That's right. That's me hanging out with best-selling author Tracey Garvis Graves. With my now autographed copy of On the Island. The book I've been raving about since January.
TGG was at the Bookworm in Omaha, which is about an hour up the road from me, to promote her latest novel, Covet. I haven't dug into this one yet, but it's on my list.
Unfortunately I was a little late to the signing (damn you, traffic), my sister and I still had plenty of time to bask in the awesomeness that is TGG. Here are a few impressions I left the evening with:
- Tracey is funny, charming and fun to be around. She has so much enthusiasm and passion for reading, writing and living life. It's hard not to smile when you're around her.
- We have similar approaches to writing. We're plotters who aren't afraid to move away from our previously scheduled outline to taker our story in new directions. We also write a draft and then build onto it.
- When she's in writing mode, she isn't able to read other books. I found that particularly interesting, because I sometimes struggle to stay focused on my writing when I'm reading other books.
- She is fiercely protective of her writing time. No music. Not social media. No TV. No kids. No distractions. When she sits down to write 2,000 words a day (her goal), she sets herself up for success.
- Her book On the Island is still being optioned in Hollywood. No word yet on when or if it will make its big screen debut, but we should all keep our fingers crossed.
- She's a fan of reading. Her list of read books is extensive, and she has excellent tasted.
- She's supportive of other writers. When I spoke with her about my new book, she seemed genuinely excited for me and offered me lots of encouragement.
- Her next two books are going to be freaking awesome. She's not saying much about either, but one will be another romantic story (similar to On the Island) and the other will be a women's fiction (like Covet). One has a crime reporter, the other has former lovers becoming reacquainted years later.
I'm thrilled I had the chance to meet Tracey. I highly encourage you to stop in to say "hello" to her if she's ever in your neck of the woods. (And she might be. She's on tour.) I'm just glad I saw her Facebook update announcing she was in Omaha yesterday, or I would've missed it. And been mad, sad and not glad.
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