Author Spotlight: Tracie Peterson

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This week we are featuring Tracie Peterson! To enter to win a copy of her book, A Sensible Arrangement (Bethany House), leave a comment on this post.

Tell us a little about your new book . . .

TPetersonA Sensible Arrangement is a story that brings together characters from two previous series. The story is set in 1893 and starts in Texas and moves to Colorado. This is book 1 in a 3-book Lone Star Bride series, which will end up in Texas. Marty is a widow who just wants out of Texas and when she sees an ad for a mail order bride from a Colorado banker, she answers it. Her hope is that this will take her away from Texas forever. Jake is the banker who wants to return to Texas ranch life and thinks that if he marries a Texas bride she will eventually help him leave banking behind and return to ranching in Texas. With two very different life goals, the conflicts will drive a wedge between them and create problems they didn’t expect.

How can readers find you and your books? 

My website is www.traciepeterson.com, and I’m on facebook as well. My books can be found just about everywhere online and in the major bookstores

Anything new for you on the book horizon? 

Hoping to do a booktour in Alaska this fall. It’s still in the planning phase, but that’s what I hope to do.  Book 2, A Moment in Time, is due out in June 2014 and book 3, A Matter of Heart, is due out in October 2014.

Why do you write?

My writing is a ministry for me. I believe God has given me this gift of storytelling in order to entertain, educate, and encourage for Him.

What are you best known for . . . writing or otherwise?

Writing and somewhat for teaching new authors.

Best author moment? 

A letter from a runaway who told me that my book sent her back to her family and God.

Worst author moment?

Every time weather or health or anything else interferes to keep me from being able to share my heart, sign books, or honor appearances.

If you weren’t able to write, what would you do? 

Probably become a professional Bible study student. I’m really loving Precept studies and Bible Study Fellowship studies.

Describe your ideal circumstances to write. 

A quiet house, bills paid, my health good, my office in order, a glass of ice water and chocolate on the desk, and my weight down another 20 lbs.

Right this moment, what does your office look like?

Funny you should ask.  I just redid my office and here’s what it looks like—new acacia wood floors, cherry desk, and new curtains.

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How would you describe your writing style to a reader?

Character-driven adventure plots with strong setting influence on the content.

If you could write any book–on any topic–and be guaranteed a publishing contract, what topic would it be?

I’m writing them.  🙂

Ever had a bad review? How did you handle it? 

I really pay little attention to reviews.  I’m grateful that people like to do them—bad or good, but I find them distracting and pretty much avoid them. I do pay attention to fan letters and their thoughts, but again I try to take it in stride and give the good and bad to God.

What’s one thing you learned about the publishing industry in last five years? Last year? Last six months?A Sensible Arrangement PR

I think the biggest thing has been the attraction and demands for ebooks and self-publishing. I appreciate the desire for writers to be published, but truly pray they will do what they can to make their work the best it can be. I don’t want new authors to get bad reputations and ruined careers because they didn’t bother to get their work edited. I also don’t want to see authors get into bad situations where they pay out big bucks for self-published books and then have no means to distribute.

How do you solve a grammar dilemma? 

Ask my editor.

Are you an introvert? Extrovert? In between? 

Introverted, except when I’m talking about Jesus.

Do you enjoy public speaking as an author? Why or why not? 

It’s not what I would pick for my first choice in jobs, but when God brings those events to me, I honor Him and take them because I feel confident that He has brought me to this place for a purpose.

Can a person make a living as a writer? 

Absolutely. It’s not the norm, but I’ve been the sole support of my family since 1996 on a writer’s salary alone. It requires discipline and budgeting, but it can be done.

What are you working on now? Newest release?

Right now I’m working on a new series that is set in Seattle during the late 1880’s. It will deal with the fire that destroyed most of downtown.

Any last thoughts to share?

For writers, I would encourage that they constantly put themselves in a position to learn. I still find I learn things every time I teach beginning writing. We should never think that “we’ve arrived and have no need of review” just because we’re published. For readers, keep reading and holding publishers accountable for quality books. If there are things you would like to see in print–let the publishing houses know it. It doesn’t mean that they will necessarily take up the idea, but they won’t know your thoughts if you don’t tell them. For non-readers—you don’t know what you’re missing, so start reading.


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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. Marilyn says:

    I love how one of your books led a runaway back home to her family and God. I am excited to read about the Seattle Fires I just love historical romance.

  2. Kathy Bailey says:

    I love reading both of you guys’ books, thank you for the fortitude! I’d really love to win a copy of the book!

    Tracie I like how you evaded the question how does your office look RIGHT NOW, lol… is the desk really cleaned off? 😀

  3. Connie R. says:

    Would love to read this book! Thanks for the interesting interview….love these peeks into your world!

  4. Dawn Kleinsasser says:

    You always offer us a great insight to an author’s life. Thank you. I really enjoy Tracie’s books and would love to win this book 🙂

  5. Judy Cooper says:

    I really enjoyed reading all about Tracie. I, too, love Precept studies. Thank you, Tracie, for sharing the Lord in each of your books. That is what makes them so memorable. I would love to win this new book. Thanks for making it possible.

  6. Connie Hendryx says:

    I really like Tracie Peterson’s writing! Thanks for the great interview!

  7. Donna Ratliff says:

    Thank you for the blessing you so graciously and unselfishly provide for us out here to learn and get to know other authors. Not only are you blessing us, but as the authors are being given favor, via you, the blessing will be returned to you.
    Thank you so much, Suzanne and Tracie for being an instrument for His Kingdom.

  8. Karen Martin says:

    Just Love these kind of books, got hooked on them a couple years ago on a road trip to work, working in the wilderness with no outside world connection make these books come to life. 🙂

  9. Sue W says:

    Tracie always manages to merge the historical flavor of a time and place with a quality story. I often listen to an audio version of her stories as I sew.

  10. Donna Bayar Repsher says:

    You had me at mail-order bride. I love those stories, and I’ve read a number of Tracie’s other novels, so count me in on this one!

  11. angela chesnut says:

    Tracie is one of my favorites. Hope to win this book.

  12. Jennifer I says:

    I love the picture of your newly redecorated office. I also work from home and am trying to make my office space more inviting and inspiring to work in. xo

  13. Connie Price says:

    Can not imagine being a ‘non-reader’!! Have loved to read,well,forever,I guess!! Thanks for the opportunity to win/read this book!! Keep writing!!!

  14. Ruth Swartz says:

    would love to win your book,thank

  15. Marilyn Williams says:

    Would love to win your book. Have read several of your series and really enjoy them.

  16. Karen G says:

    Love reading Tracie Peterson’s books. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of her new book.

  17. D Stevens says:

    Would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance!

  18. Love the interview ! You know I had never read one of Tracies books but this one I finished this morning and the review will go up on my website very soon.
    http://www.faithfulacres.net and I have to say I just loved it and can’t wait to read book 2 ! Loved Marty’s willingness to have a heart change and so so enjoyed the intense but loving storyline. Now I am going to be a forever Tracie Fan !!!smile

    Blessings
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    http://www.faithfulacres.net
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

  19. Bonnie Roof says:

    Loved the interview, Tracie and Suzanne!!

    You are such an inspiration, Tracie!! I love that you consider your writing to be a ministry (as it should be), love studying the Bible, and don’t let your shyness keep you from witnessing and speaking for the Lord!! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of “A Sensible Arrangement”!!

  20. Rita Tate says:

    Would love to read this! Always looking for new authors.

  21. nat says:

    Love your spelling answer….thank goodness for editors! 🙂
    Love your writting! You bless us!
    🙂

  22. Karen Pollard says:

    I would love to read this-sure hope I win a copy. I love the idea of mail order brides in early history. Poor guys needed a wife and there were none around!

    Thank you!

  23. melacat says:

    Would love to read this book.

  24. Cindy G says:

    Love Tracie Peterson’s books! All of them!

  25. Theresa L. says:

    Enjoyed reading the interview. I have not read any of Tracie’s books, but love to find new authors to enjoy. Would love to win this book.

  26. Linda McFarland says:

    Love, love, love Tracie Peterson books. The interview was very nice & appreciated getting to know her a little better. Would love to win, thanks for the opportunity! Linda

  27. Carol Kelley says:

    Can’t wait to read Tracie’s book. Love them.

  28. Haven’t read her books before so I would love to win!

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  30. Martha Peace says:

    I Love Your Books Hope To Win, Thanks

  31. Connie Saunders says:

    Suzanne, thank you for featuring Tracie today. I look forward to starting a new series and Tracie, I especially appreciated the advice that You shared with aspiring writers. Thanks again and blessings to both of you!!

  32. Kathy Jacob says:

    What an interesting scenario for this book! I’d love to win it!

  33. Kelly Vavala says:

    What a great interview and thank you for sharing! I especially love the fact that you credit God for your works….wherever he leads you! I try to do the same with my writing, my problem is I have to shut the world off so I can listen! I just downloaded two of Tracie’s books and also one of yours Suzanne…thank you both for sharing!!

  34. My favorite line in this interview: “Introverted, except when I’m talking about Jesus.” I admit, however, I had to gulp when I read that you’ve written 100 books. If it’s true, wow! Good job!

  35. michelle conti says:

    sounds like a great book! thanks for a chance to win 🙂

  36. KayM says:

    Great interview!

  37. LaDonna says:

    I have read and enjoyed so many of Tracie’s books. I have them on my shelf only when I am not sharing them with friends and relatives to read. Thanks for sharing the gift God has given you.

  38. Viv says:

    I love your books! I own several. They are on my bookshelves with the books that I won’t give away because I want to read them again! I will, however, loan them out because I think it is a waste for books such as yours to just sit on a shelf where no one but me can enjoy them.

  39. Tina J. says:

    Love Tracie Peterson books!

  40. Ruth Toy says:

    Would love to win this book! I love your books and own several already! I’m always captivated and can never put your book down til its done, not good for the to do list! 🙂

  41. Tracie–I didn’t realize you had been supporting your family since 1996…wow! What a blessing…for you and for your many fans. Thanks for taking the time for this interview. Eager to read “A Sensible Arrangement!”
    Warmly, Suzanne

  42. Connie K. says:

    Ah, THANKS, Suzanne for featuring Tracie in this interview on your site about her newest release. You both are two of my favorite authors in the realm of historical Christian fiction and historical romance stories. Both of you develop such rich stories loaded with fascinating characters that are intricately woven with both accurate historical background and a strong sense of community, especially the Christian community. Your books are loaded with such real-life drama and human mystery with a strong thread of Christian/Biblical teaching, that I feel as if I have been sitting at the feet of Jesus as He tells me His stories! They deeply feed my soul. Truly, Suzanne and Tracie, your stories are RICH in character, content, community, and Christ!

    GOD’s grace to you, Suzanne and Tracie, for being the “sweet aroma in vessels of clay” for Jesus and for His Kingdom. This interview featuring Tracie certainly exemplifies that. I’m grateful for the opportunity to comment on it, and I would be beyond thrilled to receive a copy of her latest book — “A Sensible Arrangement”. I have read almost all of her books (ADORE them!), but her Texas-based series especially grabs my heart. Could it be because I just happen to have been planted by GOD to live in Texas??? 😉

  43. First of all, thank you, Suzanne for picking me as last week’s winner. I look forward to reading Emily’s book, Quilts of Love.
    As a fan of Tracie Peterson, I anticipate another great read from her! I feel as though I’m reading a devotion amidst the action in many of today’s Christian authors’ books like Tracie and you, Suzanne. The inspiration and encouragement to live a life like Jesus helps along the way. Thank you!

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