Interview with Tracy McConnell

Published 2020-09-15.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I do a lot of walking. I'm a freelance editor, so I spend some time working on other people's books. For "down time" I like to play "Township" or an old game called "The Settlers." I'm also a knitter, so I have a few projects on the go.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars trilogy) and Diana Gabaldon (Outlander series).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My cookbook writing has been influenced by my Mom (of course) and she grew up in a rural setting. Our ancestors are mostly from the UK, although many of my recipes are outside of that specific type of cooking. My parents spent some time in Australia, so we occasionally were treated to pavlova, a meringue dessert that originated there.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing during the Covid-19 pandemic. So many people were baking, because they were spending more time at home, that the stores would run out of flour!
What are you working on next?
My next writing project will expand on some of the concepts from my first book. I plan to do more with leftovers and "what to do with things that didn't work out."
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover the ebooks that I read through the Kobo Store, unless I know the author through the editing or beta reading that I do.
How do you approach cover design?
My approach to cover design assumes that people browse books so quickly that they notice the picture much more than the words. I think a big, bold picture that gives a hint about what the book is about is an effective way to draw a person in. If they pick it up and flip to the middle, or read the blurb on the back, then the cover was effective.
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Books by This Author

The "I Can't Cook" Cookbook
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,910. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Methods / Quick & Easy, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Canadian
This book includes sections like " Causes for Disaster" and "What to do With Things That Didn't Work Out". It has creative and unique (but easy) recipes for Halloween (Witch Finger cookies!) and birthdays (Monster Snake Cake!). It's down-to-earth and shows simple ways to make tasty breakfasts, breads, dinners and desserts.