I have been writing and publishing romances since 1999 when I sold my first two books in the same week (after six years of flogging my work to editors who didn't recognize the staggering genius within). Many of the fifty-plus books I've released so far have been romantic suspense under my own name. I've also squeezed in the odd contemporary and historical romance or two. For a brief stint, I wrote paranormal and urban fantasy romances under the name Teal Ceagh - more on that below.
On March 8, 2011, I went indie. After thirty-five novels published with legacy publishers, I turned to self-publishing, and released the paranormal/urban fantasy romance, BLOOD KNOT, under my real name.
In the future, I will write a lot more paranormal romances (many of them vampire romances) and urban fantasy romances, and quite a few more romantic suspense novels.
Teal Ceagh was created in mid-2009 to allow me to write wildly different types of erotic romances for Ellora's Cave and market them without disrupting my already established readers there. Teal Ceagh wrote the hottest of MMF ménage paranormal romance and urban fantasies that Ellora's Cave have to offer, and that's a pretty extreme jump from the erotic MF romantic suspense I was writing then. I didn't want my established readers to get whiplash.
Lots of people ask about the name, Teal Ceagh.
Actually, it's still really my name. It's my intials: TLC. If you pronounce them, you're saying Teal Ceagh. "Ceagh" is pronounced "see" and it's Irish.
As of March 2011, both Teal Ceagh and Tracy retired from writing erotic paranormal and urban fantasy romances for Ellora's Cave, so Tracy can concentrate on Indie publishing.
When I tell people I've been writing since I was 14 they tend to look at me a little oddly, but it's quite true. I fell in love with Harrison Ford and Star Wars at the exact same moment, and wrote the unofficial sequel in the following year. Of course, I had Han Solo and Leia falling in love long before the sequel came along, and in much more satisfying fashion than George Lucas ever managed.
What I didn't realize at the time, and not for another twenty years or so, was that I had been writing fanfic, possibly the first of its kind.
On a completely off-topic side-note, I used to lie awake at night, listening to the Star Wars soundtrack on my record player, and re-playing the movie in my head, fantasizing about how wonderful it would be to somehow be able to play the movie at home, whenever I wanted. Eight years later I saw my first Beta cassette player. It was the size of a small suitcase and weighed 45 pounds. A few years after that I got to buy my first VHS movie-Star Wars. That was a reflective moment in my life.
However, while things have clearly changed over the years since my first bad attempt at getting a hero and heroine together on paper, two things have not. I'm still writing romances, and I'm still throwing my hero and heroine through a fair imitation of hell while they're sorting their feelings for each other out -- the essence of romantic suspense.
But hey, here's the boring stuff: I'm Australian, although I live in Canada. I still have the accent, although I've been here over a decade now. And I still have trouble remembering it's a hood, not a bonnet, and stuff like that -- you'd be amazed how hard-wired culture really is. It calcifies internally, I think. But the mountains here are stupendous, so I think I'll stick around. Besides, my husband is kinda cute. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention? I met him on the Internet back when it was a few HTML pages and a couple of bulletin boards or two, and me and the kids (three of us) packed up and moved here.
The kids are no longer really kids any more. They're both taller than me now, but I didn't say that aloud, okay? I'd still like them to think I'm the boss for a while longer, at least.
Awards and Achievements
Emma Darcy Award, the Romance Writers of Australia. (the award is now retired) for Eyes of a Stranger.
Best Pastiche Award - Sherlock Holmes Society of Western Australia, for Chronicles of the Lost Years.
Carol Anne Sorel Encouragement Award for Writers (Romance Writers of Australia Inc.)
Author's Site Of Distinction, awarded by Preditors & Editors, September 2000
Best Original eBook in the Frankfurt eBook Awards for 2000, for Diana by the Moon.
Romantic Times "Top Pick" of the month, October, 2001, for Diana by the Moon.
Finalist (Fourth place), Emma Darcy Award, for Diana by the Moon.
Heart of Vengeance nominated for RT Reviewer's Choice Best Historical Romance, March 2004.
Heart of Vengeance finalist for Best Historical Romance of the Year, 2005 CAPA Awards.
Thief in the Night nominated Book Of The Year by RRT Reviews, December 2006.
Black Heart nominated for Romances Studio's Reviewers' Choice Awards, February 2007.
RomantiCon 2009 Superstar Award for "Most Erotic Use of A Chocolate Chip Cookie" for Ningaloo Nights.
Sera's Gift: Winner of The Romance Studio's 5 Hearts Sweetheart Award. 2009.
Beth's Acceptance: 2009 CAPA Finalist for Best Erotic Paranormal Romance.
Ningaloo Nights: RomanticCon 2009 Superstar Award "Most Erotic Use of a Chocolate Chip Cookie".
Night Owls Reviews REVIEWER TOP PICK for Beauty's Beasts 2010.
Night Owl Reviews REVIEWER TOP PICK for Heart of Vengeance. 2010.
Night Owl Reviews REVIEWER TOP PICK for Diana By The Moon. 2010.
2010 CAPA Finalist for Best Erotic Paranormal Romance for Mia's Return.
2010 CAPA Finalist for Favourite Author.
Blood Knot: Winner of the Coffee Time Reviewer's Recommended Award
Fatal Wild Child: The Romance Reviews REVIEWER TOP PICK, August 2011
Blood Knot: Nominated for Erotic Vampire Book of the Year by The Romance Reviews, November 2011
Beauty's Beasts: Cover nominated for Book Of The Year, 2011, by Alternative Read
Blood Knot: CAPA Nomination: Best Paranormal Book of the Year by The Romance Studio, December, 2011
Bannockburn Binding: The Romance Reviews REVIEWER TOP PICK, February 2012
Bannockburn Binding: Nomination for Best Erotic Paranormal Romance, The Romance Reviews, March 2012
Byzantine Heartbreak: The Romance Reviews REVIEWER TOP PICK, May 2012
Blood Knot: Amazon #1 Best Seller in Fantasy, Futuristic & Ghost Romances, September 2012
Blood Stone: Reviewer Top Pick, Night Owl Reviews, October 2012
Bannockburn Binding: Amazon Best Seller in Fantasy, futurist & Ghost Romances, October 2012
Chronicles of the Lost Years: Amazon Best Seller in Historical Mysteries, March 2013
Byzantine Heartbreak: Best Book Of the Year Nominee - SF/Futuristic Category - The Romance Reviews, March 2013
Byzantine Heartbreak: Winner - Best Book Of the Year - SF/Futuristic - The Romance Reviews, April 2013