Monday, September 26, 2011

Author of the Week: Tracy L. Cooper

A&RBC: How did you become a writer?
Tracy: I started off really young writing poems and short stories. You would always find me writing something and keeping books full of everything.  

A&RBC: Where does your inspiration for your characters come from?
Tracy:  My inspiration comes from my own personal experiences as well as friends or friends of friends. Office gossip is a good source of drama. 

A&RBC: What are you hoping readers take from your book?
Tracy: There are consequences when reconnecting with their past or still holding on to memories of someone they considered, “the one that got away”. You can even get in trouble on social networks trying to check out that blast from the past. So while you are fantasizing about old times, remember real life has a way of keeping you grounded and things are in your past for a reason.    

A&RBC: If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be?
Tracy: I think “Fannin’ Old Flamez” has several controversial subjects so I’ve already put that out there.

A&RBC: Most writers have a process or method for writing their books, what is yours?
Tracy: I have a very hectic lifestyle, which limits my writing time. I listen and observe everything and everybody even taking notes if I have too. So usually late at night after everything is done I think about it all and the stories begin to write themselves.

A&RBC: What is your favorite genre of books?
Tracy: I really enjoy reading historical pieces and autobiographies of people that helped shape history. I also unwind by reading contemporary fiction.     

A&RBC: Are you an avid or occasional reader?
Tracy: I try to fit it in reading when I can but e-books have made reading more accessible to me and I can fit it in anywhere and at anytime. I’ve read more this year than in recent times. 

A&RBC: What are two things you want your readers to know about you?
Tracy: I am not perfect and my faults add to who I am as a person. My friends insist I am one of the funniest people they know and I should have been a comedian.  

A&RBC: If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
Tracy:  I would interview J. California Cooper because I absolutely love everything she writes and I would like to know where she comes up with her stories. She makes her characters come to life.

A&RBC: What is or was your dream job?
Tracy: I always thought I’d be the Editor of a major fashion magazine like Vanessa Williams character Wilhemina Slater from now cancelled TV show “Ugly Betty”.

A&RBC: What new projects are you working on?
Tracy: “I’m working on the sequel to “Fannin’ Old Flamez” which was really an introduction of characters I had in mind for a trilogy. Book two is entitled “Puttin’ Out Firez”

A&RBC: Where can readers find you?
Tracy: I am currently working on my website but I am on Facebook and

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