Tracey Joseph

children's writer


Jun 29, 2016

Hello guys! I missed last month's post yet again, but I'm participating this month in another edition of "Previously," a blog hop put on by Miss Cole, where writers share their month in writing and reading so far.

Previously in Writing

There was a moment this month where I felt like I didn't know which project to focus on, but now I'm back working on my Beauty and the Beast retelling. It's going well. I'm also planning another novel, which I'm really excited about. I've been in the mood for both Gothic and fantasy novels recently, and both of my stories satisfy those cravings. I also need to revise my MG, but I'm taking a break from it first. During the time I wasn't writing, I made some completely amateur book covers for BEAUTY MOST RUINED.

Previously in Reading

What reading? I haven't finished a book in weeks, and I know that's really bad. There are a few books I hope to pick up quite soon like A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I read the first book and loved it. I heard this one is phenomenal. I put it on hold at the library, but I think I might just purchase a copy.

Next Time in Goals

I will be participating in Camp NaNo in July to finish up the first draft of my retelling. I do hope by the end of the month I'll be able to say that I won. I'm aiming for 60k and I have about 13k written right now. As for other goals, I'd like to at least finish reading a book. That would be nice.

A Word of Advice

Another blogger said something recently which I thought was really insightful. She said, "Let the story be your guide. It knows where it wants to go."

I really like that.


Apr 27, 2016

Hello guys! I missed last month's post, but I'm participating this month in another edition of "Previously," a blog hop put on by Miss Cole, where writers share their month in writing and reading so far.

Previously in Writing

Earlier this month, I managed to finish my dark contemporary YA at 40k, which is entirely too short. Now I have no idea what to do with this novel. It's up on Wattpad, so I might just keep it as my Wattpad book. On top of that, I submitted last year's NaNo novel to Swoon Reads and I participated in #DVpit on Twitter. Right now, I'm at the stage where I'm not sure what to write next. I'm thinking I want to write something that's lighter in tone this time around. 

I've been thinking about my voice as a writer and the kinds of stories I want to tell. I would love if my stories fit nicely together, but so far it's been a mixed bag. I'm inspired by so many things.

Previously in Reading

This month I finished The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. I enjoyed both immensely, but if I'm being honest I adored one just a little bit more than the other. If you haven't read Walk on Earth a Stranger, I recommend you do. It's wonderful.

I'm currently in the middle of two books, Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke and Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit. 

Next Time in Goals

I don't really have any writing goals right now. I would like to write a short story, but it usually takes a while after finishing a project for my well to refill. I have tried putting pen to paper, but I haven't been able to come up with anything. I do still have my Beauty and the Beast story to finish, but the words just aren't flowing. I guess I'll focus my attention elsewhere for now, like on finishing those two books I mentioned.

A Word of Advice

This has become my motto:

"Courage, dear heart!"

A Magical Misfortune on Swoon Reads

Apr 17, 2016
I've submitted my 2015 NaNo novel to Swoon Reads

It was just last month I said I didn't know what to do with this story. After dusting it off and rereading it, I decided that it wasn't so bad after all. I'll let you guys in on a little secret, one of my inspirations for writing this story was Swoon Reads. For NaNo last year, I wanted to write a story that was light, fluffy, and a ton of fun. I think that's what I have in my witchy YA novel. 

If you aren't familiar with Swoon Reads, they publish young adult and new adult romance novels. Writers can submit their stories to the site for a chance to be published. Readers can also rate and comment on those stories. I think it's a wonderful opportunity, and I'm so glad I took the plunge.

So without further ado, here is my witchy YA. If you're interested, stop by A Magical Misfortune's page and let me know what you think.

Cora Emerson is a magical misfortune who just can't get the hang of being a wicked sorceress. Being wicked would be easy if she couldn't help being good instead. But her eighteenth birthday is fast approaching, and if she can't ruin one person's life by then, she'll lose her powers for good, bringing dishonor to her family's name.

Just when she thinks she's found the perfect victim, naive and unassuming, the unthinkable happens. She falls for him. Love and magic would be simple if the person whose life she's meant to ruin wasn't her boyfriend.

 As Cora would say, "For the love of Jupiter."