Author Interview – Traci Wooden-Carlisle

Here is the interview that I did with author Traci Wooden-Carlisle who is part of the “FangTastic’s Book Mixer Event! Her slots are Jan. 28th 12-3pm EASTERN! Thank you Traci for taking the time to do the interview with me and for being an apart of the event!

How long have you considered yourself an author?
I began to consider myself an author after publishing and holding the printed copy of A Symphony From Heaven, but it was in the most limited way because really all I had was printed books with no understanding of how to market them.

How many books do you currently have out and please list titles per each genre?
I have three books published. A Symphony From Heaven is a book of Inspirational Poetry and My Beauty For Your Ashes and My Oil Of Joy For Your Mourning are Christian Fiction novels.

Of all of the books that you have written which was the hardest to write for you and why?
Each new book is harder than the last. As each book gets deeper into the story in my current series it moves me and the characters to a higher level of faith. The telling of the story takes a degree of compassion and empathy that costs me emotionally. It pulls from my soul in such a way that I feel spent until I can get recharged.

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
The most rewarding thing about being an author is the connection with God I feel when I write. My biggest job is to express on paper to the best of my ability what He shares with me. The second are the lives of people who are touched by the books.

If you could give your younger self a piece of advice when it comes to your author career what would it be and why?
Believe in yourself and your talent. Don’t let anyone talk you into setting aside you dream of being an author.

What do you think is the one hardship that most authors face and what ways do you suggest they do to deal with it as best as possible?
If your book doesn’t take off right from the start or you get bad reviews you have to deal with the disappointment and discouragement. It is natural to experience these emotions just don’t dwell or indulge in replaying them. Find quotes, songs or parts of your book that inspire you to keep writing.

If you could have dinner with any author past or present and could only ask them one question who would it be and what would you ask them?
I would Jane Austin I would want to know how much of her books were inspired by her life.

If you could have your dream home built anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
My house would be built on the out skirts of Dublin, Ireland because I have a longing for the place that has been pulling at me for years. Then there are the castles, cobblestone streets and green hills.

If you were to guess how your readers would describe you in three words what would they be?
Anointed, humorous, compassionate

Are you currently working on any other projects that you would like to share with me?
I currently working on My Garment of Praise for Your Spirit of Heaviness, the third book in the Promises to Zion Series and the audio version of My Beauty For Your Ashes