Today I have a quickfire interview with author Tracy Kauffman, whose latest book Southern Attraction was published earlier this year.
What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
The editing is the hardest part of the writing process but it really depends on what type of book that you write. For example: Richard the Lionheart took more research and preparation than the other ones did.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
My favorite part about writing is the way that I can escape and relax into a new adventure.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I really think it was something more innate than being inspired. I’m not saying authors and books don’t inspire me but I feel like it is more my calling. I know I have plenty to learn about writing because I know no one is an expert in their field. All writers can learn new things.
What books have influenced your writing?
I can say some books have negatively influenced me and inspired me to write things more appropriate for young adults. Twilight is one of the books I’m talking about. Basically a girl falls for someone that enjoys blood. Gross! In real life we know that we would not enjoy drinking blood or even kissing someone that has.
What kind of research did you do to write this book?
Southern Attraction is a book about a girl who has to endure not only the death of her parents but has to face the horrifying trauma of a terrible tornado that tears up the town. This book brought back lots of memories for me. I researched some about tornadoes but actually dealt with the after-effects of the tornadoes that devastated the south in April 2011. It is a time in my life that I will never forget.
Do you read reviews written about your book?
Yes. Sometimes I don’t like what I read but I believe listening to my readers will give me better insight on how to improve my writing skills.
How long did it take to write your book?
Southern Attraction didn’t take me as long as some of the other ones. I guess I really liked the way the book was going so it made it easier to write.
What types of prewriting activities do you do? (i.e. research, outlines)
I have outlined and researched on some. I researched tons for my book Richard the Lionheart. Writing a historical fiction book is extremely hard.
Do you write your book from page 1 to the end, or do you jump around?
I enjoy jumping around some. That is what is so great about computers. You can scroll up and down and see where something needs to be added or edited.
What types of promoting do you do?
I have done interviews, book tours, book signings and social media to advertise. I am happy to say, I have my first television interview June 12 Cooper and Company WTZT- TV.
Is most of your promoting online or offline?
Most of it is online. I’m hoping to change that in the future.
How do you find people to read and review your book?
I am constantly looking on the internet for bloggers.
Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
In the book Southern Attraction, I hope readers will see that there is more to life than money and fame.
Southern Attraction by Tracy Kauffman
Published by KG Books on Apr 22, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Southern Attraction is a young adult romance book about a girl who loses her parents and is forced to live with a redneck uncle from Alabama. There she has to choose between two young men that she likes. Will she choose true love or a lifestyle that she is accustomed to.
Heather has everything she ever wanted; money, clothes, friends, popularity and parents that adored her. Until one terrible day, she loses it all. She is uprooted from a place she loves to a small town in Alabama with a uncle she doesn’t know. The small town of Huckleburg was nothing like Manhattan. Country rednecks owned the town and no one accepted Yankees from New York. Heather didn’t think things could get worse until a tornado comes and blast through the small town. Heather has to lose herself to rediscover what life is all about. She meets two guys that she can’t decide between who she really wants. Join Heather as she discovers that there is more to life than money and fame. Will Heather ever fit in and find true love or will she stay an outsider living in the south.