Author Pen Name: Tracey H. Kitts
CA: What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
THK: I write paranormal romance, mainly because that’s what I like to read. I enjoy a variety of topics, but keep coming back to the slightly macabre. I’ve always been fascinated by vampires, werewolves and other creatures of the night. My interests haven’t changed much over the years. When I was little, my mom said I was weird. Now she tells people I’m creative. LOL
CA: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
THK: I knew I wanted to be a writer even before I knew what the word meant. When I was little, my mom started reading me J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit as a bedtime story. I was hooked. When we were asked in kindergarten what we wanted to be when we grew up, I said a storyteller. The teacher misunderstood and said, “You mean you want to tell lies?” I said, “No, I want to tell stories.” She explained to me, “Ah, so you want to be a writer.”
CA: Who or what was your inspiration for writing?
THK: I literally get inspiration from everything. I might be inspired one day by a song I heard and the next, by watching a storm out my window. It all depends on the mood I’m in and what’s going on in my life. Aside from everyday events, my biggest source of inspiration is mythology.
CA: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
THK: I’m a slave driver. Once I start something I intend to see it through. If life permits, I’ll write all day when I can. But normally I like to write at least ten pages a day when I’m working on a book. I type very fast, so that isn’t as bad as it might sound. And besides, it isn’t work to me. It’s a privilege. I love to write and even though I may be exhausted at the end of the day, it’s time well spent. I’ve never considered it work. Work is a dirty word I don’t like to use.
CA: Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?
CA: What was your biggest challenge in writing your book(s)?
THK: Finding the time. It’s always difficult to manage everything that needs to be done. But I’m glad to be able to do it.
CA: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
THK: Besides spending time with my family and friends, I love to play video games. I’m also a kickboxer, a bellydancer and I love to garden. LOL
CA: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
THK: I’m about to have four published, but I’ve written eight. Five in my series, and three books unrelated to the series. I’m still holding onto a few to give them another polish before I start shopping them around.
As for a favorite, that’s hard. My favorite is always the last book I finishedJ I think I have more fun with each new book I write and hopefully readers enjoy them the same way.
CA: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
THK: My characters are all about 90% fiction. They all have some small basis in reality, some more than others. Lilith, the main character in my werewolf hunter series, for example, is based on me.
Marco, my leading werewolf is a combination of about three different men. And Dracula (who comes into the story in book three) is the result of a lifelong fantasy.
CA: Do you have any advice for the aspiring writers out there?
THK: Don’t ever give up on your dream. If you want something badly enough, you can make it happen.
CA: How can a reader contact you or purchase your books?
THK: Readers can contact me through a link on my website at http://www.traceyhkitts.com/.
Information about my books can also be found on my site as well as my publisher’s site:
This is the link to my author page, with all my books listed:
CA: Is there anything you would like to add?
THK: Red will be released in print August 6th! I am so excited. It will still be available as an ebook as well. I’m just thrilled to know readers have supported Red well enough for it to be released in print as well. Thanks to everyone for helping to make this possible!
I also wanted to add that 10% of all my royalties will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. This goes for every book I will ever write. I believe very strongly in their cause.
CA: Tracey that was a wonderful interview! My favorite part is the very last sentence! That is so sweet of you to donate part of your earnings to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, it is people like you that bring smiles to children’s faces!