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Mini Interview with Tracy A. Ward

Along with the blog tour of Fair Play, I had the opportunity to interview Tracy Ward but I had to keep it to a few questions only so here it goes:

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  1. What did you originally like to be when you grew up?

Thank you, Jamila, for hosting me on your blog! I’m so excited to be here. Like most kids, I was all over the board with what I wanted to be when I grew up. After I realized being Wonder Woman wasn’t a viable profession, I lowered my standards to being a telephone operator (which is something many readers of the Fair Play age demographic have no concept of 🙂 ). By the time I hit junior high school, I wanted to be the first woman to be drafted into the NBA (there was no WNBA at the time). Once I hit high school, journalism seemed like a good idea. I did like to write, but once I got into college, I majored in psychology and criminal justice, thinking I’d be an FBI profiler (and became a banker instead). Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would one day write or publish novels. I was just happy reading the heck out of them!

2. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

As you may have noticed, I have commitment issues. The surest way to NOT hit a particular word count, for me, is to set a goal to do it. My writing schedule is very organic. There are days I write five thousand words and others when I write five.

3. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I am a prolific reader and my tastes are all over the board. I love mystery, thrillers, suspense, chick lit, erotica, true crime…except for maybe westerns, there isn’t a genre I haven’t read. Though I write new adult and adult contemporary romance, I try not to read tons in that genre so the voice of the author I’m reading doesn’t come across in my writing. My all-time favorite author is Marian Keyes. I also love Liane Moriarty, Gillian Flynn, Nora Roberts and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

4. Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about?

For my cover, I teamed up with the wonderful owner of Sweet N Spicy Designs. I knew I wanted to incorporate drama/theater masks in some way, but also convey the fun and flirty tone of the book. Jaycee DeLorenzo and I collaborated and she designed an awesome cover for Fair Play.

5. Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

My strategy for finding reviewers was pretty simple. Hire a professional. Barclay Publicity has done a fantastic job building a buzz and the rest has taken care of itself.

Thank you so much, Tracy A. Ward! Her book Fair Play is already out! Read my review here.

 

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