Interview with Tracey Jerald, author of Free To Believe
15 Apr 2019
What can you tell us about your new release, Free To Believe?
Completely able to be enjoyed as a standalone, Free to Believe is the fourth full-length book in my Amaryllis Series. Emily Freeman is a wedding dress designer whose artistic inspiration is failing her at the most inopportune time. With the support of her family, she takes a hiatus from their wedding and event planning business – Amaryllis Events – in order to locate it. On that journey, her path crosses with Jake Madison. Jake is a single father to a teenager; both of whom are embittered from his long ago divorce. From their first meeting, Em and Jake set off sparks that don’t let up the entire book.
What books are currently on your night stand?
My night stand couldn’t hold my reading material! I use the dining room table and rotate in. I’m presently reading the newest poetry volume from r.h. Sin (which has to be internalized slowly), the Certified Information Security Manager All-in-One Exam Guide (let’s call this research), a copy of Psychology Today, Food Network Magazine, and Magnolia Journal. There’s more, but that’s what’s currently on top of the stack.
What advice would you give your teenage self?
Celebrate the fact you’re not perfect. No one is. It’s what makes you beautiful.
If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?
Since I live in Florida, I’d be in the pool every day with my husband and son!
What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?
My husband and son make the world go round. My soul wouldn’t be complete without them. It’s not the easy days that that make our family stronger; it’s the difficult ones. My husband and I are so close because we’ve been through so much together in the eleven years we’ve been married. We’re blessed to even have a child; which makes him all the more precious to us.
What scene in Free To Believe was your favorite to write?
I set a scene at New York Bridal Fashion Week that was absolutely wild to write. I loved going wedding dress shopping;I felt like a princess. Now, I torment my husband and son watching Say Yes to the Dress and I keep threatening to renew our vowels so I can buy a new dress. So for me, being able to “design” wedding dresses in my head and then describing them on the pages for my readers was crazy fun.
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