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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Author Interview: Tracy Fabre

Tracy Fabre is the author of Reasons and Evan's Castle. Here is a bio in her own words, "I consider myself a resident of the "mid-South", which is defined as everything from Oklahoma to upper Alabama. I've lived in various southern states and feel a pretty strong connection to Alabama, which doesn't claim me but hasn't figured out how to stop me from coming around. In fact, three of my other (also unpublished) novels are set on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay (a series of mysteries) and I hope you'll see them in print someday. I really am a "closet writer," but you can find me posting bits of fluff on (they can't figure out how to keep me from coming around, either). Steadily writing for my own entertainment--because I just haven't been able to stop--for the last eight years, I am glad to finally get into print so I can find out whether anyone else has any interest in what I've been doing "in the privacy of my own home" all this time!"

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Summary: Delphi Brent, seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident as a teenager, is ready to spend the summer with old family friends when her parents make a distressing confession: the driver of the car that nearly killed her was one of the three sons of the Laughlin family she's about to visit. They urge her to stay home and let the past be, but she resolves to go out West anyway to learn the truth about what happened the night she was struck and one of the Laughlin sons died. However, in reconnecting with the Laughlins, who operate a sprawling ranch in Colorado, Delphi learns a lot not only about brothers and families, but also about the reasons people keep secrets, and what to do with the truth once it's uncovered. She also falls in love with one of the Laughlin brothers, and that wasn't part of the plan at all.

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My book review of Reasons can be found here

Summary: Rachel Kane, after leaving home and family to flee the aftermath of a bad relationship, ends up working closely with brilliant scientist, Evan Callahan. He seems at first to be very much like the man she left behind-an aloof loner with no real use for her-but as she gets to know him, she finds he is warm and engaging, and much too attractive for her equilibrium. But is that real? Or has she just left one loner for another? To complicate matters, she's also the victim of vandalism that is both disturbing. and escalating.

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Author Interview:

1) How old were you when you started writing? My mother would tell you I always wrote... I guess that's sort of true. I completed a stinkacular novel when I was 15 which has
never been read by another soul and which one day I will burn in
a raging pyre, because come on, I was 15... and stupid.

2) What inspired you to write Reasons? Ironically... the guts of Reasons came into being when I was about 18. I kept the Notebook Of Ridiculousness it was born in, since I always thought I might do something with the plot line of the hit-and -run, but it wasn't until about five years ago when I'd already thrown the notebook into the shredder pile that I began to be haunted by a question: how would I have ended it? So after a few days of trying to resist this (I was in the middle of moving and had no time), I gave up one night and wrote the last five pages. Then I wrote the section before that. Then I wrote the middle. Then... at some point, I had
a completed novel which was a thousand times better than my 18-year-old self had even been able to imagine.

3) Are the characters in the books based on someone you know? Nope. Some would say the main characters of all my books sound a lot like me but with one exception (a character in my unpublished series of mystery novels), I've tried very hard to base my characters on no one in my life. I decided early on that I wanted to be able to say with a clear conscience, "No, that person is not you, and stop asking me, lest I smite you."

4) What was the hardest part about writing Reasons? Trying to move from one place to another while it was demanding to be written. Trying to write convincingly about things which had never happened to me -- which all writers have to deal with!

5) If you had to describe your book in one word, what would it be?, wait, that's not the word. The word is...gentle? It handles some serious issues but doesn't (I hope) get overly angsty or forget that it's only a novel and not a cure for common or uncommon ills.

6) Out of all the books you've written, which one is your favorite and why? I really don't have a favorite. I like parts of all of them very much & see flaws in all of them as well. I do like my mystery series, which is set on Mobile Bay (the place I'd love to live); it was fun capturing the feel of life down there.

7) Do you have any other projects you're currently working on? At any given time I always have Things In Progress, either in a file or in my head. Right now, with no particular impetus to finish either, I'm working on a (sort of) mystery set on Mobile Bay, Alabama in which solving a murder from 60 years back is the focus, and also a tale of an (accidental) time-traveler from the old West who lands in present day in the middle of a schoolteacher's complicated life.

8) What book are you currently reading? On my table I have CannaCorn by Con Chapman, a humorous baseball novel; Merlin's Charge by Peter Joseph Swanson, and The Bait Shack by Harry Hughes. Which will be read first? It's a toss-up!

9) Do you have anything to say to all your readers? Hello. :-) If you like my work, I'm delighted and I thank you for taking the time to read it. If you don't like my work, talk to my
lawyer. Note to self: get a lawyer.

10) Tell us something about yourself that no one knows about. - I don't have a lawyer.

*Thank you Tracy for this wonderful interview!*


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