Interview with author Tracie Banister!

In Need of Therapy

I am so relieved and happy to finally have Tracie Banister here at The Book Tart! She’s the author of the chick lit In Need of Therapy (that I need to write a review for 😀 I enjoyed it)

We chat Nethies, spaghetti, books and sequels and anniversary parties. See? *points down*

(((hugs))) Kat

The Queen of Tarts

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Me: Tracie! Finally! (((hugs))) Oh hon, I am so happy I finally cleared time in my schedule to get you on my couch…. It’s just a virtual gossipy couch, not a therapy one that Pilar from In Need Of Therapy might have used. 😛 I read a term in your book that I think sums me up, ‘abstract-random thinker’ 😀 At least it sounds rather me-ish!


Tracie: Thanks so much for having me, Kat! You know I love your site, and I’m delighted to be here. Now, let’s see, abstract-random thinkers organize information through reflection, and thrive in unstructured, people-oriented environments. Does that sound like you? I’m more of a concrete-sequential thinker myself, which is kind of odd for someone who’s creative for a living. I guess I use my imagination in an orderly way! 😀


Me: *nods* unstructured peoply environment… That does rather sound like me. 😉

Hmmmm where was I? Oh! Yes, come on in and get comfy on my couch and I’ll get the snacks. It’s cupcakes. I adore them… Lemon ones today. Nice and summery. Can I get you a drink too?


Tracie: Yes, please, I’ll take an ice tea, which is the preferred summer beverage here in the south.


Me: Sounds perfect! It’s sweltering here. I’ll join you. *hands Tracie her drink and sinks onto the sofa* So Tracie, it’s nearly your book anniversary! It’s a month away 😀 More cupcakes! *couch Kermit flail* July 19th, 2012 is when In Need Of Therapy was released into the world…. Congratulations! You have an awesome contest going on too! details please. 😀


Tracie: Thank you so much. Hard to believe that it’s been a year already! I’ll use any excuse for a party, so I’ll be celebrating this milestone over on my blog all summer long. I invite everyone to drop by and check out all the exciting events I have planned. I’m kicking things off with a super fun giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a pamper-your-feet gift pack that has all sorts of wonderful goodies in it. All you have to do to enter is post a review for one of my books (In Need of Therapy or Blame It on the Fame) on Amazon by July 31, 2013. I have a goal of getting 100 reviews for INOT (I’m currently at 67.), so I’m hoping this giveaway will get me there!


Me: *points at link* do eeitt! good contest. 😀

Can you tell me a bit about where this story came from and how much fun you had diagnosing patients with your heroine Pilar and writing her family dramas. By the way, I adored her family. 😀  


Tracie: One day my mother off-handedly said, “You should write a funny book about a female psychologist,” and a light bulb went off over my head. It just seemed like such a great idea that was rife with possibilities (What does a psychologist really think when she’s listening to her patients’ problems? How does her shrink persona translate to her personal life? Is there a downside to being caring and empathetic?) I’ve always been a bit of an armchair psychologist myself as I took some Psych courses in school and I love to analyze people and give them advice, so I relished the opportunity to write for a heroine who did that for a living.

I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed reading about the Alvarezes, Kat! While I was writing INOT, I often wondered who was nuttier – Pilar’s patients or her family! 😉


Me: *snork* ummm her mother maybe. 😛

What are you working on now? Anything connected to In Need Of Therapy or something new? I’d read more Pilar stories… hint hint. 😛


Tracie: You aren’t the first reader who’s asked me if I plan on writing a sequel to INOT! I’ve had an equal amount of requests for a follow-up novel starring Izzy, Pilar’s wild child younger sister, and Sara, Pilar’s bathing suit designer bestie. Which character would you like to see more of, Kat?


Me: Oh my goodness! well… if you wrote Izzy or Sara we’d prolly see more Pilar too… soooo Izzy first?


Tracie: What I’m working on now is my third Chick Lit novel. It’s about two sisters who are polar opposites and live in San Francisco. I can’t say anything more without getting spoilery, but I can promise plenty of comedy, romance, cute guys, and even cuter dogs.

I am, also, hoping to write a Regency Era series that will have the same comedic and romantic elements that my modern-day novels do. I’ve already got several chapters of the first book in the series under my belt and I look forward to moving forward with it as soon as I’m done with my San Francisco story!


Me: Nice! And Regency too? geez Louise woman <g> You need another cupcake. I’m impressed!

I just made up the word nethness please make up a definition and use the word in a sentence *snort*


Tracie: Nethness – (n) The place where the Loch Ness Monster’s cold-blooded cousin, Nethie, lives. Located in The Netherlands, Nethness is frozen solid six months a year, during which time Nethie relocates to a nearby cave, where she happily receives tributes of fresh salmon and chocolate bars from tourists. 

(Example: On our recent trip to Grevelingenmeer, my friends and I visited Nethness in hopes of seeing the infamous Nethie, but she was camera-shy and refused to peek her head out of the water for a photo op.)

Me: *chokes on ice tea* hahahah love! Nethie in the Netherlands 😀


How could you compare writing to bungee jumping?


Tracie: For starters, you have to be crazy to do either one of those things! LOL You’re not risking your life when you put pen to paper and share your efforts with the world, but you are risking your ego and your feelings. Bravery is required for either endeavor, and in the end, it’s all just a leap of faith. Bungee jumpers have to trust that their cord won’t snap, and writers have to trust that their work is good and people will respond positively to it.


Me: oh! very very good! I like it… a leap of faith and the responsive bungee cord of readers. 😀

I wonder what Pilar thinks of the game madlibs and the randomy words we think of… I often seems to have food on my brain when I play lol Let’s see how you do. Make your words as naughty or nice as you please. There will be a test. No Pressure.


Tracie: I’m sure that Pilar would have a great time analyzing my responses below. Mad Libs were one of my favorite games when I was a kid. Of course, I always loved any game that involved words (see also Scrabble.)











rock stars




























Me: *claps* Oooo I love these!

Adult Madlibs

Indulge Yourself

Don’t even try to stay on your FLIBBERTIGIBBET diet after a FRAGRANT breakup! You know have a really ELECTRIFYING excuse to eat a VILLAIN full of chopped ROCKSTARS and as many chocolate KITTENS as your MOJITO desires. What else would go so SEDUCTIVELY with your viewing of “Desperate CLOWN“? Who cares if those FOUR calories go straight to your EARLOBE? You’re going through a very TOASTY time. Plus, you can just walk to the MASTERMIND club tomorrow and LINGER for an extra thirty minutes. Who knows, you might catch the THIGH of your DYSFUNCTIONAL soul mate as COMPEL on the FONDUE.

Me: Bwahahaha Catch the thigh of your dysfunctional soul mate… his thigh 😀 Desperate Clown! *snicker* chopped… cho-oped! rockstars?! lol I love this flibbertigibbet diet.


We’re almost through hon but I always leave time for…

The Book Tart Quickie

1. On the subject of Spaghetti.  Cut it or spool it around your fork?

Cut it. I like food to be in nice, orderly, bite-sized pieces.

2. Pirate or ninja?

Oh, that’s a toughie. I’ll go with pirate because I like to travel and I’ve been crushing on hunky Captain Hook on Once Upon a Time.

ooh! nice!


3.Favorite Movie genre?

Romantic Comedy, of course! Those are the types of stories I love to write, read, and watch! 😀
4.If you could talk to one species of animal which would it be?

Dogs. I have three cocker spaniels, who are full of personality and quirks, and I’d love to know what goes on inside their heads.
5. What nicknames do you have/have had?

TB, Trace, Bani – nothing too unusual.
6. Dictate with an iron fist or rule with a velvet glove?

Probably iron fist. I’m an Aries and the oldest child in my family, so being bossy is just second nature.
7. Favorite tv show?

YIKES I have to pick just one? Okay, Game of Thrones. I love how epic it is, and the writing and acting are fantastic.
8. Shower or bath?

Shower, I suppose, since I get my best book ideas there. There’s something about running water that always gets my creative juices flowing.

9. Favorite pet? (if any)

Well, as I said earlier, I have three dogs and they are all dear to me in their own ways, so I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite. Simon is an adorable rascal, Victor is loyal and most like me in temperament (He worries about everything!), and Hallie is just a sweetheart despite the rough life she’s had.
awwww 🙂


10. Green Thumb or destroyer of all plants?
Neither. I’m allergic to most plants and all flowers, so I don’t go near them!
lol I wish that was my excuse for killing plants.


Me: Thank you again Tracie for your patience as I’ve cancelled our playdate a few times. You are a darlin’ and I want you to come back and play with me again!

*smishes* Kat


Tracie: Thank you so much for the virtual iced tea and the conversation, Kat. It’s been a pleasure! And I would love to come back when I release my next novel. Consider it a date!


Me: Yay!

PS. And ya’ll remember to go enter her anniversary contest. Click HERE

In Need of TherapyIn Need of Therapy

Release date: July 19th, 2012|
Tracie Banister (Author)

Format: ebook

ASIN: B008N6Z36Y
ISBN 13: 978-1480035843

Lending a sympathetic ear and dispensing sage words of advice is all part of the job for psychologist Pilar Alvarez, and she’s everything a good therapist should be: warm, compassionate, supportive. She listens, she cares, and she has all the answers, but how’s the woman everyone turns to in their hour of need supposed to cope when her own life starts to fall apart? 

While working hard to make a success of her recently-opened practice in trendy South Beach, Pilar must also find time to cater to the demands of her boisterous Cuban family, which includes younger sister Izzy, an unemployed, navel-pierced wild child who can’t stay out of trouble, and their mother, a beauty queen turned drama queen who’s equally obsessed with her fading looks and getting Pilar married before it’s “too late.” Although she’d like to oblige her mother and make a permanent love connection, Pilar’s romantic prospects look grim. Her cheating ex, who swears that he’s reformed, is stalking her. A hunky, but strictly off-limits, patient with bad-boy appeal and intimacy issues is making passes. And the sexy shrink in the suite across the hall has a gold band on his left ring finger.

When a series of personal and professional disasters lead Pilar into the arms of one of her unsuitable suitors, she’s left shaken, confused, and full of self-doubt. With time running out, she must make sense of her feelings and learn to trust herself again so that she can save her business, her family, and most importantly, her heart.




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Tracie BanisterMore Tracie:

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she, also, starred in and tried to direct the production.) Her dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, Tracie decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Her debut novel, the Hollywood-themed Blame It on the Fame, was released in January, 2012. And she followed that up with the fun summer read, In Need of Therapy.


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6 Replies to “Interview with author Tracie Banister!”

  1. Great interview. I loved this book and currently reading Blame It On The Fame. I know I’ll love the new book when it comes out too.

  2. Well, I haven’t bungee jumped but I have leapt out of a plane (with a man attached, I hasten to add.. Um?) and I have abseiled – all in the name of research, of course. 🙂 Love this interview, girls. Tracie, I’m especially loving the sound of your books! Best of luck, sweetie. 🙂 xx

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