Knack Writer Profiles: Tracey Hawkins

Tracey is an award winning author, who easily slides between the worlds of creating books for children, writing crime, freelance writing, editing, critiquing and teaching writing classes at CIT and the ACT Writer's Centre. In her spare time- she is a guest presenter at National Conferences, schools, community events, moonlights as a Trainer and Assessor at Open Colleges, and is the ACT Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. When not tied up in the writing world, Tracey enjoys stepping into the real world to find inspiration and creativity in all that surrounds her.

Why do you write?
That’s easy- because I have to. I absolutely love what I do. My head is always thinking and churning words into stories- it never stops.  

How would you describe your work?
It is a mixed bag at times. However, I mostly write fiction. This encompasses any genre from picture books for little people as tall as a yard stick, through to YA and works for adults. My real passion is writing crime - I love writing really dark and gruesome stuff, which makes me wonder how the hell this stuff pops into my head. I also write non-fiction and freelance works for any topic. 

What's your party trick?
I have a habit of wring plots for stories on paper tablecloths at restaurants and then having to apologise to staff as I rip those brilliant ideas off to take with me. 

What are you looking forward to in 2015?
It's been a busy few months and soon I'll have the time to spend hours in the mind of a psychopathic serial killer, and complete my YA crime novel.