Episode #13 Tracy Fredrychowski

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Tracy’s spent the last ten years as a ghostwriter for many popular blogs and websites across the Internet and is best known for her simple living articles in the Simple Living Magazine. Growing up in Northwestern Pennsylvania’s Amish Country, Tracy takes her childhood experience with her Amish neighbors to heart as she takes her readers to the fictitious town of Willow Springs.

The following transcript is a shortened version of the original recording.

Laura: Welcome to another episode of Buggy Talk. I’m your host for the week. Laura Bradford. This week we have Amish fiction author Tracy Fredrychowski as our guests, Tracy spent the last 10 years as a ghostwriter for many popular blogs and websites across the internet, and as best known for her simple living articles in the simple living magazine, growing up in Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Amish country, Tracy takes a childhood experience with her Amish neighbors to heart as she takes her readers to the fictitious town of Willow Springs.

Hi Tracy, thank you for joining us today. How are you doing?

Tracy: I am doing wonderful. And thank you so much for switching chairs with me this morning. 

Laura: Before we dig into some of your projects. I thought our listeners would love to hear about their favorite authors’ writing career. What inspired you to start writing?

Tracy: My husband and I lived on a little hobby farm, and for six or seven years, I ran a very popular homesteading blog called Our Simple Homestead and our readers we’re very interested in living a simple life, and I have such a diverse background by growing up in Amish country. I took a lot of the experiences that I had growing up as a child and a young woman and took that to my blog posts.   

Laura: How do you come up with the titles for your books?

Tracy: Well, I may do things a little different I have to come up with the title first. And then the story wraps its way around the title where some authors it’s the complete opposite.

Laura: What’s the most challenging part about writing for you?

Tracy: I would say, finding quiet time.

Laura: Let’s talk about Love Blooms at the Apple blossom Inn. What was the inspiration for this story?

Tracy: The inspiration for this particular story came from a visit to one of my favorite Amish bakeries in Wisconsin.

Laura: Now tell us about the process of coming up with the cover for Love Blooms at the Apple Blossom Inn.

Tracy: I had mentioned that my husband and I own a digital marketing company, and I have a background as a graphic artist. I spent probably 70 hours working on that cover. I love being creative like that.

Laura: If you had to describe your main character in three words, what would those three words be? Okay.

Tracy: The main character in the book is Maggie Fisher, and she is a 24-year-old girl from Wisconsin. And she gets sent to Willow Springs, Pennsylvania.

Laura: Great. Can you read us a snippet from the book?

Tracy: Reading from Love Blooms at the Apple Blossom Inn.  

Laura: Alright, now let’s move on to the Amish Christmas Miracle Collection that we’re doing. What is the title of your story for this collection?

Tracy: So, the title of my story is “A Gift Worth Waiting For.”  

Laura: What do you hope your readers take away from your story?

Tracy:  I guess what I want my readers to take away that ist even through the darkest days, God always has a plan. Regardless if we know what it is. If we can’t see it, if we can’t feel it, there’s something bigger than us. And he knows our story, he has our story already written, and we just have to understand that it’s God’s will, and he will do what he sees fit.

Laura: Can you give us a short synopsis of your story?

Tracy: I sure can. And how about I read you the first page. Reading of A Gift Worth Waiting For.

Laura: What, what is next for Tracy?

Tracy: A couple things. My readers are anxiously waiting for book three of my Secrets of Willow Spring Series. And then, I have a friend whose husband used to be Amish and they told me a very interesting story about how they married. She was English, and he was Amish. I’m going to write their story.

Laura: Let’s end on a fun note. What can you share with our readers that they might not know about you?

Tracy: Something you wouldn’t know about me? Well, I would say when I was in third grade, we went on a field trip to a fish hatchery, and I wandered off like, you know, third graders do, and I fell in a pool of baby fish and almost drowned.

Laura: Well, Tracy, thank you for spending time with us this week. And I look forward to reading all the stories and the Amish Christmas Miracles Collection, along with some of your other projects and that wraps up this week’s episode next week, we’ll have Sara Harris as our guest to talk about her latest project Rebecca’s Quilt. So we’ll see you next week on the Buggy Talk Podcast.