This is a first for me and my blog First Steps; an author interview.
I’m thrilled my friend and debut author Tracey Rogers agreed to this interview.
I gave Tracey’s first book ‘Daring to Wish’ released last week, a 5* review.
Hi Tracey welcome to First Steps.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! So pleased to be sharing ‘Daring to Wish’ with you.
What influenced your career choice as a writer?
I never saw it as a career choice as such, more of a sanity saver. I’d had to quit work and studies because of health problems and I hated doing nothing. I had lots of thinking time so to be productive I saw it as an opportunity to explore my love of writing all over again.
What would you like your potential readers to know about Tracey Rogers?
Ooh is this where I pretend to live in a castle? Well my…ahem… ‘castle’ is in Staffordshire UK where I live with my husband and children. I love writing and I hope my words take readers on a journey.
What inspired you to write your debut novel ‘Daring to Wish’?
The inspiration really was one of those ‘what if’ moments. When I thought how life could have been so different by the smallest decision you make. So then came the idea of someone who has a blank canvas of a life and can make changes because they have nothing to lose. So then I had my heroine and an idea of how she could have some fun.
Where do you create your wonderful characters and stories?
Although I have a yearning for a writing tree house, I write at home on my comfy sofa.
What is your favourite time of day to write?
I write mostly in the mornings during school hours, but I am very much a night owl. I get most of my inspiration just before bedtime.
Tell us a little about ‘Daring to Wish’.
Daring to Wish is about a ‘before I’m thirty’ wish list penned by shy Eve Ward that soon becomes a daring for her eyes only list. She’s determined to make some much-needed changes in her life and when she meets a sexy stranger, perfect for one of those wishes, she starts to earn some much-needed ticks. But it seems too good to be true…Is it?
As a new author have you any tips for other new writers?
Keep reading and be inspired by other authors. It’s a wonderful motivator. And if you are undecided about sending a query or a sub, imagine the worst thing that could ever happen to you in your life and then click send. The worst thing won’t happen. Rejections sting, but they won’t break you. Keep looking for the right home and put into practise any valuable feedback you have. Keep reading, keep writing and have fun doing it.
Have you written any other books being released soon?
Yes! Best Fake Day releases in December.
Where can your readers connect with you on social media?
I love to chat, so feel free to join me here:
Where can we buy ‘Daring to Wish’?
Daring to Wish is out now and is available at:
Barnes and Noble
Thank you for having me on your blog Jane!
It’s a pleasure Tracey. Tomorrow I will have Eve Ward, the heroine from ‘Daring to Wish’ here answering my questions. Until then I will leave you with the blurb and a taster of ‘Daring to Wish’:
‘Daring to Wish’ Blurb
What happens when you dare to wish?
In an effort to regain her independence and break out of her shell, shy Eve Ward writes a daring wish list of all the things she wants to do before her thirtieth birthday. It’s a good thing the list is for her eyes only, because some of the items are pretty risqué.
Adrenaline junkie Lucas Riley becomes Eve’s “victim” in a kiss-a-stranger dare, and she thinks he’s perfect for her one-night-with-a-stranger wish.
With Eve, Lucas thinks he’s found the distraction he needs before he has to say goodbye to his bad boy image. When he finds Eve’s sexy wish list, he can’t keep himself from giving into temptation and sneaking a peek, and wish number eight is impossible for him to resist. Being good can wait.
Eve is thrilled when, out of the blue, Lucas offers to take her skydiving. Her sexy stranger has helped her tick so many wishes off her secret list. Her confidence has grown and now she’s having fun both in and out of the bedroom. It seems too good to be true…is it? She can’t shake the niggling suspicion that something’s not quite right.
Content Warning: contains dizzying heights and sensual sex
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Beachwalk Press Buy Link
Barnes and Noble
‘Daring to Wish’ Excerpt
Eve froze mid-turn, halted by his husky command and the tingle radiating from his hand lightly grasping her wrist. She met his gaze and realized how wrong she’d been. He was a million miles away from being uncomplicated. The startling blue of his eyes revealed depths Eve could only imagine drowning in.
“Did you say…nice?” He leaned closer. “I would say that was a lot better than nice. I’m sure if we tried again we could manage spectacular. Don’t you agree?” he drawled.
Maybe nice had been the wrong word to choose Eve relented as she noted his husky tone. It was infinitely better than nice. Try amazing! Her breath hitched as she thought of his kiss again. Knowing he enjoyed it too sent a surge of pleasure through her that settled deep within her belly. Obviously she could do some things right.
If she intended to fulfill her wishes she was going to have to find some confidence from somewhere—and fast! At the moment her confidence seemed to be firmly in the area of her knickers.
Running and hiding now seemed out of the question. Maybe confidence practice would be the lesser of two evils? She paused before turning to face Mr. Hotness for confidence lesson one.
“Hmm…” She pretended to consider. “Maybe you’re right. However, as this was a dare I’m afraid it was a one time opportunity,” she added with mock apology. “So I guess we’ll never know.”
“You kissed me for a dare?” His brow arched.
Eve nodded. “Uh-huh. My dare was to kiss a stranger.”
“A dare, huh? I feel so…so violated.” He clutched his free hand to his chest in feigned hurt, although his eyes brimmed with humor and a smile tugged at the corner of his delicious mouth.
“Don’t be offended. I did actually choose you,” she blurted before forgetting her cool, calm, and confident aim.
“So you really thought you could violate me then run?”
“That was my plan, yes,” she said with a confidence she didn’t quite feel, especially as she was distracted by the thumb lightly stroking her wrist.
“And I didn’t even try to play hard to get. Guess you got lucky.”
“Or maybe you did,” she countered without thought, mortified as a blush warmed her cheeks at his responding grin.
He grinned, releasing her hand. “Tell me. Do you like to be dared?”
Her eyes widened at the loaded question. “I…I find a challenge hard to resist.”
“Damn good thing I’m a challenge.”
Tracey Rogers Bio
A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.
You can find me here: http://traceyrogers.wordpress.com/
On twitter: https://twitter.com/TraceRbookworm
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