Me: Tracey! Hello sweetheart. (((hugs))) It’s been WAY too long since we sat down on my virtual couch and chatted. Can I get you a drink? Water? Soda? Tea?
Tracey: I think since it’s been so long we should celebrate – let’s crack open the champagne! *pops cork*
Me: *sinks down on couch and hands Tracey her drink*
Tracey: *Clink glasses* Cheers!
Me: How are you? You’ve been busy this past year! You moved into a darling apartment in a new city, started a new chapter of your life AND released 2 books!
Tracey: I have been super busy, yes! I moved from London to Brighton, where I have an apartment with a sea view (well, if you stand at the window and lean out slightly – but that totally counts, right?) and I live only minutes away from the seafront, so that’s lovely. Moving has put me a little behind on my schedule, book-wise, so last year I published a Dark Dates ‘long’ short story – A Vampire in Edinburgh, which was enormous fun to do, since it was basically Cain and Laclos dealing with the craziness of the Edinburgh Fringe festival – and The Bridesmaid Blues, which was a bit of a change of direction for me…
Me: Oh! Your newest novel isn’t an urban fantasy it’s chick lit! I’ve just started reading The Bridesmaid Blues and I’ve been giggling like a loon. Tell us more about writing the midadventures of Luce and if you’ve ever been a bridesmaid?
Tracey: I have been a bridesmaid lots of times – including one time when my ex-boyfriend was indeed best man, though luckily that was a bit more civilized than in the book! But I am well-versed in the madness around weddings, so that was really fun to write about, plus I was excited to write something based in the city where I grew up, and capture that very Northern British sense of humor and snark, though I’m glad to see it translates for American readers, too…
Me: Ha! It did. It does. 😀 and I love that there’s more stories from your clever head. 😉
Me: Oh! I remember you mentioned something about your urban fantasy series the Cassandra Bick Chronicles’ Dark Dates and theatre! *Kermit flail* Can you tell us more about how this happened and what it looks like? And tell me you have plans for more Cassandra stories!
Tracey: Yes, an actress called Zoe Cunningham is doing a one-woman show based on Dark Dates at a couple of theatre festivals in London and Brighton, because she thought the character of Cassandra would be perfect for a show, which is very flattering. Though I have had some input, it’s mainly Zoe and her director calling the shots so I am very excited – and a little nervous – to see my baby interpreted through someone else’s eyes. And I am working on the third full Dark Dates novel now, and hope to have that and a collection of short stories out by the end of the year – fingers crossed!
Me: Ok hon, before I let you escape my clutches we’re going to play a game with crazy questions.
Me: Awww! Thank you so much for playing with me here at The Book Tart! I keep hoping we’ll meet in person to compare dresses and chat about the boys of CW 😉 but until then visits like this make my day.
Tracey: Me too – And, y’know, my neighbourhood is full of cool vintage stores and great cafes… *hints*
Me: (((hugs))) And it’s so going to happen!