Name Tracy Kincaid
39 (But if anyone asks I’m 27)
Where are you from
I was Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. I moved in 2013 to Pittsburgh, PA. (Never lived in snow before, all I can say is brrrrr!)
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’ve been married for 16 years and have 3 wonderful kids (ages 23, 12 and 5, not recommended). We have a Golden Retriever that just turned 1 and boy is he a handful! I originally went to school to be a performer, singing mostly. I got burnt out and decided having a family was more important then trying to make it in a tough industry. I do miss performing at times.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m hoping to get my first book out to the world early next year. It will fall under the categories of Paranormal, Historical and Romance.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing about 2 1/2 years ago. I got bored one day. I’d been out of work for about 2 years, and I was just tired of looking. I love to read and I found myself either rewriting stories in my head or adding to them in my dreams. Then one day this idea jumped into my head and BAM it turned into something that I was getting really excited over. I would start bouncing ideas off my family and my dad really got into it and asked to read what I had so far. Needless to say he loved it and wanted more!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m not sure if I can call myself that quite yet. I’m enjoying the whole process of writing.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I love to read and I figured why should these writers have all of the fun! I had some ideas for stories so I just started writing them down.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I am the type of writer that sits and goes. If I’m lucky the words pour out of me. If I get stuck I tend to go back and re read what I have down so far. I know a lot of authors say you shouldn’t do that but sometimes I need to remember the feeling I was going for and what better way then to re read where you have been.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I had a few ideas, but they didn’t come until I felt the end of the book coming. Then I went to a Facebook group of authors that I’m in and passed my ideas around. And as a group we came up with one that we all agreed fit the story. It was a group effort. As for the second book I had the title first. Book 1: Changing Lives, Book 2: Freeing A Lost Soul.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Anything can happen, if you use your imagination!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The everyday stuff is real. The rest, well I wish it was!
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My main female character is a lot of my past self. I was always told that you should write about things that you know. Who do you know better then yourself?
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
I never liked reading until the Harry Potter series came out. I hated the books that they would force you to read in school. That was not fun. Now I love being able to get lost in a book and be anything from a vampire to a lover from the past.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I guess in a way all writers that I have read. They all have left a piece of themselves with me. They always make me feel like I am in the book. I think that they are the reason I started to write in the first place.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Today I am reading Secret and Lies Vol. 2 by H.M. Ward. Yesterday it was Secret and Lies Vol. 1 by H.M. Ward. I tend to read fast when the family leaves me be! And sleeping is overrated!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
H.M. Ward sticks out the most. She is an indie writer. But she is just one of many.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I have been working on a second book as well as making notes for future stories. Ghosts and other things tend to attach to me when I travel. Lets just say my trip to Gettysburg this summer has created some interesting voices in my head.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The few friends that I told about the fact I was writing were very interested in what I was doing. I think they were just impressed that I was doing it at all.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to see it as a career. I have had my fair share of jobs over the years but nothing really felt 100% to me. Every time I thought I was doing something that I really wanted to do something would happen to make me change my mind.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
The nice thing about it not being published yet is I can still change it. I keep going back and forth with the ending. Sometimes I think it is perfect then I think “but what if I did this instead”. My guess is every writer thinks this way. My book is like my baby, you want it to grow and be perfect but you know that sometimes you just need to let it go and see what happens.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I used to love writing stories as a kid. A neighbor friend and I would sit and tell stories to each other, sometimes we would write them down.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
The first book has to do with past lives and a famous ship. Lot’s of interesting things happen pretty fast.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Editing is such an awful challenge. You put everything down on paper just so someone else can read it and mark it all up with suggestion and changes. Something that I know is a necessary evil but oh boy it is painful at times.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I guess I would have to say J.K. Rowling. The fact that she went from being a single parent without a job and created something that was so special to a lot of people. I can only wish to be able to do that with my own writing.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Traveling for my first book wasn’t necessary. Most of the places I had been before and one place would be hard to get to in it’s present state. For the second book I got to visit it for the first time this summer and would love to go back and spend more time. I think I had gotten enough books on it to satisfy the book.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I am still needing to get my covers done. I have tons of ideas in my head of how I want them to look. The second book will be much easier to put together. The first however will be a hard one to pull off. The nice thing is my husband is a photographer so he will come in handy!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The ending. I knew where I wanted to go and once I got to that spot I needed to send it off in a good way. I am still up in the air about it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that other authors are really nice and will let you bounce ideas or ask them questions. I have become friends with quite a few of them. I am grateful for them.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up! When I started to feel like it wasn’t going anywhere, I set it aside for awhile. Then one day I thought that I would give it another shot and just pushed through it. Keep reading, I find that I learn a lot by what I read.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Remember that authors put it all out there when they write books. It is like a child to us. Don’t leave nasty reviews, constructive critizium is ok. It is not always easy to write and you will have no idea until you try it yourself.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I do remember in grade school reading ghost stories. They seem to stick with me. But I guess the first real book I read would have been Lord of the Flies in high school. It was the only book I found half way interesting back then. But I think the first books that really got through to me was the Harry Potter series and after that the Twilight series. It has kind of snowballed from there.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Death and sad movies or TV shows almost always makes me cry. Hell I watched every season of the Vampire Diaries within 2 week and I think I cried at every other one. I laugh at almost anything.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
This may sound funny but Bram Stoker. I loved the way he wrote Dracula and I wish he would have written more like it. I have always been a sucker for the paranormal.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I would love to have something funny and clever like the tomb stones at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. I’ve always been kind of a class clown might as well give you something to smile about when I’m gone!
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love to paint ceramics. They are not as easy to find as they used to be. I love to read.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I think I will just list them: TV: Once Upon A Time, Forever, Elementary, Vampire Diaries, Dracula (BRING IT BACK PLEASE!), SleepyHallow, X-Files, and so many more. Films: Twilight Saga, Shawshank Redemption, As Good As it Gets, The Host, Harry Potter series (of course), and so many more.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food: Greek & Mexican Color: If I have to choose it will always be Blue but if I had my choice all colors. Music: I’m eclectic really Alternative, Metal, Classic Rock, Classical music just about everything except rap and country.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
An actress on TV or film.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
www.facebook.com/tksbookclub this is just a fun page I run for sharing books.