Author Spotlight: Tracy L. Higley


Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

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This week we are featuring Tracy L. Higley! To enter to win a copy of her book, The Queen’s Handmaid (Thomas Nelson), leave a comment on this post.

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

Tracy L Higley smKeep doing it. While you wait for others to critique, while you wait for agents and editors to respond, while you wait for anything¸ continue writing the next thing and the next.

What was your biggest break?

I had a serendipitous meeting with an agent at a writers’ conference, which led to representation, which led to a contract. I didn’t have the guts to approach that agent, but circumstances put us together, and the rest was history!

I’m inspired by…

Wide open spaces, chocolate, travel, coffee, the desert, good books and movies

My great adventure has been…

Traveling the world while researching my books. I’ve seen some awesome stuff! Athens, Pompeii, Rome, the Pyramids, to name a few.

The one thing I hope to discover is…

How to maximize the adventure of my life while remaining healthy and balanced.

If I could go anywhere, it would be…

I’ve been lots of places, but at the top of my list right now is Morocco.

Describe yourself in one word:


If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save?

Photo albums.

What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far?

Climbing to the top of the inside the Great Pyramid in Egypt, standing over the sarcophagus in the granite burial chamber of Pharaoh Khufu.

What drives you to succeed?

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I’m not driven to succeed, really, but I am driven to have an impact. To make the most of my time here.

Best Surprise:

I don’t like surprises!

Best Saturday Afternoon Read:

Something historical and adventurous, especially time travel.

Best Way to Break a Sweat

I’m currently attempting the “Couch to 5K” program, hoping to run a 5K in a few months. Running’s never been my thing, so that’s how I’m sweating right now!

Best Indulgence:

Extra-dark chocolate and a cup of coffee.

Best Advice:

Get clear of what’s blocking you, figure out your purpose, and pursue it with passion!

More About the Author:

Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. Her lifelong interest in history and mythology have led Tracy to extensive research into ancient lands and shaped her desire to shine the light of the gospel into the cultures of the past.

Higley has authored eleven novels, including Garden of Madness and Isle of Shadows,and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Italy, researching her books. She is thrilled to bring readers adventures set in the ancient past, and it’s her hope that in escaping with her, readers will feel they’ve walked through these deserts, explored ruins, felt the white sand and blue sea under their feet and met with the Redeeming God who is sovereign over the entire drama of human history.

For more information about Tracy L. Higley and her books, visit, become a fan on Facebook (tracyhigley) or follow her on Twitter (@tlhigley).


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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.


  1. Amy Bateman says:

    I’ve been following Tracy on Facebook and her blog for a while now, but I have yet to read any of her books (the problem with having a monstrously-long “to read” list). “The Queen’s Handmaid” sounds really intriguing.

  2. Mary Tullila says:

    Very curious about this book!

  3. Melanie Backus says:

    I am intrigued by this one!

    melback at cebridge dot net

  4. Teresa Sheroke says:

    Loved Tracy’s interview. She sounds like a very down to earth person. I am very interested in reading her books! Especially “The Queen’s Handmaid”!

  5. angela chesnut says:

    would love to win.

  6. Connie Saunders says:

    I enjoyed reading Tracy’s thoughts and learning about her obvious enthusiasm for life.
    Thanks for this interview and giveaway and I send both of you special wishes for a wonderful Easter Sunday.

  7. MS Barb says:

    I like that you said you would grab your photo albums! Most young people just save everything on memory sticks! I like “real” pictures! THANKS 4 sharing a little about yourself!

  8. Connie Price says:

    This would be totally different than the kinds of books I usually read!! Would love to read !!

  9. Dawn Kleinsasser says:

    Tracy sounds like a very down to earth person. I am thankful that you spotlighted her this week.

  10. I enjoyed Tracy’s interview and am eager to read THE QUEEN’S HANDMAID!

  11. Alecia says:

    Very curious about this book:)

  12. Sharyl B. says:

    I would love to read your book Tracy. Thanks for sharing with us.

  13. Thanks Suzanne for having Tracy here. I think she has a vey interesting book here. I have been stalking her trying to win this book. LOL Hopefully i will get lucky at some time. Hoping anyway. Please put my name in the drawing.
    Thanks and GOD bless. Maxie

  14. Looks like a great read! 🙂

  15. Love to read new writeers

  16. Karen Johnson says:

    This is one of many books on my TBR list. It sounds awesome!

  17. Nancy Rodman says:

    This book looks so good, I can’t wait to read it! !! As much as I love Amish books I really like historical as well and this is one of my favorite periods to read about! !!!

  18. Sonja says:

    Historical is another great book genre. I am a genealogist and so therefore, really enjoy all things historical.

  19. Patricia Boyle says:

    I agree with the author on some of her likes especially the chocolate, coffee, and good books choices but I absolutely hate wide open spaces.

  20. Renee says:

    Great interview. Would love to win the book. Sounds like a great read.

  21. Suzanne says:

    Hi Tracy! Thanks for taking time for this interview! Wow…to be inside a pyramid. Wow, wow, wow! Love your dedication to “on-site research”–and appreciated your encouraging words to other writers. Warmly, Suzanne