Tracy Lawson, author of The Resistance Series, is my interview today. I met her at the Ohioanna Book Festival in April and she is one of the authors who inspired me to move forward with my work.
I divide my time between Dallas, Texas and Columbus, Ohio (but mostly in Dallas)
I have so many authors I admire, but I have a great deal of admiration for the late Daniel Keyes, author of Flowers for Algernon, and my college creative writing professor. I learned so much from him, and it’s truly amazing how Flowers for Algernon grew from a Hugo-award winning short story to a novel, then a film, and even a Broadway musical.
Where do you do most of your writing?
We just moved to a new house in July, and I LOVE my home office. It’s loaded with books, a kitchen-table sized desk, and a comfy sofa–and I decorated it in pink and turquoise to discourage my husband from setting up shop in there! I also like writing outside, especially when I’m composing new scenes. I write on legal pads first, and just follow the characters as they interact. The scenes take shape when I type them into the computer later.
When did you start writing?
I’ve wanted to be a writer all my life. I began research for my first book, a nonfiction history based on a journal written by my great-great-grandfather, in 1991. It took me 20 years, working intermittently, to finish that book and get a publishing contract. That was when I got serious, and began work on The Resistance Series. Now I’ve got two more volumes left in that series, another history book in the works, I’m doing preliminary research for a YA historical fiction, and I’ve got an idea for another YA series.
What’s your favorite type of writing to write? To read?
I love reading and writing YA, especially dystopian and thrillers. I enjoy writing history every bit as much, because I love digging around and doing research. Real life is every bit as interesting as fiction.
Do you write to background noise?
Sometimes I write to music. I have a Spotify playlist of songs, which you can find on my website, that inspired me while I was writing Counteract.
Do you scribble your ideas on paper? outline?
I do outline, but I’m not as disciplined as I’d like to be. The ideas don’t always come in order. I’m doing a lot of cutting and pasting while working on Ignite, the third book about Tommy and Careen.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I get inspiration from my daughter and her friends. I was mentoring a friend of my daughter’s when the initial idea for Counteract came about. Chase is a pretty sharp guy and an excellent writer—and when he was in high school I had a lot of fun working with him and editing some of his short stories. We had finished working on a story about baseball, a broken nose, and a broken heart, and were ready to start something new, when he suggested we write scenes in response to the prompt: “What if everyone were on LSD and all thoughts were communal?” It was certainly thought provoking! Chase created the characters Tommy and Eduardo, I created Careen, and right away, we knew we were onto something. Obviously, the story morphed and changed a lot before it became the finished version of Counteract—but that was how it all began.
Who is your favorite character that you have created?
I feel very close to Careen. She’s probably the character the most like me. But I really love some of my supporting cast–they have big, quirky personalities. Jaycee Carraway is definitely a favorite of mine, and Atari, one of the minor characters who’s taking on a larger role in Ignite, has been loads of fun to write. He always says exactly what he thinks, and sometimes I laugh out loud while I’m writing his dialogue. It’s amazing what a character will say when they have no fear–and no filter!
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