at www.traceylivesay.com.

 

Buy Tracey’s books:

 

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

 

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)