10 Questions with TRACI SLATTON author of FALLEN

About the Author
Traci L. Slatton,
author of Fallen, is a graduate of Yale and Columbia, and she also attended the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, sculptor Sabin Howard, whose classical figures and love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel Immortal and her contemporary vampire art history mystery The Botticelli Affair. Fallen is the first in a romantic trilogy set during the end times.

For more information please visit http://www.tracilslatton.com and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter


1. Bookmarks or dog ears?
Dog ears for sure. Books are delicious devourables!

2. Dust jacket on or off when reading a hard back?
Both! Depends how suspenseful the book is, and if I'm reading at the beach or at home.

3. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
"Angel Unaware" by Dale Evans Rogers. I was 6 years old and it was my first "big book." It's the story of a child who died, and it made a powerful impression on me. I remember thinking, "I want to do this! I want to write stories that make people have strong feelings!" I was struck by lightning.

4. What are you reading right now?
Right now I am reading John Locke's "Saving Rachel," John Gilstrap's "Threat Warning," Daniel Silva's "Portrait of a Spy," "Love's Executioner" by Irvin Yalom, and "Area 51" by Annie Jacobsen. There's always a stack of 10 books on my nightstand. They are frequently totally divergent, completely unrelated.

5. Do you have a favorite author?
I have a few, in fiction: right now I really enjoy Daniel Silva's books, and Sue Grafton is a very fine writer. Her prose is beautiful! Sometimes I like Richard North Patterson.

6. Was there a book that inspired you to write?
"Angel Unaware" as I said above, and also, "Whom the Gods would Destroy," by Richard Powell. "Goat Song" by Frank Yerby was another huge influence. I read everything Edgar Rice Burroughs ever wrote.

7. Do you have a favorite place to write?
I have an office, a tiny "room of my own." The walls are painted pearlescent pink, a giant framed poster of the ocean hangs at my left, and a window peeks out onto a courtyard. It is crammed almost to overflowing with books and papers. Every few months I clean it . . . then creativity like a giant ocean wave surges over the whole room, and it's messy again.

8. How does your garden grow?
In a riot of stories, sequels, riffs, and rambles. As the gardener, I am always pruning, straightening, organizing, and reseeding.

9. What is the last thing you Googled?
Henry James, "The art of fiction." Something about that question, how does your garden grow . . .

10. What makes you cringe?
My ex-husband. Just kidding. Mean-spiritedness, and the use of the word "impact" as a verb.

© 2011 Traci L. Slatton, author of Fallen

By Traci L. Slatton
Published by Telemachus Press
July 12, 2011; $US/$CAN; Amazon ASIN: B005CI7KVC

In a time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test . . .
Lethal mists have scourged the planet, killing billions of people. As chaos and madness descend, one woman with mysterious healing power guides seven children to safety. Charismatic Arthur offers her and her wards a haven. Slowly Emma falls for him. At the moment of their sweetest love, he reveals his devastating secret, and they are lost to each other.

Don't forget to check this one out....


  1. Always enjoy the Q&A. Thanks for the info!

  2. Thanks for the great questions. I love your blog!

  3. And Traci -- I love the cringe question. I think there are a lot of women that feel that way!


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