Jen: This week we are happy to welcome T.L. Mitchell to Romancing the Book. Tracey, will you please share a short bio with us?
Tracey: Currently I live in Virginia where I have been spending my time enjoying the view of the mountains while writing. My debut novel, Dark of kNight was released in the 2nd edition by Wild Horse Press in November of 2009. Since then, I have completed Fall of kNight (kNight Series Book 2) and a new short story collection The NightMan (Book 1 The Eternal Love Collection).
Jen: Tell us about Fall of kNight your upcoming release and where it’s available.
Tracey: Fall of kNight is the continuing story of Julie kNight and Daniel Maxwell in the kNight Series.
The story picks up where Dark of kNight ends. Julie thinks her life is normal, at least for a Lycan. She becomes more acquainted with her new lifestyle as a wolf-shape shifter. However, just when things seem normal, the threat of the werewolves return. Not to mention the inhumanly beautiful vampire, Richard Macarthur. Richard’s desire for Julie turns dangerously seductive as he is determined to make her his…forever.
The story holds the readers with the same suspense and mystery as in Dark of kNight. New characters and surprises are added. However, the colorful cast of original characters still remain.
Fall of kNight will be available in Ebook and Amazon Kindle May 18th. You can pre-order Fall of kNight at All Romance Ebooks http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-fallofknight-427353-139.html.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Tracey: I discovered writing when I was sixteen. It was an English writing assignment. The teacher gave us one sentence to finish a two page short story. I had no idea what to write. Finally with pen in hand I just started writing what ever came to my mind. The story started unfolding in front of my eyes. Before I realized it, I had written more than 2 pages. I shortened the story and submitted my work the next day. I received two “A’s” for the work with a note from the teacher saying “See me after class.”. He wanted to encourage me to consider writing as a career. I still remember his words and wish I had as much faith in myself as he did when I was that age. It took me over twenty-five years to gain the courage to have my work considered for publishing.
In 2009, I published my debut novel Dark of kNight through Author House Publishing. In November 2009, Dark of kNight was re-edited and re-published by Wild Horse Press. And so the story begins with the kNight Series Books.
Jen: How does your family feel about your career?
Tracey: They are very supportive. I’ve had their help with book trailers and tossing around scene ideas for feed back. They love the kNight Series.
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Tracey: Suspenseful, Passionate and Entertaining.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Tracey: Not really. I usually try and write some on a story everyday. If a story or scene hits me pretty hard I stick with it until its done. For example, The NightMan, I started writing the story around 8 am and didn’t complete it until 5am the next morning. Yes, I took breaks, but I couldn’t stop writing.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest?
Tracey: I think the most challenging aspect of writing is the characters. Character personalities are as important as the storyline. You want each character to become alive and thrive with individuality. Keeping in mine their dialogue is very important. Not every character should act or speak the same.
The easiest part of writing for me, I would say story lines. I like to be creative and try to come up with something fresh or a new perspective. My imagination is always going in different directions.
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Tracey: Most of my readers would probably think Richard, the vampire in the kNight Series is probably my favorite character. I would probably have to agree. Richard is a character who is fun to write. He is draw to the heroine in ways he can’t explain. His vampire side is drawn to her blood, while his male nature is drawn to her beauty. It’s a double whammy for him. He knows he has the abilities, both in a dangerously seductive manner as well his vampire nature to take her. Richard wants Julie, but he wants her to submit herself willingly to him. He will not take her by force. His character is very strong. You feel his pain of loneliness. You experience his tragic loss through his words and expressions. He is a character who is skilled in the methods of seduction. Its not just a vampire thing—this boy has skills! I would say he is one of the most interesting characters I have ever written.
Jen: What five authors or people, from the past or present, have been important to you as an author? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them.
Tracey: Paranormal romance authors, Shannon Bailey, Tamela Quijas, Bonnie Elliott have been very close and dear author friends of mine. They have been very supportive in my writing and encouraging as I grow and develop deeper as an author. Another dear person I would not forget to mention is the one everyone knows at Amazon- Grammy. She is a wonderful supporter and also dear friend to us paranormal romance authors. As an avid reader- she’s there to give us feedback when we need it. She is very honest and tells you up front if the story stinks or not! Which is what we need. Someone who is honest with us and keeps us grounded. My publisher Wild Horse Press has been a great experience for me. Truly guiding and working with me. It takes a good publisher with patience to work with writers. They are very supportive and encouraging as well.
I tell them this when I can: “I love you guys! & Thanks for your friendship, your love and just being a shoulder to cry on when the reviews aren’t so good.”
Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished that goal is there anything else you dream of doing?
Tracey: Good question. Accomplishing the goal of becoming a published writer/author is just the beginning. I love to write and want to continue writing more entertaining books. My next two goals are: 1 to have a NY Times Best Seller and have Dark of kNight and the kNight Series made into a movie. Among those goals I want to enter writing contests and further my writing skills. In other words, I want to be the best author I can possibly become. I have never started a project just to complete it without mastering the technique and skill. Writing is a passion I love and I want the readers to feel that passion when I write.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Tracey: Watch movies! I love movies. When I need a break and just relax I go out to dinner with a friend and we usually catch a movie. Movies are always my way of relaxing and taking a breath of fresh air from the writing world.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Tracey: The next book I have coming out June 22nd is The NightMan. A delicious short story of one woman, one werewolf and one vampire. It’s a thrill ride from start to finish of how one mysterious night can change the lives of three people. Dark of kNight has been submitted to a professional screen writer. Hopefully my next dream will come into play and I will be watching Dark of kNight in the theaters.
Currently I’m working on Dawn of kNight(Book 3 kNight Series) and a fantasy novel Sword of Alkatar which will be finished shortly (I hope).
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
My website is : http://www.darkofknightseries.com/
My Space: http://www.myspace.com/darkofknightseries
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Tracey: I love feedback from readers. Tell me what you like in the stories you read. What kinds of stories do you prefer? and why?
I also want to share that Dark of kNight was accepted by screenwriter Gordon Hayes. He is currently working on the screenplay. Fall of kNight, (Book 2 of the kNight Series) made it to #5 Hot New Releases Amazon Kindle Family Saga & made it in the top 100 for Amazon’s Kindle Best Sellers in Family Saga during its three day debut!!! Exciting News!!!!
Jen: Readers, Tracey is giving away a signed copy of Dark of kNight and a signed copy of Fall of kNight when it becomes available in paperback this fall to one lucky winner. Due to shipping costs, the contest is limited to those living within the US and Canada. To enter the contest, you first must leave a comment or question for Tracey. Then to finish your entry, you need to leave your email address in your comment or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be chosen on Sunday, May 30.