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10 Questions for Tracey Livesay

A graduate of the University of the Virginia School of Law and a former criminal defense attorney, Tracey Livesay traded in defending the U.S. Constitution in favor of playing literary matchmaker and couldn’t be happier. Tracey is the author of six contemporary romances (and counting), including Love Will Always Remember, which won the 2018 Emma Award for Best Interracial Romance.

Who is Tracey Livesay?

I’m a wife, mother, author, attorney, friend, and lover of designer handbags and wine! I’m a romantic at heart and not in that tragic Romeo and Juliet kind of way, but in the happily ever after, finding your true love way.

Tell us about your new book, Sweet Talkin’ Lover.

I love this story! Caila Harris is a marketing director who’s worked 24-7 to ensure her next promotion. When grief over her beloved grandfather’s death leads to several catastrophic decisions, Caila gets one final chance to prove herself: shut down an unprofitable factory in a small Southern town. But as soon as she arrives in Bradleton, she meets one outsized problem: the town’s gorgeous mayor, Wyatt Bradley, aka “Mayor McHottie,” who insists on acting as Caila’s personal escort during her stay. Hijinks, sexy times, and falling in love ensues.

What is the role friendship plays in your new Girls Trip series?

The series is actually based on my real-life group of best friends, who also met in college. We’ve been going on vacation together every year for the past 21 years. I get so much from those trips, and a few years ago I thought, this would be a great idea for a series. I wanted to show our steadfast commitment to our friendship and our loyalty to one another. Life will take these women in different directions, and along the way, they’ll fall in love. But their friendship is sacrosanct and they will always be there for one another, no questions asked.

Describe your writing style in three words.

You’re limiting a writer to three words?! Gah! I would say emotional, sexy, and funny.

What book hooked you as a reader on the romance genre?

I wish I could remember the title of the book! I know it was a Silhouette Romance because the cover had the light purple border with the couple drawn against a white background. I’ve always been an avid reader, but the first time someone handed me a romance . . . a story that centered a woman and showed her finding love with someone who valued her above everything else? And it had sex? I was a goner! The woman who gave me that book literally changed my life. Almost thirty years later, I dedicated my first published book to her.

If you could be any character in fiction for a day, whom would you chose to be and why that character?

Agent 355 from the graphic novel, Y: The Last Man. I’ve always wanted to be a female warrior. If I were Agent 355 for a day, I’d have those abilities, and I’d also be able to spend that day with the person I loved most in the world. We could be alone together, but if something broke out and I had to kick ass, I could! (I think I answered this based on me inserting myself into that fictional world, versus being that person in my world, although I stand by my answer for both scenarios! LOL.)

If you could go back in time and tell your younger writer self anything, what would that be?

Believe in yourself. Your voice and versions of your own love story are worthy of being heard and read.

What is one thing you would love to learn to do?

Ooh, that’s an easy one! Decorate cakes! During the holidays I watch Food Network nonstop and I love all of the holiday baking shows. I bake pretty well, but I’d love to learn how to decorate cakes and make them beautiful using frosting and fondant and all those wonderful sculpting and painting techniques.

What is next for you as a writer?

More books hopefully! LOL. The other three Ladies of Lefevre need to get their happily ever afters!

How can readers learn more about your books and best connect with you?

They can find me on my website, my Facebook author page, Twitter, and Instagram. They can also sign up for my monthly newsletter, where they’ll be treated to exclusive excerpts and giveaways.



About the Author:

The Romance Writers of America 2002 Librarian of the Year, Charles has been reviewing romances for Booklist since 1999 and is the author of Romance Today: An A to Z Guide to Contemporary American Romance. After working for the Scottsdale Public Library System for 30 years, Charles retired and went to work for Scottsdale's independent bookstore the Poisoned Pen, where he still gets to push books but has to deal with far fewer computer questions.

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