Ethan Frost is the (insanely sexy) hero in her New Adult series published with Random House (LoveSwept), and ADDICTED, the highly anticipated second book in the Ethan Frost series, releases on July 15!
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Read this exclusive interview with Tracy to find out more about ADDICTED!
My first book was published in November 2007 and since then, I’ve written 31 novels for five different publishers. I write under three different names (Tracy Wolff, Tracy Deebs and Tessa Adams) and in seven different genres.
When did you become a New York Times bestselling author?
I became a New York Times bestselling author in March of 2014. It was a shock and a total thrill all at the same time!!!
What is the (high) concept or "hook" in your book?
ADDICTED is the story of two damaged people who should probably never be together but who somehow fit together perfectly.
ADDICTED is the highly anticipated follow up to RUINED, and Ethan Frost novel from Random House Loveswept.
Please tell (everyday normal) readers what the book is about without using the book blurb:
Addicted is the story of Ethan Frost and Chloe Girard, two damaged people whose love for each other helps them to heal each other—and themselves. Ethan is a man who has spent his life trying to live up to the legacy of his hero father, while Chloe has spent the last few years of her life trying to live down the painful disaster of her past. It’s only in finding each other that the two of them truly find themselves and start to build the lives they always should have had.
Share a bit about Ethan Frost, and what makes him "hero" material:
I love Ethan. I really do. I’ve written thirty-one books and I think he might be my favorite hero out of all of them. When I set about crafting him, I wanted to write about a man who was strong and alpha (because those are totally the guys I’m attracted to) but whose strength was a little more quiet and altruistic than I often see in books. Ethan is the kind of guy who has power and money but doesn’t see the need to flaunt it. Instead, he sees what’s wrong in the world around him and does his best to try to fix it. From trying to right the wrongs of Chloe’s past to designing the best products to be used on the battlefield to paying for buses to help evacuate poor people during natural disasters, Ethan is part CEO, part activist, and all hero.
Tell us what makes your heroine the "leading lady" in your book:
I really like Chloe because she’s young and she makes mistakes. She knows she doesn’t know all the answers but she struggles fiercely to find them, even when it puts her in physical and emotional jeopardy. She’s smart and loyal, but she also is terrified of really opening herself up and getting hurt again. The fact that she tries—that she shows up again and again, no matter how often life knocks her down—is awe-inspiring to me.
What was your favorite scene to write?
In ADDICTED, I loved writing the blender scene because it was so raw and painful and honest. It was a little difficult to write because I had to get deep into Chloe’s head and just try my best to write an authentic, real account of what she was going through.
Who was the hardest character to write in ADDICTED and why?
Chloe has always been a difficult character for me to write. Her voice comes really easily to me, so that’s not the problem. But she’s damaged, really damaged, and I always try to walk a fine line between how her past has shaped her into the person she is and how she refuses to let it affect her any more than it already has. Sometimes she succeeds, sometimes she doesn’t—but I work really hard to keep her sympathetic and interesting and as real and truthful as I can make her.
Is your book part of a series? If so tell us about what's next and/or what else you're working on:
ADDICTED is the follow up to RUINED. At this point, we do have at least one more book planned— between Chloe’s roommate and her brother. At the same time, there are a lot of questions in Chloe’s and Ethan’s lives that I feel I could answer with more word count, so I’m not discounting a third book between them either.
I’m also working on a rock star series for Entangled—the Shaken Dirty series. l I have the Extreme Risk new adult series that follows four snowboarders through the ups and downs in their careers and personal lives, and I am also working on a new young adult paranormal novel about superheroes with my good friend, Tera Lynn Childs. It’s called Powerless and should hit shelves in June.
What is your writing routine like? How much of your time do you spend marketing, blogging, networking, and writing books?
I get asked about my writing routine often, and the truth is I don’t really have one. Most of my books are written in a state of abject panic as deadline is looming and I just don’t have enough written. On days like that, I pretty much live in front of the computer, taking breaks only to dance across the room or to feed my three children.
List three books you just recently read and would recommend?
There are so, so many great books to talk about—I read constantly and in pretty much every sub-genre of romance (hence the reason I write so many different kinds of romances—I’m interested in everything!) Three books I’ve read recently and really, really loved are:
Nalini Singh’s SHIELD OF WINTER, which is part of her Psy/Changeling series (and which happens to be my favorite series ever).
Beth Kery’s ADDICTED TO YOU: Beth is an amazing writer who really strikes at the heart of her characters and this book, and this hero, just struck me right down to the bone.
Stacey Kennedy’s DESIRED: Stacey is such a talented writer and this series is so dark and delicious that I can’t put it down. She’s awesome!
What do you see as challenges for the new adult (or romance) market? What ways would you suggest that the industry face them?
I think that the new adult market needs to stay fresh. I’m a sucker for a story with dark and tormented characters—one of my academic specialties is the gothic villain-hero and I love to write and read about him. But at the same time, new adult is such a new sub-genre that if we want to stay around for a while we have to be careful to constantly be providing the reader with new and exciting experiences. New stories, new characters, new conflicts, new worlds—I think as long as we push the boundaries and aren’t afraid to take chances, it’s a sub-genre that will be around for a long time.
What local community or charitable organizations, or writers groups do you belong to?
I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as Austin RWA. I’m also a professor at my local community college and often volunteer to speak in local classrooms about the writing/revision/publishing process, as I currently do have five young adult novels on the shelves as well.
Tell us anything about you as a working writer that you think might be interesting or unusual:
Because I write so many different books, I’m always wondering how I can use something that I’ve read or heard or seen in a book. One of my son’s favorite stories to tell about me is how, when I was writing my first Urban Fantasy book—which has a strong romantic suspense element to it—I would drive him and his football friends around our home town (where the series takes place) and would randomly comment on how “that would be a great place to dump a body” or “how long do you think it would take someone to find a body over there?” More than one friend has freaked out until they find out it’s all fiction …
How can our readers learn more about you and your books?
I love hearing from my readers. I’m Tracy Wolff on Facebook, @Tracywolff on Twitter, I have a blog www.tracywolff.blogspot.com that readers can check out to see what’s coming next and of course, there is my website: www.tracywolff.com
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?
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