What was your inspiration to start (and keep) writing?
I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t write stories, so I’m not sure why I started – but even as a child I remember having lots of notebooks with scribbled ideas and stories written in them. I started sending things off to magazines in my teens and got my first story published when I was 17.
Tell us a bit about the genre you write in and how it found you?
I write across a range of genres, so I’ve always just chosen the one that suited the story best, rather than thinking ‘I’m a romance/whatever writer so this needs to be in that vein’. Bridesmaid Blues came about because of something that actually happened to me – I was the only bridesmaid at a wedding where my ex was the best man – and I thought it would make the basis of a great story!
Is there any author whom you’d admire and read every book they publish? Who and why?
Ooh, so many. I like a series – I love a world I can get lost in – so my ‘must buys’ are usually authors who have created a universe they keep coming back to: crime or thriller writers like Ian Rankin, Lee Child, Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) or Chris Brookmyre, or paranormal writers like Jim Butcher. Standalone novellists I tend to just decide based on whether I like the look of each book, but I do love and tend to buy most things by authors such as AL Kennedy, Pat Barker, and Philippa Gregory.
If you watch TV what are your shows right now?
I watch a ton of shows – it’s my preferred way of winding down at the end of a day. I like slick US dramas and I love a good binge: I just watched all of White Collar (not at all influenced by the handsomeness of Matt Bomer, honest!). Other shows I love include Supernatural, the Good Wife, Elementary. I also love nature shows (David Attenborough is my god) and documentaries – Making a Murderer on Netflix had me engrossed!
Do you have any talents other than writing that your fans maybe don’t know about?
Nope – I’m a one trick pony!
If you could go on vacation anywhere where would you choose and why?
At the minute I have a real desire to go to Hawaii (based, I must be honest, mainly on watching Hawaii 5-0 and loving the scenery) and Santa Barbara, partly because a good friend lives there and I haven’t seen her in years so would love to visit, partly because it just looks so lovely. But I’m very lucky – I live in Brighton, very near the beach, so every day is like being on holiday!
Do you have any writing rituals we should all start doing?
I’m always quite resistant to saying everyone should do a certain ritual – I think different things work for different people. But my main piece of advice would be: just write. Don’t wait for the time, don’t wait for the idea, and don’t expect it to be any good (nobody’s first draft is any good) – just get it down.
What is your favorite movie? & then book to movie?
Another tough one! I can’t narrow it down to just one! I love sci-fi and superheroes so Star Wars, the Avengers, Aliens; in terms of drama/action, the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, Die Hard (guilty secret: I also love Die Hard 4, but mainly because it has my crush Timothy Olyphant in it!). For romance, While You Were Sleeping always gets me, and I have a real love for a little known French romance called Romuald et Juliet (which is happier than the title suggests!). I also – don’t judge me! – have a real weakness for cheesy Christmas movies, especially romances. Every year I’m glued to the Christmas 24 channel all the way through December!
My favourite book to movie would be Bladerunner, as it improves on the source material, but I also love the adaptations of the Harry Potter books.
What are three foods you can’t live without?
Cheese, bread, chocolate. (And though it’s not a food, coffee – I couldn’t cope without it).
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
I’m probably going to sound grumpy and old-fashioned here, but it bugs me when people don’t say thank you when they should. It takes a second! Be polite!
About the Author:
Tracey Sinclair is an author and freelance editor and writer. Her books include the romcom The Bridesmaid Blues and the Dark Dates/Cassandra Bick series, the latest of which, Angel Falls, is out now.
Luce knows she should be thrilled when Jenna asks her to be bridesmaid – after all, they’ve known each other since childhood and Jenna is the best friend any girl could have. But it’s hard to get excited about weddings when you’re terminally single and the best man is the boy who broke your heart: Jamie, the groom’s dashing and irresistible brother. How can she face the man who dumped her when she’s still so hopelessly in love? Then again, maybe this is the perfect opportunity – after all, where better to get back together than at a wedding?
So Luce has six months to figure out how to win back her ex, but she has plenty else on her plate – from an old friend returned to Newcastle with an announcement of her own, to a youthful colleague who may or may not have a crush on her and a mother who is acting very strangely indeed… and that’s all before a mysterious, handsome American walks into her life.
Sometimes being a bridesmaid isn’t all confetti and champagne…
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