Interview with Traci McDonald
What genre do you write and why?
Hidden behind my super-practical, rational, detail-oriented personality is a princess who still dreams of being rescued by a prince. In contemporary Romantic/Suspense, I get to fight my own dragons, kick a little butt, and still end up with the man of my dreams in the end.
Tell us about your latest book.
Lily Pinion has never given her heart to anyone…except her best friend. After a brutal rape, a tragic accident and her tyrannical father’s threats send her into hiding in Maui, Bridger Jacoby rescues her one night in a bar. Searching for solace in alcohol and sun-drenched beaches, Lily discovers the island camouflages the identity of a stranger who is trying to kill her. Bridger, an ex-army ranger and body guard unwillingly becomes the only person Lily can count on to save her life. Their middle-of-the-night escape down The Road to Hana brings them closer to the truth about each other while the murderous stalker closes in. Lily must face her past, her daemons and her feelings for Bridger before it kills them both.
What formats is the book available in?
Burning Bridger is available in digital format through amazon, Barnes and Noble, I-books and other e-book formats.
Who are your favourite authors?
Great Romance and thrilling suspense are often found in different books and authors. I love the romance and stories of Melanie Jacobson, Suzann Brockman and Pippa DE Costa. For Suspense you can’t beat David Baldacci, John Grisham, and Brad Thor. I’m always interested in great romance that goes from disaster and tragedy to love and hope. I love and hate books which make me cheer while cursing: heroes who lose their way, heroines too stubborn for their own good and healing through heartache.
What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
A blank page is God’s way of telling you how hard it is to be God.” Sidney Sheldon
What's the best thing about being a writer?
A complete world lives inside my mind. At first, it’s a simple place. There are a few people, a landscape, and a horizon. More people join in, emotions and dialogue, friends, family and beautiful scenery come along and before I know it, I’ve fallen in-love all over again. Reality isn’t nearly as pretty, fun or romantic as fiction. It’s my favourite part of being a writer. The hours I get to spend in a beautiful place with everyone and everything I love. When it’s too impractical and non-sensical, I can just put it away.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
Anyone can come join me at tracimcauthor on twitter or facebook. Facebook.com/tracimcdonald.505, Facebook.com/tracimcauthor, tracimcdonald.blogspot.com, thmcdonald.blogspot.com or e-mail me at email@example.com
Who is you favourite character in your book and why?
There is only one man Lily trusts. He is her best friend, her adopted older brother, and the one person she believes is always looking out for her. When she no longer has Moises to count on, it is his words, memories and voice that she uses to open her heart to Bridger. I believe it is the influence we have on others when we’re not actually with them that does the most good. Moises was such a great character to write that I wanted to write a story about him. He is by far my favorite character.
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
Bridger and Lily’s story is about two people with little in common on the surface. As you get to know both of them, you’ll fall in love with her passion and strength, his quiet patience and the core of who they truly are which makes them different and brings them together. It’s a story about love, conflict, tragedy, break-downs, falling apart and staying together. When the world is stalking you and there’s nowhere to turn, having someone to trust changes heartache to hope. A good story should make you believe that love conquers all. Bridger and Lily have more to overcome than most people…and if they can do it. So can you!
What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
This work in progress has been a WIP for many years. I don’t know if its ready yet, so I’d love some feedback on what interests you, what sounds too trite or predictable and what you’d like to see happen. Remember, it’s still a WIP-In a small southern town, Danielle Lyndon runs her families bookstore, protects a centuries old collection of rare books and can’t leave. When a burglar breaks in to steal from her priceless family legacy, Danielle finds herself running from armed strangers, practically killed in a car chase and captured by the silver-blue eyes of Aaron Donnell, her burglar’s older brother. He only wants to find his missing, possibly kidnapped sister. She is certain he is a threat to her books, her safety and even her life. A midnight disagreement turns to trust as Aaron reveals his hidden abilities to Danielle. The silver in his eyes enables him to bind people and objects with his mind, walk through fire and escape mortal limitations. In their search for Aaron’s baby sister, the two discover other missing teens, a ring of human traffickers and the answer to Danielle’s complete abandonment by her mother. To rescue his sister, Danielle and ultimately the human race, Aaron will face off with the ancient bearer of black magic. Between Aaron and Danielle the curses, spells and hexes can be used to bind innocents to life and destroy the grip of death. However, the high price of freedom for others may cost Aaron and Danielle everything they’ve been fighting for.