Ten Till Three : Tracy Ball

Posted 10/20/2021 by Jamie in Interviews / 0 Comments

Tracy Ball is a native Baltimorean and veteran West Virgian, whose family is a mashup of cultures. She writes real and raw interracial romance with an intensity that burns because she has been busting stereotypes while teaching interracial/generational healing for than a quarter of a century.

First Set (10 Questions) :

1.) When did you realize that you wanted to become an author?

When I was three. At first, I wanted to be a book. Failing that, I settled for making them.

2.) Where were you (either in life or a physical location) when you had the idea to write your first book?

My first real attempt was when I was twelve. I was a baseball-aholic and I tried to write a story about meeting my favorite player.

3.) Do you have any methods, techniques, or rituals that you do in the process of writing a book?

I study the area that the story will take place (even my fantasies take place somewhere I can identify) once I get the lay of the land, I know what my characters are up to.

4.) After finishing your book, do you go out and celebrate and if so, what do you do?

I take one day off away from my computer to clear my head and then I move on to the next project.

5.)What did you learn when writing your books?

Each of my stories is a lesson for me. I challenge myself to do something in each book that I have never attempted with another story. In the beginning, it feels impossible, but by the end, I’ve figured it out and learned something new.

6.) What kind of technology do you prefer when writing your book?

My laptop and Google.

7.) Were there any challenges and/or obstacles that you’ve encountered when you were writing your book?

Lots. Time being the biggest. My life is too full to set aside writing time every day, but I have to write every day, anyway.

8.) Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both, depending on the scene.

9.) Do you read your book reviews that were left by your readers? If so, how do you handle the good and bad reviews? If not, please explain?

I do. I’m appreciative of all reviews, but I don’t write for approval. Good reviews don’t puff me up and bad reviews don’t bring me down.

10.) Where do you get your ideas for your books characters? Are those characters based off of people you know personally or may have met by chance or are they completely made up by your imagination?

All of the above.

List of Nonsensical Funny Questions :

1.) What are the three things you would buy at Walmart or at any Grocery store that’ll make the cashier look at you weird?

A deep  freezer, a chainsaw, and some sleeping pills

2.) If you were put in charge of creating a brand new global holiday, what would you name it and how would it be celebrated?

Down days. It would be held on a Friday and the following Monday. Have of all essential businesses would close on Friday and the other half would close on Monday. All other businesses would shut down for both days. Everyone would have at least one day off. Not to celebrate anything- no cookouts, or parties, not you have to plan and prep for. It would just be a down day for relaxing.

3.) If animals could talk, what species would be the rudest and most annoying?

Rodents—they don’t follow the rules now.

4.) If you were suddenly arrested for no reason, and your face splashed all over the news, what would your family and friends assumed happened or that you’ve done?

That I saw someone hurting a kid and I murdered them.

5.) If out of the blue you were kidnapped by strangers, but for some reason they returned you within minutes of kidnapping you and left a note

pinned to your shirt. What would the note say for your return? She is not worth this amount of trouble. 

6.) A witch has cast a spell on you turning you into an inanimate non electric object for a year. To be changed back into a human before the year is up, you need to to be able to get at least 100 people to touch you. What inanimate object would the witch turn you into?

The button on a crosswalk

7.) You’ve just won an all expenses paid trip to anywere in the world, but you can only go if you take three people that were bullies to you. Would you still accept the prize or would you skip out?

Skip out. I would beat a bully down.

8.)If your pet could talk, what’s the one thing they would or could say that would ruin your image?

Don’t mess with her after 8 pm. She is batshit crazy when she’s tired.

9.) You’re now banned from the local library, what would be the reason for the ban?

Hiding and staying there after closing.`

10.) If you could change what falls from the sky every time it rains, what would it be and why? (note: it can’t be anything of significant value)

I’d keep it rain, but it would contain miracle cures.  For example: Weatherman: “Major downpour. Arthritis suffers should get out early, and this evening, Diabetes, Leukemia, and Sickle Cell can be irradiated in the tri-state area. 

11.) If the sea is salty, is it because the shore waved goodbye?

They were on the rocks anyway.

12.) Why do superheroes wears their underwear outside of their clothes?

To avoid accidents

13.) Do you need to get an appointment with a psychic or will they be expecting you?

They don’t give me appointments. They just send me the answers.