Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Tracey Lyons
Linda: Thanks for stopping by. You’ve written Regency, Reconstruction/Gilded Age, and contemporary Amish fiction. How do you decide which time period to use for your stories, and do you have a favorite?
Tracey: I love writing historicals, so all of my first books were written out of my love for history. When I moved on to a new publisher I decided to try my hand at writing Amish fiction.
LM: Do you base any characters on real people (including yourself)?
Tracey: Oh my goodness! Yes! I have a series called the Women of Surprise, sweet historical set in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. I based the female characters on myself and my two sisters. I’m not sure they were happy with me! LOL!
LM: Do you have a set routine to prepare for writing (e.g. listening to music, etc.) and is there a time of
Tracey: I’m way more productive in the morning. I like to have a scent infuser going and I put on spa or classical music.
LM: Research is an important part of writing any book. How do you research for your stories, and have you unearthed any exceptionally interesting tidbits?
Tracey: I travel to all the locations where my books are set. I also like to talk to people who live in those areas. Back in the day I used to spend a lot of time at my local library and historical society combing through books and records. These days I do use the internet, but I don’t find it the same as being there in person. In my first historical I got to go to the original garnet mine in upstate NY. That ended up being where I set the story.
Tracey: I really want to learn how to drive on a NASCAR track.
LM: Here are some quickies:
Favorite Season: Fall
Favorite author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Favorite Bible verse: 1 Corinthians 16:14
LM: Can you tell us what writing projects are on your plate right now?
Tracey: I’m in the early stages of a proposal for the Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense line and I’m tinkering with a contemporary series set in the Hudson Valley of New York State. I’m working on edits for The Amish School Teacher releasing April 2021, Harlequin Love Inspired.
Linda: Where can folks connect with you?
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Tracey-J.-Lyons
Sign up for my newsletter: https://traceylyons.com/contact.html#newsletter
About A Love for Lizzie:
After her father falls ill, Lizzie Miller and her family desperately need help to keep the farm going during harvesttime. Neighbor Paul Burkholder is eager to lend a hand—and to court Lizzie. But Paul has a secret that he fears could push Lizzie away. Can they finally heal from a tragedy in their pasts...and open their hearts to each other?
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LH13VR7