Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Hi! I’m Traci. I’m a full-time romance author and fiction editor. I’m traditionally published in contemporary and paranormal romance with Harlequin/Mills & Boon, Entangled Publishing, and Tule Publishing, and also indie publish MM romance under my pen name, T.S. Ankney.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
Honestly, every book brings its own challenges. The first in a series can be exciting because you’re creating everything from scratch, but that can also be a challenge because you also need to think ahead about the other books planned in the series to make sure you don’t write yourself into a box, plot or character wise, that you can’t get out of. Writing the later books can be easier, world-building wise, because you’ve already set up the world. But then you also need to make sure you keep things consistent and don’t contradict yourself because readers will notice. And let you know about it! 😂👍
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
As a writer, I’m always discovering as I go, so keeping it fresh isn’t really a problem. Characters and settings reveal new aspects to me all the time, so… I will say though I also make conscious choices, whenever possible, to choose the new and diverse also, because I like my books to reflect the world I see around me, and different is beautiful, baby! ❤️
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
Just pace yourself and write the way it works for you. Trying to impose someone else’s random rules about word counts per day or outlining or whatever, can really intimidate and stifle new writers who are still finding out what works for them. Do what works for you and what gets words on the page. That’s all that matters. 👍
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
I work on my own books in the morning, usually two at a time in different stages of doneness, then work on my day-job editing in the afternoon. So, yeah. It’s a nine to five job for me. ✍️
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
Aw, man. I can’t pick just one. That’s like asking a parent to pick a favorite kid. 😂 I love all my characters for different reasons. 🤷♀️
What is your definition of success?
Being able to support myself doing what I love and having readers fall in love with the worlds and people I create. 😊
What are your social links?
You can find all my socials, and my NL sign up, on my website: www.tracidouglassbooks.com
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