Tracee Ford writes paranormal romance and romantic suspense novels. When she isn't writing, reading, or completing her supervisory duties for a local child protection agency, she enjoys watching television with her son, participating in the local Zumba class, and spending time with friends and family.
Ford lives in rural Ohio with her husband and son. She loves traveling with them and finds that she feels most at-home near the ocean. Although she loves the forests in Southern Ohio, she hopes to end up in a warmer part of the United States one day sitting on a beach with a laptop continuing to write her fictional stories.
Ford has been writing since the age of 16. Her early works include poetry and nonfiction. Her nonfictional work focused on her areas of study as an undergraduate in social sciences and psychology at Shawnee State University. She completed more nonfictional research while completing her master's degree in forensic psychology through The University of North Dakota. She has also written plays and scripts for puppet shows for communities in her area. She is also a member of the Paranormal Romance Guild.
Ford will open up her audience's imagination allowing her readers to escape into fictional worlds filled with romance and the wonders of the paranormal.
So let's get started with the interview.
Hi Tracee, thank you for accepting to be interviewed. As my blog says ‘ Complete randomness from a crazy author’ so expect the unexpected J
How long have you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing at age 16, but I loved writing from a younger age than that. Actually, I loved storytelling and it sort of developed into a passion for writing.
Have you come up against any hurdles along the way?
Plenty. Rejection upon rejection from traditional publishers was the largest hurdle. I have to say, writer’s block is also a hurdle for me. That one, I think, is sometimes more difficult to overcome than the rejections.
I hear ya. I think after being rejected five times by traditional publishers I just gave up and chose to do it myself.
What would you say is the most difficult thing about being a writer?
For me, it’s finding the time to actually sit down and write. I feel like I have so much going on all of the time that there’s hardly any time for me to do what I love most—write. I am pulled in, what feels like, thousands of directions. I work outside of the home full time. Balancing family, career, and writing... that sometimes takes superhero strength.
I am sure your family think you are a superhero too J
What or who inspires you to write?
Situations, people, movies, songs, memories, dreams; all of these things inspire me. My first book (the one I wrote at age 16, which isn’t published yet, BTW) came from a very vivid dream. I got up at 3 a.m. and wrote it all down. The next day I just started writing and there I was. I found something I could invest in.
Oooo I hope you plan to look into publishing them. By the age of 14 I had wrote 7 books in a series. Still unpublished. I have not decided what I plan on doing with them either.
I don’t have a series at this time. This isn’t to say that my first novel, The Fine Line, won’t end up as a sequel. I have had some tell me that they want to know what happens with the daughter of the main characters. So, we’ll see.
Sounds exciting J
Do you have any other writing projects on the go, apart from your current books?
I am currently finishing my second book, “Undone,” and am in the process of exploring publishers again.
If you could be any of your characters who would it be and why?
Well, to be honest, Robin Hillard, the main female character, portrays some of me already. Her paranormal experiences, her belief system, and the career she chose come directly from me. The more tragic side of her life, however, had nothing to do with me personally. Those experiences I took from imagination only.
What genre would you say your books are in?
On the publisher’s site, The Fine Line is lumped into the “horror” genre. However, it is a cross genre book filled with romance and fantasy (somewhat). There are also major inspirational components in the book.
I am a sucker for stories that are inspirational; both reading and writing them.
Do you have any favourite authors?
Honestly, I hardly have time to read. It wouldn’t be fair of me to say I have a favourite.
Oh I love reading as much as I love writing, I just wish I would read more lol.
As a Brit we have one burning question going around our country…………… Do you scrunch or fold? ;) (toilet paper)
LOL! I scrunch. I can’t say this is a hot topic in the U.S. that I’m aware of. ROFL!
LOL It is from a TV advert by Andrex. At first I wondered what the heck the advert was about. Then is dawned on me…………. Lol
What do you like to do besides writing?
I like Zumba, but lately it seems difficult for me to get there; so much going on. I love the ocean and travelling. I love learning. I love being around my friends and spending time with my family. I love warm weather and sun.
Oh I love Zumba. I use to go all the time. I can’t now due to health issues.
What is your favourite cheese?
Sweet or savoury?
Same here. I am a huge chocoholic.
Would you rather be attacked by one horse sized duck or 20 duck sized horses?
Well, I would rather not be attacked at all, but I believe I could take on one horse-duck as opposed to 20. LOL!
If you had one wish that I could wave a magic wand and grant you, what would it be and why?
I would wish that my book sales would be so wonderful that I could begin donating to the charities I admire.
Well let’s hope your wish comes true JThank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and I hope you stop by again J