Heard it in a Love Song by Tracey Garvis Graves
Photo by Ryan Towe
On Sale Date November 9th
My favorite JOURNEYI was a teenager in the ‘70s, and I love the music from that decade. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who loved the Rhino Record Have a Nice Day series.) I not only love music from that era, I love all kinds of music! I was surrounded by music throughout my childhood:
- At home we listened to everything from opera (thank you, Dad!) to Herb Albert.
- At my aunt’s home I fell in love with classical music and was introduced to my cousin’s then hot new favorite band: the Beatles.
- And at my grandmother’s home I was exposed to true, classic country in the form of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.
INTERVIEW WITH Tracey Garvis Graves
October 2, 2021
How do you begin writing a new book?
Usually, by the time I’m nearing the end of writing my current book, a new idea will begin speaking to me. It gets louder and louder and I’ll start taking notes and doing some research. Then I write an outline or a beat sheet to help me figure out the overall plot and the character arcs. At some point, I can’t wait any longer and I dive in and start the first draft.
What was your favorite childhood book?
The Monster at the End of This Book! I loved it as a child, and I loved reading it to my own children.
Do you listen to music while you write, or do you need complete silence?
No music. I feel most creative in complete and total silence. I write at home on my couch or at my desk. I can’t work in libraries or coffee shops, although I sometimes wish I could.
Do you think being a writer isolates you or connects you to other people?
Both, actually. Being a writer connects me to my readers, and I have met so many wonderful people through my writing. But I often work in total isolation and sometimes wish I had a few co-workers to chat with around the water cooler.
What advice would you give to a new writer?
Don’t be afraid to write a bad first draft. You can’t revise a blank page, so just get the story down and worry about fixing everything later. And be prepared for a lot of hard work. Writing a novel is a huge undertaking, and it’s not for the faint of heart
TRACEY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
Were you ever in a band?
Nope, but it sounds like such a cool thing to be involved with.
Have you ever written music?
No, only lyrics. Heard It in a Love Song was the first time I’ve ever written lyrics to original songs.
What’s your favorite love song?
I have so many and don’t know if I can choose just one. Here are a few of my favorites: “Shameless” by Garth Brooks, “Your Song” by Elton John, and “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney.
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