Today as part of the Open Book Blog Hop I am interviewing Traci Wooden-Carlisle, a writer of Christian fiction and all around nice person. She has a new book coming out in 2016, so get to know her now. Enjoy!
1) What are you working on now?
I recently began working for myself. I was sure it would give me more time to work on the list of books I intend to release this year, but I am still trying to restructure my time so I can finish my current work which is the “My Garment of Praise”, the 3rd book in my Christian fiction Series, Promises to Zion.
2) What inspires your work the most?
My relationship with God is my greatest inspiration for my books. I found myself in a really dark place as a teenager. It took almost a decade of me trying to deal with my circumstances myself before I was compelled to seek a relationship with God which led me to a love affair with myself.
My love for young women who just need a little guidance is my next inspiration. Though my books are Christian fiction, the life situations could belong to anyone. My books are meant to provoke thought and entertain.
3) What is your favorite genre to read?
I love romance and almost all its sub-genres. I really like alpha males so I usually gravitate towards military/suspense romance and shifter type paranormal romance. (Shrugs) I love a good romance, but a story that keeps going even after the hero and heroine get together.
4) Do you have a day job and do you love it or hate it?
I had a job I would go to from 9 a.m. to 5:30. There were parts that I adored, but there were definitely parts I wanted to sweep under a rug (like the paperwork). Now my day usually begins at 7 a.m. and ends somewhere around 10:30 p.m., but the stress factor is a great deal lower. I am as happy as a lark. I am now a freelance graphic artist, author and jewelry maker and seller. I am just a little busier, but I have an immeasurable sense of peace. I think I will live longer too.
5) How did the cover of your latest book come to be?
I have four main characters and as soon as I knew who was being spotlighted I started looking for pictures. I like sunset and natural backgrounds so I just had to find one that worked with the model. The character I chose to place on the cover is very bold and aggressive so I had her look straight out at the reader.
6) What have you learned from having an editor, if you have one?
I was originally afraid an editor that didn’t work with my genre would try and change my voice or misconstrue some of the messages being conveyed. Now I wish I had an editor that could have talked me into using a little less Christian terms and more general words that would convey the same thing so that a larger population could understand the culture of the church in my books.
7) Your favorite kind of music?
I have an eclectic taste in music. I love everything from gospel to classic rock to smooth jazz. It depends on whether I want to dance hard, relax and let the rhythm sway me side to side or encourage my soul. I am a lover of Fleetwood Mac, everything Prince, Dave Koz, Nora Jones, Mariea Antoinette Hackley, Fred Hammond and Israel Houghton, just to skim the surface.
If I had to pick from those it would be any music I could shout/sing to in my car (with the window up, of course.)
Thank you for those great answers, Traci! If you want to find out more about her and her work, here are some links to her sites:
Before you head off to learn more about the other authors in our little group, check out K. Williams’ book Blue Honor. I can’t wait to read it myself!
Get to know some of the other authors in the Blog Hop here!
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