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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sensational 7 Q & A with Tracy Deebs (Author of Tempest Rising)!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson

TRACY DEEBS collects books, English degrees, and lipsticks. She has been known to forget where-and sometimes who-she is when immersed in a great novel. She is a writing and literature professor at Austin Community College.

TEMPEST RISING is in stores today!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
I’m pretty much a modern conveniences kind of girl and can’t imagine living anywhere without indoor plumbing, so I would say the farthest back I’d be willing to go is the 1920s (pre-depression). It was such a glamorous time, filled with great music and fashion and a lot of really cool advancements. Plus, I’ve always wanted to be a flapper …

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Dark, mermaid, surfing, destiny, choices, love triangle
Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
I have two favorite books: J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Sandra Cisneros’s House on Mango Street. Both are beautifully written stories about characters on the fringes of their world, unable to do what others expect of them.

My fictional crush … is Will Hunting (from Good Will Hunting). If you want someone from a book, then Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye :)

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
Hermione Granger because she is brilliant, brave and always gets the job done :)

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
Things Like This Don’t Really Happen to People
My college roommate, and best friend to this day, is fond of saying my life is a soap opera. Literally. If it’s strange, bizarre, crazy, awful or just completely unbelievable, it’s happened to me. So much so that when I was asking another friend of mine what my bio title should be, her answer was the above. Seriously. My life is just plain nuts, but after all these years, I’m finally used to it :)

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
Fun, optimistic, empathetic, stubborn, smart, passionate, hot-tempered


**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
My next YA novel, The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams, hits shelves in January 2012. I wrote it with two of my closest writing friends, Shellee Roberts and Emily McKay, and had an absolute blast doing it. It’s the story of four small town Texas girls who become international exchange students in search of life, love and Facebook fame, and who start the IKC page to tally points for kisses on their journey.

Thanks for stopping by Tracy!

For more information about Tracy Deebs and her books, please visit her website here.


  1. It was before Facebook, but my best friend and I actually did something like the International Kissing Club on our Eurorail trip one summer. NOT as fun as it might seem, I should add!!

  2. I too would go back and be a flapper girl. Those dresses, the music, dancing... I love the whole era!
    Fantastic Q&A!

  3. LOVE the seven words or less description!! And that cover = pure gorgeous! :-)

  4. Great interview. I can so relate to needing plumbing. And I'd love to be Hermione too.

  5. I love Will Hunting too! lol!


  6. I love that she picked Hermoine...she would be my choice too!! The adult Hermoine though!

  7. I agree, as much as going really far back in time sounds appealing, indoor plumbing is just necessary.

  8. Great interview.I'm with you on the indoor plumbing :) Gotta have it.

  9. I adore the 1920's. Such a fabulous time!

  10. Ooo, the 1920s would be fun! I'd love to wear a flapper dress and use cheesy slang as the norm.

  11. I am so excited for this book. I feel like mermaids should have had a bigger part of this genre of books. Great interview.

  12. Great interview!!!! I just can't wait to read that book....and the cover is sooooooooo beautiful!!!!!

  13. A lot of people have mentioned Holden Caulfield as a fictional crush or a favorite character, and I just don't see it. I honestly was never a fan of his. I liked The Catcher in the Rye, but Holden not so much.

    Fun interview!

  14. Awesome interview. Can't wait!


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