Tracy was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Topeka Kansas when she was very young. She loved to read and at 10 years old would stay in her room and read a book for hours. Her favorite book growing up was A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. At school she would write short stories and share them with her friends. She dreamed of being able to write books and have them published.
Marriage and children seemed to take up all of her time and her dreams were forgotten. Being a mother, wife, working and taking care of a house took up all of her time and writing seemed to take a backseat to her life. After her children grew up and her husband passed away in a car wreck, Tracy found herself alone with two teenagers and much more time on her hands.
Tracy wasn’t for sure she could revive her dream at her age and was sure her time had come and gone. One day visiting her sister-in-law she mentioned about her love for books and writing and how she wished she had written a book when she had a chance. Her sister-in-law encouraged her to write a book and told her dreams don’t die with age, they are only forgotten. Her enthusiasm renewed Tracy decided to write a book. It took her about 2 months to come up with the idea for Paranormal Properties. Not knowing exactly what to write she started thinking about life experiences she had and remembered October of 1985 where she was in a car wreck and had been “dead” for about 2 minutes before they brought her back. Thinking of the NDE experience she thought a paranormal book would be a great start. One children and adults alike would enjoy. She began to make outline after outline until she came up with the one that seemed to speak to her.
Being very excited she wondered how she would begin the writing process. She had read somewhere that if you just put aside 5 to 10 minutes a day for writing and only if you produce one page a day, that would equal a book a year. So she decided to follow that advice and made herself start right before bedtime. Later on she realized that she was more creative in the mornings while having coffee. After months of writing, reading and rewriting, Paranormal Properties was done.
After having friends and family read it and give their input she fixed a few errors but knew it needed a professional eye to clean it up so she hired an editor. The end result was amazing! It looked like a book she read in her youth and could not believe this was her story come to life. Her editor helped her submit to several publishers and within two weeks she had a contract in hand. Shocked was an understatement. She had heard it was extremely hard to get a publisher and being a first time writer it would be almost impossible. So when the contract came to her in only two weeks she couldn’t believe it.
Tracy is now working on her next novel ‘Entwined Courage’ and says this one is even better than her first. She says she has about eight more books she is going to write and does not see herself slowing down at all in the future.
Let’s hope not! And now from the author herself:
My name is Tracy Lane and I am a new Young Adult Fiction writer. I got my start writing late in life when I found myself with quite a bit of time on my hands. I grew up in Topeka Kansas and went to Washburn Rural High School. Straight from school I married and had children. I just did not have the time to write.
I had a husband pass away in a wreck and then found myself with two teenagers that did not need me as much. With all this time on my hands I decided to start writing and it worked out much better than I had anticipated! I found I still had the same dreams I did when I was a young lady and just because I was older did not mean I could not make those dreams a reality. With renewed confidence I wrote ‘Paranormal Properties’ and working on my next book ‘Entwined Courage’. I enjoy bringing my stories to life and hope your enjoy reading them. No matter how old you are you can still bring your dreams to life.
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