I am so glad you could join us here at RomanceJunkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects? I’m so thrilled to be here—you guys have been a favorite blog of mine for years and it is great to be back!!! I’m currently working on a bunch of different things because I have the attention span of a gnat, lol. My current release is Addicted, the follow-up to my very first New York Times bestselling book (yay!) Ruined, and it’s part of the Ethan Frost series which will be three books that follow Ethan and Chloe through their romantic journey.
I’m also working on the Extreme Risk series—Shredded and Shattered are already out and Slashed is coming this winter. It’s a new adult snowboarding series that takes place in Park City, Utah and follows four friends as they compete on the professional snowboarding circuit and face the challenges life throws at them.
And I’m also super excited about my Shaken Dirty boys. Shaken Dirty is a rock star series that follows a band of the same name. The first too books, Crash into Me and Drive me Crazy are out and the third book, Fade into You, which will chronicle the recovery of the drug-addicted drummer, will be out this fall.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? Honestly, I always say from the minute I understood that letters made words and words made sentences that told stories. I remember clearly being in second grade and waiting in the car while my parents were getting a car loan in the bank (this is back in the day when you could leave your kids in the car without worry). I finished reading my Judy Blume book and looked around for something to do and the only thing in the car with me was notebook and an aquamarine marker. I picked it up and wrote my first short story—about fifteen pages long—about a princess, a rainbow, a leprechaun and, of course, a prince. From that moment on, I’ve never wanted to be anything else.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? Actually, a good friend of mine Shellee Roberts (who is one third of Ivy Adams, the pen name I use when I write with her and Emily McKay) has a school of writing that I love to subscribe to which is—what is the absolute worst thing that can happen at any given moment? I try to do that with every book I write, because if you do that, then you have huge conflict and page-turning plot.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? Ooh, that’s a hard question. I’m an English professor as well as a writer, and my first love has always been Gothic Villain Heroes. Batman, Anakin Skywalker, Heathcliff, Angel … I love them dark and brooding and just a little mysterious, which is how I usually write my heroes. But at the same time, my fans are pretty crazy about Ethan Frost, and I have to admit that so am I. He’s a hero who has it (almost) all together. He’s brilliant, funny, down-to-earth, altruistic, and still hot as hell, so in my mind, he’s a pretty great hero.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? I’m a total nerd (remember the English professor thing) and I collect different editions of JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye (Holden Caulfield is another great hero, in my mind). And because I’m also a diva, I collect antique jewelry pieces. Hobbies include cooking, swimming, hanging out with my friends (I’m one of those rare extrovert writers), playing video games with my three boys, reading and watching movies. I love movies!
What has been your biggest adventure to date? A few years ago I went to Egypt and climbed the pyramids (before the revolution). We spent three weeks there, much of it in a small seaside town in Bedouin territory and a Bedouin sheikh tried to buy me from my husband for goats, gold and camels.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? England. I love England. Shopping and seeing plays in London. Hiking the cliffs of Dover. Walking the Lake Country where my favorite Romantic poets walked. And trifle What’s not to love?
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes? I’m a little bit of both. I like trying new things but I won’t try anything—I do draw the line at fried crickets. But other than that, I’m pretty willing to try new recipes from different cultures (my favorite recipes are Indian, Thai, Japanese and Greek). But I also love American comfort food, too, so …
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? OMG, indoor plumbing. I love medieval novels but there is no way I’m okay with maids having to heat water and then lug it to my room so I can bathe. I am also not okay with chamber pots.
An ideal romantic evening for me is one spent at some cozy, out of the way place—either a restaurant or a picnic or a carriage ride (because, why not?)—drinking good wine, sharing dessert and talking to my date about everything and anything that comes into our heads. Followed, of course, by great sex
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you? I’m an extrovert. I’ve never met a person I didn’t want to talk to. I swear, it’s true. My friends will tell you the same thing—we’re heading to the National RWA conference today and they always joke about the fact that if we have plans to be somewhere, we have to leave the room an hour early so that I can talk to everyone we run into along the way. I love people, love listening to their stories.
What is your favorite comfort food? Homemade chocolate chip cookies. I’ve always loved them, but Emily McKay gave me an amazing recipe that has resulted in me eating way more cookies than I need to.
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? Oh, that’s a hard one. Winter and Summer, probably. I’m a surfer, so I love Summer when the waves are perfect and I can spend all my time on the beach (when I’m at home in California, lol. Austin, where I live now, doesn’t have many waves I also love Winter because I love bundling up for the cold and sitting under a blanket near the window with a cup of tea and a great book.
What project are you working on next? I’m actually working on three projects right now. The first one is Powerless, which will be my next young adult novel. I’m writing it with the amazing Tera Lynn Childs and it’s the first in a superhero trilogy that kind of turns the whole superhero/villain paradigm on its head. It’s so much fun and I love the book so much!!!
I’m also working on Play Me, an erotic serial that I’m writing for Random House. It will be out in December of this year and it follows the son of a casino owner who has turned his back on Vegas when the mob killed his best friend during college and the daughter of a Vegas mobster who walked away from her family and the mob after a terrifying experience that nearly killed her. All I can say is Sebastian and Zoe are striking major sparks off each other right now!
And I’m also beginning work on the next Ethan Frost book, which I am super excited about!
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? I’ll be at Authors After Dark, held in Charlotte, North Carolina, next month and at at the Vegas Valley Book Festival in October, so if anyone’s attending, come say hi!
I’ll also be stopping by some pretty awesome book blogs over the next few weeks to celebrate my latest release, ADDICTED, so if you can’t make it to the events above, you can still catch me online. Find the tour schedule here.
Ethan Frost returns in the breathtaking conclusion to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff’s seductive novel Ruined—perfect for fans of Release Me and Bared to You.
Praise for RUINED:
“Tracy Wolff knows how to steam up the pages, and she proves it again in Ruined. If you’re looking for a hot read, curl up with Ethan Frost.” —New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner
“Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey will love Tracy Wolff’s Ruined! Heat sizzles off the page and the oh-so-sexy Ethan Frost will make you swoon!”—USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy
Want to get to know Tracy better? Check out this exclusive interview!
Rafflecopter code for tour-wide giveaway:
Tracy is giving away a $50 gift card to www.spafinder.com to celebrate the release of ADDICTED! Enter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Additionally, Random House is giving away two prize packs: a $25 gift card to Babeland and a copy of RUINED! Enter here!
As Chloe Girard discovers, there’s love . . . and then there’s addiction.
Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He’s rich, gorgeous, powerful, one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.
But that’s not why I’m with him.
I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me. The way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.
But sometimes it terrifies me how much I crave him, how much I need him just to breathe. I always thought it would be my past that ruined us, but there’s a darkness in Ethan I never dreamed existed. Can we survive as his secrets surface—threatening to unravel us both?
Goodreads |Amazon |Barnes and Noble |iBooks | Google Play |Kobo
Also in the Ethan Frost series: RUINED by Tracy Wolff!
About Tracy Wolff:
Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.
Website |Facebook |Twitter |Goodreads |Blog