Tracey Morait was born and brought up in Liverpool, England, in 1964, but left in 1990 to work in Bristol after graduating from Liverpool Polytechnic. There she met her husband Keith and they were married in 1993. Tracey writes and self-publishes books for children and young adults and Keith designs her book covers.
She has written four books so far, two for children aged 9-12: Goalden Girl and Abbie’s Rival, and two for young adults: Epiworld and Big Brother. She is working on her fifth book, the sequel to Goalden Girl, entitled Goalden Sky.
What inspires you to write?
My own experiences. I love of football (real football, I support Liverpool FC) which inspired me to write Goalden Girl about a girls’ football team. I am currently writing a sequel and I intend to write more football books. Epiworld came out of my own personal experience of epilepsy in which I enable my character Travis to time travel with his powerful seizures. Abbie’s Rival is loosely based on a real encounter with a pen friend many years ago, and I wrote Big Brother because I like the idea of vigilantes sorting out the bad people in the world.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have an idea in my head of what the story is about and how I would like it to pan out, then I just open up my laptop and write. I used to have a bad habit of editing as I go along, but I don’t do that any more. I force myself to leave the editing until the end.
If I am away from my laptop, for example, if I go away on holiday, I simply write down ideas and notes in a notebook.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters tell me how they want to behave. Sometimes I listen, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I say, ‘Now come on, how would you do this or that?’ That way they come to life.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up even if you feel like doing so. If you have other commitments, like a day job and a family, try to write a paragraph daily. It’s better than nothing at all.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did try the traditional publishing route to begin with, but decided I wanted control over my own work. I’d read about traditionally published writers being bogged down by contracts. I have chosen the Print On Demand route, although I am aware that this can be perceived as inferior, which is a little unfair.
If you think your work is good enough by all means try agents and publishers but be prepared for rejection. It’s hard to take. Don’t dismiss the self-publishing or even Publish On Demand as inferior: they are not. Both SP and POD authors work very hard indeed and you will find we strive to get it right.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think traditional publishers should start looking over their shoulders. The number of authors who have been rejected are taking matters into their own hands and self-publishing and POD publishers aren’t going to go away. It’s easy to publish a book now, even for nothing, and many authors have enjoyed success that way. E-book publishers are a case in point. All you need is a good grasp of Word and html and off you go.
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Children, Science Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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