I’m so happy to welcome back author, Traci Wooden-Carlisle, to our blog. Traci teaches fitness classes, runs a jewelry and craft business, and is currently writing the third book in her Christian-fiction romance series. So what else is she up to these days? Promoting her new novel, Missing Us, which releases on December 7th…
Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Traci: I have been writing since I was 8 years old. It was soon after I was misdiagnosed with a reading disorder. I like to think of it as a setup from God. I was sent to an after-school reading program for two years. When I was tested at the end of those years I was in the third grade, reading at the ninth-grade level. Unfortunately, I was still having a hard time in class. After one in-depth teacher’s conference my parents realized the problem was with my eyes. One pair of glasses later, I was reading everything I could get my hands on. When I ran out of books between trips to the library I would make up my own stories.
What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?
Traci: I write mostly Christian fiction romance. Some are contemporary, and some are suspense. I am a hopeful romantic. I enjoy a humorous or explosive ‘meet cute’, a middle full of angst, and a fought for happy ending. I love a happy ending. Though it may take a moment to get there in my series the most important point is that my characters do get there.
Do you work to an outline or prefer to see where an idea takes you?
Traci: I usually see where an idea takes me. I love the anticipation and I can’t keep a secret when I’m writing. I want to tell it right away, which makes suspense impossible.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Traci: I used to think it was meeting time deadlines, though that is challenging, the hardest thing for me is not going over the maximum word limits placed on me when I work with other authors. I think the more I write, the better I will be at meeting certain limits while presenting readers with a great story.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Traci: I will still write books, but I believe I will also empower women to regain confidence and control of their lives after dealing with abuse. I’ve addressed certain forms of abuse in my books, which has allowed me to have in-depth discussions at some of my readings and signings. It has evolved from a writing ministry to one of writing and interaction.
Wow. That sounds like something much needed in our world today. Thanks for dropping by, Traci!
Missing Us (A Chandler County Novel)
Dr. Atherton Nathan, Terry, never imagined that the pact he made four decades ago would cost him what he treasured most – his family. Though he survived the slow disintegration of his marriage, he held fast to the hope that he could win back the only woman he ever loved.
His youngest daughter now has a life and love he has always wanted for her and their relationship has healed enough for her to allow him to give her away during her wedding. He hopes the weeks he will spend in Chandler County to ensure her transition from her life and career in Chicago to Chandlerville before the nuptials will be enough to convince his wife…ex-wife of his love for her and hers for him.
Reina Fellows Nathan can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Her youngest daughter’s life is out of danger and Shauna is carving out her own path towards happiness. All Reina has to do is get through the weeks it will take to help her daughter plan her wedding and avoid her ex-husband. He nearly destroyed her once and despite some of the changes he’s recently made she dare not trust her heart to him.
Each day brings new challenges that work against her resolve to remain unaffected by her ex- husband’s attempts to court her again, but secrets, lies and a long-held pact that comes to light may make it impossible for a true reconciliation.
Links for book:
Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/bnmissingus
Traci Wooden-Carlisle began writing poetry and short stories as soon as she was able to form words on paper. She used that as a way to creating worlds, as well as, to communicate with God. Mrs. Wooden-Carlisle lives in San Diego with her husband. She teaches fitness classes, runs a jewelry and craft business, and is currently writing the third book in her Christian-fiction romance series.
Amazon Author Page – https://goo.gl/mpD2YX
Bookbub – https://goo.gl/WMGebX