AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Tracy Bloom

tracybloom.jpgThis week's Kindle picks have included Tracy Bloom's hilarious books - No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday, and more recently, Single Woman Seeks Revenge. Tracy Bloom is a brilliantly funny writer and today we're delighted to have Tracy stop by to tell us more about her brilliant books (and an upcoming sequel!)

Please describe your latest book in 15 words or fewer.

SINGLE WOMAN SEEKS REVENGE is about Suzie Miller, a disillusioned agony aunt, who sets about getting revenge on every man who ever broke her heart.
 

What inspired you to write your novels?

My first book NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY is about a woman who attends an antenatal class with her boyfriend, only to be confronted with a man she had a one night stand with around the time she conceived. I was definitely inspired by attending antenatal classes when I was pregnant with my son. I found it fascinating that there is such a random collection of strangers talking about one of the most important, moments in their lives. The potential for comedy and drama is enormous especially if you throw in a curve ball like I did in my book. In SINGLE WOMAN I was inspired by the one time I told an ex-boyfriend exactly what I thought of him after he unceremoniously dumped me. I was absolutely elated which is unusual post break-up. We all handle rejection differently and usually badly so I liked the idea of someone going back in time to deal with it in the way she wished she had at the time.

nooneeverhassexonatuesday.jpgWhere do you do most of your writing?

When I'm doing a first draft I like to do my brainstorming away from my desk, usually at a coffee shop, and then go home to do the actual writing. Somehow splitting the two tasks makes me more productive and stops me glaring at Facebook and Twitter endlessly!

What is your favourite book?

It changes a lot but recently my favourite book has been We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. I think the way she gets inside the head of the mother is outstanding. I also think it is one of the best books I've read in terms of building tension. There were times when I almost stopped breathing.

Are there parts of your novels which you enjoyed writing most?

I love writing dialogue. My humour is very much based on the sort of stuff you laugh about with your mates and so I often find that when I'm writing conversation, that's when the best comedy lines come out. I love that feeling.

singlewomanseeksrevenge.jpgWhat are you currently reading?

I'm in a book group and so I've just started reading Oh Sylvia by Dawn French. I am speed reading because I started late!

Who is your favourite heroine?

I'm actually going to go for a film heroine. I loved the character of Megan in Bridesmaids played by Melissa McCarthy. Finally, a very successful career woman who is not portrayed as blonde, skinny and dressed in designer gear. I think that character is one of the films biggest achievements. The twist that she is actually a highly paid, intelligent high-flyer despite all her characteristics leading you to think otherwise, was a stroke of genius. I like heroines who smash stereotypes.

Do you have any tips for readers who are looking to become published writers?

Unfortunately there are no shortcuts so concentrate on the writing before anything else. Write what you believe in not where you think the trends are going. Enjoy the creative process then enjoy learning about the industry. Whatever happens you are likely to need lots of patience so try and take pleasure in the journey.

Are you working on anything else at the moment and if so, can you tell us?

I am working on a couple of books. The first is a sequel to my first book and is called NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX AFTER A BABY where we return to see how the characters react to having the hand grenade of a baby thrown into their lives! I also started another book last year which I am really enjoying writing. It's a bit different but it's making me laugh which is a good sign!

Thanks, Tracy!

You can find out more about Tracy Bloom by visiting her website, Facebook, or by following her on Twitter.


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