Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tracy Krauss interview

Please welcome author Mrs. Krauss for an interview today!

NA: Welcome! What drew you to write in the adventure genre?

TK: I enjoy reading this type of story, so I suppose it makes sense that I would
write in this genre as well. My work has been called ‘Romantic Suspense’ as well
as ‘Edgy Inspirational’. I especially love an unexpected twist at the end, so that is
what I try to do.

NA: What is unique in And The Beat Goes On compared to other adventure books?

TK: I haven’t read too many other books that tackle the evolutionary debate in exactly this way. Another unique aspect of the book is that there is no ‘pat’ wrap up at the end. I’m not sure anyone will actually ever know the whole truth about the mysteries of creation, and I wanted to leave the ending open ended enough for this point of view to
come across. Although the hero decides to follow Christ, he is still unsure about what the evidence means in the end.

NA: As you look back on writing the book, what challenged you the most, and how did you get through it?

TK: Fitting all the research, especially on creationism, into the story without sounding pedantic or expository was a challenge. Somehow I wanted it to become a natural part of the story, their conversations, etc. I ended up cutting a lot of this out, just to keep the story moving.

NA: Which character was the hardest to write? And which was the easiest?

TK: This is an interesting question. I didn’t actually find there to be much difference. I spend a lot of time getting to know my characters and creating elaborate back stories for them. When it comes time to write, I know them all so well that it is usually not difficult to get a feel for each character.

NA: If you could be any character in your books, who would it be?

TK: I wouldn’t want to be any of my characters! They are usually quite dysfunctional people. (Not saying I’m perfect, but …)

NA: Do you have much involvement in the archaeological field or news of finds?

TK: Not at present. I got interested in the topic when I first became a Christian and realized the huge discrepancy between what most people assume to be truth (evolution) and what the Bible says. Just having ‘faith’ wasn’t good enough for me, so I started ‘digging’ into the topic. (No pun intended.)

NA: Can you tell us three things about yourself we readers may not know?

TK: I’ve had way too many hair raising outdoor adventures (usually involving wild animals – yikes!); I have a weakness for shoes, bags, and jewelry (who doesn’t?!); I’ve moved about thirty times (I’m an expert packer).

NA: Are there going to be any books following And The Beat Goes On?

TK: The prequel called Play It Again is currently in production. Another novel called My Mother the Man-Eater came out last November and has been getting great reviews. Actually, both And The Beat Goes On and My Mother the Man-Eater were nominated for the Indie Excellence Book Awards for 2011 in the Religious Fiction category.

NA: Do you have future book plans or ideas?

TK: I have several more novels on the go. One, which is ready for submission, involves some occult-ish elements in the form of ancient curses and Native North American ‘medicine’. I’m anxious to start the rounds and send out some queries. I am also a published playwright, so I am working at submitting several plays as

NA: Do you have any advice to those wanting to write in the adventure genre?

TK: In general, I would say that anyone aspiring to write in any genre has to work really hard. Not only that, but it is essential that you find trusted people that you can go to for feedback and criticism. It’s easy to get so emotionally attached to our own words (kind of like a child) that we aren’t always objective about
shortcomings. You’ve got to get tough and learn that critique – and even rejection – are really your friend.

NA: It's been great to have you! Do you have any final words for our readers?

TK: Thank you, Noah, for hosting me here. Best of luck in your future endeavors as well. For more information, people can go to my website: www.tracykrauss.com or visit my blog: www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com

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