What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired to write A Little Bit of Sinning as I lay in bed after a terrible car accident wishing my situation away. My truck was hit by a drunk driver and unfortunately the accident left me with severe mobility issues. I laid there praying to God asking him to let me walk on my own again. Then I thought, what would I do differently? If I could take charge of my life and make it the way I wanted it to be, what would that new life model look like? How would I address my familiar situation, nonexistent love life, and failing marriage? How would my life be if I took control and treated everyone exactly how they treat me? If I could do it my way, where would I go? Who would I meet? How free would I really be? Would I take a new lover or a few? Could I allow someone else to touch me after knowing only one man, biblically, for my entire adult life? I created a new world within the pages of A Little Bit of Sinning and lived my best life, vicariously through my characters.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would tell my younger self: The moment certain people discover that you have a gift they will talk against it, they will discourage you, they will even degrade your work. Never stop writing, no matter what. Protect your work until you are good and ready to share it. People will come into your life and support you. Never give up and one day your work will be in the Library of Congress.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I invested in getting my book properly edited and professionally published by B. T. Books. My publisher has excellent distribution. I was so happy to see my books in the Google Play Store, on Walmart.com, iBooks, Amazon, Nook, and so many more places all over the world. I have sold books in several different countries.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I research places for background information only. If I have not been to the places in which the book is set I will look at photos online, read about the culture, and look up local living such as festivals, concerts in the park, and traditional old town events. There is no time limit or maximum for my research. I dive in as if I am on vacation soaking up the culture.
How many hours a day do you write?
I do not write every day. When I get lost in a novel, however, I can write twelve to sixteen hours per day. I have fallen asleep on my laptop many times and woke up the next morning to a dead computer and a keyboard pattern on my face. Thank God for autosave.
What was your hardest scene to write?
The most difficult scene I wrote was the plot twist. I actually cried as I wrote it because it felt so real. I agonized over it with a box of tissues and a glass of wine. Love is not selfish. Love is long suffering and my characters undergo a multitude of trials for love.
What is your favorite childhood book?
My favorite book is The Little Red Hen. From the moment I heard the tale, I took the life lessons to heart, from that day to this. I love that book, still.
A LITTLE BIT OF SINNING is a story about love and loss, lies and betrayal, and the sanctity of the matrimonial bed, with a hedonistic twist. The main character, Tina is strong minded and tough. She was raised by her Southern grandfather, and therefore she does not have the traditional idiosyncrasies of conventional women. She is a North side St. Louis girl; tough, direct, sensual and strong—decadent trouble. Tina is married to Mitchell. Their twelve-year marriage produced two daughters. Come join Tina, a recent emotionally separated woman, on her first night out in a night club, doing A LITTLE BIT OF SINNING, a week after her husband demands a divorce. Tina rises to the occasion and agrees without hesitation. The story starts off at the breaking point of one relationship and then quickly moves to Tina’s unorthodox, and deceptively cold reaction to the break-up. She immediately moves into the guest bedroom of her home and embarks on her new life as a single woman. She loves men, so much so, that the dissolution of her marriage gives her the perfect excuse to date and experience the pleasures of new men. Her trip to the club started out as a litmus test to find out if she is still attractive to the opposite sex. Armed with the knowledge that she is, she embarks on a truly sinful rite of passage. Before long, Mitchell, wants his wife back, and pulls out all the stops. Has Mitchell had a change of heart or is he jealous of Tina’s new-found freedom and happiness? A LITTLE BIT OF SINNING is a story that can be appreciated by any person who has been in a relationship and gave it her all just to be betrayed in the end. Tina is downright scandalous in reclaiming herself. A LITTLE BIT OF SINNING is a tale filled with drama, twists, and turns that will keep the reader interested from beginning to end. Come cheer Tina on as she takes love’s capricious journey.
Tracee A. Hanna is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri. Her tempestuous stories serve to entertain and enlighten readers on a variety of issues women face in today’s world – romantic, erotic, realistic.
Amazon Best bestselling author and featured author in a New York Times bestselling anthology, Tracee A. Hanna is a life-long lover of books. She started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while she recovered from a car accident which involved a drunk driver. Her debut short story, THE MASQUERADE PARTY, is featured in New York Times bestselling Anthology Caramel Flava, edited by Zane, published by Simon and Schuster, and listed in The Library of Congress.
Ms. Hanna is a loving mother of two, a world traveler, and she loves to cook. With such a peaceful, pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes explicit and erotic nature of her imagination. Find out more about Tracee A. Hanna by visiting www.MissTracee.com.