Interview with Author Tracee Ford

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Today, I’d like to introduce you to Tracee Ford. What? You haven’t heard of her yet? Ok then. How about a little of her background to catch you up. (Taken from her blog):

“Tracee Ford, better known as “The Smart Mouth Writer,” has been telling stories her whole life. She is an award-winning novelist and the founder of Ozwind Publishing, LLC.

Tracee’s first novel, The Fine Line, won a Five Star Reader’s Favorite Award in 2013 and her second book, Idolum, is also the winner of a Reader’s Favorite Award and was nominated by the Paranormal Romance Guild for Best Romantic Suspense novel of 2013, winning second place. Her third novel, Through Glass Darkly, won first place for Best Paranormal Romance (General) of 2015 and the Between Worlds Series won second place for Best Paranormal Romance of 2015.

Tracee has walked many paths in her life as a playwright, director, and a puppeteer. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Psychology which she earned from Shawnee State University. Currently, she is an instructor for the SSU Department of English & Humanities as well as the Department of Social Sciences. She also has a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota.

Tracee’s interest in the paranormal and her life experience has given her keen insight into the shadows that haunt our society, making her a brilliant author of suspense, but she is excited to expand her writing by exploring other genres. Tracee Ford is ready to take your hand and lead you on fantastic and thrilling new adventures.”

Now that we know a little more about our new friend, how about a couple of questions:

1. Is there a story in you that you are having a hard time getting out?
YES! I actually have 4 books that are partially written. 

If so, what do you think is keeping you from writing it?
Time, or lack thereof, is and always will be my enemy.

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I’m So Excited! #Amwriting Again!

writers denThis may sound horrible, but I cannot even express the amount of joy I have for the start of school next week. I love my little guy dearly, but I need a break. It’s very difficult to write or take an online class with my lovely editor while he’s sitting on my lap. We’ve been having almost daily thunderstorms and he gets very clingy with all the noise. I can’t say that I blame him. So, I just hold him and try to keep him calm until they pass.

“This too, shall pass.”

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Yeah, yeah. I know. I’ve been MIA for a bit longer than I had anticipated. I could fill this space with all kinds of excuses like:

  • We moved…twice. (And I’m still unpacking and looking for crap I KNOW I own but can’t find)
  • School ended.
  • Summer school started.
  • Summer school ended and now I have a bored 9 year old demanding my attention 24/7 while the husband is working out of town until the velociraptors come home.
  • An important doctor’s appointment for the child that required driving across the state. We had to do MORE blood work and now we’re waiting for the results as well as an appointment with the state’s ONLY pediatric geneticist. (This is the one that’s been stressing me out the most).
  • The sun has been shining and there’s NO snow on the ground, so I’d prefer to be out soaking up Vitamin Sunshine instead of working on my pale & pastie complexion in front of a keyboard. Especially if it involves a beach and a fire-pit.

See what I did there? I filled up blank space with excuses. OK, you have every right to throw a shoe at me for that. Now I’m trying desperately to get myself back into the writing schedule I was finally happy with. And I’d like to start with an author interview. Continue reading

Series, Serials, Sequels and Spin-Offs – A Guest Post by Sandra Haven

I apologize for my unexpected hiatus (long story for another day). If it weren’t for my beloved editor, Sandra, I’d probably still be sitting around playing video games on my phone. She contacted me about some exciting stuff. But, instead of me telling you about it, I have a guest post from the lady herself. It was the kick in the behind that I needed to get back in front of the keyboard. She’s good at that! If you find yourself needing a nudge in the right direction or someone to help guide you along with your writing, check this out:


Do you know the difference between a series, serials, sequels and spin-offs? Often people (including writers) don’t, it seems.

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5 Questions with Author Shaunta Grimes

This week, I’m trying out something new. I meet a LOT of new writers. I also meet almost as many authors that have been around the block a few times. I thought it would be fun to interview writers in all stages of their writing career. Because you can learn something from each and every one of them.

I can’t remember exactly where I crossed paths with Shaunta Grimes, but we instantly hit it off. The more we talked, the more we realized we had a number of personal things in common. Including loving someone with autism. And, of course, writing. We spent a whole evening PMing each other, giddy as school girls talking about writing and her plans for the future. Continue reading


I sat down to write a blog post Thursday afternoon (2-11-2016) and was immediately distracted by an idea for my WIP. As I’m pretty scatterbrained, I dropped everything and dove into writing. I didn’t stop until it was time to go pick up the kiddo several hours later. This is a very good thing.

And then it was time for the after school chores: snack, homework, dishes, dinner, etc. Looking at the calendar, I realized that it was a four day weekend because the local high school was moving into their new digs and all the kids were off to give teachers the chance to pack and move. Not only were the high schoolers moving, half of the elementary classes were shuffling into the old high school. Yay. Thankfully, Little Man won’t have to worry about moving to a new building until next year. Continue reading

5 Reasons It’s Great To Be A Writer


5. Reading. I horde books. When hubby asks me why I have SO many books, I tell him I need them for ‘research.’ I don’t think he’s caught on yet. It’ll be our little secret.

4. Time Alone. Writing gives me a great excuse to be alone. If I don’t want to do the dishes, it’s because I suddenly thought of a great scene I just have to write down. (Or I needed to check my Twitter or Instagram).

3. Murder. When there’s someone in your life that deserves to meet a particularly horrible and untimely death, but you don’t want to live the rest of your life on death row, you can just kill them over and over again in your writing. (I have a relative, or two, that has a future as multiple victims). Continue reading

Stay Focused


First an update on my non-verbal 9 year old with autism:

Little Man didn’t want to eat what was being served at school Tuesday. His wonderful Para asked him what he did want and he wrote “hotdog” on the whiteboard. THEN HE SAID IT! All the paras and the teacher stopped what they were doing and looked at each other like “did he REALLY just say that?!” Then a loud cheer went up. It’s the little things. Continue reading