I always like to start with a little background, where were you born?
Near Mesa, Arizona
How long does it take you to write a book? What is the average word count?
The average word count would be around 70,000 words. Some books take longer than others. Since I have no set limits I tend to bounce around my stories but one always gets more attention in the end. My first book took me about a year. My second only a couple of months. The one I plan on finishing next I actually started it a couple years back. So the time it takes me to finish a book varies. This would be a different story if I had deadlines.
Do you have a critique partner(s)? Do you ever use beta readers?
I’ve always have used my friends. The first person to read my first book was actually an old teacher of mine I went to visit before moving away. Recently, I’ve been using my sister who is also an inspiring writer.
Did you hire a professional freelance editor before submitting to agents or editors (or self-publishing)?
No, I did most of the editing myself. I asked my friends to mark any mistakes they found while reading my books. I went over my books so many times before publishing. I know they’re not perfect but books done professional aren’t always perfect either.
How long did it take you to get an agent or publisher when you were starting out?
I decided to self-publish, but I am planning to get an agent later. Maybe, once I’m out of school.
Tell us about your newest release. How was your story birthed?
My newest book, The Grace of Running, actually came from a Pete Yorn song I was listening to a lot at the time. The song is called EZ, it says something along the lines of things being easier at a younger age but still giving those things up. Since, I love happy ending though the main character got what she thought she lost forever back.
What was your motivation for this story?
All my books I’m motivated by the fact that most books aren’t like them. In High School, I always wanted to read a certain kind of story that I never found so I wrote it. The same could be said for The Grace of Running.
Was it the original book title or did it change along the way?
“The Grace of Running” comes from the girl’s name Grace and the fact that she was a running in more than one way. It was original called EZ as a placeholder because that was the song it was based off.
Be honest, how many drafts did you have to write for this book?
It took so many drafts that I lost count. I never really get rid of scenes normally I pull them out but I end up finding a better place for them to occur.
What's your secret to creating a realistic character?
I have them talk in my head. There’s conversations going on up their all the time. I usually always keep the first thing they say. I never change the dialog because that’s how the real conversations would go between real people.
How do you come up with your character's names?
Some names are easy, some are hard, but almost all come from babynames.com.
If your book were to be turned into a movie, what would your dream cast be for the top five main characters?
I never think about that stuff. You would have to ask my sister. She’s always dreaming up the cast.
How do your family and friends feel about your book or your writing venture in general?
They love my books. Friends that say they aren’t a fan of reading, tell me that they couldn’t put it down.
Who is your favorite author and what really excites you about their work?
Sarah Dessen would have to be my favorite. I own all her books. She’s the kind of writer I want to be.
Tell us a little about your next book.
“Thinking of You” is about a teenage girl named Arabelle who believes she’s in love with her best friend, Keefe. Only there are several problems in the way. Keefe only sees Arabelle as a sister which is the totally opposite from how Keefe’s older brother, Bryce, sees Arabelle. This is mixed with Arabelle being a serial dater and Keefe claiming he’s in love with his current girlfriend, Paulina. The story starts when Bryce returns home from school during the Christmas holiday.
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Where can potential readers find you online?
Author blog: http://andreatracy.blogspot.com/
Book Blog: http://two-tall-tales.blogspot.com/,
Andrea Tracy grew up in Mesa, Arizona. She started her first short story in eighth grade, and enjoyed writing so much that she began writing Fanfiction with her friends. Her first self-published book, “The Grace of Running” was released this year. Someday, Andrea hopes to branch out into fantasy/romance, but right now, she's content writing tales of young adult romance.
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