Saturday, May 7, 2011

Interview: Tracy Deebs

UFI welcomes Tracy Deebs Author of Tempest Rising. Thanks for Joining us!!

I see from your bio that you like collecting lipsticks, what is your favorite color to wear?

I love lipsticks, all kinds of lipsticks. My favorite right now is MAC Viva Glam IV. But I also love Spitfire and Heroine, and Bare Escentuals Buxom Lipgloss in Tempest (for obvious reasons ;)

What do you enjoy doing on your down time?

I love to shop, read, go dancing, swim, hang out with my writing pals, play with my boys, cook, watch an insane number of movies and spend entirely too much time playing with beauty products.

What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview?

Oooh, something completely new. Hmmmm, how about even though I love swimming and surfing, I’m deathly afraid of sharks … I’m at least half convinced that I died by shark attack in a former life.

What is your Favorite part of writing?

The possibilities, when a book is just getting started and it’s all bright and shiny and pretty … there are so many ways you can take the story, so many things you can do with it, and there haven’t been any frustrating writing days yet. Everything is good.

Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write?

Honestly, not really. I can pretty much write in the middle of a hurricane, which is a good thing as I have three boys who bear a close resemblance to a hurricane when they get together. I do like having my iPod around and a large cup of tea/coffee/Izze/Diet Dr. Pepper right next to me.

What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Paranormal Genres?

Oh, so many, how do I choose? I love Patricia Briggs’s Mercy series, Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires, Anya Bast’s witches, Kim Derting’s Bodyfinder series, P.C. Cast’s Goddess series and House of Night series (with Kristen Cast), Gena Showalter’s Darkest series. Honestly, the list can go on and on …

How would you pitch Tempest Rising to someone who has never heard of it before?

Tempest Rising is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who must decide between the life she wants on land and the life she is destined to have in the water .

Which character was your favorite to write about? What about the hardest to write about? 

I loved writing Tempest. Her voice came to me as soon as I thought of the idea for the story and I loved every second of telling her story. The character I had the hardest time with was actually her mother. I started out completely unsympathetic to her, but as I learned more about her in the course of the book, it became harder to hate her, though I still feel that Tempest’s anger at her is justified.

What Other Projects can we look forward to reading from you?

I’m so glad you asked. Two of my good friends and I wrote a YA contemporary novel called, The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams, where four best friends from small-town Texas kiss and tell their way across the globe in search of life, love and Facebook fame. It’s due out in January 2012. As Tracy Deebs, I’m also writing a trilogy based on Pandora’s Box, where the main character, opens an attachment instead of a box and brings about technological Armageddon. The first book, which is currently unnamed, comes out in Fall 2012.


Tempest Rising
May 10, 2011

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her—and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.

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