Monday, August 9, 2010
Authors On The Rise Interviews Tracy L. Darity
Authors On The Rise is happy to bring you an interview from author Tracy L. Darity. Please take the time out to visit her website and order her books. Enjoy!
AOTR: Please give us a brief bio on you the person, and tell us about your book.
Darity: My name is Tracy L. Darity and I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, where I currently reside. The mother of three, I spent the better part of my adult life raising them up in the way they should go, so I am a late bloomer in terms of fulfilling my dreams. My debut novel He Loves Me He Loves Me Not! was received with great accolades and won me the Living In Color 2009 Best New Author award.
Today I want to present my second work, Love…Like Snow In Florida On A Hot Summer Day, which is a complex novel that gives a raw look into infidelity and how this selfish act destroys, not only marriages but the lives of those involved.
AOTR: How did you come up with the ideal for your book, and how long did it take to complete?
Darity: Infidelity is a hot topic right now and one that is virtually impossible to escape. It is everywhere we turn, co-workers, church members, celebrities, and politicians, are all getting caught in it, so the material was there, I just needed a unique approach to tell the story. From first word to publication it took me a little over a year to write.
AOTR: What are some of the issues your characters faced in your book, and why did you choose for them to face those issues?
Darity: I didn’t want to write a book where the husband wonders, the wife forgives, and the mistress goes off into the abyss, because that is not the reality. Today people are actually leaving their spouses for the other woman or man. I chose to write the story in first person from the perspective of the husband, wife, and mistress, to give the reader insight into what each character is feeling.
AOTR: Looking back, is there anything you would change or add to your story? Why or why not?
Darity: Although the majority of readers have expressed that they loved the book, a few have stated that they were unable to connect with the characters. I feel it would be foolish of me to ignore those readers, so if I changed anything it would be to go back and look at the characters to see what I could do further develop them.
AOTR: Is writing an emotional way for you to write out your feelings or do you just write what you visualize?
Darity: I write what I visualize. I do try to place myself in each characters mind to better express what they are thinking and why they are doing what they are at that particular moment.
AOTR: Which of your characters was the easiest to write? Why? Which of your characters did you struggle to write? Why?
Darity: I think the easiest character to write was LaDamien, the husband. Reason being, wanting what we can’t or shouldn’t have is something many of us can relate to. My struggle came with Kim, the wife, because I had to bring out her insecurities, her desperation, her anguish, and her fears, while showing her as successful business woman, a nurturing mother, a loving wife, yet still in control despite the hell she was going through.
AOTR: What do you enjoy doing besides writing?
Darity: I love watching my daughter pursue their interest, tennis, art, etc. I also am an avid reader.
AOTR: Have you ever suffered from writers block? How did you overcome it?
Darity: Writer’s block is quite common for me. When it gets really bad I write down where I want the story to go and how I plan to get to the next place. This often helps me to write even if it doesn’t get me in full gear story wise.
AOTR: Do you have a motto?
Darity: Life is a journey; not a destination.
AOTR: If you could write a book with any author, who would it be and why?
Darity: Hhmmmm. I don’t think I could put anyone through that because I dance to my own beat, and live by my own clock.
AOTR: What is one thing about you people would be surprised to find out?
Darity: I’m really not as extroverted as they think.
AOTR: Where do you hope to be in your writing career ten years from now?
Darity: Still writing enjoyable books
AOTR: We wish you much success!
Tracy's ten favorite things
Day of the week - The one with blue skies, bright sun, and comfortable temperatures
Restaurant – The Salt Rock Grille – Indian Rocks Bch, FL
Book – Holy Bible
Movie – Imitation of Life
Cereal – Sugar Pops
Song – A Song For You – Donny Hathaway
Season - Spring
Hot drink – Hot Chocolate
Vacation spot - Jamaica
City – New Orleans
Social networking site – www. TracyLDarity.ning.com