Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday Takeover Spotlight: Tracy Lawson

Tracy Lawson knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she could read. In the first grade, she authored sixty-seven contact-paper bound books through her school's Young Authors program. Though that pace proved impossible to maintain, she always intended to be a real author one day.

While working toward her Bachelor's degree in Communication at Ohio University, she studied creative writing with the late Daniel Keyes, author of Flowers for Algernon. After short stints as a media buyer and an investigative analyst, she settled into a 20-year career in the performing arts, teaching tap dancing in Columbus, Ohio, and choreographing musicals. Though her creative energies were focused on dance, she never lost her desire to write, and has a non-fiction book to her credit: Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, (McDonald & Woodward, 2012).

Tracy's love for writing New Adult fiction is sparked by all the wonderful teens in her life, including her daughter Keri, a college student. Counteract is Tracy's first novel.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

Sure! Here’s a little bit about Counteract:  The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism for the last fifteen years with the full backing of the US government. Their carefully crafted list of Civilian Restrictions means no concerts or sporting events, no travel, no social media, no cash transactions, and no driver's licenses for eighteen-year-olds Tommy and Careen. The OCSD has even outlawed grocery stores, all in the name of safety.

Now, there's a new threat-airborne chemical weapons that could be activated at any time. But the OCSD has an antidote: Just three drops a day is all it takes to stay safe. It's a small price to pay for safety. Or is it...

Resist, the second volume in The Resistance Series comes out in June.  Here’s a preview: Tommy and Careen have joined the Resistance, but their attempts to undermine the OCSD’s bid for dominance spin out of control, bringing consequences far beyond anything they bargained for. Even as they fight against the OCSD’s bid for control in the name of safety and security, they feel the need to protect each other—with mixed results.

Who designs your covers?

I work with my publisher on the concept, and have provided photographs for the covers. She works with The Book Team to finalize the designs.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep writing, keep trying, keep getting better at what you do.

Do you have any writing rituals or certain things you do to aid your writing process? 

I write on legal pads in a stream-of-consciousness style, then when I type what I’ve written into the computer, the scenes take shape. I try to outline and write in order, but sometimes I go off-script and wing it!

Favorite snack and thing to drink while you write? 

Sunflower seeds and Diet Dr Pepper

ebook or print? print
junk food or sweets? Junk food
dogs or cats? cats
tea or coffee? tea
dark or light colors? light
angels or demons? angels
paranormal romance or historical romance? Historical romance
Boxers or Briefs? boxers
Control Freak or Careless Jerk control freak

Stalk Tracy!

Be sure to check out all Tracy’s Novels and come join her at Rising Indies United for her takeover @ 2 PM

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