Jen: Today we are excited to welcome Tracey Devlyn to Romancing the Book. Tracey, please share a short bio and links to where you can be found online.
Tracey: Tracey Devlyn writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey Toward the heroine’s happy ending). She’s a co-founder of Romance University, a group blog dedicated to readers and writers of romance, and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland’s exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction.
An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters. For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at: www.TraceyDevlyn.com.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Tracey: Checkmate, My Lord is the second installment in my—take a deep breath—historical romantic spy thriller Nexus series. That was a mouthful, wasn’t it? Those of you who have read my debut, A Lady’s Revenge, will recognize Lord Somerton’s name. He was the heroine’s guardian in ALR and is now the hero in Checkmate. Somerton, aka Sebastian Danvers, is ruthless, dedicated to his country, attracted to his murdered agent’s widow, and is a magnet for a seven-year-old girl who likes to natter on about horses.
Somewhere along the way it became obvious that book 2 in the series would be Somerton’s and it would have to take place in the country. Pairing him up with an organizing widow, who’s being forced to spy on him, a spymaster, seemed even more fitting.
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Tracey: I’m a little of both. Although I’m still refining my writing process, I’ve found having the backbone of the story outlined helps me get started. I take all sorts of side trips, but, at least, I start out knowing where I’m going.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Tracey: I’m really interested in writing an historical thriller and have started pulling a proposal together. Another area I’d like to try is young adult dystopian.
Don’t know that I’ll ever be able to write erotic/erotica or inspirational. They both sit on the extreme spectrum of romance. My voice isn’t tame enough for one and is too tame for the other.
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Tracey: Sometimes I’ll write the characters description and a name will pop into my head. Other times, it’s not so easy. I have a couple online historical baby name sites I go to and scroll and scroll until something clicks.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Tracey: There have been many amazing moments over the last year. The one that sticks out in my mind the most was when a reader came up to me at my first big reader conference and said she’d read the ending to A Lady’s Revenge seven times.
Such an amazing feeling.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Tracey: A Lady’s Secret Weapon releases October 2013. This is the 3rd book in the Nexus series and is Ethan deBeau’s story.