Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a great start. This will be the last author interview for a while as I try to figure out the direction of my website. So join me in welcoming my last guest, Tracey Lyon. How did you develop a love of story, Tracey?
I guess my simple answer would be I can’t imagine my life without books. Whether reading or writing them I would be a different person without stories in my life. As a writer I love creating characters and developing their worlds. As a reader I get lost in the pages written by others. It’s so much fun to see where stories take us. And sometimes our stories provide a much-needed escape from the real world.
I can definitely relate to that. What is your 'how I got published' story?
After ten years of writing and rejection I finally got the call. It was a fall day, 9/9/99 to be exact. And I was watching my favorite soap opera, Days of Our Lives. The phone rang and I just had this feeling, you know that kind that shimmies along your neck? I answered and it turned out to be Amy Garvey calling from Kensington Publishing to say they wanted to buy my book Mountain Jewel for their Precious Gems line. The funny thing, I must have called six people to tell them the news and not one of my friends or family members were home! It didn’t matter because it that minute my longtime dream of being published had finally come true. And the day my advance check arrived in the mail I drove to the nursing home my grandmother was in to share my news with her. The bottom line-don’t ever give up on your dreams!
That's a neat story. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I hope that what readers come away with first is a sense of satisfaction at reading a good story. And then I would like to think that they will feel there is hope in the world even when it seems like some days there is little to be had. I love what I do for a living and I like to think that my passion for my work shows in the stories I’m lucky enough to get to tell.
Chuckle. I know what you mean. Do you listen to music or snack while writing?
I do occasionally listen to music when I write, the problem is sometimes I find myself singing along instead of writing! And yes, I do snack. Who isn’t inspired by a good piece of chocolate? I also have a cup of hot tea nearby. There is something comforting about wrapping my hands around that warm mug while I ponder a scene.
A piece of chocolate sounds motivating to me. :) Who are your favorite authors?
Jo Ann Brown, Melanie Dickerson, Ruth Logan Herne
Those are some good ones. Tell us about your new book.
The Heart of An Agent is book two in the Adirondack Pinkertons series. Oh my gosh, I so love the setting for this book! An 1890’s historical romance set at a fictional Great Camp. Great Camps were at one time scattered throughout the Adirondacks. People would come from far and wide to enjoy a respite in the clean mountain air. This is a tender love story that tells the tale of a bitter widower, Owen Murphy and a female Pinkerton Agent, Lily Handland, who is trying to find her way in the world after leaving the agency. She finds the hero in a very bad way, unable to overcome the loss of his wife, even after two years. The hero sees her as a threat to his way of life. And yet he soon realizes she might be his only hope. But Lily is carrying with her a past that might not fit into Owen’s way of life. These are two of my favorite characters!
That sounds interesting. What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m working on the first book in a two-book deal with Harlequin Love Inspired. The book is going to be an Amish romance set in the southern tier area of New York State. My first foray into the Amish world, but I am loving every minute of it!
The Amish are prevalent in the area where I live. Thanks so much for being with us today, Tracey. I wish you the best with your writing.