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Interview with author Tracy Kauffman

It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to speak with Ms. Kauffman today.  As she speaks about in the interview, her novels have a unique southern flair that provides a window into a rich segment of American history.  Drawing from actual life experiences and events, she has crafted the novel, Southern Attraction. 

I hope you all enjoy the interview as much as I did and check out Southern Attraction.

Q: Tell me a little about yourself, and how you got interested in writing?   

A:  I’m a young adult writer from North Alabama. It is hard to say how I got started writing. I’ve enjoyed making up stories since I was young. After watching movies like Star Wars, I would makeup my own stories and write them down. In school we would read during a certain period and I really enjoyed it. I admired authors like Judy Blume, Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll. I enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes books, Boxcar Children, Alice in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer and many more. When I was in second grade I won the title of editor in my school newspaper. It wasn’t until my son left home for the Air Force that I thought about trying to get one of my books published.     

Q: What made you decide to write this novel?   

A:  Southern Attraction was written as a dedication and remembrance to the survivors and those lost in the terrible tornadoes that went through Alabama in April of 2011.   

Q: What sort of research did you need to do while writing this novel?   

A: I knew about some things that happened during the tornado outbreak in Alabama. Several towns around us were affected in some way. Coworkers and friends of mine lost their homes, family members, animals, businesses and all of their possessions. Decatur, where I am from, was untouched but we had power outages due to the surrounding towns being hit so hard. We did go without power for a week. People don’t realize how important even the smallest things are until you lose them. Imagine taking ice cold showers in the dark.  Add to that, no hair dryers, washing machines, ice to keep food from spoiling or a way to even cook a meal.  All of the stores were either destroyed or closed, including gas stations and Wal-mart.  In addition, cell phones couldn't be charged and telephone lines were also down, which eliminated our ability to communicate with the outside world.   

Q: Tell me about your experience writing this novel.   

 A: It brought back all of these memories. It reinforced the need to store food, water, flashlights, batteries and toiletries. Writing Southern Attraction helped me appreciate the things that others might overlook or take for granted.     

Tracy KauffmanQ: What’s next on your plate? 

A: I've started researching for a book about Angels, but mostly I am marketing my other books for a while.     

Q: Your novel has a southern theme to it. How does that change the flavor of your novel from others out there?   

A: This book is fiction but it does show a lot about true life. A hallmark of southern people is that we look out for one another in tough times. This book shows how neighbors help each other and what southern living is like compared to other parts of the world.   

Q: What’s your inspiration for writing?   

A: Southern Attraction, in particular, is a dedication. For the most part, I am inspired daily about writing in some form from my own personal life experiences.   

Q: How do you view publishing in this new technological age?   

A: I wasn’t published when we didn’t have social media, but I'm really glad that we do now. It makes things a lot easier. It helps us to get the word out to people all around the world.   

Q: How can readers and followers find out more about you and your other books?   

A: Check out my other books at: Tracykauffman.com 

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