Sunday, April 17, 2011

Guest Blogger:Tracy Wolff's Many Hats and Busy Times (plus a giveaway!)

 So, a couple of weeks ago I got to do something an erotic romance novelist never gets to do … I got to visit a school and talk about my writing. Of course, at the time I was wearing my young adult author cap, but who’s quibbling? It was so much fun—and made me remember how much I miss being in a classroom with kids who aren’t in college …

April and May are crazy months for me this year—largely because I have three different books coming out under three different names—Deserving of Luke by Tracy Wolff, Hidden Embers by Tessa Adams and Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs. Between promoting three very distinctly different books to three different audiences, I am a little wiped out—not to mention, completely turned around most days. I’ve promised myself that I am never going to do this again, but then I’m reminded by my friends, regularly, that I have nothing to do with release dates and so this could, indeed, happen again. But I hope it doesn’t.

Still, even with as crazy as the last few weeks have been—and the next few weeks promise to be—I had a great time doing my author visits in Los Angeles, when I was there for the Romantic Times convention a couple of weeks ago. I spent years as a junior high and high school teacher while I was working on my MFA and Ph.D, and I had forgotten how incredibly enjoyable it is to talk to students who are still in the first stages of the educational process.

While I had only prepared a talk to give to the junior high students at the school (It was a K-8 school) I ended up visiting almost all the classes. I read a picture book about writing to the first graders, talked about different cultures and countries that I’ve visited with the third and fourth graders as I also read to them, and then had a blast in the sixth through eighth grades talking about the revision process and answering all kinds of really thoughtful questions about my upcoming YA novel, Tempest Rising, and what it’s like to be a writer.

Looking back, the best part of that day really was the way I was able to step out of my normal routine of writing, teaching college, and being a mom to do something that I haven’t done in a very long time with a group of kids that were absolutely delightful. It totally renewed me and got me enthused about writing again—something that usually only happens when I’m at RWA, around a bunch of women as excited about writing as I am.

So, how about you? What have you done lately that excited you—or was just plain fun? Leave a comment and be entered to win a copy of my December Superromance, Unguarded, and Dark Embers, the first book in my Dragon’s Heat series. Have a great Monday!

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Kathleen O said...

I can;t say I did anything real exciting lately, but things are heating up, and I hope that includes the weather...but I did go to a function with some friends a week last Satruday to a "Jersey Boys Night".. This young singer likes to impersinate Frankie Valhi and he did a pretty good job of it. It was very enjoyable and then I got to spend some time with my BFF as I stayed over at her house. We got caught up on our families and things going on in our lives. that was about the most exciting thing I did..
But it was pretty calm compared to your day at school.. I am sure all thing students found it very special to have you spend the day with them.

StacieDM said...

I attending my first RT Booklovers convention in Los Angeles. I met my favorite authors and went to great parties. I also got to meet people that I only knew online. I had a blast!

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Fedora said...

Stacie, I envy you! That sounds wonderful!

As for what was fun--I picked up a crochet hook again for the first time in years and made a little stuffed bunny for my new nephew :) I'd forgotten how much fun it is to make something with your own hands!

Sandi said...

I got to help unpack books for a friend's website, and see what new and exciting books I needed to either add to my review stack or to my wishlist.

I also got to go to lunch with a great bunch of women on Saturday followed by a book signing.

Estella said...

Haven't done anything exciting lately. I'm waiting for the weather to get nicer so I can get out and plant some new flowers.

Tracy Wolff/Tessa Adams said...

Estella, we're planting at my house this week :)

Sandy, there's nothing like lunch with a bunch of fun, exciting women, is there?

flchen1: I envy you! I've always wanted to know how to crochet, but I'm miserable at it. I make such a mess.

StacieDM: It ws my first RT, too. Wasn't it fun???

Kathleen, My BFF's schedule is always super busy when mine is calm and calm when mine is busy, so it's always a treat when we can catch up. I'm glad you had such a good time :)

chey said...

Nothing exciting recently. I'm just waiting for the snow to finish melting.

CrystalGB said...

Hi Tracy. All your books sound wonderful. I think it is great that you write in several differently genres. The fun thing I recently did was have a girls day out book shopping with my best friend.

Karielle Stephanie said...

Hi Tracy! Something I did that's exciting was finish for playoffs for our school rugby team. I am so proud of us!

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Stephanie M said...

I attended the UCF Book Festival and got to meet a lot of great authors. I really enjoyed meeting Roxanne St. Claire.

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donnas said...

Congrats on the release!! Both books sound great.

Its really been a busy year so far. Havent had time to do anything super fun yet. Heres hoping for summer!!

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Tracy said...

Wow, chey, it's 90 degrees here! Hard to imagine there is still snow on the ground in some places.

Crystal GB, I loooooove book shopping! Lucky you :)

Stephanie!, that's awesome! You should be proud!!!! Yay!

Stephanie, I'm so jealous! And Roxanne is lovely, isn't she?

donnas: fingers crossed for summer ;)

Caffey said...

Wow, that sounds exhausting! But know you're appreciated! I must tell my daughter about your upcoming YA! She still reads them (and I know lots of adults love these too) I haven't read much YA but this one is going to be one!