About author, Tracy Krimmer: I started writing at a very young age, publishing a few poems in my school newsletters. I wrote whenever I got a chance and filled notebooks with stories and poems. Besides writing, I love fitness and completing Beachbody workouts. I get pretty cool T-shirts and tank tops when I do! I will admit I’m a Candy Crush addict, a popcorn lover, and a fan of all the 90s shows like Hey Dude, Clarissa Explains it All, and Punky Brewster.
Describe your writing style in five words: Sassy with honesty and realism.
Tell us about your latest release, “Sparing the Heart”: This may be my favorite book I’ve written! The book focuses on Kate who is dealing with the death of her father. She’s refused to let people close to her, especially since he passed, and then she meets Kellan, a sexy meteorologist. The only down side? He’s engaged.
What made you want to write this story, and where did you get the idea for it? This is the third and final book from my Pastime Pursuits series. Kate is a character you meet in the first book, Caching In. In that book, she’s stand-offish and a little bitchy. I wanted readers to understand her more and thought this book was the best way to do that. The idea sprung from an online suggestion of bowling as a fun pastime and the name Kellan Valentine. It sounded like the perfect name for a meteorologist on TV!
Hard/paperbacks or eBooks? All of the above. I love my Kindle, but sometimes nothing beats a good old-fashioned books. And I can’t smell the pages of my Kindle!
What is the writing/editing/publishing process like for you? Fun/Stressful/Hellish, in that order! Writing is easy to me. The first draft is so much fun to write. When I dive into editing and revisions, people try to steer clear of me because I get quite on edge. Publishing can be so hard because I’m an indie author and do my formatting myself. Luckily I have so many great friends who do the same and they are always a help.
Salty or sweet? Depends on my mood!
Do you have any writing rituals? A clean workspace. I like to have the house picked up and in the spring and summer, the windows open. Also, a nice cup of piping hot coffee. Typically, my dog is at my side, too.
What advice would you give to your younger self? You’re weird, and it’s okay. You always will be, and when you’re in your thirties, it really won’t matter, so don’t let the people who make fun of you cause you pain.
If you were to recommend any one of your books to someone, which would it be? Pieces of it All is most dear to me because of the subject matter – a young girl who falls for the bad boy and finds herself along the way. This isn’t a chick lit read, though, and I feel must be read with an open mind. Otherwise, Sparing the Heart. I love Kate and her story.
What do you want readers to take away from your books? Whatever they need to. A fun read. A look into themselves. A solution to a problem. I want readers to pick up my books and read with an open mind and take away what they need to most in love at that time.
Every author must have (a): access to coffee at all times as well as a notepad or app to write down ideas when they come.
What are you working on right now? Two things – and both are in revisions. I am planning a release this summer and a novella this winter!
Blurb: Realtor and amateur bowler Kate Hayes is the ultimate fixer-upper at this stage in her life. Grieving the death of her father, she moves to a brand new town for a fresh frame. She quickly realizes, however, that location isn’t everything she’s always preached to her clients when she finds herself falling into the same bad habits. To break the cycle, she joins a local bowling league and meets handsome – but taken – meteorologist Kellan Valentine. Will their friendship lead to sunny skies or it is another forecast for disaster?
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