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I’m pleased to welcome Tracey Allen to the conversation.  Tracy is a non-fiction writer focusing on sustainability.

Tracey Allen is a Prince Edward Island based writer and member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. Her printed work includes book reviews in Atlantic Books Today, marketing columns in both The Insider and The Network, and various articles for National and Atlantic publications. She writes marketing copy, business articles, reviews, and some articles just for the fun of it! Her hobbies include organic gardening, tennis, and travel.

THE Q & A

From where do you draw inspiration?

My books are non-fiction so my inspiration is the next generation. Books are centered around sustainability. My desire is to motivate, to help and to educate, as much as possible, things I’ve learned, and as I learn.

What is the hardest thing about your creative process?

Getting the time to focus on writing and developing stories around non-fiction topics.

Do you work every day, or only when inspiration strikes?

I work when I can, as I’m a marketing consultant doing project work, in addition to writing. Some days are better than others.

How do you feel about the current art market/art climate?

With everyone expecting things for free it is hard to make a living doing what you love. That said I believe there are more opportunities today for writers and other artists than ever before with the Internet allowing more direct purchases.

If you could change one thing about the art world today, what would it be?

A greater appreciation for the time it takes to create and publish a book or develop a painting etc.

Talk a little bit about your current project and why you decide to embark on it.

My first book Do It Yourself Press Releases: Helping to Promote Your Organization http://amzn.com/B005DAY01W was ‘test the waters’ book, to see how e-books and self-publishing worked. It was based on previous articles I’d written plus the curriculum I developed teaching Marketing at the University of Prince Edward Island for five years. The content was readily available and the book was pretty well ready to go.

My second book The Sustainable Table: Take Back Your Plate http://amzn.com/B007R6051O was a labor of love and written to hopefully encourage people away from the world of processed foods. The development and writing took a few years and changed many times in the process. It is really an introduction to those considering a change in their lifestyle towards a sustainable living.

My third book Building a Passive Solar House: My Experience Shared http://amzn.com/B008TAFOZE was an adventure shared with the hopes of inspiring others to build sustainably. The book is unique in that it is from a home owners point of view rather than a technical point of view.

My most recent project to be released in the next few months is The Sustainable Business: 5R’s to Boost Business Profit$ is an attempt to collect examples from my own experience and others on ways to incorporate the 5 R’s of environment sustainability to reduce business expenses thereby increasing profits.

How does being a woman impact your work?

Women are great mulit-taskers and I’m thankful that I have this ability! Not to mention women are great at promoting other women a real advantage.

If you had the chance to address a group of young girls, what would you say to inspire them?

You can do whatever you set your mind to do, whether it is labeled or not!

To find out more about Tracey, visit:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/entity/-/B005E68KWA/ref=cm_sw_su_e