Freebie Day #7 – Guest Author Tracy Madison!

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Today I’m happy to have Dorchester author Tracy Madison on the blog!

2) What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?
At the moment, I’m writing book 3 in the series. A BREATH OF MAGIC will be released in May, 2010. After that, I have book 4 in the series—as yet untitled—which *should* squeak in before the end of 2010, but I don’t have a release date yet.

I’m also thinking about future books, and what I might want to work on after these next two are written. Luckily, I have lots of ideas keeping me up at night!

3) What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or book(s)?
Oh wow, I’ve had so many of them that have just made me smile like a giddy schoolgirl after being asked out by the football captain. Annette Blair told me that she wished she’d written A TASTE OF MAGIC. I’ve been a fan of Annette’s for years, so that was (and still is) a HUGE thrill! And just recently, reviewer Emily Becher said, “Tracy Madison and characterization go together like chocolate and strawberries.” I glowed when I read that!

And then, there are those wonderful readers who take the time to email me with their compliments. What always shocks me is when they thank me for writing! I’ll always write, but there are a zillion books out there for readers to buy, so the fact that these readers are buying my books and enjoying them enough to contact me—well, that’s pretty much the best compliment ever. And I make sure they know how much I appreciate it.

4) What’s your writing schedule like?
Ugh. What schedule? It’s summer and I have four kids, which means I write when I can—usually late at night. I tend to do other work during the day, take a nap after dinner, and then stay up until the early-morning hours when everyone else is asleep. During the school year, I can switch things back around, but for now I’m on the nightshift!

5) If you could be one character from any book you’re read or written who would it be and why?
Another difficult question! When I was a kid, I read a lot of Trixie Belden books, so I’d have chosen Trixie in a second. She always had a mystery to solve, her boyfriend Jim was a cutie, and her friends backed her up whenever things got dicey.

Now, I’d have to say Eve Dallas from the In Death series by J.D. Robb. Eve solves homicides, has a gorgeous husband, and friends who back her up if things get dicey. Hmm…I’m sensing a pattern here!

From my own books, I’d go for Grandma Verda in a second. This is a woman who isn’t afraid to say whatever is on her mind. She’s also just quirky enough to appeal to me.

Thank you, Elisabeth, for having me here today! I can’t wait to get my hands on STOLEN HEAT!


Tracy is giving away a copy of A TASTE OF MAGIC to one lucky commenter. Because I love quirky characters as much as she does, to be entered into the drawing, simply answer this question:

Do you have any quirky characters in your family? No? How about at work?

(Please note: This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada)