Sunday, January 6, 2013

Southern Adventures by Tracy Kauffman

Southern Adventures
by Tracy Kauffman

The author has kindly donated two copies of her new book. Please show your appreciation by entering the GIVEAWAY below and thanking her in your comment. 

Kay remembered times when she had prayed and asked God for certain things in her life. She suddenly felt comforted. She was glad that he left some prayers unanswered. Oh, what kind of life would she have had if she received everything she wanted? Kay Harrison sat in her living room, slowly flipping through the pages of a photo album filled with photographs from her past. She recalled her life as a child who was brave and mischievous. Living in the South brought a life of adventures and mishaps for Kay. She searched hard for the meaning of her life. Follow Kay as she discovers this meaning, as God's plan for her unfolds through the good times and rough times that she endured on her Southern Adventures.

Book Trailer

By Susan Keefe
Photo's can be very thought provoking. For the viewer they have the power to bringing back memories, of all kinds.
The book opens with Kay looking through her old photo albums, recalling her memories.
She starts with her earliest, her childhood in Harvest, Alabama and the happy times she shares with her sisters and family. However as the book progresses we learn of places she visits, her highs and lows, her loves, and the tragedies of those around her.
The reader watches her transformation until, as the book draws to a close, she looks back, reflecting over all her achievements, wishes, prayers and dreams, and finishes with words of wisdom.
This is a lovely gentle story of one girls life in Alabama and other places, very personal and with an important message at the end.

Interview with the Author

Hi Tracy, thanks for joining me today to discuss your new book Southern Adventures.

Which writers have influenced you the most?
There are too many to name, but I admire Danielle Steel because she is at the top of her game and that is exactly where I plan to be.

What age group/type of reader do you recommend your book for?
This book is geared toward the young adult age group, but I believe anyone would enjoy it.

What sparked the idea for this book?
This book is like a tell all book about my own life.  I started writing it when my son left home for the Air Force.  It gave me something to keep my mind occupied.  I wrote about my life growing up in the south. 

What was the hardest part to write in this book?
There are several parts that were hard to write because I didn’t want to offend anyone.  So I choose not to name them in detail.

How to do you hope this book affects its readers?
I hope it opens the readers' eyes into what life is all about.  It isn't about having the finest things in life, but love, friendship and family.

How long did it take you to write this book?
It took about six months, even though I guess you can say that I had the idea a lot longer.

What is your writing routine?
I usually wait to late at night when the house is quiet and write.  I am a night owl and can stay up till the early hours of the day writing.

How did you get your book published?
When I finished the book, I really didn't know anything about how to get a book published.  I thought that only traditional publishers actually published books.  So I sent out query letters to several big publishers.  When I received a phone call from Tate Publishing Company and found out that they are a Christian-based publisher, I knew it was meant to be.

Sounds like fate, Tracy. What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Anyone can get a book published, but it takes time and dedication to get your book out there to where people know that it exist.  If you don’t have plenty of time to spend on marketing, then rethink your position. 

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
When I'm not working at the nursing home, I spend a lot of time on the internet trying to promote myself.  I take some time to watch television just to relax my mind a little before going at it again.

What does your family think of your writing?
My family are excited about it.  My husband and daughter are my biggest encouragers.

That's great, Tracy. Please tell us a bit about your childhood.
The book tells you a lot about my childhood.  I grew up in Alabama in a small town.  I spent enormous amount of time outside.  Back then, video games didn't really exist like they do now.  We played in caves, hiked, climbed bluffs, and played in train cars.

That sounds idyllic. Did you enjoy school?
I didn’t really enjoy school until I went to Nursing School.  It was more exciting to learn about health and the human body.  I knew it would benefit me to have an education so I could have a better career.  In high school, I went through the motions but never really enjoyed it.

Did you like reading?
Yes, there are so many great books that I enjoyed reading.  To name a few: Tom Sawyer, The Taming of the Shrew, Alice in Wonderland.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I believe I knew from the time I was in elementary school.  I won the title of Editor in our school newspaper.  Then I joined journalism clubs in middle school.  I didn't really start writing until high school when I started writing poetry.

Sounds like the ideal start. Which is your favorite book?
The last book I really enjoyed is African Ice by Jeff Buick.  It is about a geologist woman who searches the jungles of Africa looking for a diamond formation that many have tried to hide and they were killed.  She discovers the men that hired her are planning on killing her when she finds it.  I love adventure type stories and this one is really good.

Who are your favorite authors?
Danielle Steel, Jeff Buick, Amanda Scott to name a few.

Can we look forward to hearing from you in the future?
Yes, I want to be the next Danielle Steel.

Thanks for your time, Tracy, and for donating the prizes in our giveaway. I certainly hope you achieve your wish.

About the Author
Tracy is a Christian Fiction author of Children and Young Adult fantasy books. She is from North Alabama and has an associate's degree in Applied Science of Nursing. She works part time as a registered nurse. Tracy is married and has two children.
As an author, Tracy wants to write stories that will edify, encourage and be decent for children and young adults. Writing books has been Tracy's life dream from an early age. Her first book was a children's book, Gwendolyn's Wish, published in July 2012. This was followed by Richard the Lionheart, a young adult historical fiction book, in November. Tracy then released another children's book called Captain Honey Bear Saves Goldie Locks. Her latest release is another young adult book, Southern Adventures, released in December 2012. My Boyfriend the Squire, a young adult fiction fantasy epic, is currently in production.


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