Tracy Holczer

Tracy Holczer

Tracy Holczer writes books for kids from a chair in her living room, flanked by her small, fluffy dogs. She wears a fancy crown as warning to family members that she is not to be disturbed. It doesn’t always work, so she’ll often leave her “office” for glamorous destinations like the public library or nearest coffee shop. The Secret Hum of a Daisy is her first novel.

We were able to ask her a few questions:

Maci and Zoe:
Where did you get your idea for your book?

Tracy:
No one specific place. Usually, I get a snippet of character or dialogue. Maybe a situation. And then I build the story around it. With The Secret Hum of a Daisy, I got the character of Grace, sitting on the porch of a very old farmhouse wearing her Mary Janes. I knew her mom had just died and she was forced to live with a grandmother she’d never met. The rest came little by little.

Maci and Zoe:
What’s your favorite bookstore?

Tracy:
My favorite bookstore is Once Upon a Time in Montrose, California. They are small and friendly and have wonderful taste in books.

Maci and Zoe:
Do you read books on an electronic device or a real book?

Tracy:
I have to read real books. Electronic devices give me a headache!

Maci and Zoe:
What is your favorite genre?

Tracy:
My favorite is contemporary. Either for adults or kids.

Maci and Zoe:
How did you get started writing?

Tracy:
I had my third child and was able to stay home from work. I’d always loved writing and thought I’d try to write a novel. It took twelve years to get published! But I was only writing Daisy for six of those years.

Maci and Zoe:
What books are you reading right now?

Tracy:
I’m reading The Nightengale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin and The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Maci and Zoe:
How many books do you read a year?

Tracy:
Probably around 50.

Maci and Zoe:
What bookmark do you use?

Tracy:
Whatever is laying around. Receipts, popsicle sticks, candy wrappers, you name it!

Maci and Zoe:
What’s your favorite dessert?

Tracy:
Strawberry shortcake for sure.

Maci and Zoe:
How long does it take you to write a book?

Tracy:
A long time! Daisy took six years, but my new one has only taken two. It takes a while for all the little pieces of the story to fall into place.

Maci and Zoe:
What was your first book you wrote? Was it any good?

Tracy:
My first book was called Safelight. It was about a girl who wanted to be a photographer but had to give it up for awhile when her father is paralyzed in a horse accident and she has to help run their peach tree farm. Sadly, it was not very good. Which is why no one will ever read it!

Maci and Zoe:
What are you working on now?

Tracy:
I’m working on a historical fiction middle grade called, The Natural History of Samantha Rossi. Eleven year old Samantha wants to be a scientist more than anything and when her father comes home from the Vietnam War changed in more ways than one, she goes to her science books and tries to find a way to reverse evolution. It’s a family story and a friendship story, all wrapped up in a big Italian family and lots of meatballs.

Maci and Zoe:
Do you miss your characters when you finish writing a book?

Tracy:
I do miss them! But I hope to visit with Grace, Jo and Max again, only this time, maybe, from Max’s perspective, sometime down the line. Something about his desire for a police academy German Shepherd, and getting a llama instead. We’ll see what happens.

Thanks for all the great questions!

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