Today we're joining the TRACY TAM: SANTA COMMAND book tour by chatting with author Krystalyn Drown. Take a look at Krystalyn's middle grade book and get to know all about the author. And be sure to check out the giveaway!
Hi, Krystalyn! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I spent thirteen years working at Walt Disney World in a variety of roles: entertainer, talent coordinator, and character captain. My degree in theatre as well as many, many hours spent in a dance studio, helped with my job there. My various other day jobs have included working in zoology at Sea World, as an elementary teacher, and currently as a support technician for a website. In the evenings, I do mad writing challenges with my sister, who is also an author. I live near Orlando, Florida with my husband, son, a werecat, and a Yorkie with a Napoleon complex.
Tracy doesn’t believe that Santa can deliver all of those presents in one night with out a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet engines, and Santa’s magical abilities can only be the result of altered DNA. In order to test her theories, she sneaks onto Santa’s sleigh and ends up at Santa Command, the place where a team of humans monitors Santa’s big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus to their system. As a result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world. Before the night is over, Tracy has to fix time and help Santa finish his deliveries. And she has to do it all with Santa’s magic, which she doesn’t believe exists.
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How did the idea of the story come to you?
I had a dream where I imagined that all of the seasonal characters (Santa, Easter bunny, etc) were robots controlled by someone else. Tracy Tam doesn't have any robots in it, but the first scene in Santa Command came from that idea.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Very much a pantser. Every time, I try outlining, I fail miserably.
Getting past the middle. In nearly every book I've written, I've had to start over once I reached the mid point.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Just my laptop. I like quiet, so I don't have music or the TV going. Sometimes, I have a pet snuggled up beside me, but it's not necessary.
What are you reading right now?
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I want to fly. I always have these dreams where I can truly fly. I soar all over my house and hover by the ceiling. It's amazing. I took a trapeze class recently, and that was pretty darn close. I can’t wait to go back.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
Hmm. Probably when I wanted to know if a skeleton would remain intact for several hundred years under certain conditions.
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
Working my day job or taking care of my 5 year old.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.Oh yay! Shout outs to my critique partners and the first readers of Tracy Tam - Dianne K. Salerni, Amy Christine Parker, and Jenn Baker. Also my husband, son, mom, and father in law!
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