Getting to know you with Tracie Delaney:
AWC: Hi Tracie! Want to tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi, I’m Tracie. By day, I work in IT (although I am not remotely technical) as a Commercial Manager. By night, I sit in a chair, rocking, while strange men and women carry on conversations in my head. When things are going well, I can make sense of their conversations and translate them into words, sentences, paragraphs and chapters to (hopefully) one day turn into a book. I have a very patient husband who puts up with my creative mumblings.
What’s your favourite book from childhood and why?
A book called Summer with Tommy which was about a scraggy little pony that a journalist buys one summer so she can write a book about her experience in taming him. I spent my childhood either around horses or reading so this was the perfect combination – a book about a horse!
I still have the original copy which is now over forty years old. It’s very dog-eared, but I still read it on occasion
What made you decide to write in the genre you write in?
I love romance. There’s something very real about it, even if the hero’s are sometimes unreal! I’m totally in love with the idea of love and find writing about relationships very uplifting. My books are character led.
What inspires you to write?
Before I published a novel, it was the idea of finishing a novel, writing The End, knowing that was something I’d achieved, so I found it very easy to sit down and crash out the words. Now it’s knowing my readers are waiting (and nagging me) for the next book. Sometimes it’s hard, it’s work, but to keep it fresh, I work on a couple of projects at the same time so when I’m struggling with one, I can flip to the other.
Where do you write?
I had my garage converted into a study about five years ago. My husband is still in mourning.
When do you write?
Any time the mood takes me. I also get involved in a lot of sprints in the evenings which works really well for me to get the words down
Tell us about any writing rituals you have.
Coffee. I can’t start until I have a coffee next to me.
Tell us about your WIP
I’m currently working on 2 (outside of my 4 book series which is fully written and going through editing). The first is a standalone novel which I will be using as a permafree reader magnet. It’s a story about a woman who suffers a terrible loss and runs away to California in a bid to find a way to go on. There she meets a guy who is the last thing she needs yet everything she desires. The second is a new four book series about four brothers (each will have their own novel). The main theme is family dynamics (it’s a very damaged family with secrets and lies in abundance). Early stages but I plan to have the first one out around March-April 2018.
Would you want to live in your book world? Why? Why not?
If I answer this from my current series, no. My male MC, Cash Gallagher, drives me crazy enough in my head. If I had to live with him every day, he’d drive me crazy. Fortunately, Tally, my female MC knows how to control him.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to walk and cycle. I used to love walking my dogs but we lost them both within the last year.
When did you start writing and why?
In my early twenties, but then career took over so I’ve been writing seriously for about six years. I had a story which kept going around my head and wouldn’t let go so one day I sat down and wrote it. I worked with a mentor for four years who taught me pretty much everything I know about writing, although I’m learning all the time, but I owe a lot to that amazing lady.
Your main character is on a date with Iron Man. Does s/he ask to try on the suit?
No definitely not. Tally would never do that. She’d ask him to take the damn mask off though lol
Your MC has to choose a new best friend from this list: Who does he/she choose and why? Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Phoebe, Monica, or Joey
From Cash’s perspective, Joey. They’d get up to all sorts of trouble . From Tally’s perspective, Phoebe. She’d love her quirkiness.
Tell us something about your MC that isn’t in your book!
His full name is Cashel Gallagher – which he HATES. He’s Irish and Cashel is quite a common name, but he never uses it, hence he shortens it to Cash.
About Your Book
Cash and Tally return in Losing Game, the second novel in The Winning Ace Series
Can love overcome betrayal—or are some things broken beyond repair?
Too hurt to look into who might have sent photos of Cash Gallagher kissing another woman, Tally McKenzie flees to a secret hideout in Brighton and tries to forget her lover.
Stubborn to the last, Cash tracks Tally down and wins her back by confessing his darkest secret. Now he can only hope his demons don’t become headline news and threaten his role as the reigning bad boy of centre court.
Can Cash and Tally’s deepening relationship survive all the challenges, or is the hot tennis ace about to discover that the prospect of losing his precious career is the least of his woes?
*Please note this novel is written in British English and includes British idioms.
Losing Game is the second novel in the Winning Ace series. To have the best reading experience, the books are best read in order
Book Series Publication Dates
Winning Ace (Game – Catching Cash)
Losing Game (Set – Holding Cash)
Grand Slam (Match – Keeping Cash) Releasing October 2017Amazon
Tracie Delaney is the author of the Winning Ace series. She loves nothing more than immersing herself in writing romance, although she sometimes, rather cheekily, makes her characters wait for their HEA.
When she isn’t writing or sitting around with her head stuck in a book, she can often be found watching The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or any tennis match involving Roger Federer. Her greatest fear is running out of coffee.
Tracie studied accountancy, gaining her qualification in 2001. Her maths teacher would no doubt be stunned by this revelation considering Tracie could barely add two plus two at high school.
Tracie lives in the North West of England with her amazingly supportive husband. They both share a love of dogs, travel and wine.
Tracie loves to hear from readers. She can be contacted via her website at www.traciedelaneyauthor.com or via Facebook where she regularly interacts with readers
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