Q&A with author Tracy Krimmer about her new novel Jay Walking
1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
Two things really made me want to write this novel. Jay Walking always was an idea brewing, and I began writing it before with a different character. I wanted to write a book that dealt with body image after having a baby. When I published Caching In and saw people’s reactions to the best friend in that book, Chelsea, I knew Chelsea needed her own story, and this was it.
2. When did you take up writing?
I barely remember I time I didn’t write. I started in grade school and for a long time focused on poetry. It wasn’t until recently, maybe 2012 or so, that I began to feel the urge to write again. Before that, it had been years since I wrote, maybe a decade.
3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
I write what I know, so I don’t venture much out of the state of Wisconsin (USA). In Caching In, my character goes to Nevada, but in Jay Walking everything is set in Wisconsin. I may take my character’s travels to different states, but not quite yet.
4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
I really like Chelsea’s dad. He loves her and his grandson so much. He’s harsh with Chelsea, but he only wants what is best for her.
5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
Head down. Keep writing. After a book release it is so easy to get caught up in reactions and reviews, but I need to just keep going. Once I finished ARC’s for Jay Walking, I dove into another book and am doing great on that. I think this is because I decided to keep moving.
6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
Not really. Not yet, anyway. Right now I leave my laptop out and write when I can. Come September my plan is to write about an hour and a half a day in the morning. After my workout of course!
7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
I used to be a complete pantser, but now I am in between. I know the ending, and I know the beginning. I get the beginning scenes down in a few sentences and when I have about 12 chapters, I start writing them. Chapter 12 on I depend on my characters to do the rest.
8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
This is always hard to answer because there are so many I love. I just finished reading Let’s Be Frank by Brea Brown and loved it. My all-time favourite’s are Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, and the Glamourist Series by Mary Robinette Kowal. I know, none of them are chick lit!
9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
Sure! The Pastime Pursuits series will continue with Kate’s story. Kate was a character in Caching In and people have asked about her. I don’t have a publication date set yet. I hope 2015, but most definitely 2016.
10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
Build yourself a great community of writers you can learn from and teach as well! I belong to many online writer’s groups and have “met” amazing authors. I wouldn’t be anywhere without their support.
Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her first romance novel, Pieces of it All, released in May 2014 followed in December with Caching In, a romance mixed with the hobby of geocaching. She also has written several short stories.
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