Thursday, June 3, 2021

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Tracy Crump

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Tracy Crump

Linda: Welcome to my blog and congratulations on your recent release Health, Healing, and Wholeness. Your work has been published in magazines, anthologies, and devotions. What made you decide to create this particular collection? 

Tracy: It was actually an agent I met at a writing conference who suggested a devotional book since I’d published so many devotions. With my background as an ICU nurse and caregiver, I thought my experiences would make the perfect topic, especially since I witnessed God’s miracles in many situations. My prayer is that readers will find hope through the stories and Scripture I chose. 

LM: Tell us a bit about your journey to publication, and how did your association with Chicken Soup for the Soul come about? 

Tracy: I had published a couple of articles when I joined a writers group headed up by Marylane Wade
Koch. She emailed me one day and said Chicken Soup for the Soul was accepting submissions for a nurses’ book. She knew I had worked in ICU years before and said, “Why don’t you try submitting a story?” I just laughed because I didn’t think there was any way they would publish anything I wrote, so I let the deadline pass. A few days later, Marylane emailed again and said, “Chicken Soup extended the deadline for the nurse’s soul book. Why don’t you try submitting something?” I ended up submitting five stories, and they chose two to publish. After a few more acceptances, Marylane and I started conducting workshops and webinars on writing for Chicken Soup. They are so kind to allow us to use their name as long as we make it clear we don’t work for them or represent them. 

LM: In addition to writing, you are also an editor, speaker, and workshop leader. How do you balance the different aspects of your career? Do you prefer one of them over the others? 

Tracy: Sometimes it’s like juggling and can be hard to keep all the balls in the air, especially right now with the book launch. I try to work on a little of each every day. I’m not a natural speaker, but I love to teach! Surprisingly, the workshops have become one of my favorite things to do. 

LM: What is one piece of advice you have for fledgling writers? 

Tracy: The two things that can propel your writing career faster than anything are attending a conference and joining a critique group. You will learn so much and make connections that not only help and encourage you but will last a lifetime. So many of the members of my launch team said we first connected through a conference. 

LM: If money were no object, where is your idea of the ultimate vacation? 

Tracy: My dream of going to Hawaii was fulfilled years ago, though I would love to travel there again. I’d also love to see Israel, Greece, and Rome or the British Isles (some of my ancestors came from Scotland), but since my husband says he won’t fly again, I’d be content with seeing the Northeast where my dad’s family still lives. 

LM: Quickies: 
Favorite childhood book: 
Drink of choice: Coffee, tea, or soft drink 
 Would you rather walk, bicycle, or drive a car: 
1) Anything Nancy Drew. I read and loved a lot of the classics, too. 
2) I’ve never cared for coffee or tea, and I don’t drink anything with caffeine. Water it is! 
3) Walk! We live near two lakes, and I walk two miles almost every day. 

LM: What is your next project? 

Tracy: I have so many stories to tell about caring for my parents and now my 100-year-old mother-in-law that I think a devotional book for caregivers might be next. I’d love for it to be not only comforting and encouraging to readers but also a resource on how to navigate some of the ups and downs of caregiving. 

LM: Where can folks find you on the web? 

Tracy: Readers can find me at or or connect with me on social media through my links on

About Health, Healing, and Wholeness:

Where do you turn for help when illness or injury strikes? No matter how bleak the prognosis, you can find hope and healing in Jesus. 
Through her work as an intensive care nurse, Tracy Crump witnessed lifesaving miracles when everyone involved had given up--everyone except God. She cared for patients, family, and friends experiencing major health crises and offered encouragement no matter the situation, knowing we don't always experience healing in this life. 
Crafted with unique examples of God's miraculous power and saving grace, Health, Healing, and Wholeness blends Scripture-rich meditations with biblical principles that highlight God's mercy in times of medical need. Moving stories of a mother's sacrifice, children overcoming catastrophic accidents, the beauty of a life well lived, and joy despite traumatic brain injury instill hope. 
Whether you are experiencing a medical crisis, walking alongside someone who is, or caring for a loved one, these thirty devotions will bring comfort and peace. Prepare to embark on a journey to wholeness.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for having me, Linda! I enjoyed our interview.