Interview with Tracy Wolff, author of Down & Dirty
24 May 2017
What can you tell us about your new release, Down & Dirty?
I am super excited about Down and Dirty. I grew up with a dad that loved football and now I’m the mother of three boys (2 of whom love football) so it’s always been a part of my life. I’ve always wanted to write a series about a football team and now I finally get the chance! I always love playing with characters and dynamics, so I had a lot of fun writing Hunter (who is looking for a house to raise his niece and nephew in now that his twin sister is dying of cancer) and Emerson, the struggling artist turned real estate agent who is helping him on his quest. Both held surprises for me when I was writing them and I hope they hold surprises for my readers as well!
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
Oh my gosh, that is a really, really hard question for a writer/lit professor to answer, but I’ll give it my best shot!
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (my favorite YA)
Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James (my favorite contemporary romance)
Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh (my favorite paranormal romance)
Cop Town by Karin Slaughter (my favorite mystery)
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (my favorite literary novel)
Who is your favorite fictional character from literature?
Oh, Scout Finch, absolutely. I’m currently re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird with my middle son for his eighth grade language arts class and I am reminded every night how much I love her.
What is a typical day like for you?
I don’t actually have typical days anymore, lol. My life has been crazy, crazy, crazy the last couple of years. But an atypical day when I actually get to work seven or eight hours looks something like this:
4 a.m. Wake up and write until 6:30 a.m.
6:30-8 a.m. Get kids off to school
8-9 a.m. Chat with my bff on the phone and do laundry/chores at the same time
9-1 p.m. Write/answer emails/procrastinate on social media
1-2 p.m. Lunch/break/nap depending on what I feel like
2-3 p.m. Frantically write
3-8 p.m.: Kids, homework, make dinner, read a book or take a bath if there’s time if there’s time, etc
8-9 p.m. Watch Rachel Maddow
9-10 p.m. Read to kids/get kids to bed
10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.: Write or do publicity/copy edit/etc. stuff
12:30-4 am: Sleep
BAM. You’re a superhero. What’s your superpower?
Telekinesis. I totally want to be able to move whatever I want with my mind. And not just because I’m lazy.
Where is your happy place? Why does it bring you joy?
My bathtub, lol. But seriously, I love to take a long bubble bath, drink a glass of wine and read an amazing book. No matter how bad the day is, what’s not to love about ending it like that?
What scene in Down & Dirty was your favorite to write?
Ummmm, the truth? There’s a sex scene that involves painting and I’ve been wanting to write a scene like it for a long time. But it wasn’t until Hunter and Emerson came along that I had the write characters/chemistry/story to do it … it was a really fun scene to write, and so far early readers really seem to like it, too.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
I’m a huge Oscar Wilde fan, so pretty much everything he’s ever said … But the one quote of his that really strikes me lately, and that I really try to live by, is “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
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