Tracy Sharp grew up in a small mining town in Northern Ontario, Canada, where there wasn’t much to do, aside from winter sports, except write stories to scare herself silly. She now lives in Upstate NY with her family.
What inspires you to write?
It could be anything, from news stories to a conversation snippet I hear when I’m out doing just about anything. It could be something I see. But the things that really get me tapping away at the keyboard are usually issues that I don’t undertand. Something that outrages me. That is what lights a fire under my butt so that I can’t help but write about it.
Tell us about your writing process
I’m part plotter and part panster. I begin with an idea, and a very loose map of the story. I open a Word document and place text boxes on it, typing in known scenes. I color code them according to which plot thread they belong to. As I get deeper and more involved in the story, more scenes come to me, and I move the text boxes around. Research often dictates which way the story will go, as well. So changes are often made.
The story rarely turns out as I think it will initially, and I’m always amazed by that. Books really do take on a life of their own as you’re writing them.
I go through the document three times before sending it to my editor, then make any other changes that are needed. The editor always catches inconsistencies that I miss. Like, “she had green eyes on page 11, now she has blue.”
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I hear conversations in my head. Snippets of dialogue. I picture scenes in my head all the time, especially when I’m cleaning the house, cooking or baking. It’s funny how doing mundane things will trigger new scenes to emerge in my mind.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The first two books of my Leah Ryan series were with one publisher, and after I wrote the third, Dirty Business, I moved them to another. It was just the way things were done. Having a publisher. But although I got many great reviews, they never really took off. When my last publisher decided to merge with another, I opted to try self-publishing rather than merge with the new publisher. I got my rights back and have done much better on my own.
What do I advise? Honestly, I’m a big fan of Joe Konrath. If you’re trying to figure out what you should do as a new writer, go check out his blog. He predicted years ago what would happen in the publishing business. He has his finger on the pulse of the book selling business. Many writers are jumping ship and doing much better on their own. Many were rejected, and their books aer now selling well. This isn’t true for everyone, but it is true for many. Joe’s blog is here http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The times are changing. Ebooks are the main form of books sold today. Everything is becoming electronic. You can either embrace it or fight it, but if you fight it, you won’t survive in this business. Writers need to be willing to change, adapt, and roll with the changes. Bookstores all over the country are closing. That should tell you something.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Teen, Romantic Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
What formats are your books in?