Accidental Author—An Interview with Children's Author Tracey Burton

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have never thought of myself as a writer. I believe and have heard from many that I’m a pretty good story teller. I am engaging and possess the ability to keep the attention of others.

How long does it take you to write a book?

The length of time to write a book for me varies. There have been ideas in my head that dance around for years. Then there have been ideas that grab my attention and demand to be written right at that moment in time.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I don’t feel that there is a specific time to write. The ideas come when they come. I do however, feel they spill out onto the page in the wee hours of the morning while the world is still asleep. They scream in the silence.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I don’t think that I have an interesting writing quirk.

Where do you get your information and inspiration for your books?

Anything I write is for children. I am inspired by real life. My COVID book was written from my angst about students returning to school and them being afraid of what was going on in the world. I wanted to find a way to inform them in a child friendly way. The next idea that screams at me during the silent hours of the night is a children’s book explaining the murder of George Floyd. It’s a work in progress.

When did you write your first book?

This year rea