Meet Tracy Price-Thompson:
Author of "Black Coffee, Chocolate Sangria, and A Woman's Worth"
When did you decide you wanted to write?
TPT: I am not one of those writers you hear about who've always known they wanted to write. I started
out as a reader, an avid reader who had a love for words and literature, and when I was about to leave the military I decided
to parlay that love of words into a writing career. I wrote several short stories at first, and even had one or two published
in major anthologies, and eventually I expanded from shorts to novels.
SC: How many novels in all have you
TPT: I have written six novels, three of which are published,
another, Knockin' Boots, which will be released by Random House this fall, and two others that are awaiting publication.
SC: Do you have a favorite?
TPT: Great question!
I guess my favorite novel is always the one that is about to be released. The upcoming book is usually the freshest for me,
and because I take great pains not to write the same thing twice, it is usually a unique situation that I've created. In my
next novel, Knockin Boots, I take bold risks with my writing and allow my muse to lead me down some pretty sensuous and controversial
SC: How long did it take you to write
your first novel?
TPT: Oh, it felt like forever, but
actually it took about a year before Black Coffee was in publishable shape. As an emerging writer I had quite a bit to learn,
and the rewriting process was a very educational one for me.
SC: Where do you get your inspiration
for your stories? Are the characters based on real people?
Contrary to some beliefs, while I may base my stories on real events, I don't base my characters on people I know or on personal
experiences. I find that too limiting and restrictive. I get my inspiration from my own innate creativity Quite often I don't
even know exactly what will happen in my novels before they are completed. I might start out with an idea and a plot, but
then the story takes on a life of its own and my characters become fully realized and begin to do their own thing.
SC: After writing your first novel,
did you self-publish?? If so, how was that experience?
Yes, I self-published Black Coffee, although Chocolate Sangria was created first. This was at a time when the publishing arena
was very different than it is today, and I self-published using print-on-demand technology when it was in its infancy stage.
Publishing has changed, and subsequently, so has self-publishing.
SC: What feedback have you received from fans?
TPT: I've received a lot of wonderful and candid
feedback, all of which I have appreciated because it contributes to my growth as a writer. I start out writing each book with
respect for my reader, in that way I give them the very best that I can in that particular work without simply "warming over"
my previous works. I think my readers respect me for that and are willing to support me because they know that I write and
create new scenarios exclusively for them.
SC: What authors do you admire? Did
one of them inspire you?
TPT: I admire a lot of authors. Gloria Naylor, Sandra Jackson Opoku, Donna Hill, Gloria Mallette,
the list is long. All of them inspire me because I am also a reader, and reading what is on the market helps me stay on top
of my writing game.
SC: Is writing your only passion?
not. I am passionate about my faith, my marriage, my children, improving my health, surroundiing my children with positive
images of black people and black love, and the study of martial arts.
SC: Where do you see yourself in
TPT: I would say kicked back on a tropical island, but I'm doing that right now! :) Aside from my
husband being deployed to Iraq, I like my life today. I guess I see myself in five years just as I am now. Happy, content,
striving for self-improvement in all areas, loving and raising healthy, self-determined black children who love life and love
SC: What advice would you give aspiring
TPT: Read, read, and read a little bit more. Study the craft of writing. It kills me when I hear
aspiring writers say they want to write a book, but then they admit that they don't read. I always ask them if they'd pay
to visit a dentist if he didn't brush his teeth. I believe writing to be a craft, like any other. It takes diligence and respect
for the craft in order to excel in it.
SC: What would you like readers to
learn from your stories?
TPT: Maybe I'd like readers to learn that there is more than one way to skin a cat. That there are tons
of stories out there that are well-written and that edu-tain, and that a creative mind is truly a blessing.
SC: Are you working on another novel?
What is it about?
TPT: Yes, I am working on something untitled, and I am not yet comfortable giving away the plot details!
They'll probably change!
SC: Where can people
purchase your books? Do you have a website?
TPT: My novels, Black Coffee, Chocolate Sangria,
and A Woman's Worth can be purchased at most bookstores, and are also available online. Knockin' Boots will be released this
fall.Support your local African-American bookseller!
My muse lives in my hair.
It is androgynous and completely realized. Insatiable and
unharnessable, it is the most responsive lover I have ever known. My muse is her own woman. A wild child, a free spirit, an
independent thinker and a funky muldoon. A rebellious teenager who just won't obey his parents. A jubilant slave woman who
has made it to the freedom and knows her day is near.