Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Blog Tour: Her Last Breath | Tracy Buchanan

Today folks I am super thrilled to be part of the official tour for 'Her Last Breath' by Tracy Buchanan, as part of the tour I am lucky enough to have an interview with the lady herself. Enjoy.

Hello Tracy, thank you so much for agreeing to an interview, I am pleased to welcome you to my website. How are you?

I’m very good, thanks! Though there is a black cloud hovering over my house right now so bracing myself for a torrential downpour!

So tell me a little bit about yourself, where are you from and what do you write?

I was born and bred in Milton Keynes and now live in a town nearby. I write what my publisher has labelled ‘beach noir’ novels, summer reads with a dark twist!

What can you tell me about your typical writing day and what your process is?

I was blessed enough to be able to leave work to write full-time last year. So in the mornings, I try to focus on admin and publicity: signing contracts, checking finances, replying to reader emails, and doing articles like this. Then the afternoons are focused on writing, writing, writing! Over lunch, I like to get some inspiration by watching an episode of a series I love and tend to break my day up by walking the puppy. I usually find I can thrash out plot issues during those walks.

Do you have a special writing space/room?

I have a dedicated writing study and I absolutely love it! One room is graced by a beautiful forest scene so it feels like I’m sitting in the middle of a forest. I have a desk and also a chaise longue… yes, an actual chaise longue! That’s where I spend most of my time, my puppy snuggled up next to me.

Any necessary supplies / coping strategies when you’re writing? Wine? Cake? Music?

Tea, lots of it! I also like to listen to music while writing. I create playlists on Spotify for each novel I’ve written, you can find the one for Her Last Breath at https://open.spotify.com/user/tracybuchanan/playlist/35rx1Qeha8ONNuGVxeK5zz

Can you tell me about your journey to publication? How did that all happen?

It was a bit of a roller coaster but to sum up, I first dabbled with writing teen novels and got a publishing deal in Germany, randomly. But then I decided adult fiction was where my heart really lay. After lots of rejections, I finally got a fantastic agent and editor and the rest is history!

What do your family and loved ones think of your success?

They’re so proud and excited, my biggest cheerleaders for sure! When my first UK novel, The Atlas of Us, came out, they all took photos of them reading it and uploaded the photos to Facebook!

So what do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I have a four year old daughter so she keeps me mega busy! But in general, I love going for walks with my puppy and family, sitting in the garden and reading and travelling. I adore seeing my friends over dinner too for a natter and a drink or two!

So what’s next for Tracy Buchanan, what are you working on right now?

I’m working on a new novel for HarperCollins, due out next summer. I’m writing it in a complete frenzy! Am SO excited about it. Watch this space…

What other writers do you love or have influenced you in some way?

I really enjoy writers like Charity Norman and Lucy Clarke, novels in fascinating locations with some darkness lurking beneath. I’ve also always been a big fan of the US writer Anita Shreve. Not many people here in the UK know her too well, but she’s such a stunning writer and also a lovely person too. I met her at an event once and she was actually rather shy and sweet.

Any particular highlights in your writing career so far?

Definitely the day I walked away from my job to write full-time. As an author, you just want to write as much as you can. So to be able to do it full-time was the ultimate aim for me. I never dreamed it would happen as quickly as it did. But thanks to my wonderful agent, publisher and the foreign deals I’ve managed to secure, it turned into a reality. That feeling of freedom and excitement as I walked out of an office for the last time was out of this world.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Tracy.