How would you describe this book to
your friends and family?
It’s an interracial romance set in the
1860’s. It’s based on a local legend and an old diary. Without
downplaying the severity of slavery, you
get a rich love story that is very human
What inspired you to write this book?
The legend, the diary and the fact that
I have an interracial marriage. My husband and I often wonder ‘what if?’.
What have some of your readers/fan said
about your book that surprised you?
I was concerned about how Civil
Warriors would be received (it’s different) but the reviews have blown me away!
I am humbled to tears by the reaction.
*One of the best books I have read.
*Good intelligent read!!!
*It kept me up past my bedtime 😊
The book is set in 1860’s. How did you
prep for this book?
Sooooo much research, lol. I had to be
sure every unconventional idea I put into the story was provable.
What can you tell us about some of your
Georgia Anne is a woman of color with
education, ability and no desire to be a servant. (You can imagine how that
goes over in the 1860’s)
John Richard owns her, and loves her.
But, he can’t reconcile the two. (He is a product of his environment and a
prisoner to his heart.)
William would buck society to have her,
but he would never hurt his brother.
Red Eagle is a Plains Indian who could
alter Georgia Anne’s destiny.
Georgie is Georgia
Anne’s twin. It’s up to him to save their
Are you planning on a sequel for this
book? Why or why not?
People have asked but, John Richard and
Georgia Anne’s story is done. I do,
however, think about some of the side
stories that happened and maybe there will be a next generation sequel. Idk.
What surprised you when you were
The number of practical examples for my
seemingly far-fetched ideas.
And last but not least, because I am a
huge fan of movies, what are some of your favorite films?
High fantasy and epic overcoming!
Lord of the Rings (you don’t want to know how many times I’ve watched this), Harry Potter, The Avengers, The Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall), Pride & Prejudice (Keira Knightly)
About the Author
Novelist, Reviewer, Content Editor, Blogger, T-shirt Wearer, and Professional Snacker; Tracy A. Ball is a native Baltimorean and a veteran West Virginian whose family is blended from three cultures. She has opened her home to foster children, drug addicts, AIDS victims, and anyone who needed an assist. She knows people who have committed murder and people who have dined with the Pope.
Which is why she writes sweet stories about tough love, tough stories about sweet love, and takes long naps.
After a humiliating break up, Sarah decides
it’s time to fall back in love with her first true love—travel. She books the
perfect trip to revive her humdrum heartbroken life—ten days sailing the Greek
islands on a yacht.
The last thing she wants is to meet someone
new, but Sarah soon finds herself flirting with the cute American, Josh, and
considering something more serious with the sexy silver fox, James.
Will Sarah dive into a holiday fling,
embark on a relationship, or stick to her plan – steer clear of men, continue
her love affair with feta, and find her own way after all?
Ten days, two men, one boat, and one big
Now folks, this book is a favorite of mine! I laughed, I cried. After I was done with the book, I felt like I had just been on vacation! The way that Sandy Barker describes the food, and the locations-so great. You’ll absolutely love this romcom of a book!!!
It is my pleasure to include the author today. Welcome Sandy Barker!
In your own words, how would you describe your book?
One Summer in Santorini is a fun and flirty romantic comedy
with a hefty theme – getting back to the once-happy you and living your biggest
life. And although she’s really not interested in meeting anyone new, being
fresh from an awful breakup, she meets two ‘someones’ – very different from
each other, and each bringing out a different side of her.
What is the first food you would order/eat if you
returned on this same trip Sarah takes?
Horiatiki – hands down. It’s Greek salad to non-Greeks and
quite honestly, when I am in Greece, I will have one or two a day. It’s the
tomatoes – they are the best in the world. There is a lot of other goodness in
that salad, but it is almost impossible to recreate unless you have good
Tell us a little about Sarah’s background. Who was she
before the vacation?
When we meet her, she is reasonably fresh from a breakup,
and she’s ‘stuck’. She’d let herself love an unkind man, one who snuffed the
joy from her life. She’s been coping by wallowing in self-pity, slaving at the
gym, and spending far too much time alone. Booking the trip to Greece in a
moment of bravery was the best thing she could have done. It terrifies her –
she Is prone to anxiety and worry – but she needs the journey to get back to
Who are some of the friends on the boat? What can you
tell us about them?
As this book is inspired by my real-life love story – I met
my partner on a pier in Santorini just as we were about to get on a sailing
trip – the characters on the boat are also inspired by real people. Gary and
Mari are a married couple who have a fantastic relationship – very loving. It’s
important for Sarah to see that love like that exists, and Marie becomes like a
big sister to Sarah, even giving her a dose of tough love.
The Skipper, Duncan, and his partner – long-distance love,
Geraldine (Gerry) – show Sarah that relationships can be fun, flirtatious, and
anchored in friendship. They are both funny characters, and I loved writing
them. Hannah is Sarah’s cabin mate. She’s also trying to get over a heartbreak,
but is more cynical than hopeful, and Sarah finds herself wanting to smooth out
some of Hannah’s rough edges.
And then there is Josh, one of the love interests. He is
younger than her, but they both feel that yearning for a bigger life, as he
calls it. They start as fast friends – he is bright and makes her laugh – but
she can’t deny the attraction either.
Can you share a picture with us on your trip to the Greek Islands? What is your memory of this photo?
This is me, Ben (my partner) and Sinead, a member of our floating family from our last trip to Greece. We are sailing into Athens at the end of the trip, so it was a bittersweet moment – we’d be saying goodbye soon. Patrick, the Skipper who inspired the character of Duncan, is in the background. Sinead became a dear friend and she has inspired a character in the sequel.
I’ve also included a photo of Sinead and I swimming off the
boat when it was anchored in a tiny cove off Sifnos. We were the only boat
there, and we called it Artemis Cove, because the night before had been a full
moon and we’d had a barbecue on the beach by moonlight.
What are some of your upcoming releases?
I am about to hand over edits for the second book in my
series about Sarah’s sister, Cat. She becomes a love fugitive when her flatmate
declares his undying love for her, and she escapes to Europe on a bus tour. In
Paris, she runs into someone from her past and …
You’ll have to read it when it comes out in March. 😉
It looks like the sequel to One Summer in Santorini will be
out mid-year 2020 and I am also writing a Christmas book about three friends
from the UK, the US, and Australia who swap Christmases. Look for that ahead of
Christmas next year.
Because I am a movie lover, I have to ask all authors who
chat with me, what is a movie you could just watch over and over?
Just one? How about two?
When Harry Met Sally – the most perfect romcom ever written.
Pitch Perfect – hilarious and I love the singing.
Thank you very much for having me – this was a blast. xx
About the Author
I’m a writer and traveller with a lengthy bucket list and cheeky sense of humour. When I travel, I love exploring new places, outdoor adventures, and eating and drinking like a local. I’m also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob.
As an author, I write the heart – what makes it sing, what breaks it, and how it mends – and many of my travel adventures have found homes in my novels. My first novel, a romantic comedy set in Greece and inspired by my real-life love story, was published in June 2019 by One More Chapter (HarperCollins).
I am editing my second book (the follow-up to One Summer in Santorini), and have just started writing my fifth. 2020 will see at least two new books out in the world!