Interview and Book Giveaway with Tracy Krauss!



Marshdale. Just a small farming community where nothing special happens.  A perfect place to start over… or get lost. There is definitely more to this prairie town than meets the eye. Once the meeting place of aboriginal tribes for miles around, some say the land itself was cursed because of the people’s sin. But its history goes farther back than even indigenous oral history can trace and there is still a direct descendant who has been handed the truth, like it or not. Exactly what ties does the land have to the medicine of the ancients? Is it cursed, or is it all superstition?

Wind Over Marshdale is the story of the struggles within a small prairie town when hidden evil and ancient medicine resurface. Caught in the crossfire, new teacher Rachel Bosworth finds herself in love with two men at once. First, there is Thomas Lone Wolf, a Cree man whose blood lines run back to the days of ancient medicine but who has chosen to live as a Christian and faces prejudice from every side as he tries to expose the truth. Then there is Con McKinley, local farmer who has to face some demons of his own. Add to the mix a wayward minister seeking anonymity in the obscurity of the town; eccentric twin sisters – one heavily involved in the occult and the other a fundamentalist zealot; and a host of other ‘characters’ whose lives weave together unexpectedly for the final climax. This suspenseful story is one of human frailty - prejudice, cowardice, jealousy, and greed – magnified by powerful spiritual forces that have remained hidden for centuries, only to be broken in triumph by grace.


Tells us first how you came to faith in Jesus.


This was a long time ago. J I was a University student, living the typical ‘college’ life. (You fill in the details…) My mother, who had been on a spiritual quest of her own for many years and had dabbled in all kinds of churches (read: cults) finally came to a saving knowledge of Jesus when I was a teen. I wasn’t impressed. She never stopped praying, though. While off on my own at University, I worked at a little café in the evenings. The janitor was a rough looking guy – think ‘biker’.  He surprised me one day by pulling out a Bible and witnessing to me during our nightly clean up. (He did this between cigarettes… just goes to show that you shouldn’t judge anyone by their appearance.) Then around midnight a friend from high school who was in town for the weekend came to pick me up. She was a Christian so I mentioned the ‘strange’ conversation I’d just had. We ended up talking till 3am. Later when I was in bed I prayed that if God was real he would give me the desire to get saved, because I was still resisting, but knew it was what I needed. I instantly felt a change and when I prayed the sinner’s prayer I knew it was for real. That was about thirty years ago.

How old were you when you wrote your first real story and what was it about?
This makes me smile. I was in Grade Four and I read a book called ‘Ghosts Don’t Eat Sausages’. I loved it so much that I decided to write a play about it. I convinced my friends to rehearse it at recess time. After several days our teacher wondered what we were so engrossed in. When she found out, she arranged for us to perform in front of the entire school. It was my first time ‘directing’ and my first written play. We even got a full page spread in the yearbook. I think it was at that point I knew I wanted to be a writer and a director.

Where did you get the idea for this book?
The setting for WIND OVER MARSHDALE is based on my hometown of Mossbank. The landscape and some of the history are based in truth. My husband and I have also lived in a lot of small towns so many of the characters are loosely based on real people I’ve met. I want to stress the word ‘loosely’ since I don’t want to offend anyone or have people looking to figure out who is who.
J (The really bad people are straight out of my imagination!)  I have an interest in native spirituality as it relates to spiritual warfare, as well as the ancient history of indigenous peoples, so some of that came from there.

What do you want readers to take away from your writing and this book in particular?
My books so far are heavy on redemption and grace. I like to show that appearances aren’t always what they seem. (Perhaps this comes from my background.) I try to write from a place of authenticity and realism, even in the Christian context. This is why some of my work is considered ‘edgy’ in terms of Christian writing. Hopefully, readers come away feeling inspired and perhaps willing to look at others through a less ‘perfectionistic’ lens.

What part of this book did you enjoy writing the most and why?
I just love writing. Period. I’ve been doing it now for over 25 years, much of that time in the obscurity of my own home.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
I’m a fan of two ‘E’s’ - Ecclesiastics and Ephesians. My favorite verse is probably, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”  Ecc. 9:10. I try to live by it.

What are your hobbies other than writing?
I’m a visual artist and I direct an amateur theatre troupe.  I majored in Intaglio printmaking in university, but I mostly paint these days. I try to submit a few pieces each year to a local juried art show, and I just completed a series of acrylic paintings that I hope to use as illustrations for a children’s book I’m working on. As for the theatre troupe, we rehearse twice a week for nine months out of the year, putting on two shows per year.

What is your favorite book by another author and why?
I love Frank Peretti – all of his adult books, but probably my favorite is Monster. He doesn’t mind tackling difficult topics and his characters are always believable in their imperfection.

Where do you get most of your ideas for your books?
I’ve been inspired while walking in nature, listening to music, watching a movie, playing a sport, watching traffic at a bus stop, and even playing the ‘Sims’. Inspiration comes from anywhere, anytime – often in unlikely places.

Out of everything you have written, do you have a favorite and why?
I’ve found the newest is always my favorite. So I guess currently it’s WIND OVER MARSHDALE. A couple months ago it was PLAY IT AGAIN and so on… I’ve got two finished manuscripts that I’m polishing up for submission, so expect a new favorite in six months or so. 


Tracy is graciously offering to give away an copy of her book, Play It Again. To be entered to win, you must be a follower of this blog, leave a comment (with your email address) and post links to the interview on all your social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Your blog, etc.)


Sparks fly when an ex-rock and roll junkie and a stuffy accountant rendezvous at a local resort, but neither are prepared for the emotional entanglements, family complications, and threat from the past that unexpectedly resurfaces. Set in the 1980s, this story brings two opposing forces together in a clash of romance and danger, while its musical undertones highlight the theme that God can turn anything into beautiful music. Play It Again is the much anticipated prequel to Tracy's debut novel And the Beat Goes On. Find out where Mark Graham's journey began in this, the story of his parents. 

About the Author:

Tracy Krauss is an author, artist, playwright, director, worship leader, and teacher. Originally from a small prairie town, she received her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Saskatchewan.  She has lived in many places in northern Canada with her husband, a pastor, and their children. They currently live in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, Canada where she pursues all of her creative interests.

Published works include four romantic suspense novels: AND THE BEAT GOES ON, where archaeological evidence for creation comes at a heavy cost; MY MOTHER THE MAN-EATER, the story of a ‘cougar’ who takes on more than she bargained for; PLAY IT AGAIN, about an unlikely match during the 1980s rock n’ roll scene; and WIND OVER MARSHDALE, where strong spiritual forces rock a seemingly peaceful prairie town. She also has several stage plays in print. Visit her website for more details. http://www.tracykrauss.com


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Publisher : Astraea press 



13 comments:

  1. What a fantastic interview! I appreciate getting to know Tracy better. Praise God that He has given such as her to write and bless this world with words of wisdom.

    God bless!

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  2. Thanks for your insightful questions Marlayne. I appreciate something different from the usual fare. I'm looking forward to connecting with your readers and sending a book off to one lucky person.

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  3. Oh, and I forgot to say hi to Michael and Mary. :)

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  4. I appreciate being introduced to a new Christian author. Loved the interview with Tracy. Blessins, Kristin

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  5. Great interview! Thank you for the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. Yes wonderful interview....and I would love to win Tracy Krauss new book..'Play It Again'...I have shared on facebook and twitter.....babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

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  7. Great interview, beautiful cover, and I've shared your interview on all my social networking sites.

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

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  9. Congrats to Linda! I'll be mailing the book ASAP

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  10. marlayne I would love to be entered for this book. I am a follower of your blog, and shared on Facebook mac262@me.com

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