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The Year of Loving
Traci L. Slatton
Genre: Commercial women’s fiction
Publisher: Parvati Press
Date of Publication: October 10, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-942523-06-2 (print)
ASIN: Coming Soon
Number of pages: 360
Word Count: 114,000
Cover Artist: Brandi Doan McCann
Art gallerist Sarah Paige’s world is crumbling. One daughter barely speaks to her and the other is on the rails. Sarah is struggling to keep her gallery afloat in a tough market. Then she learns that her most beloved friend has cancer. In the midst of her second divorce, two men come into her life: an older man who offers companionship and stability, and an exciting younger man whose life is as chaotic as hers.
Sarah’s courage and spirit strengthen her, but how much can she bear, and what sustains her when all else falls away? Sarah finds herself on a journey that tests her more than she could ever have imagined.
Interview with the Author:
Infinite House of Books, thanks for interviewing me!
What initially got you interested in writing?
When I was 6 years old, I went from reading “See Spot Run” to reading novels within a few months. The first “big book” I read was called “Angel Unaware” about a deceased child, now an angel, watching his family from heaven. I was deeply moved by the book. It was like a lightning bolt through my soul, and I knew then that I wanted to do that, I wanted to write novels. Since then, writing novels has been the longing that leads me through my life.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
Good question, and it has a few answers. For one, from the moment I read my first novel, I wanted to be a writer, and from the time I finished my first poem, I knew I was one. On the other hand, I am constantly striving to become a “writer,” constantly pushing myself to deepen and improve the art and craft of my writing. Right now I’m reading Joseph Campbell and Dave Richo as part of my evolution as a writer. So, in one sense, I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember, but also, it’s an evolutionary journey with no tangible end in sight.
In terms of being a published author, it took a long time. I collected a gazillion rejection letters. I’ve been writing poems and stories since I was about 7. I had a few poems, stories, and essays published in various newspapers and magazines through the years; then in about 2002, literary journals started publishing my poems and stories. In 2004 I got two book contracts, one for PIERCING TIME & SPACE, through the ARE Press, and one for IMMORTAL from BantamDell. It’s been a journey.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
It’s an author’s duty to entertain the reader. I firmly believe that. At the same time, good art opens doors in people’s minds, so I want my books to do that as well: expand, enrich, delight, and stimulate. I want readers to take away more of themselves from my books.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
There are moments when “I” disappear and the story flows through, like light through a clear pane of glass. Those are the moments I live for.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Some days I simply have no inspiration. I stare at the blank white document page on my computer and I have no idea what to write. Those are the days I have to rely on the discipline of my craft. I roll up my sleeves and go back to my outline and I muscle through.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
Persist! Writing is a marathon, not a sprint.
What ways can readers connect with you?
I have a website: www.tracilslatton.com
I am on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TraciLynnSlatton/
About the Author:
Traci L. Slatton is the international bestselling author of historical, paranormal, and romantic novels, including IMMORTAL (BantamDell) and BROKEN; the award-winning dystopian After Series which includes FALLEN, COLD LIGHT, FAR SHORE and BLOOD SKY; the bittersweet romantic comedy THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE; and the vampire art history romp THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR. She has also published the lyrical poetry collection DANCING IN THE TABERNACLE and THE ART OF LIFE, a photo-essay about figurative sculpture through the ages. Her book PIERCING TIME and SPACE explores the meeting ground of science and spirituality.