Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series. The first book in the series, Murder Strikes a Pose, won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Agatha award for Best First Novel.
A certified yoga therapist, Tracy is the owner of Whole Life Yoga, a Seattle yoga studio, as well as the creator and director of Whole Life Yoga’s teacher training program. She loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any way possible.
Tracy and her husband Marc live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd, Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?
Not to give up! Perseverance is the name of the game. There’s always a critic around the corner, and you can second guess yourself about your writing until you become completely frozen. Write what you love and get the words on paper. Then rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. I usually do about 30 drafts before one of my books hits the shelves. Even then, I wish I’d done about 30 more. There’s no such thing as perfect. Do the best you can, stick with it, and move on.
How has this helped you as a writer?
It’s the only way I can be a writer at all. Until I found the discipline to persevere and silenced my inner critic, I never wrote anything at all. My first book, Murder Strikes a Pose rattled around in my head for three years before I wrote it. Once I got started, I finished the first draft in 3 weeks. It was a bad first draft, but I had 29 more tries to make it better!
Mac or PC?
I’m an ex-Microsoft person, so it has to be a PC.
Do you use Word or Scrivener?
Word, though I’m sure I’d be much more productive with a tool that could help me organize my thoughts. I haven’t found the courage to branch out yet, though.
Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?
Most of my notes are hand written. I use a laptop, but since I write mainly when my computer is locked in its docking station, I’m not sure that counts as portable. The one unique piece of technology I use is Dragon Speech Recognition software. Since I’m a terrible typist, it speeds up writing (especially first drafts) quite a bit.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Not really. My life is pretty chaotic, and my writing seems to build from that chaos. The only thing consistent about my writing is my inconsistency. I do, however, get lots of great ideas when I’m out in nature.
Do you start by writing or researching first?
I do both at the same time. Scenes pop into my head, and I sit down and start typing. Each time I come up with something I don’t know, I stop and research.
Favorite spot to write in the winter?
Curled up in bed late at night, with my German shepherd, Tasha, snoring beside me.
Favorite spot to write in the summer?
In a rental house by the beach. Of course, I’m not lucky (or rich!) enough to get to do that very often.
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