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Out Here On My Own

Out Here On My Own

When I sign copies of Counteract, I often include a quote. I have several that I like, including: “Liberty is dangerous, but it’s the safest thing we have,” and “Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.” So why would I balk at the opportunity […]

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Big Changes for The Resistance Series

Big Changes for The Resistance Series

It’s been almost a year since Counteract made its debut, and Resist, the next book in the series, was set to follow on June 9. Then June 30. Then August 4. I apologize to my readers who’ve been waiting almost a year to get their hands on […]

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DIY Stained Glass Window Project

DIY Stained Glass Window Project

Today I thought it would be fun to share a DIY project my husband and I did at our new house.This is the first time we’ve bought a house and not moved in right away, and it’s nice to have the opportunity to paint and clean and […]

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An Open Letter to Readers: Why You Are Important to Me

An Open Letter to Readers: Why You Are Important to Me

“Maybe next time you ask yourself, ‘why am I doing this’…you should try to see the bigger picture.” (from the work-in-progress that is Ignite, Book Three of the Resistance Series) My characters know. I sometimes forget. You, my readers, are the bigger picture. I’ve wanted to be […]

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Writer…Interrupted: How to Minimize the Fits and Starts

Writer…Interrupted: How to Minimize the Fits and Starts

When I’m writing well, I feel happy and exhilarated. When I’m not, I stare at an empty screen or page, chafing at my lack of productivity. I look at it this way: A little old man in a green plastic visor is in charge of my internal […]

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International Charades Epic Fail: Writing on the Fly #2

International Charades Epic Fail: Writing on the Fly  #2

My trip to Spain has been awesome so far–our limited skills from our high school Spanish classes enable us to get by, even if we don’t always use the right verb tense or mix up our words. Our room in the palace has only one key, so […]

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Body Language: Writing on the Fly

Body Language: Writing on the Fly

Where is your favorite place to write? When I was a kid, I used to lock myself in the bathroom I shared with my sister with my notebook and pencils. I never asked how she felt about being locked out for hours at a time. Solitude and […]

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Tracy Reads from Counteract

I’m a member of the Texas Association of Authors. A few months ago, they began collecting recordings of their members reading excerpts from their books. Here’s me tackling part of the first chapter of Counteract. I’ve read in classroom settings many times, but it was different reading […]

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Creating the Resist Book Trailer

Back in the Dark Ages of analog, long, long, ago, I planned a career in video production. We used 3/4″ videotape cassettes, which were industry standard. 1/2″ VHS was lower quality, reserved for home use. Those 3/4″ cassettes were monsters–about the size of a hardback book. I […]

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Three Ways to Make Your Characters Relatable

Three Ways to Make Your Characters Relatable

“I’m trying to set a good example for you!” “I’d rather you were a relatable example.”* *Excerpt from an actual conversation with one of my favorite teenagers. How can authors who write YA  assure that teens will relate to our characters? Share real moments—not just comfortable ones. […]

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Resist: Book Two of the Resistance Series won a Silver Medal in the 2016 International Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Resist was named Best YA Fiction 2016 by the Texas Association of Authors Book Awards