Interview with Tracy L. Judy

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural South Carolina. Reading was my only way to escape the monotony that is living in the country. I found that I could express my feelings and thoughts, along with my reflections on my life, through writing.
When did you first start writing?
I first remember writing when I was in middle school. I wrote a poem called "My Dog" that my classmates ridiculed me about for years afterwards.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Love Suck" is a compilation of poems that I have written during various stages of my love life. Needless to say, it goes from one extreme to the other. I love love, I'm just not very good at it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The tradition route just has never been for me. Friends of mine have enjoyed my writings throughout the years and encouraged me to e-publish. I hope that their confidence in me is well placed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Freedom of expressions. There are things that I can write that I would never say out loud. I can get the thoughts out of my head that keep hanging around. It's a good way to clean the mental cupboard.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a supernatural horror story. It should be ready for publication later this month. Think of it as Edgar Allen Poe meeting Clive Cussler and going for a sail.
Who are your favorite authors?
Clive Cussler, Dean Koontz, and Janet Evanovich. I am willing to give anyone a try.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Farrah, my sister's Shitzu that has somehow become my shadow. You can only take a dog licking your hand for so long before you have to move. She sits on the bed behind me while I type. She has become my four-footed, fuzzy alarm clock.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love movies. The better the special effects then the more I am into it. Reading is also a favorite pastime of mine, it still helps me to get away from today's world and find others to explore.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a short story called "Snowball" written when I was in middle school. I think I still have it somewhere in the house.
What is your writing process?
Long hand first. Pen to paper helps me clear my head. After that, then I start typing and editing. I just can't move past having that pen in my hand to start.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
It's a simple, salvaged desk with a typing stand on my right side, my computer in the middle, and my University of South Carolina Gamecocks banner handing over my head.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Whether it's one person or one million, it's all about putting something out there that someone else enjoys. I write for myself and for the enjoyment of others.
Published 2013-09-03.
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Books by This Author

Thoughts From A Wandering Mind
By Tracy L. Judy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Category: Fiction
What do I do when my mind wanders? I write it down. "Thoughts From A Wandering Mind" is just that, my thoughts when I just let my mind go wherever it wants to go. No limits. No topics off limits. No set course. No planning. Just pen to paper and letting it all flow out. What better way to express yourself that being honest and open with what's going on inside your head.
Conversations With My God
By Tracy L. Judy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,710. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Category: Fiction
I talk with my God. Most of us do, whether we admit to it or not. Sometimes I am angry. At other times I am hurt. It does not matter what mood I am in or what emotions are flowing through me, my God is always there. He always listens. So I keep talking.
Silent Screams From Prison
By Tracy L. Judy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013. Category: Fiction
Emotions run rampant in prison. Nothing is ever the same once you go behind the walls and fences. Barbed wire is forever in your memory. "Silent Screams From Prison" is an emotional journey of an inmate and his time behind the wall.
The Guild: New Recruit
By Tracy L. Judy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,830. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2013. Category: Fiction
Doctor James Darash enjoyed his life. He had an academic life that many envied. Soon to be a fully tenured professor at a major university, his life was going exactly the way he had planned it out. Sometimes, plans change. When a dark, burgundy sedan enters James' life everything changes. The world he knew, or thought he knew, is turned upside down. Nothing will ever be the same for him.
Trinity Mist
By Tracy L. Judy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,590. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Category: Fiction
Roger Cook had looked forward to his trip to New Orleans from Charleston, South Carolina in 1846. Little did he know the hell that awaited him and all aboard the vessel the "Trinity Mist." Plagued by the sins of the Captain, the "Trinity Mist" pays for the sins of her master, as do all on board. Crippled by storms and haunted by unknown entities, every moment is a fight for survival.
By Tracy L. Judy
Series: The Life Of Ben, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,070. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
Pushing the label "troubled teen" to a completely new level, "Demented" tells the story of William Benjamin Cook. A troubled teen from the Deep South, Ben's view of the world and his way of handling his problems are unique, and deadly. Witness the path that he leaves behind from his point of view. "Demented" only begins to describe the life of Ben.
Love Sucks
By Tracy L. Judy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,740. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
"Love Sucks" runs the gauntlet of the ups and downs of my personal love life through the years. The highs and lows of love inspire me; sometimes in positive ways, at other times darkness creeps in. Love is our life and our life is meant to love.