Tracy Wolff's newest contemporary (or contemporary erotica as I like to call it) is out and it's hawtness. Today Tracy is here to talk about where Tease Me takes place.
When I sat down to write this blog, I was unsure of what I wanted to write about—or how I wanted to write it. But as I started thinking about Tease Me, my third erotic suspense from NAL and the third book to be set in and around New Orleans, I decided that I wanted to write a little about the Big Easy itself—and what it was like to come of age there and to write there.
New Orleans is a city for artists and for those who love art—of all kinds. In the four years I lived there while going to graduate school, I spent more time than I could ever imagine listening to music—at clubs and the world famous jazz festival, on the streets and at small, impromptu gatherings. I learned the names of jazz greats and the music of brand new artists destined to be great. And I stood on street corners feeding dollar bills into hats and Coke cans and guitar cases as I listened to the sounds of the streets.
I roamed Jackson Square, with its huge statue of Andrew Jackson and its borders of the Cathedral on one side and Descartes on the other, spoke to the street artists there and filled up my small, one bedroom apartment with black and white sketches and glorious watercolors of the New Orleans of the past—and the present.
And I wrote. God, did I write. There was something about that city that made me more prolific than I’ve ever been (except for maybe write now). I sat in Café du Monde, drinking café au lait and eating beignets and penning tales of life and love. I wandered down Bourbon Street to Jean Lafitte’s Old Blacksmith Shop, the oldest building in the French Quarter and where all the writers liked to write, and sat for hours sipping cranberries and vodkas and writing my heart out—more than once next to New Orleans’s most famous writer, Anne Rice. I scoured the old bookstore on Pirate’s Alley for rare and exciting tomes that would inspire my writing—and my imagination.
I spent four years in New Orleans. It’s the city where I finally grew up, where I turned 21, where I fell in love, where I got married, where I had my first child, where I got my graduate degree, where I got my first short stories published, where … There are very few of my important firsts that didn’t happen in this city.
So as I wrote Tease Me, a story of the darker side of New Orleans, I worked hard to capture some of the Crescent City’s style and grace. I tried to capture a little bit of its elegance along with its gritty reality. I can only hope I’ve succeeded.
How about you? What city has influenced you the most in your life? I’m giving away a copy of Tease Me, so comment for a chance to win.
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