Interview with Tracey Hamilton

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to create a new adventure that I hope someone else will enjoy reading as much as I have created. I like to take people on a quest throughout the book and let them work with me at solving any puzzles I have included.
What do your fans mean to you?
Although no-one has yet commented on my first novella I have had local readers telling me how excited they were and surprised that I have created such a book. It is great to please people and provide something that they get enjoyment from.
Who are your favorite authors?
Agatha Christie was my first love and I have almost all the books she wrote. My second love is Clive Cussler. After reading Sahara I was truly hooked on his adventure books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love doing crafts and have been doing a lot of painting over the last few years - but that takes me away from writing too much sometimes.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a children's book called The Incredible Beefburger Journey. I was 12 and my teacher said it was a great idea. I have yet to find a publisher for it as it is probably too long for the age group I originally wrote it for.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Sahara" - Clive Cussler - brilliant adventure and the first of his books I read. Now I have every one of his books.
"Death on the Nile" - a favourite movie and book by Agatha Christie.
"Little Women" - Mary Alcott - used this as my English Higher exam in school and it makes you laugh, cry and inspire me to write more.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a variety of books but mainly adventure or crime. I download various books of movies I have enjoyed too. Anything with some archaeology included in it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an original Kindle, and quite happy not to upgrade it at the moment.
Describe your desk
Cluttered ---- I have paperwork relating to my class teaching (I teach primary children), to my Girls Brigade (which I run as the leader in charge), and notes from various story ideas and events I may go to.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up and still remain in the same town - Kilmarnock. I now live in the flat my grandfather owned and it has a great view over Arran hills which inspires me to sit down and get creative.
When did you first start writing?
I was age 12 and woke up with my beefburger idea which I used at school. I sat up till midnight every night I got the chance until I finished it using an old Olivetti typewriter belonging to my mum.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A group of teenagers go on a Gold Expedition in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland but one of the girls attending it has been receiving threatening letters from a mysterious writer telling her not to attend. During the hike there are several attempts on her life as well as natural disasters and it is a race against time to get off the mountains alive and find out who is behind the threats.
Published 2013-12-24.
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