#Eggcerpt Exchange: Guest Author, Traci Sanders

I am participating in the Author Helping Authors – Egg-cerpt Exchange.

Throughout the months of February and March, I plan to delight you with exciting information about books and authors who are or could become your favorites. So make sure to check this out and let each amaze you with their ability to write awesome stories.

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Today, I am featuring Traci Sanders, author of When Darkness Breaks Unsevered.

I’m excited to be part of the Egg-cerpt tour, and I’d like to thank Tina Gayle for creating it!

Instead of offering character interviews, excerpts of my books, or a boring bio, I decided to offer a bit of insight on the driving forces behind my work. I hope you enjoy!

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9 Things to Know about Traci Sanders

  1. Who is Traci Sanders?

First and foremost, I am a mom of three great kids: boy 18; boy 16; and girl 10. Being a mom is the best job I’ve ever had. I’m also married to my high-school sweetheart. We’ve been together for about twenty-four years. My family is my inspiration for most of my books … with just a bit of embellishment here and there.

  1. What genre do you write?

My first published book was a potty-training guide for parents. Then I published my first children’s book and two more parenting books. Six months into publishing, I released my first adult fiction piece, and I was hooked on the romance genre. So, even though I will continue to write and publish children’s books (because I have eight more already written), I mostly write adult romance. It’s my favorite!

  1. What do you like most about writing?

Writing has always been there for me. Also, there is no prerequisite to satisfy. Writing shows no prejudice. You don’t have to have a college degree, or be the smartest or most popular kid in school; you simply have to possess a passion for words. For me, growing up in a family of six girls and one boy, writing was many things – an escape from chaos and noise, a friend who understood what I was feeling, and an outlet to pour my emotions into. It has helped me get through some tough times.

  1. Who has been your biggest influence in your life?

I doubt she even realizes it, but my mother has always been a huge inspiration for my writing. As a young girl, I watched her play the piano and write songs for church. I once found her journal and read some of her songs, which inspired me to write my own. I also wrote poetry and short stories from the time I was in third grade. Writing was my gift, and I realized this at an early age.  As I got older, I wrote and sang songs in church. People told me I had an “anointing” from God—a power to heal with my words and my voice. That was a pretty powerful thing to hear at my age, so I took it seriously. And, while my books are not Christian-based, my upbringing does play a part in my writing.

  1. Who are your favorite Indie authors?

Gosh, having read more than forty books last year, I’ve experienced a plethora of great ones. But, to name a few: Beth Hale, Bethany Turner, Stephen Geez, Beem Weeks, Elizabeth Horton-Newton, Emma Scott, Anita Kovacevik, and Michelle Abbott. And recently, I’ve added Kim Cox and Allaina Daniels to this list because they write such quirky, intriguing characters that are fun to read about!

  1. What is your ultimate reward as an author?

My ultimate reward as a writer is when someone says to me, “your book helped me” or “your words touched my heart.”  That is when I feel the most successful and fulfilled. Don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoy seeing my sales go up; but my biggest payoff is when I get that feeling I had as a little girl—hearing those same words from people in my church or teachers at my school. In a way, it was validation for me. It made me feel as if could change someone’s life through my words, whether it is true or notJ

  1. Name a classic author who has influenced your writing.

I am not usually a dark-natured person; however, in middle school and high school, I was drawn to Edgar Allan Poe. The desperate tone in his writing and rhythmic flow of his words fascinated me. I don’t enjoy horror stories or films, but I remember listening to The Tell- Tale Heart on a tape recorder in class (wow, I’m telling my age now) and being drawn in to the story. It was powerful, and I wanted to have the same effect on readers with my writing.

  1. What is your biggest fear?

Of course I could say it would involve losing a loved one, but that’s a given. So, if I’m being totally honest otherwise, I’d have to say losing my mind is my greatest fear.

If I ever lost a limb or an organ, I would find a way to survive and manage from day to day. But if I lost my mind—my ability to think and create—I would soon wither away inside. Therefore, I plan to use my words to entertain, inform, and heal others for as long as I am able.

  1. What is your biggest pet peeve about books?

I can overlook a few grammatical errors if the story is compelling enough; but a major pet peeve of mine is when authors repeatedly misuse simple words such as then, than, your, and you’re. It just drives me crazy. If you ever see that in one of my books, trust me, I DID NOT purposefully put it there!

Thanks so much for having me today and for letting me share a little bit about my writing journey.

Please subscribe to my blog at www.awordwithtraci.com where you will find samples of my poems and stories, excerpts from my books, and daily tips on all aspects of the writing industry (publishing, marketing, writing, etc.) in my new segment for 2016 called “365 Days to Write Right.”

Here is a link to the trailer for my newest release…Unsevered

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Buy links for “Unsevered”
Amazon: http://amzn.to/20zBXtw
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1nUdy0y

Buy links for “When Darkness Breaks”
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1TKCG5H
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1SAb7gD

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Connect with Traci:
Blog: www.awordwithtraci.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AWordWithTraci/?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tmsanders2014
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tsanders2014/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7508333.Traci_M_Sanders

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13 thoughts on “#Eggcerpt Exchange: Guest Author, Traci Sanders

  1. Hi Kim,
    Thank you so much for visiting my site and liking my guest author’s article about WordPress hacks. Did you find me on Chris’s site? It was nice of him to feature the post. I have met many people from his community because of his kindness.
    In response to your post, it is very nice of you to promote and support authors like Tracy. That is how I met Chris. He promoted my writing. Thank you again for your visit and your support this week.
    Janice

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    • You’re welcome. Yes, I found your post through Chris. I find a lot of useful information through his site. It’s a great resource. I believe authors should support each other as much as possible, so I try to do my part to help out. I know I appreciate all the support I can get. I like to hear other authors’ writer’s journey, so I feature a special spot on my blog for all authors who would like to contribute an article of their writing journey experience.

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      • Thank you, Traci. I try to be supportive and just do what I feel is right. I also believe by helping others you help yourself. It is both satisfying and rewarding.

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  2. A fine interview with a fantastic author. I think we share those same biggest fears, Traci. Losing loved ones is an inevitable part of life. But losing my mind is a scary idea. I watched my grandmother disappear into the haze of Alzheimer’s. She no longer knew me at the end. To see loved ones as strangers and potential threats–that, to me, is such a horrific notion.

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    • Thank you, Beem. You know how much I respect your input as a fellow author. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. Thankfully, I haven’t had to deal with this in its full “glory” yet. My bio grandparents died when I was young. But, sadly, I have been noticing some of the early signs of the dreaded disease in my husband’s grandmother, and it kills me inside–as I adopted her as my own grandmother when I was sixteen.

      She admires me for pursuing my dream of writing because she’d always wanted to be a writer. Now that her memories are scattered and incomplete at times, she tells me she wishes she’d taken the time to do something with her writing. So every time I write, I think of her. She’s 89 now, and I’m thankful she’s lived long enough to see me at least publish a few books. I love sharing my writing with her, and she has copies of all of my books.

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience with us.

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  3. Thanks for the excellent introduction to Traci Sanders and her writing, as well as the story and motivations behind it all. I strongly encourage subscribing to her blog. It’s one of the best out there, and she puts a lot of effort into daily tips for writers. As a member of Fresh Ink Group, you can also find her on FreshInkGroup.com. I’ve not read any of her parenting material, but her fiction, I know, is wonderful–engaging and satisfying. Thanks for making this possible, Kim Cox, another of my favorite authors!

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