Tracey is often asked questions about being a writer. She’s listed a few responses here for those that are interested!
Have you always liked books?
Yes, yes, yes. I love books. You can never have too many books.
What sort of books do you read?
For as long as I can remember I have been an avid reader. As a child I particularly loved adventure books such as the ‘Secret Seven’ and ‘Famous Five’. I wanted to be part of a gang that solved mysteries and had the best of fun.
As an adult I read a variety of genres and that ranges from children’s books to crime to history.I have hundreds of books and always keep a pile by my bed.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
This is always a tricky question to answer. I never planned on becoming a writer, it sort of found me. I loved writing stories at school and always was one to make lists. I loved the feel of paper and a pen and that blank canvas to write on. The writing side of my life didn’t happen until I had my children. I dabbled in writing and went to night writing courses. It was only then I discovered my true passion.
What is your favourite book?
‘Max Meets a Monster’.
Who is your favourite writer?
I don’t have a particular favourite. I like to read books by many authors. It makes life much more interesting with variety.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
Creating! The freedom and journey it takes to make a story from the thoughts in your head.
What is the worst thing about being a writer?
It can be a lonely job. It’s far different from a work environment with others. Writers tend to work alone. It would be very odd sitting in a room with other writers all tapping away at their laptops. The reward is creating a book that others will enjoy.
If you weren’t a writer- what you be?
I think a mermaid would be my choice. I love to look at the ocean and at my happiest when I’m in water.
What do you like to write most of all?
Adventure and mystery. My life has been full of adventure.
I’ve ridden elephants in Malaysia, cuddled snakes in Indonesia, climbed aboard spitting camels in Egypt, had breakfast with an Orangutan in Singapore. I’ve climbed the Great Pyramid in Egypt, sailed on a Felucca down the Nile, climbed the Statue of Liberty, climbed Ayres Rock to watch the sunset, and have climbed The Eiffel Tower- three times! It never gets any easier.
Fun, adrenalin-fuelled activities have been, riding a Segway through Paris, driving a snowmobile across the mountain peaks in New Zealand, paragliding, snowboarding, bungy jumping, quad bike riding, hell-hiking, and I’ve sailed the Pacific Ocean.
Amazing things have been exploring ancient Indian ruins, wandering through the ruins of Pompei, and visiting the ancient catacombs of Rome. I’ve also climbed a glacier and walked through the woods in Alaska.
Now I hope you aren’t thinking a walk in the woods isn’t an adventure?
The woods in Alaska are teeming with wild, hungry bears just waiting for that tasty tourist to come along. It was rather scary at times.
What is your favourite place in the world?
I love so many countries it is difficult to say. However, I do have a few favourites- Alaska, Egypt, and Venice.
The most popular question I am asked would have to be “where do my ideas come from?”
The answer is life and the wonders that I discover along the way.