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Interview with Tracy Weber

Who are your favourite authors?
I adore light-hearted, dog-related mysteries. Susan Conant, Laurien Berenson, Sheila Boneham, and Waverly Curtis are probably my top four.

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Tell us about your latest book.
Murder Strikes a Pose is a happily-ever-after, murder mystery, human-animal love story! At least that’s how I think of it. ;-)

The main story is about Kate Davidson, a yoga teacher with chunky thighs, tight hamstrings, and a fiery temper who befriends a homeless man named George and his horse-sized German shepherd, Bella. When George is killed in the parking lot of Kate’s yoga studio, Kate struggles to come to terms with (and solve) his murder while trying to find a permanent home for Bella.

Ultimately, though, it’s the story of how Kate learns to love—and make sacrifices for—a creature that is far from perfect, even though not doing so would make her life significantly easier. Throw in a new boyfriend, a trouble-causing, matchmaking best friend, and lots of yoga, and it’s a story that I hope will entice you, make you laugh, and stay with you long after you finish.

What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? 
I’m trying pretty much everything! No one will become a fan of my work if they don’t know it exists.  Beyond that, I realize that effective marketing needs to be done consistently, over a long period of time. You almost never see results right away.

I’m trying to focus my marketing efforts on things that I enjoy, because that’s what I’m most likely to maintain over the long haul. I enjoy writing posts for blogs like Writers and Authors. I love Facebook, and I’m intrigued by Goodreads. Will the time I spend in these venues lead to a slot on the New York Times bestsellers list? It’s way too soon to tell. I also love talking at book clubs (in person and via Skype) and attending mystery fan conventions like Malice Domestic and Left Coast Crime.

The one social networking tool that I really don’t understand is Twitter. People tell me that I need to be on Twitter and I believe them. I’ve set up an account; I’ve even sent out a couple of hundred Tweets. But I haven’t got a clue what all the fuss is about. Hopefully I’ll figure it out sometime soon.

What advice do you have for other writers?
Don’t give up! Writing is a TOUGH business. No one gets published without facing rejection. When I was trying to land an agent, I allowed myself twenty-four hours to feel bad about every rejection. Then I forced myself to do something proactive. Send out another letter, connect with another author, write another page.

You can’t please everyone, and yet when you write, you so desperately want to. (At least I do.) Just keep writing what you love and know that your work isn’t defined by what any one person thinks of it.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
Check out my website http://tracyweberauthor.com/ and sign up to be on my mailing list at http://tracyweberauthor.com/newsletter.html. I’m not super active on my Facebook author page, but I’m totally open on my personal page.  Friend me at https://www.facebook.com/tracywe.  On my personal page, you’ll find book updates, Tasha-dog stories, animal cartoons, and information on my yoga classes, as well as a smoothie recipe now and then. I love to connect with readers!

Who is you favorite character in your book and why?
Bella, the German shepherd, of course!  Bella is based on my own ten-year-old German shepherd, Tasha.  Tasha is the love of my life and the source of my inspiration.  Likewise, Bella is Kate’s—my yoga-teacher-sleuth protagonist—savior.  Readers agree with me.  My biggest fans love Bella more than anything else in the series.

Who designed the cover?
Isn’t the cover wonderful? Nicole Alesi (http://www.nicolealesi.com/) is the artist who designed the cover. My husband originally hired Nicole to design the banner for my website, and my publisher liked the banner so much they hired her to design my book covers.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the results!

Where can a reader purchase your book?                                       
Murder Strikes a Pose is available wherever books are sold.  Specifically, it can be found at all major brick-and-mortar booksellers as well as online. Two sources are Amazon.com, (http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Strikes-Pose-Downward-Mystery/dp/0738739685/) and BN.com (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-strikes-a-pose-tracy-weber/1116503716). You can also purchase a personalized, autographed copy on my author website (http://tracyweberauthor.com/buy.html).

Tracy Weber
What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
In my second book, A Killer Retreat, Kate, Bella, and friends are vacationing at an upscale vegan retreat center on Orcas Island, Washington. Kate can’t seem to go anywhere without stumbling over a dead body, and this trip will be no exception. Bella, Kate’s faithful canine sidekick, will be with her, dragging her—literally—into trouble!

Does your family support you in your writing career? How?
Oh my gosh, yes. I have to stop my mom from buying out every copy of my book that lands in the Billings Barnes & Noble. She’s so proud.

My yoga students have been particularly supportive. I suffer from periods of self-doubt, and if it weren’t for their constant encouragement, I don’t think I could have ever finished my first book. They believed in me long before I believed in myself. I will always be grateful for that.

My poor husband has been cursed with marrying a woman who is both a small business owner and a writer. Can you imagine a worse lot in life? And yet, even though I seem to add nothing but chaos and to-do items to our lives, he supports me in every endeavor. I’m extremely lucky.

Like Kate, my protagonist, I picked the perfect life partner.  I only hope that I offer him half of the joy he gives me in life!

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6 comments:

  1. Terrific interview and such an interesting author. Thanks so much for introducing us to her.

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting me today here on writers and authors! I'd love to answer any questions from readers, so fire away! And in case anyone is interested in checking out Murder Strikes a Pose, it's a special Amazon Kindle deal for only $1.99 through August 24!
    http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Strikes-Pose-Downward-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00H3R53NM/

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  3. Just finished MSaP and LOVED it. I have been following you and Sasha for some time and love your blogs and FB posts! I agree with Jo Lindsell that the humor throughout the book is one of its many strengths! I don't do yoga but you have managed to incorporate into the story in such a lovely way it makes me feel that I have missed out on something important. I love that Kate tries to be a "good" person but that she doesn't always find it easy. It makes her seem so much more real than many lighter amateur "sleuths". Thanks for giving me a chance to get to the Kate and her friends. Yes, It was the $1.99 that caught me! Thank you for that too. (and Amazon)

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  4. Billie, you just made my day. I'm so glad you liked it! Amazon gets the credit for the pricing. I wish I could price it lower consistently, but my publisher has the say in that. Amazon did me a HUGE favor. And also thanks for following my blogs and FB posts. ;-)

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  5. Great interview! I love hearing how your real life is woven into your books!
    Angie Young
    http://thelittlereadingcabin.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks, Angie! I'm so glad you liked it!

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