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 really propelled me to my destiny writing. I wrote my first book this year 2020.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I usually love traveling. But this year I have enjoyed reading, playing tennis, and spending time with my friends and family.
What does your family think of your writing?
My family is very supportive of my writing. My daughter even did the artwork for my first book. They have more belief in my ability than I do. They want to see me put pen to paper on all of the stories they’ve heard from me over the years.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The most surprising thing I found is that I have a voice, and others are interested in what I have to say.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written one book, but I’m working on a second.
Do you have any suggestions to help others become better writers? If so, what are they?
I don’t even feel equipped to answer this question. All I can say is be true to “you” in all you do.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they have to say?
I do not hear from my readers directly. However, I know I’m making an impact because since I’ve published my book, I’ve had sales on a daily basis.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
I would encourage everyone to pursue their dreams no matter what.
Mrs. Tracey Henry Burton is a teacher, tutor, trainer of trainers, tennis advocate, and an author by accident. She and her husband (who's a seasoned chef) also own a travel/culinary business called "Chef & Tracey's Getaways." Tracey is an author who celebrates diverse cultures. She recently garnered media acclaim and was profiled by a local news agency for her impactful diversity library.
Below is important info that will help you connect with our author:
The link for Tracey's new children's book that addresses COVID-19:
The link for the diversity library created by Mrs. Burton. Users must have a Google account to view.
Chef & Tracey's Getaways: 770 769 8097
Awesome job Tracy Burton. -Katherine Clay September 22, 2020
Thank for sharing your story. It’s an encouragement to all who would love to write but is afraid to write. Bless you. -AnnMarie #1 September 21, 2020
Katherine, thank you for introducing us to Tracey. I greatly admire Tracey’s courage in writing about tough topics. Best wishes to you both in your ministry to reach others through words. -Katherine Pasour September 21, 2020
Thank you for introducing us to this interesting author. -Kathy September 21, 2020