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205. Writing, RWA, and Loving the Romance Genre: An Interview with Author Tracey Livesay

After losing the audio for the first interview conducted at RWA, I talk to Tracey Livesay for the second time – special thanks to Tracey for agreeing to speak twice! We talk about her experience at RWA this year, being starstruck when meeting Beverly Jenkins, and attending a conference during the release week of her book, Love on my Mind. She discusses her favorite sessions at RWA, and we debate who her cover model looks like. Tracey also talks about writing characters with Aspergers, reading social cues, and being one of many recovering attorneys writing romance, as well as her gateway to the romance genre, and the power of saying, “This is OUR genre, and it belongs to US,” as a reader, and as a writer.

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  1. 1
    Kate says:

    The cover model is a little Aiden Turner-y!

  2. 2
    SB Sarah says:

    Ooooh, you’re right about that, yes!

    I have to say, I think this is a really, really good cover image. It’s interesting and unique in terms of the pose and the composition, that she’s behind him but they’re still turned toward each other slightly. The two people look like the image was caught right in the middle of movement, and the hero’s expression is so compelling for me. I spend a lot of time head-tilting at romance covers, but this one, I think, is terrific.

  3. 3
    Melissa says:

    She’s from Farmville I’m in Appomattox!

  4. 4
    Kate G says:

    Loved this podcast. I just bought Tracey’s book and can’t wait to read it!

  5. 5

    You should do an attorneys who write romance round up! I think attorneys thirst for the HEA, part of what drives so many of them to write genre fiction. (Romance, mystery, thriller, etc).

  6. 6

    Pausing my workout (it doesn’t take much) to say that my first thought was that the cover model looks a little like James Franco (who is a jerkface IMO…sorry). Back to lunges. *cries*

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