What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I have always been a massive reader, from pre-school, and have always had the idea that I may write novels for a living. Creatively, I ended up going down the Fine Art route and I am an Exhibiting Artist. My work is currently hanging in the restaurant at the Grimsby Institute.
I have always written, but never put it out for public consumption. At the beginning of 2012, my personal life had a major upheaval and I suddenly found I was able to lose myself in doing some serious writing. I had a mad moment and asked a friend if he would look at a piece that I had started, with regards to writing a novel. He liked it and suggested that I try putting it up as a blog. I thought that was a great idea and PI GY (Private Investigations, Grimsby) was born. It is a mix of fact and fiction. It ‘stars’ me as an Artist (fact), needing another income stream (fact) and deciding to set up as a Private Detective (fiction). Some of the people and the locations are factual and some are fictional, as are some of the escapades that I mention. Quite a few of the incidents have happened to me at one time or another.
After only posting a couple of parts, I was approached by a chap from Siren FM, a Lincoln-based radio station, and asked if I would write more and then record it as a series for radio. Although the thought of going into a studio and reading it out absolutely terrified me I thought, may as well go for it, and in two sessions we had got series one in the can. I have been asked to write series two and I will do as soon as I get the chance. As well as being broadcast on Siren FM, it has also been broadcast on Estuary Radio. I still intend to fatten up my little PI GY into a novel.
The PI GY blog can be read here www.traceyedges.blogspot.com, but start with ‘The Beginning’ as that is, erm, the beginning! It can be found in the May archive. It needs to be read in order as a continuous story. The first series, of eight episodes, can be listened to here www.sirenonline.co.uk/section/features/stories-on-siren. I had raging flu when I recorded it, (typical me), so all the coughs, croaks, sniffles and sneezes had to be edited out!
Never having thought about writing short stories before, I suddenly developed a taste for it and the ones that I have put on my blog have had really good feedback. I feel oddly proud that my stories have made people cry as far away as Japan. I’d much rather make people laugh though! www.alittlebitoftraceyedges.blogspot.com.
I was very lucky, and chuffed to little mint balls, that one of my stories was accepted for a charity anthology: Off The Record 2 – At The Movies, edited by, and full of, writers (there are 47 in all) that I really respect. The story had to be based on a film title and I chose ‘Memento’ as I hadn’t seen the film and didn’t want to be influenced by it. The charity element is to promote literacy for children on both sides of the Atlantic and it is an excellent read. It is available in paperback and e-book and at £1.99 must be the biggest bargain around. It can be bought from here.
My inspiration has to have come from way back and, after working my way through all the Ladybird books, I devoured all the various Enid Blyton collections as well as the Narnia books. I am an only child. but you can never be lonely, or bored, if you have a book to hand as there is always a different world in which to lose yourself.
My current inspiration comes from all around me and is as organic as my art. I always know where I will start but I never know where I will end up. A word, a situation or an offhand comment can all ignite the spark, which leads me rushing to the keyboard to get it out of my head and onto paper.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I write every day, but as I present a weekly radio show: The Edges Review Show on Estuary Radio, a lot of my writing is features for that. I love interacting with musicians and authors as well as looking into the news.
When I get the chance to spill out a short story on to the page, I tend to work between midnight and 3am. I think it is the stillness and the calm that allows me to get ‘into the zone.’ It’s not that great the next morning though.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I’m non-genre specific. I love being given a brief and the resulting light bulb moment when, after a moment of panic, the ideas start tumbling forth.
What draws you to write in that genre?
I love exploring and researching everything, especially things I have no previous knowledge about. I am happy to write fiction from dark to funny to emotional. I think the only genre I wouldn’t write is erotic, but that’s just because it doesn’t appeal to me personally and it would make me squirm having to write a lot of the words!
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
I am working hard on my radio show and putting together a writing business, which will launch in April 2013. There are tentative/initial plans to write a short play to be filmed. I have also been asked to write a story for an anthology and, of course, I have a million short stories in my head that need to escape.
What are your writing plans for the future?
My plans are to write short stories, or even columns, for magazines, newspapers and weekend supplements, on a global scale. It’s a very, very tough market to crack, but I am determined to make a living doing what I love to do and will work extremely hard to achieve this. I have some great ideas for novels that I will get on with as soon as I have the business up and running, as well as expanding PI GY (which I would love to see as a TV sitcom), so all very exciting. I also intend to carry on exhibiting my art. Who needs food and sleep?!
Where can people find out more about you?
www.traceyedges.co.uk (Embarrassingly out of date but on the list to do!)
Facebook: Tracey Edges
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5depLM8R6RU&feature=plcp – Interview about EC/LECT/TIC exhibition with Estuary Radio. May 2012
Press article: Lincolnshire Echo April 2012 www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/Love-art-fostered-early-age/story-15723206-detail/story.html
Press article: Thanet Times (Margate) Nov 2011 www.thisiskent.co.uk/Ms-Emin-s-new-Tracey-block/story-13754025-detail/story.html