THE REAL LIFE OF A BLOGGER

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The year of 2017 is swiftly coming to a close, and there are some things I have been meaning to say. It is so easy as a blogger to cut the shadows from your life, presenting a perfect portrait of your everyday. It is easy for us on social media to only post of our exquisite travels, our accomplishments, the expensive places we may have the honor of passing through. It is easy to put on a smile and say everything is fine. This is what we’re used to, right?

I’d like to think I’ve been quite honest on my social media outlets, but I imagine most of you think I’m always happy, always reading books and writing these lovely stories. You may think I’m successful due to the places I go, or the things I post about. You may not think of any of these things, but either way, I’m here to tell you the truth.

Here’s the truth:

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AUTHOR Q&A // TRACEY NEITHERCOTT

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tracey Neithercott’s first book was written by hand and illustrated with some really fancy colored pencils. It was highly acclaimed by her mother. Now, she writes YA stories of friendship, love, murder, and magic. (None of which she illustrates—you’re welcome.) She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, who suggests improving her novels by adding Star Wars characters.

She is the author of GRAY WOLF ISLAND, a YA novel about the truth, a treasure, and five teens searching for both. Coming fall 2017 from Knopf/Random House.

(Source: Goodreads.)

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WRITING PLAYLIST // DISARM YOU WITH A SMILE

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DISARM YOU WITH A SMILE

As some of you may know, in my current WIP, there is romance. This has been a new subject for me to write about, being that my first manuscripts focused instead on family and friendships with very little romance. But in WIP, there are quite a few relationships blooming, particularly with my main character.

To those who have been following me for some time now, you’ll know I often struggle with romance in literature. I find it often feels forced or rushed, unrealistic in its approach. I always appreciate a genuine romance, and that’s something I’ve been trying very hard to write within my own work.

I’ll admit, being someone who has about zero experience with relationships, this has proved to be quite difficult. After some time, I think I’ve found my footing with these characters and their relationship, although it will need some work in edits.

Now I wouldn’t have been able to get this far in my novel and develop these feelings so thoroughly without the assistance of music. Music has always been one of my core muses when it comes to writing, and in this novel especially, it has helped take my mind to new places and ideas.

So I’m here today to share some of my favorite lovey-dovey songs that have helped me construct this unbreakable bond between these two broken little lovers of my book.

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PLAYLIST

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LET’S CHAT

When it comes to romance in literature, what are some things you want to see more of or less of? I would love to hear feedback from both readers and writers alike as to what you think would help improve relationships within books to make them more realistic.

And while we’re on the topic, what are some of your favorite love songs? Which melodies give you those lovely little thoughts, those romantic scenes for your stories? I would love to hear your recommendations!

Before you go, be sure to follow me on Spotify to delve further into my wild writer’s mind.

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