You've written many historical fiction books, what is your draw to write historicals?
Answer: I love to explore history and read about the lives of people in days gone past. I have learned a lot in seeing where we've come from and what problems surrounded the lives of people 100 years ago. The amazing thing is that inevitably, I see over and over that there truly is nothing new under the sun.
Nora: I appreciate you writing about history like you do. I’m not a history buff and love to learn through a fiction story!
You've written many series that take place in pioneer, wild west settings. This story Chasing the Sun takes place in Mississippi and Texas. What is the favorite time period you enjoy writing about?
Answer: Actually most of Chasing the Sun takes place in Texas. I wanted to create a 3 book Texas series set during the Civil War so that I could show some of the hearts and attitudes of the time.
What did you love most about writing the series that took place in Alaska? Did anything surprise you?
Answer: Alaska is such a vast state and the history is so very rich. I love Alaska and visiting there was a perk that came with the research work on the stories. I think the thing that surprises me most is how raw and wild most of the state remains. Also that everything seems so huge - the distances and the size of the mountains and valleys. It's just an amazing place and the people are wonderful.
Nora: It sounds amazing Tracie.
What drew you to writing the stand alone "House of Secrets?"
Answer: I wrote House of Secrets mainly as a way to bring mental illness to the foreground and get people thinking. I have friends and even family who have struggled with mental illness issues in their lives and have been amazed at how badly or well the body of Christ has treated them. I think we need to be aware of these situations and offer support and encouragement to anyone who is suffering with this burden.
Nora: I really enjoyed this book and the way you talked about the topic and their trust in God. It was interesting on many levels.
What do you love most about writing historicals?
Answer: I love sharing history with people who might not otherwise have any interest in it. I love exploring the various events and time periods, the people and their motivations. It makes for fascinating reading when I'm researching and I love incorporating it into my stories.
Nora: I like the fact that you enjoy history and can bring time periods and situations alive. It does help those of us who aren’t interested in history dig deeper into the issues you bring up. I like that. Your passion comes through in your writing.
What surprised you about writing the contemporary novel "House of Secrets."
Answer: Just how much the problem of mental illness affects everyone.
I enjoyed the character Hannah in Chasing the Sun and the fact that she was honest with God and her faith in Him. She didn't make it something she wasn't. What did you want the reader to take away from your story?
Answer: That it's easy to judge a situation without knowing all the details, but generally there is far more to learn if you take the time and maintain a heart that everyone has their story--their reason for why they do what they do. Sometimes those reasons are good, sometimes bad, but often times they are misunderstood and falsely judged.
Nora: I like how you put that!
I also liked how you talked about the struggle between the white man and the Indians. What do you hope your audience takes away from that part of your book?
Answer: History shows that both sides of this issue had good and bad. There were people who deeply cared about keeping peace and living amicably together, while others were determined to wipe out anyone who threatened their way of life. There was horrible mistreatment on both sides. I want the reader to think about the situation and hopefully learn from past mistakes. We have far more to gain by working together than in tearing each other apart.
Nora: Amen to that Tracie!
What surprised you in your research for Chasing the Sun?
Answer: The strong triad of believes in Texas during the Civil War. You had a strong group of Confederate supports and of course Texas was a part of the Southern Confederacy. But you also had a strong group of Texans who supported the Union and didn't want to see the state involved on the side of the South. Then you had a 3rd group who mainly supported Texas. They didn't see the Civil War as their war. They didn't want anything to do with the matter, and in fact promoted Texas going back to being its own country. It was a fascinating time to be sure.
Nora : That was interesting.
Is there any part of you in Hannah? If so what is similar and what is different?
Answer: There's always a part of me in each of my characters. Hannah had a fierce loyalty to her family and so do I.
Can you give us a peek into what you are working on right now and when it will be out?
Answer: Right now I'm working on a 3 book independent series set in late 1800's Minnesota. Each of the books will be unrelated to each other except that they are set in or near the same time period and state. Book one should be out in Spring of 2013.
Nora: Sounds great. Looking forward to that Tracie!
QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK
A friend of yours has a time machine and they are going to let you use it for a few days. Where would you go and what would you do?
Answer: That's a very hard question to answer. There are times when I think I would love to have seen what Lewis and Clark saw on their journey across America. I often try to imagine the land unspoiled and without highways and buildings. I think the one thing that would truly amaze us would be how different the sounds would be in the wilds of the 1800's American frontier.
If you had the time and money to learn something new, what would it be?
Answer: If time and money were unlimited I would probably want to learn a new language and become a Bible scholar and doctor of medicine.
What are some of your favorite books?
Answer: I read a lot. I love variety and genres. I love old classics like Little Women, Jane Austen stories and Catherine Marshall, but I also enjoy non-fiction by Oswald CHambers, Max Lucado, C.S. Lewis and many others. I love to read historical fiction for fun and find Liz Curtis Higgs, Judith Miller and Cathy Marie Hake to be some of my favorites.
What are you reading now?
Answer: Well, I've got about 5 books going right now. I'm reading a book by Chuck Colson called THE GOOD LIFE, one by Kelly Langston called AUTISMS HIDDEN BLESSINGS, ELIZABETH THE QUEEN by Sally Bedell Smith, just finishing up SWEET TEA and JESUS SHOES by a whole bevy of authors, and No SAFE HAVEN by Kim and Kayla Woodhouse
Nora: Oh, Wow Tracie!! I'm amazed you could read all those at once!! What a Great list!!
THANKS for sharing Tracie. I really enjoyed Chasing the Sun and look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. I look forward to the 10 Book Give away starting on the 20th of the month at THE BOOK CLUB NETWORK. But Today I'm giving away my copy of your new book. All you have to do is answer Tracie's question below. Good Question!!
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