Bestselling Author, Country Humorist Writer
If you love to laugh, you’ll love this author!
Tracy’s Bio: Bestselling author Tracy Heath is a country humorist writer, having grown up in the Eastern Oregon desert among dogs, cows, and tumbleweeds. She has now published the first two books of her Country Misadventures series and is known for her comical tales of country incidents and family mishaps. Tracy currently resides in the medium-sized city of Kennewick, Washington, with her husband. Living with them are their rambunctious son and scruffy hunting dog.
BB&B: What inspires you to create a story?
Tracy: My family does on so many different levels. My parents exposed me to quality literature as a child, and I’ve always wanted to write. Now as I have a family of my own, I want to share my childhood stories with my husband and son. Also, I get so much pleasure myself when I’m writing. Even though it can make me feel completely frazzled, I love the process.
BB&B: How do you decide on the setting of your story?
Tracy: Selecting a setting was easy for me since both of my current books are based off of my own childhood in Eastern Oregon. The deep-hued sunsets, the ever-stretching wasteland, the rolling tumbleweeds are what I know best.
BB&B: To what extent do your characters remind you of yourself or someone you know?
Tracy: Most of my characters are based off of real people—my parents, my brothers, and myself. But as I wrote each story, even people so closely related to me took on personalities vastly different than their real-life characteristics. And then there are people such as Cynthia and Tom in the story A Redneck Romance that are composites of various individuals I knew way back in the day.
Tracy: Cynthia Clark is a black-haired, black-eyed young woman who gets caught in the crossfire between her blustery, protective pa and the backwoods neighbors next door. She’s at a turning-point of discovering that she can think for herself, and she has to decide whether to follow her own desires or to respect her pa’s commands. This country love story unfolds in the book A Redneck Romance.
BB&B: What do you love best about being an author?
Tracy: There’s something so fulfilling about slaving over a document for countless hours, putting every lick of mental energy into a book, and then seeing that treasured piece of work get into the hands of strangers who never knew you even existed until they stumbled across a comical little book of country tales. And it’s comments like “I laughed until I cried” that keep me going.
BB&B: What can fans expect from you in the future?
Tracy: I will be adding a third book to the Country Misadventures series. The first two books are collections of short stories as will be the third. From there I plan on branching out into longer works of fiction still in the same humorous country genre. For me, it’s not worth writing unless there’s humor.
BB&B: Do you have any tips for new writers?
Tracy: Just start writing. That’s what I did—just for the fun of it. And now, in less than a year, I have two books published. With the opportunity of self-publishing available these days, there is no reason to not write if you so desire!
Get linked up with other writers. I’m involved in a community that has greatly increased my confidence and knowledge of how to get it done. Feel free to contact me for help on getting started!
BB&B: Where can fans purchase your books?
Tracy: Both titles are available at Amazon.com
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