An interview with Tracy Kauffman
Thank you, Tracy, for taking the time to stop by Kisses, Caresses and Whispers in the Night today. I really appreciate your time.
Can you tell us a little bit about your newest release?
Southern Adventures is a young adult- coming of age book about a woman recalling her life growing up in the south. She recalls her life as a young girl and the adventures, trials, and romance she experience becoming a woman.
What inspired this novel in particular?
I wrote this book partly about my life. My son left home for the Air Force and it gave me something to keep my mind off of his leaving home.
Who is your favorite character in this novel and why?
Of course it is Kay Harrison because she is like me.
What comes first--characters or plot ideas? I would say in this book the character came first, because when I wrote this book I tried to remember things that had happened to me growing up that would be entertaining.
How many books have you written? Five total but one is only available in E book. They are Gwendolyn's Wish, Southern Adventures, My Boyfriend the Squire, Richard the Lionheart, and Captain Honey Bear Saves Goldie Locks.
What is your favorite aspect about being a novelist? I have enjoyed making up stories from an early age. When I was in elementary school, I won the title of Editor due to a paper I wrote.
What inspires you as an author? The art of writing itself inspires me because you can create anything you want and put in in writing. You can become who you always wanted to be, travel the world, or create a magical world of fantasy.
What draws you to this particular genre? This book is a combination type of genre. It is a fiction coming of age book but it is also a christian fiction, a romanace fiction. So I would say that I am not partial to any certain genre. I do not wish to write any type of science fiction or cult related genres.
Are there any other genres you can see yourself writing and why/why not? Yes as explained earlier, I would write in any genre as long as it wasn't science fiction or cult related. My newest book that will be released next is Richard the Lionheart and it is a historical fiction.
To you, what's the most challenging aspect of being a published novelist and why? The most challenging aspect would be marketing. I have interviewed other authors and they say the same.
How important is reader feedback to you? Do you let it deter you from writing what's in your heart? Reader feedback is important but so far it has all been very good.
If you could go anywhere in the world right now with one person, all expenses paid, where would you go, who would you take and why? (this is hypothetical by the way--I'm not a lotto winner! LOL) I would travel to Japan to where my son is. He is in the Air Force and I miss him a great deal. He says it is a nice place to live and see.
Are you more of a chef or a take out person? I can cook some but choose to take out due to being so busy. My husband and family brag on some of my dishes though. Most people in the south do know how to cook.
Tell us 5 little known facts about yourself. I'm a registered nurse. I work in a local nursing home. I am a born again Christian. I hope to inspire others with my writing. I want to be known for things that are good instead of evil when I die; I want to leave behind a legacy of righteousness to my children.
Kay remembered times when she had prayed and asked God for certain things in her life. She suddenly felt comforted. She was glad that he left some prayers unanswered. Oh, what kind of life would she have had, if she received everything she wanted?
Kay Harrison sat in her living room, slowly flipping through the pages of a photo album filled with photographs from her past. She recalled her life as a child who was brave and mischievous. Living in the south brought a life of adventures and mishaps for Kay. She searched hard for the meaning of her life. Follow Kay as she discovers this meaning as God's plan for her unfolds through the good times and rough times that she endured on her Southern Adventures.
An excerpt of Southern Adventures
One day, Kay woke up and started getting dressed. It was Saturday, which meant no school. Her mother yelled, “Girls, get ready. We’re going to Sandy and Matt’s house.”
Kay loved going to see Sandy and Matt. They had two boys, Tyler and Earl. She loved going over their house because they had so much fun. They lived in the country, so there was so much more to do there. They would go fishing, swimming, hiking, or exploring.
Tyler and Earl were two rambunctious boys about Kay’s age. They weren’t afraid of anything. Tyler was the oldest. He had red hair and freckles. Tyler was the same age as Rose. Earl was the same age as Kay. He had dark blond hair and fair skin.
Earl enjoyed playing with Kay. He would take her out on his three-wheeler. He would always try to show out. One time, he went so fast around a curve that he and Kay got thrown off. They flew through the air about fifteen feet. Luckily, they landed on some tree limbs that had been cut. The limbs were piled up high. Kay and Earl were uninjured. Kay did get a scrape on her face. When she got back to the house, her parents asked, “What happened?”
Kay told them, “I was riding with Earl on his three-wheeler, and we rode through some bushes.” They believed her.
Earl was always doing crazy things. He didn’t know what danger was. Neither did Kay at the time. Kay and Earl did so many stunts that they were afraid to tell their parents about. They would climb trees, jump off high places, and play with snakes. Kay had so much fun hanging out with Earl. He was her favorite cousin.
Sandy and Matt bought Tyler and Earl anything they could afford. They had an Apple computer, Atari game system, motorcycles, three-wheelers, and a swimming pool. Sandy thought her two boys were angels. She never thought they would do anything wrong.
Kay, Rose, Tyler, and Earl loved to explore the countryside of Cedar Springs. Their closest neighbor lived a half mile up the road. They didn’t have to worry about the things that were in the city. There wasn’t much traffic at all. Cedar Springs did have a terrible odor. Their neighbors had cows, horses, and chickens. The chicken houses put off the worst odor.
Kay can remember playing in the pastures. They would roam for what seemed like miles. One pasture had bales of hay stacked up. Kay, Rose, Tyler, and Earl would go jump on the hay bales. They tried to jump from one to the other without falling. Earl and Tyler never worried about anything. They would do more flips and antics than Kay and Rose did.
One day when they were out exploring the fields, they discovered an old house. It was in one of the fields behind their house. Part of it had burned, but parts of the walls were still standing. Most of the floor had been burned. Kay could see the wallpaper still on one of the walls. The chimney was still intact. It had been made of stone. The house had been deserted years ago. There was not a road that led to the house. It had a broken fence on one side of it. Tall weeds surrounded the house.
Kay wondered about who could have lived there. Did they have any children? Were they harmed during the fire? She hoped not. How long ago did this happen? No one knew. Kay was saddened by the sight of the house but didn’t tell the others. Perhaps they were too. Kay and Tyler stepped inside the old house, and almost fell through the old decaying floor. Luckily they jumped out the door before the floor caved in.
Anyway, this was just one sight they came across. There was so much to see. They discovered an abandoned pond. This was a good place to go fishing. Earl and Tyler ran to get their fishing poles, while Rose and Kay waited. It was quiet by the pond. They could hear crickets chirping. She heard a bee buzzing around the pond. The grass was so soft and green. Rose was enjoying the peacefulness of the fields like Kay was.
Soon Earl and Tyler returned with their poles. They showed Kay and Rose how to bait their hooks with worms. Fishing was a joyful experience. Soon Kay felt a tug at her pole. Earl ran over to show her how to pull the pole and to catch the fish. It was her first catch. The fish was small, but she didn’t care. She had caught a fish. Earl convinced her to throw it back. It was too small to eat. Tyler caught the next fish then Earl caught the next one. Kay didn’t catch another one. She was sad about that but happy at the others catching them. They stayed for a couple hours, and then they took their fish back to the house to clean them.
Kay watched Earl as he cut the head off the fish. Then he took his knife and made a slit down the side of the fish to gut it. Then he used his knife to scrape the scales off. The sight of it was disgusting. Earl didn’t seem to mind. He gave them to Sandy to cook. They had caught a total of six fish. They were all catfish. Catfish was a tasty fish. They were all happy at what they had caught. Also, their parents let them out of doing dishes for the night.
As soon as dinner was over, out they went. Kay and Earl were inseparable. They loved to ride bicycles to the store. It took about an hour to ride two-and-a-half miles to the store. They loved to go to Danny’s truck stop which was owned by Danny Nelson. He knew the kids and allowed them to get free ice cream. Butter pecan was Kay’s favorite. She had to eat it fast, or it would melt on the ride home. She didn’t mind getting messy. It was a hot day, even though it was getting late. She knew they could go swimming and cool off.
Sandy didn’t mind the kids going swimming in their clothes. She was proud of that little swimming pool. It was three feet down and round. It was big enough for them. Earl taught Kay how to swim. She learned how to swim underwater first. It was a little harder staying afloat on top of the water. Earl showed her how to position her hands and how to wave them. He showed her how to kick her feet. That’s all it took. Kay picked it up easily and then mastered the art of swimming. At least she felt like she did. She hated trying to swim in her clothes. She knew to bring a swimming suit next time.
Kay dreaded leaving, but it was time to go home. She missed her cousins. They were her best friends. Rose enjoyed their company just as much.
About the author
Tracy Kauffman is a Christian fiction author of Young Adult and Children Stories. She has an associates degree in Nursing. She is a registered nurse and works part time in a local nursing home. The rest of the time she spends her time writing books and marketing them. Her titles include: Gwendolyn’s Wish, Southern Adventures, Richard the Lionheart, My Boyfriend the Squire and Captain Honey Bear Saves Goldie Locks. She hopes to be able to inspire her readers into living a happy healthier life. She feels like her own life experiences have made her a better writer.
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