I’m delighted to welcome my guest for today, Trish Hubschman.
Trish is the author of the Tracy Gayle Mysteries.
Hi Trish, welcome to Rainne’s Ramblings.
Would you like to start by telling me a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Trish. I’m 55 and live on Long Island, NY with my husband and two rescue dogs. I recently published a romantic suspense novel called Stiff Competition/Miss America (A Tracy Gayle Mystery).
When and why did you decide to become a writer?
I wrote poetry in 6th grade and my first short story in 7th. I was a shy and lonely kid. Creating characters gave me friends.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
I tend to daydream when I listen to music. Sometimes a new story emerges.
What does writing mean to you?
It’s my way to express myself, get my feelings out and deal with them if need be. It’s the best way for me to communicate. I also love to create, imagine and daydream.
Do you have an office/allotted space for writing?
I have my own computer room in my home where my desktop is set up.
Do you use your personal experiences in your writing…?
I’m multiply disabled and rarely do I have a disabled character, but I might do a spin-off of some incident that may happen in my life.
..and do you develop characters from your personal experiences or draw from that of others?
I would say Danny and Tracy are combinations of other characters in fiction with my own special touch added.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
They say don’t judge a book by its cover but people do, in every way. The book’s cover is supposed to catch the reader’s eye, draw them to it, make them pick it up.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
Adult women. Stiff Competition is a romantic suspense. It’s an excellent mystery with 2 assaults and 2 murders on the Atlantic City boardwalk. There’s also a juicy romance. It’s different than the usual theme. It’s not a private eye with a cop, though the cop’s right there. My PI’s sidekick is a rock and roll musician.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
My favorite author is Lisa Gardner, but the private eye in my book is most like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone.
What are your writing goals for 2019?
I want to publish the next book in the Tracy Gayle mystery series, Ratings Game.
It’s time to relax! What do you do?
Read, do yard work, sleep, exercise, listen to music.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Having to put our last dog Cookie down.
I’m so sorry, Trish.
I have a cat called Cookie.
What three music cds would you take to a deserted island to watch over and over again for a year?
Styx is my favorite band, so I’d take 3 concert CDs with me.
If you had to choose a fictional character from one of your books to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
Danny Tide. He’s a gorgeous rock star and a great guy.
If you were given a one-way ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Personally, I’d like to hole up and hide somewhere. I like the peace of the mountains, the fresh air, etc. Maybe the Poconos.
I’m with you on the hideaway hole, Trish
Before you leave us, is there anything else you’d like to share?
I’m deaf/blind. I have a cochlear implant. I do okay hearing computer speech but I don’t do as well with human voices, especially in crowds, or on the phone.
Thank you for joining me today, and sharing a little about yourself and your writing. Best wishes for all your future projects.
The Tracy Gayle Mystery series: