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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Author! Author! Interview with: Tracy Cooper-Posey

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming indie author Tracy Cooper-Posey. In case you don't know who she is, here's a little bit of info about her:

Tracy Cooper-Posey is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author.  She writes erotic vampire romances, hot romantic suspense, paranormal and urban fantasy romances.  She has published over 50 novels since 1999, been nominated for five CAPAs including Favourite Author, and won the Emma Darcy Award.

She turned to indie publishing in 2011. Her indie titles have been nominated four times for Book Of The Year.   She has been a national magazine editor and for a decade she taught romance writing at MacEwan University.

She is addicted to Irish Breakfast tea and chocolate, sometimes taken together.  In her spare time she enjoys sewing, history, Sherlock Holmes, science fiction and ignoring her treadmill. An Australian, she lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, a former professional wrestler, where she moved in 1996 after meeting him on-line.

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Hi Adria!
Thanks for hosting me on your blog today. It’s a great pleasure to be here.
It's great to have you here!

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! For those who may be unfamiliar with your work, can you tell people a little bit about what you write?
I’ve got my fingers in a few different pies, although I tend to feast on two in particular: Romantic suspense – both erotic and non-erotic — and paranormal romance, which ranges from erotic to where’s-the-extinguisher?

I’ve also published straight contemporary romances (not too many of those) and historical romances (ditto). I love and adore historical romances, but found that erotic historicals sell better, and historicals disguised as paranormal time travel romances sell even better.

I sold thirty five novels to legacy publishers before I went 100% indie. Now, I’ve just released my 22nd indie title.

Thanks to the freedom of indie publishing, I’ve become the queen of cross-genre series. My vampire MMF menage time travel futuristic romance series are fantastically popular, for example, and the second book of that series (Byzantine Heartbreak) has just been nominated for book of the Year by The Romance Reviews.

What have been some of the most difficult challenges for you as an indie writer?
I’ve enjoyed tremendously the freedom and creative license that comes with indie publishing, so I have to think hard to name the most “difficult” challenge of indie publishing, as I really don’t believe any of the challenges to be that onerous. There are technical tasks that need to be learned, and new mindsets to develop. You’re always short of money and resources – particularly time – but the advantages of indie publishing far, far outweigh any of these minor hassles.

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything about your books?
I believe I would have begun indie publishing about three or four years before I did. It would have saved me several years of heartbreak and frustration. But that’s hindsight for you.

Do you have a certain environment that you find is most productive to your writing? Do you need absolute silence or can you write just about anywhere?
I can – and do – write anywhere. I still have a day job at the moment, and I write on a bus, on my knees, on the way to and from work, surrounded by commuters. I’ve written the most torrid sex scenes on the #63 express to downtown Edmonton, and in fact, I dedicated Bannockburn Binding to the passengers of the #63. 

Of course, I love to write at my desk, with the music cranked up to maximum, and to be able to do that for a day at a stretch, but that’s a rare luxury I consider to be the equivalent of a box of Purdy’s Hedgehogs (I suspect only Canadians may understand that reference – think very expensive Belgium chocolate truffles, and you’re almost there.)

Because it’s such a rare treat, I’ve learned to write anywhere, anywhen, including Swyping out a paragraph at a time on my cellphone when I’m really pushed.

What authors do you enjoy reading when you have spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? Seriously.

Reading fiction is something I have to force sideways into my life as a Must-do. It’s field research. It stopped being a joy many years ago because time is so short. Most of the time, I don’t get to read what I want, but what the best seller list dictates I read, and I’m usually scanning, skipping and mining for plot, technique and story elements.

Sometimes, rarely, I will be stunned to find myself absorbed by a story, reading every word, and lost in a scene. If that happens, I know the author has done something rather remarkable – they’ve grabbed me despite my editor’s brain being front and centre.

Authors who have done that lately: Laurie Breton, Stephanie Meyer, Charlaine Harris.

What are you currently working on?
The third book in my Kiss Across Time series, Kiss Across Chains, a time travel vampire MMF menage series. Kiss Across Chains is due out on July 1. Also, the third book in the mashed up futuristic genre time travel series I mentioned earlier. The series is called Beloved Bloody Time, and the third book, Romani Armada, is due out in early Summer.

Is there anything else you'd like people to know?
Tons! But I think everyone might start to fidget and flip over to Angry Birds if I info-dumped everything here-and-now. ;)

If your readers are interested in checking out my books, you should head over to my site. I have them all listed there, with links to places where they’re available for sale, along with reviews and excerpts, so you can thoroughly investigate each book before you buy. (links below)

Also, if you’re really curious about me, you can sign up for my blog feed via a reader or email.

I also have a New Release announcement newsletter, where I let readers know ahead of anyone else (including my blog) about books I’ve just published. Subscription to that is free and you get two books for signing up.

And of course, the reason I’m guesting here today:

A stash of terrorists in a tiny town? No one believes her.

American diplomat Montana Dela Vega, posted to laid-back Western Australia, discovers a band of known terrorists hiding deep in the bush. Laughed at by superiors, she must find courage and her own resources to expose the ruthless zealots.

The only people who believe her wild story are Caden Rawn, the mysterious and physically intimidating man with a terrifying reputation, and a bloody history that dogs his every step; and Steve Scarborough, a local police officer with an instinct for the truth and a secret of his own.

Caden and Montana’s private investigation entwines them in tragedy and fear, and teaches them the meaning of friendship...and love. They must face the cost of truth and the courage of their convictions for Montana’s terrorists are very real and very deadly indeed—and they want Montana for themselves....
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Thank you Tracy!

Tracy is graciously offering one person an e-book copy of Fatal Wild Child so fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win!

When Seth O’Connor pulls Gabrielle Sherborne out from under her wrecked car in the middle of an icy river high in the Canadian Rockies just before Christmas, he never thought that someone might actually be gunning for the infamous wild child of the famous Hollywood director, Cameron MacKenzie Sherborne III, and the family that puts up with her antics.

Told by his superiors to insert himself into the Sherborne family and protect Gabrielle, Seth learns that the former film star is anything but a brat. She’s all woman, incredibly sexy and smart, with a vulnerability that eats right through the armor over his heart. That makes doing his job suddenly very tough for Captain Seth O’Connor, for the unfriendlies are closing in…

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