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Interview with Tracey Livesay, author of The Tycoon's Socialite Bride


To avenge his mother’s mistreatment at the hands of her upper-crust employer, self-made real estate tycoon Marcus Pearson needs entree into their exclusive world. When D.C. socialite Pamela Harrington comes to him for help, Marcus realizes the golden admission ticket he’s been seeking has suddenly fallen into his lap.

Pamela will do anything to save her favorite cause, even agree to a marriage of convenience. The altruistic “it-girl” isn’t worried about the pretend passion with Marcus turning real; she’s sworn off powerful, driven men who use her for her family’s connections.

So she’ll deny the way her pulse races with one look from his crystalline blue eyes. And he’ll ignore the way his body throbs with each kiss from her full lips. Because there’s no way he’ll lose his blue-collar heart to the blue-blooded beauty.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

I wrote The Billionaire’s Socialite Bride during Nano in 2010 and I was targeting Harlequin because at the time, they were the only publisher of category romance. Their titles were legendary, so I tried to think of one that would fit their lines. Once I did, I googled it to make sure it wasn’t taken. It wasn’t. A few months later, Harlequin announced they were moving to more mainstream sounding titles and then Fifty Shades of Grey happened and every erotic BDSM book had a Billionaire in the title. When Entangled bought my book, I kept waiting for them to change the title. It took a while, but they eventually swapped out Billionaire for Tycoon and I’m happy they did.

What is your writing environment like?

I have an office in my house. I write at my desk most days, but sometimes, when I need a change, I’ll write in my bedroom. I have a small computer desk up there, next to a big window.

What is your favorite quote? Why? I

know you’re probably expecting something inspirational, but I’ve never been one for inspirational quotes. Instead, my favorites come from TV shows and movies, like The Color Purple and Jerry Maguire. These are the quotes that stick with me and that I’ll use in my everyday life. The one I probably use the most is “Relax, Relate, Release!” from the TV show A Different World. It’s one of those you where you have to know the show to think it’s funny.  The character, Whitley Gilbert, goes to therapy to deal with a problem and it’s the advice the therapist gives her. It’s simple, it’s funny and it gets the point across.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

Growing up, my father read to me most nights. I’ve always loved books and spent most of my teen years with my nose stuck in them. That love of books, of reading, fostered a healthy respect for the written word. It was only natural that I would want to try and create my own stories.

What inspires you to write?

The stories I want to tell. I have a notebook full of ideas that I want to explore.

What do you consider the most challenging part about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

The perseverance it requires. It’s a real accomplishment to finish a book and each time I do, I’m amazed I did it. LOL You get an idea that excites you. You sit down to write and you can usually get a few chapters done. Then, the newness wears off and the actual work begins. Most people quit at this point. But those who can push past that point, who can follow the story to the ending, those people deserve a lot of respect, whether you like the story or not.

Did you learn anything while writing this book? If so, what was it?

I did a lot of research, but it wasn’t to learn anything new. It was mainly to make sure my facts were accurate.

What have you done to promote this book?

I’m participating in a virtual book tour, and I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. I’ve sent out press releases to local media and, of course, I’ve reached out to my family and friends for their support.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

For the actual writing of their novel? I love Scrivener. It can be daunting to open a Word document and know you have to fill up 200 pages. With Scrivener, you can break your novel up into acts, chapters or scenes. You only have to focus on a small piece and that can free you from your fear. There are also lots of different organizing tools for organization freaks like me. And when I’m done, Scrivener can export my novel into the word processing program of my choice.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

It has been my dream to have a published romance novel since I wrote my first one when I was eleven years old. It still doesn’t seem real, but I’ve enjoyed every part of the process. I hope people will see that love and passion in my story. Thank you for having me on your site.


Tracey Livesay wrote her first romance novel at the age of eleven, called “The Healing Power of Love.” With a detour through college and law school–where she met her husband on the very first day–she’s finally achieved her dream of being a published author. She lives in Virginia with said husband and three kids. For info on her upcoming releases or to chat about TV, movies and/or purses you can check out her website ( or find her on Facebook (TraceyLivesayAuthor) and Twitter (@tlivesay).

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