Scarberryfields: When you finish a novel, do you miss the characters?
Tracy Kauffman: Not since, Kay from Southern Adventures is an image of me.
Scarberryfields: While writing, if you need help with punctuation, grammar, etc., where do you turn?
Tracy Kauffman: I use my Thesaurus mainly for help with changing the same word to something different. Then I have hired a proofreader to check some of my grammar and punctuation problems such as commas. Commas are my biggest downfall. I can never figure out where to put them. I know to use them in some places, but lost in other places.
Scarberryfields: With the number of hours spent writing, do family members support you or complain about the time spent away from them?
Tracy Kauffman: Since I write in my son’s old room, I am always available if they need me. If they want to go somewhere, then I take a break. I feel it is always good to take a break from writing. Your mind gets weary when you try to focus too hard on something and it takes twice as long to finish, what you need to do.
Scarberryfields: Does writing benefit you in any way and if so, how?
Tracy Kauffman: I started writing when my son left home for the Air Force. I felt like writing helped comfort me and allowed me to express my feelings about him leaving home, so yes writing gave me the benefit of calming my fears and help me with the grieving process. I never knew how hard it would be to have a child leave home after eighteen years, but it is very difficult and I still have to keep my mind busy so I will not worry about him. He is in Japan and it makes it even more difficult, since I cannot travel to see him so easily.
Scarberryfields: When you’re writing, do you shut-off all social networks?
Tracy Kauffman: As I’m writing, my internet is turned off. I don’t like a lot of distractions, because the quiet helps me think.
Scarberryfields: Did you use any family members as Beta readers for your debut novel?
Tracy Kauffman: I had my daughter read “Southern Adventures” to tell me if it was interesting. I had my husband read it to tell me if I used good grammar, since I use a lot of slang words in everyday life, and he is from Indiana.
Scarberryfields: Do you feel social networking as a marketing tool, is beneficial?
Tracy Kauffman: I feel any way you market yourself can be beneficial if you do it consistently. Since I am a new author, I have not reaped the rewards yet, but I know they have to be paying off, eventually.
Scarberryfields: What is the last book called that you completed and published?
Tracy Kauffman: Southern Adventures was the first book I wrote, and it is the one that is currently being published. It will be released by next month. It is a coming of age book about a woman recalling her life growing up in the south. Even though, she endured some hardships along with some very memorable experiences, she is thankful that she had a chance to learn from her mistakes. She knew that the bad times in her life, make the good times even better.
Scarberryfields: Where can readers go to find your books?
Tracy Kauffman: On my website I have links that people are able to click to take them to where they can purchase my books.
My website: http://tracykauffman.yolasite.com
My blog: http://tracykauffman.blogspot.com
Amazon/Kindle buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Gwendolyns-Wish-Tracy-Kauffman/dp/1462672078/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347914665&sr=1-1&keywords=gwendolyn%27s+wish
Kobo e book buy link: http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=gwendolyn%27s+wishBarnes and Noble/Nook buy link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/gwendolyn-s-wish?keyword=gwendolyn%27s+wish&store=book