- How do you get the motivation or inspirations for your stories?
It’s different with every book. Sometimes I get inspired by something I saw on the Internet or television, or a friend/family member throws out an idea that piques my interest, or a story/character just randomly pops into my head. I never know what’s going to trigger my imagination.
- Do you base any of the characters in your novel on anyone that you know in real life?
Not really, although I do sometimes take fun and/or interesting things that have happened to people I know and incorporate them into my stories.
- What do you expect or want your readers to take away from your books?
My goal with my books is to entertain people. I hope I make them laugh and swoon in equal measure and they always finish my books with a smile on their faces!
- How do you keep a balance in your life with your family, writing, work, etc.?
Truthfully, there is no balance. Being an author is a 24/7 job, and I’m a 100% committed to it. I am very passionate about what I do, so it doesn’t even seem like work most of the time (except when I’m editing, which is very tedious). My friends and family understand my devotion to my work and are very supportive.
- In your downtime, what do you do for enjoyment? (hobbies, pets, cooking, adventures)?
I am a huge dog lover, so I spend most of my free time with my two Cocker Spaniels, Reggie and Hallie. They are the lights of my life and spending walking/play time with them is a great stress-buster. I, also, like to relax with a good book or watching my favorite TV shows. I haven’t done much traveling lately, but that’s also something I really enjoy.
- Is there a new novel in the works, and if so can you share anything with us?
I just started work on Book 6 last week, so I’m finding my way with this new set of characters and can’t reveal much just yet. I can tease that this story will once again take place near the ocean (nowhere near Miami, though!) and the heroine is unlike Izzy in just about every way.
- I had a wonderful time reading “Izzy As Is”. I found it enjoyable and witty, and found myself laughing. Which character do you identify with the most?
Thanks so much, Linda. That’s wonderful to hear! I don’t know that I identify with any of the characters in Izzy As Is, but I would love to be more like Izzy because she’s just so unashamedly herself and is never afraid to speak her mind. She really doesn’t care what other people think about her, so criticism bounces right off her, which is something I’m working on.
- How would you like the readers to connect with you?
I’m very active on social media, so readers can find me on Twitter https://twitter.com/traciebanister and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tracie.banister, and I have a blog where folks can learn everything they ever wanted to know about me and my books. http://traciebanister.blogspot.com/ Also, they’re welcome to subscribe to my author newsletter, The Banister Buzz, where they’ll have access to exclusive content, including book reveals, sneak peeks, and giveaways! http://eepurl.com/by0VAv
The party is over for bikini model Izzy Alvarez. For six years she’s made a good living by flaunting her God-given assets on runways and in front of cameras, but now as she approaches the big 3-0, the bodacious Latina is shocked to learn she’s aged out of the profession that’s kept her in mojitos, mani/pedis, and designer thongs. What’s a girl with a taste for the finer things in life and no marketable skills to do?
Getting a regular job is too boring to even consider, so Izzy decides to follow in the footsteps of her newly-engaged frenemy and become a trophy wife. Although she’s desperate and too broke to get a chipped nail fixed, Izzy still has standards for her future husband, which means no uggos, no vertically-challenged guys, and no geezers who need to pop a blue pill to perform in the bedroom. Enlisting the aid of her computer whiz nephew and her closest pals, Izzy goes on the prowl for a rich, marriage-minded man, encountering likely candidates in a lot of unlikely places.
The high life she’s dreamed of may be within reach when Izzy meets a charming, successful man who’s not only hotter than a steamy summer night in Miami, but ready to settle down. Now all Izzy has to do is make sure her loud, crazy Cuban family doesn’t scare off el hombre perfecto—oh, yeah, and squelch those pesky, romantic feelings she keeps having for the sweet, cash-strapped guy she’s known forever.
Will Izzy’s hunger for money win out, or will her fiery heart demand to be heard?
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An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)
Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. She is the proud winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award (Romantic Comedy) and a Bronze Medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards (Chick Lit).
Although Tracie swore she’d never write a sequel to any of her books, the character of Izzy Alvarez, who first appeared in In Need of Therapy, would not be denied. Izzy As Is is Tracie’s fifth novel, and she hopes readers enjoy this return trip to Miami.
Thank you so much to Tracie Bannister for such a wonderful interview.