Author Chat with Tracy Wolff (Crave), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Tracy Wolff author of
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Meet Tracy Wolff!
Tracy Wolff Tracy Wolff is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sixty-four novels that run the gamut from young adult action adventures to new adult romance and from women’s fiction to erotica. A long-time devotee of vampires, dragons and all things that go bump in the night, Tracy loves nothing more than combining her affection for paranormal creatures with her love of writing tortured heroes and kick-butt heroines. When she’s not writing (which is a rare occurrence), she can be found trying out new recipes, offering make-up tips online, wandering comic book/gaming stores with her sons, and watching movies or plotting stories with her besties. A one-time English professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Austin, Texas, which she shares with her family.
My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.
Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which couAmazonld spell death for us all.
Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.
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~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I’ve always been a huge fan of vampires—The Lost Boys was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid, but I’ve always hesitated to write a vampire series because I didn’t have an original idea. But once the idea of Crave—and the world Jaxon Vega lives in—came to me, I couldn’t write the story fast enough ☺.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Oooh, that’s a really hard question for me, because I have like five favorites ☺. I had so much fun writing this book that I fell a little in love with all the characters. But if I have to choose a main character, I really do love Grace. She’s been through a lot, but she’s got such a great sense of humor that I couldn’t help rooting for her from the minute she popped into my head. As for minor characters? I’m a sucker for Mekhi, who is one of Jaxon’s best friends, and a member of Katmere Academy’s mysterious “Order.”
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title came toward the beginning of the novel. I was a couple of scenes into the book when the name kind of came to me. Crave just seemed like the perfect title for a book where everyone is craving something they can’t have …
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Oh, wow. That’s another tough question. Hmmm … I think I’m going to go with the ending, actually. I can’t talk much about it because I don’t want to ruin the story, but I am really proud of the way the fight scene and everything around it came together.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I’ve learned so much about writing novels in the last 12 years (my first book came out at the very end of 2007), but maybe the most important thing I’ve learned is actually about myself and publishing. The only thing I can actually control is the book. I can’t control if a publisher buys the book, I can’t control if readers like the book, and I can’t control if it sells well. All I can control is the book I’m writing, so I need to put everything I have into that book. I need to leave nothing on the table for the sequel or the next standalone, or whatever. So I’ve learned to write each book like it’s my very last and to make it the absolute best that I possibly can. And then hope, really hard, that my editor and my readers agree.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the cover so much! I think it’s so, so pretty and I love that it is an homage to Twilight and the other vampire novels from a decade ago. The blood dripping onto the flower is probably my favorite part.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
This might be the hardest question yet! There are so many great books launching this year and I want to read them all! But I think the one I’m looking forward to the most is Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2019?
My favorite book in 2019 was actually a suspense novel called A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh. I’ve read it twice and loved it even more the second time ☺
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Crush, which is the second book in the Crave series. I’m almost done writing it now and I’ve had so much fun revisiting Jaxon and Grace’s world.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The most emotional scene for me to write was the one where Jaxon finally lets Grace get a glimpse of his past … and a tiny peek at the tormented feelings he has about what he’s been forced to do. I cried when I wrote the scene and I’ve had several readers tell me they cried when they read it. It’s definitely an emotionally wrenching scene for me.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing Crave?
Flint! Flint definitely gave me the most trouble—partly because he’s so darn charming and he kept trying to take over whatever scene I put him in, even when he was supposed to be a secondary character. So keeping him in line was definitely the hardest part of writing Crave.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Definitely drafting! I don’t mind revising, but I love writing things for the first time, because that’s when my world and characters unfold for me and I get to see them and discover things about them for the first time.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I’m a really fast writer. Once I get going on a book and I feel like I have a good grasp on who the characters are, I can write it in one to two weeks.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I’m a huge fan of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and several other mentoring programs through local school districts and other organizations. There are so many kids who need a friend or a mentor or just someone to talk to, and I’ve always done my best to support/be a part of organizations that help children find their voices and their way.
By: Tracy Wolff
Release Date: April 7th, 2020
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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I keep hearing about this book! It's everywhere! I took a break from the vampire fiction since Breaking Dawn, but I am quite excited about Renee Ahdieh's series, and this one. This book has such a classic, simple, beautiful cover, and the story sounds great. How in the world are we going to survive s trilogy! I'm excited regardless. Thank you for the chance!