Welcome to my weekly series – Author Interviews.
These interviews allow me to find out a little bit more about the person behind the books and to glean some valuable insight on being a writer.
This week I am very excited. I met today’s author Tracy Krimmer on the ChickLitHQ FaceBook group site and I am thrilled that she has agreed to come and sit in my red chair.
Tracy describes herself as an author who writes books that make women laugh, sometimes cry and always feel. She loves protein bars and coffee. A perfect match for me and my chair!
Please welcome Tracy Krimmer to my chair!
Welcome Tracy, please tell my readers about yourself and the book / books you have written
I’m really not that exciting! I’m a thirty-something author of chick lit and women’s fiction. When I’m not writing, I’m being a wife and mom and all around cool person. I love fitness and help my husband run challenge groups on Facebook for those who want to get in shape. And I love coffee!
As far as my books, I have four out:
- Pieces of it All – A women’s fiction/coming-of-age novel about a young girl experiencing her first love – and heartbreak.
- Caching In – The first in the Pastime Pursuits series about a woman who finds love while geocaching.
- Jay Walking – Book two in the series (this is a standalone series) about a woman trying to find love after having her baby.
- Sparing the Heart – Book three in the series about a woman finally letting the shield down around her heart
My fifth book, Dating for Decades, is a seasoned romance out this summer.
When did you write your first book?
I wrote my very first book in sixth grade! But, my first published book in this genre came out in May 2014.
How long did it take to write your first book?
I think from start to finish almost two years. I wrote it and then basically rewrote it and then after beta readers, rewrote a large chunk again!
What was your motivation to write your first book?
I call Pieces of it All the anti-alpha male alpha male book. Did you catch all that? I read a lot of romance books and I wanted to write one a little different from the alpha male books I had been reading at the time. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say it is a happily after after the way I think it should be, especially for an 18-year-old girl.
What writing issues did you encounter along the way and how did you overcome them?
Remember that I said I rewrote it twice? First it was an erotic romance. Then it was an erotic romance thriller. The beta readers helped me through the process and see what was wrong with it. Once I realized what I wanted to do, the rest fell into place.
Did you go through any bad writing patches during writing your book – what kept you going?
I always go through rough patches and that’s during the revising process. I love writing and hate revising. It’s not even that it’s too difficult. I overwhelm easily and instead of taking one thing at a time, I freak out and panic! Once I talk through it with my critique partner, I always feel better.
Are you a plotter or do you just write / see what happens?
I used to be a pantser. Now I plot. I don’t necessarily plot every detail, but I like to get everything down from start to finish. I write a lot faster that way.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
Sharing my stories with the world. I have so many ideas and I want to get them out! I love bringing out emotion in people, making them feel.
What is the worst thing about being a writer?
Sharing my stories with the world! Yes, it’s a double-edged sword. When I publish a book, I open myself up to a world of criticism. It’s hard, sometimes, but I wouldn’t change anything.
Have you ever considered quitting writing, and if so how have you worked through this?
I consider it for a second with every book. It is always after a release. I find I have to take about a month off after a release to not do anything. That will be hard this year because I plan on publishing a lot.
What does a typical writing day look like for you?
I work out in the AM, usually, and write for about two hours. Then I fit in small writing sessions throughout the day. I love using Evernote so I can write on the fly. If I’m sitting in line somewhere or at the park, I can write on my phone.
Do you suffer from procrastination and if so how do you handle it?
Ha! This is a funny question to me because I always say I don’t procrastinate and I know that I do. I don’t know how I handle it. I just get it done!
Which is more important – plot or characters and why?
Characters. The characters drive the plot. You need them to have a story!
What have been your 3 biggest learnings during your writing career?
The first one is not giving a F*&k. What do I mean by that? Don’t worry about the haters. Everyone has them. I’m no exception. If I spend too much time focusing on those people, I won’t get anything done.
Second, keep my eyes on my own paper. It is so easy to try and compare myself to others. Doing that only makes me feel bad about myself. I have to remember that while I look up to another writer and wish I sold books and had as many fans as that person, someone probably thinks the same of me.
Lastly, head down and keep writing. If I want to write, then write. If I get too distracted or bogged down by other things, I won’t accomplish anything.
How do you manage social media as a writer?
I have my author page on Facebook and I try to post a few times a week. I’ve fallen off Twitter so I linked my account to that so when I post on my fan page it posts there as well. I use Instagram when I remember. I try to do what I can.
Do you have any tips or advice for budding aspiring authors?
Invest in an awesome critique partner. Find someone you trust and can share your work with and they can do the same for you. This person is also a great sounding board and you can bitch to each other when needed! Without my critique partner, Stephanie, I don’t think I would have gotten through all these books. I have another author, Karen, that I adore and she has always been a great person to talk to when I am down. It’s important to be able to vent to the people who understand what you are going through.
Do you suffer from writer’s block and if so how do you overcome?
I used to. Now if I have writer’s block, I move on. Either the story or scene isn’t working.
Do you ever think of the next book whilst writing?
Yes. I hadn’t even finished Dating for Decades and I’m writing another book in my mind.
What do you wear to write?
Nothing. Teasing! Whatever I am wearing that day…typically yoga pants and a tank top!
If readers want to get in touch how do they contact you? My website is:
http://www.tracykrimmer.com. Find me on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/KrimmerAuthor and message me there or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am on Twitter at @tkrimms.
Thanks for having me, Lucy!
Great interview Tracy, I really enjoyed your answers.
I loved how you rewrote different versions of your book. I could see myself doing this.
I really admire writers who can turns themselves into plotters.
I like the idea of writing on a phone in the park – I must try this.
I love your learnings! Number 1 especially!
Great answers and thank you once again!
Next week – British author with a Parisian flair Isabelle Andover brings a touch of elegance to my chair 🙂