Author Interviews

Author Interview: Traci Wooden-Carlisle

Please welcome romance author, Traci Wooden Carlisle!

Intro: What’s your name, what do you write, where can readers find you on social media? And just for fun, if you could be any mythological being, what or who would you be?

My name is Traci Wooden-Carlisle. I write Christian contemporary romance and romantic suspense. It’s all about the love for me.

Now, if I could be any mythological being it would be blue dragon that could fly and breathe under water. I would probably live in a cave behind a waterfall.

 

You can find me on the following social media sites.

Facebook – www.facebook.com/traciwooden-carlisle

Twitter – www.twitter.com/traciwcarlisle

Instagram – www.instagram.com/tawcarlisle

Bookbub – https://goo.gl/WMGebX

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/Author_TraciWCarlisle

  1.  What got you interested in writing?

I ended up in a tutoring program due to a misdiagnosis when I was six. By the time I was eight I was reading at the 9th grade level and thus my love for books began. When I would run out of books I would write stories to myself and I still do. 

  1. When did you become SERIOUS about writing?

I became serious about publishing my work in 2009 with my first full-sized novel.

  1. What inspired your book series?

The Chances series was inspired by another Christian author who loves to help others succeed and my husband’s love for football.

  1. What is your most recent book about?

Chances Are is about an NFL Football Kicker whose life is turned upside down due to a sidelining injury and a death in his family. He grants his grandmother’s wish to relocate in the small town of Chance, VA and meets her nurse/companion who takes his breath away. The conflict is that his grandmother is keeping her illness a secret from him and his nurse is bound by a contract to keep that secret. He also is now head of his father’s foundation that had a rocky financial past and her family is one of the victims.

  1. What are the characters like?

Tony is serious and workaholic, but he loves his family above all else. The fast and free lifestyle has gotten stale, but he loves playing football.

Meagan has two goals. To live up to the promise she made to herself when her brother died and become a successful nurse practitioner and help her family dig their way out of financial debt. 

  1. Who should pick up your books and why?

I think anyone who loves sweet contemporary romance with a Christian message of forgiveness would enjoy this story.

  1. Favorite quote from your own work?

Here they were, standing on the side of the road between their yesterdays and tomorrows, and he wanted to remain right as they were with her words floating around them. Never apologize for loving.

  1. Traditional or Self-publishing? Why?

I would say traditional if you are looking for extreme exposure and are willing to give over your rights for a while. I would say self-publishing if you would like to exercise broader range of marketing creativity and keep a higher percentage of royalties.

  1. If you could only write in one genre for the rest of your life what would it be and why? I would right contemporary romance because there are so many subjects I could touch on and then there is LOVE.
  1. Name one book that affected the way you write.

If I Run by Terri Blackstock made me really think of how I began my romantic suspense novels.

  1. Three authors you recommend and why?

Amy Harmon – she writes with a depth of emotion I’ve rarely seen.

Terri Blackstock – her way of spinning a story keeps you riveted and you can’t help but feel inspired afterwards.

Danielle Steele – One of my first grown up book authors and I will always go back to her.

  1. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

I would blot out the selfishness of leaders that breeds, anger, hatred, insecurity and greed.

  1. What do you believe is your main purpose/motivation as a writer?

My main purpose as a writer is to deliver a message of love of self and others through my characters’ thoughts, situations and changing of perspectives.

  1. What’s your favorite writing-related memory?

Two lines before I got to the end of the story I was writing I started crying uncontrollably because I not only loved how it was going to end. I was very happy with the book. It was a very satisfying feeling of accomplishment.

  1. What’s a favorite moment you’ve had with a fan/someone who’s read your work?

I met a reader of one of my books that said the book gave her a desire to have a deeper relationship with God. There is no greater compliment to me.

  1. One fun fact most people don’t know about you?

I was the first black cheerleader for a predominately white college in 1990.

  1. One piece of advice you would give to new writers?

Write the story. Let the first draft be the first draft, not the last. Finish the story then worry about editing.


Thanks for the great interview, Traci! Don’t forget to check out her books and follow her on social media!

Facebook – www.facebook.com/traciwooden-carlisle

Twitter – www.twitter.com/traciwcarlisle

Instagram – www.instagram.com/tawcarlisle

Bookbub – https://goo.gl/WMGebX

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/Author_TraciWCarlisle

As  always, keep making magic, word weavers!

 

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