Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she's lived with the burden of her baby brother's death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself.When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan's younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?
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Tracy writes Young Adult and New Adult fiction as well as Adult Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. She lives in the mid-east with her family, a goldendoodle named Baileypup, a bearded dragon named Harry Potter, and four curiously antisocial fire-bellied toads.
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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
I have two other published works: Trust of the Heart, a contemporary romance novella, and Wren’s Fantasy, a paranormal romance. Both are geared toward adult audiences. A Life, Redefined is my first upper YA. I love the young adult voice and though I’ll dapple in adult romance here and there, young adult/new adult is where I find the most inspiration.
2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
“I can’t believe that is my novel on amazon!” and…”I wish it was selling faster!” Lol. This is not a business for the faint-of-heart! It takes all you’ve got and then some. But to hear from a reader that they enjoyed the book, or that it changed them in some way, is a remarkable feeling.
3. What inspired you to write this novel?
I sat down last November to participate in NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. It’s a month-long sprint to write a 50K word novel. I realized half-way through that I was re-writing Wren’s Fantasy, for the most part. So I stopped, abandoned the sprint, and switched gears completely. As I started the YA voice, first-person, Rowan’s story just unfolded. It was as simple as that. Plus I am intrigued by human nature, the human mind and relationships. All are explored in A Life, Redefined.
4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
First of all, I start crying. Just kidding. It hurts, though. But then, I remind myself that every author out there, even international bestsellers get bad/negative reviews. I filter through it to see if there is constructive criticism. If there is, I use it going forward. If there isn’t, I put it in the ‘life experience’ folder and move on. I’m fortunate that reviews for A Life, Redefined are very positive. So far at least!
5. How long was the writing/planning process?
I wrote this book quickly…for me at least. It took about six months to write, edit…edit…edit…edit (and edit again), and publish. I didn’t plan/plot/outline too much and just let the words flow. For this novel, letting the story take shape on its own worked out well.
6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
I fell head over heels in love with the cover. I was worried about the cover model, thinking it would be difficult to capture Rowan. But my cover artist, Blue Harvest Creative, pinned her down perfectly. As for my input, we had a discussion over the phone about the tone of the novel, the cover’s background and model, and, most importantly, the message I wanted the cover to convey. It’s such an emotional book that it was imperative the cover show some hope, some light.
7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I’m working on A Life, Forward, the sequel to A Life, Redefined. We need to know what happens to Rowan, don’t we?
8. Top 5 books
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Black Lion by Jude Devereaux
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and The Amelia Peabody Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters
And many, many more! I love to read. I’m a hopeless addict.
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