New Member Highlight: Meet Tracy Forgie Koppel!


Q: Do you write full-time or part-time?

Full time


Q: What’s the hardest part of writing?



Q: What’s your favorite fantasy/sci movie?

Kiki’s Delivery Service


Q: Who’s your favorite fantasy/sci fi figure?

The favorite movie question was hard, but this is so much harder!  Recently, I’ve been thinking about Keladry from Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small series, but I also love Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson.

 Q: If you could meet anyone in fantasy or sci-fi, who would it be?

In 1990, I was able to meet Kate Elliott in a small group setting.  I’d love to meet Patricia Briggs, Tamora Pierce and MaryJanice Davidson.  However, I’m not sure that Kiki, Keladry, Mercy Thompson or any of the other characters I love to read about would be interested in talking to me.

 Q: If you could visit any fantasy or sci-fi place, where would it be?

Pern, because I’ve always wanted a fire lizard.


Q: What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Study the authors you love to see how they do it.


Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Middle school, when a handful of the best students got to spend Fridays’ classes working on creative writing.

 Q: Are there specific books or authors who have influenced you as a writer?


Suzanne Brockmann is the author I turn to most often when I’ve wanted to see how an expert handles things (such as making a setting clear without slowing down the story).  Since I’ve begun teaching a few classes, I’ve consciously looked to other authors for examples so I give examples across genres.

 Q: Give us a brief rundown of your process. Are you a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in the middle?


Pantser, trying to figure out how to use a few plotting tools to complete manuscripts more quickly.

 Q: Can you tell us a bit about your journey to publication?

I completed my first manuscript in 1998.  My mother shared it with a retired acquiring editor she was friends with.  The editor made it clear that it was terrible.  I worked on another manuscript while I licked my wounds.  Once my youngest was old enough to be in school, I began taking writing courses (2007).  After burying all four of my children’s grandparents, dealing with my youngest being bullied in school and other challenges, instead of focusing solely on getting my work out into the world, I volunteered to be a developmental editor on an anthology project headed up by a friend of mine.  Then, after spending so much time on the anthology, I realized that those in charge of promoting it needed my help.  That was Turning Points: Short Stories, Memoir and Creative Nonfiction by Members of Off Campus Writers Workshop.)  I almost quit the volunteer work Turning Points reached it’s one-year anniversary.  Instead, I agreed to reprise my role for Meaningful Conflicts: The Art of Friction.  Now I’m trying to decline all opportunities to volunteer so I can focus on getting my novels published.

 Q: Tell us about your latest release and what’s coming next for you.

My most recent release is Meaningful Conflicts: The Art of Friction.  It’s a short story and poetry anthology that not only contains a short story I wrote, but I was one of the developmental editors involved in the project.

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