Twin Cities Book Fest

This Saturday, October 16th I’ll be a Featured Author at the Twin Cities Book Fest! If your in the area come and see me between 10:00am to 5:00pm!!

It’s a Science Fair format so I’ll be focusing on the environmental themes in The Field and Catalyst. This is a great format for me as I love engaging with readers and talking about my books. Here’s what I have planned for my booth:

  • My computer will be running a video showing how a homeowner can light her water on fire from methane released during fracking.
  • I have a kinetic energy ball to demonstrate the Universal Energy field,
  • I created fliers on how to be a Climate Activist
  • Examples of reusing and upcycling – baskets made of candy wrappers and shorts with visible mending
  • My Be a Climate Activist, Be a Catalyst for Change banner

The Environment in Fiction and Fact

What can you do to be a catalyst for change? Environmental degradation can feel daunting, but there are all kinds of things YOU can do that help care for our planet and make a more sustainable future. Come meet YA fiction author Tracy Richardson to learn about her new book Catalyst and how fictional narrative and real life facts can both help us think about our environment more complexly.

Tracy Richardson is the author of the young adult series The Catalysts, including Book I, The Field, and Book II, Catalyst. The Field won the Eric Hoffer Award and a Bronze Medal for the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and was a Finalist in the Science Fiction category for the American Fiction Awards. Catalyst won the New Age category and was a Finalist in the Young Adult category for the American Fiction Awards. Tracy has a degree in biology, and her science background plays a significant role in her writing; her books include science themes such as quantum physics, collective consciousness, and the universal energy field, as well as strong environmental themes. There is no second planet. Tracy lives in Indianapolis and enjoys crafting, cooking, and being outdoors. Visit her at www.tracyrichardsonauthor.com.

Traci Harding Endorsement – The Catalysts Series

I’m very excited to share this endorsement for The Catalysts Series (The Field, Book I and Catalyst, Book II) from Traci Harding, Australia’s #1 Sci-Fi Fantasy author!!!

More than just stories, Tracy Richardson weaves quantum theory into the everyday to life altering effect. What may seem a fun tale is a subtle lesson in creating your own reality. Essential reading for young adults who desire to understand and master the skills to pre-pave their own future.

~ Traci Harding author of “The Ancient Future Series

Traci and I did an author talk last April and really bonded over the similar themes in our novels. It’s been so exciting to find another author who writes about conscioussness, quantum physics and intention. These are just a few of Traci’s novels – she’s written over 20!!

Traci introduced me to fellow Australian author, A.K. Wilder, (aka Kim Falconer) author of The Path of the Stray, The Road to the Soul and most recently her new YA novels, Crown of Bones and the upcoming Curse of Shadows. Her books also deal with issues of environmental destruction, telepathy and consciousness but in a totally different way the The Catalysts series.

Happy reading everyone!! I know I’ve got a TBR pile a mile high!

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UFOs, UAPs, ETs – What are they?

I believe in extra-terrestrials. In other-worldly beings.

Read Catalyst if you want to learn more about how I think they are already interacting with us.

I think it’s naive, even silly and especially self-important to believe that in the vast universe we inhabit we are the ONLY evolved, intelligent beings. Most people I talk to agree. They’re just not sure that ETs are here, now, visiting us on Earth.

The arguments against them being here usually revolve around technology. How could they get here with distances in space travel measured in light years which would be thousands or millions of our years? We can’t understand or even conceive how it could be accomplished. That, my friends is the crux of the problem. So often in our history if we can’t ‘see’ something or understand it based on our limited frame of reference, then it can’t be true. Think flat Earth and the Sun revolving around the Earth. As we learn more, our horizons expand. That’s how science works. We are constantly discovering new things about the world around us and revising our understanding of that world.

Quantum physics is a perfect example. While most of us have only a limited understanding of what quantum physics is, I can tell you that it defies the laws of Newtonian physics we have come to rely on. But it has been proven to be true. Newtonian physics is also true. They co-exist.

The idea that ETs can’t get here using technology as WE know it also assumes that they are only as advanced technologically as we are. We’re back to our self-importance and naivite. I believe we are infants in terms of both our spiritual and technological advancement.

For decades believing in the existance of UFOs and ETs was ridiculed and mocked. The government denied and discredited sightings even by trained military personnel. There are stories of suppression and threats against those who would share what they saw and experienced.

Now that has changed. The govenment report release on June 25th by Office of the Director of National Intelligence acknolwleges what they are now calling UAPs -Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon. In and of itself this is good news, but it is not the full story. Not by a long shot.

They are still withholding information and spinning UAPs as a threat to national security. And not acknowledging that they could be extraterrestrials. Even though there is no evidence that we are being threatened or attacked in any way. In the face of far superior technology, and most likely very advanced civilizations who’ve created it, our reaction is to turn to aggression and possibly violence. No wonder the extra-terrestials keep their distance from us.

My hope is that individuals will send out messages of good will and welcome. That we will show we want peaceful interactions and to learn from these more advanced beings. It is time for us to turn from war to peace and to recognize we are #OnePeopleOneUniverse.

Here are some resources if you’re looking for more information.

NPR Article on the UAP Report

Dr. Steven Greer’s Response to the DNI report on Sirius Disclosure

The Arcturian Anthology by Tom Kenyon and Judi Scion

Group of Forty – David Miller’s collection of books

The Day After Rosewell by William J. Birnes and Philip Corso

Tracy and Traci Virtual Event -Tuesday, 4/13!!

Tonight’s the night!

Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00pm EST

Join the fun as Australian Sci-fi Fantasy author Traci Harding and I discuss all things sci-fi, fantasy, esoteric and metaphysical. We’ll throw in a little bit about the Zero Point Energy Field, and alternative universes and states of consciousness for good measure! Zoom links below. I’m really looking forward to this and I know you’ll enjoy it.

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Out Of This World Virtual Author Event

I’m thrilled to announce an Out Of This World Virtual Author Event with me and Traci Harding, Australia’s #1 Sci-Fi Fantasy author!! Join the live conversation as Traci and I discuss our books, writing, where we get our ideas and the similar themes woven throughout the stories we create.

Tuesday, April 13th, 7:00pm EST USA

One of my reviewers from the Catalyst Blog Tour last summer compared my books to Traci’s so I reached out and connected with her on social media. Our books touch on the subjects of time travel, quantum physics, the Universal Energy Field, extraterrestrials, and the esoteric and metaphysical. It was so cool to find another fiction author who writes about the things I’m interested in. An added bonus is we get along great!

Another cool thing is that Traci lives near Brisbane, Australia so when we’re chatting on the evening of Tuesday 4/13 it’ll be 10:00am in the morning on WEDNESDAY the 14th for her! It truly is a small world.

Even though she’s deep into revisions on her next book (she’s written over 22 titles!!), she graciously agreed to do this event with me. I’m extremely excited and know that you are in for a treat when you join the conversation! More details on the Zoom event below.

Want to learn more about Traci and purchase her books? Visit her website at Personally signed books by Traci Harding (allthingstraci.com.au)

There’s even more info on Traci at her publisher’s site: Traci Harding – Australia’s Best Selling Fantasy Author

Want to purchase one of THIS Tracy’s books in The Catalysts series? Click Here!

Here’s the Dirt on Traci Harding!

Traci Harding is a Science/Fantasy Novelist, published through HarperCollins/Voyager Australia and Bolinda Audio.    Her work blends fantasy, fact, esoteric theory, time travel and quantum physics, into adventurous romps through history, alternative dimensions, universes and states of consciousness.

Since its release in 1996, the Ancient Future Trilogy has had over fifty reprints, three editions and was released as an omnibus in 2014. The first book of the series made the ABC’s list of “the Most Loved Books of All Time” (2010) and “Australia’s Top 100 Homegrown Reads” (2013). TThe Ancient Future became an Australian best-seller in its first month of release, and in 2014 the omnibus shot into the Amazon US top 5 Science/Fantasy books. Every Harding novel since the Ancient Future has debuted in the top 10 on the Science/Fantasy best-sellers list soon after publication. Traci has sold in excess of a half a million books in Australia alone.

Here’s the Dirt on Tracy Richardson (that’s me!)

Tracy Richardson is the author of the young adult series The Catalysts, including Book I, The Field, and Book II, Catalyst. The Field won the Eric Hoffer award for young adult literature and was a Bronze Medalist for the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Catalyst was a Finalist in the American Fiction Awards Young Adult category and won first place in the New Age category. Tracy has a degree in biology and her science background plays a significant role in her writing through her incorporation of both true science and science fiction. Her books are set in real Earth time with both a science fiction/paranormal theme and an environmental theme. There is no second planet.

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Toucan Tuesdays

Indiana Center for The Book

Last summer I was interviewed by Sammy the Toucan for the Indiana State Library’s Indiana Center for the Book. The interview just aired on January 26th so I can share it with you now. After my boyfriend saw it, his comment was “Are you being interviewed by a puppet?” Yes. Yes, I am. 🙂 And Sammy, the puppet that is, asked some great questions! See for yourself.

Check out more videos of me talking about my books, the environment, the Universal Energy Field and writing on my YouTube Channel!

Virtual Author Event News

I’m working on several Virtual Author Events for this spring which I’m REALLY excited about. With the pandemic I haven’t been able to get out and meet with readers in person, so virtual events are the next best thing. I’m partnering with another sci-fi/fantasy author who will interview me and we’ll chat about writing and our books. You’re going to want to sign up!! She’s super cool! Stay-tuned for more details to come.

Writing News – Book III

I’m hard at work on Marcie and Eric’s next adventure. As I’m writing it from both perspectives it’s almost like writing two separate books. So far I’ve written about 170 pages and I think I have 200 more to go. Writing during the time of quarentine went well for me at first and then in the Fall I got sick (not with COVID) and had a little stretch of feeling down and discouraged. I think all of us have phased through that at some point in 2020. Fortunately I was able to pull through and got my mojo back and am back to writing. Excited to see what happens next in the story!! I write with a general outline, but once I get started, the story just flows and ideas percolate, so I never know exactly how things will play out.

How have you been coping this past year? Really looking forward to connecting in person in 2021!

CATALYST Wins American Book Fest Award!!

I’m pleased and honored to share that Catalyst has been selected as the Winner of the New Age Fiction category of the American Book Fest Best Books Awards!

Winner – New Age Fiction

Catalyst was also recognized as a Finalist in the Young Adult category by American Book Fest in August.

Book News

Receiving an award like this really helps get me motivated to work on Book III of The Catalysts series. I’m about 150 pages in with probably 200 to 250 to go. As I’m writing it from both Marcie and Eric’s perspectives it is essentially like writing two complete books and weaving them together. I’m having a LOT of fun with it. Still hoping to do a research trip to France when we can travel again!!

Virtual Book Tour

My publisher, Brown Books, and I are working on a Virtual Book Tour starting in January, 2021. We’re putting together a fun interview and Q&A format. I can’t wait to connect with readers again!! More news on dates and how to register as the schedule gets firmed up.

I hope that you are safe and well and that you can find many things to be thankful for during these challenging times.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and those you love.

Order your copy of Catalyst! Ebook and paperback available now! 

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8 1/2 Hours to VOTE

I voted on Saturday. I live in Indianapolis, which is Marion County, and voter turn out for early voting has been tremendous. But I didn’t expect to have to wait Eight. Hours. To. Vote. That’s right. But wait I did. It was too important.

Still in good spirits after 8 1/2 Hours!!

The really cool thing though? Is that EVERYONE waited. And we had fun. It was such a diverse crowd. There was me – white woman in her 50’s. And Keesha – 20-something African American woman. There was group of Anime dressed college theater students- first time voters, too! Also, Ann, and Don and Donna (who was a Vegas show-girl at one point I found out!!) approaching retirment age. The 27 year old African American couple who shared my love of Chex Mix.

5 1/2 Hours in!!

Over the course of the beautiful Fall day full of sunshine (thank goodness for that!) we bonded. We saved each other’s place in line for bathroom breaks and to do lunch runs. We shared our fold-up chairs and learned about each other. We did the WAVE and cheered when people who had voted left the building.

My young Anime friend – First Time Voter!

EVERYONE wore their masks and we mostly social distanced… 🙂

Lovely people brought us pizza, water bottles and candy. VOTE for DEMOCRACY set up a free taco truck and later a biscuit Food Truck arrived. I knitted half a baby sweater as I pushed my chair along the twists and turns of the line in the parking lot.

If you haven’t voted yet, DO IT!! This might be the most important election of our lifetimes. We get to decide what kind of a country the United States of America will be moving forward. I want it to be a country that CARES. You can probably guess who I voted for. Do your part. Get out and VOTE.

Share your voting stories with me, too!!

Favorite Books

The last book in The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner, Return of the Thief just arrived in the mail today!! The series is possibly my all time favorite with The King of Attolia being one of my absolute favorite books. Can’t wait to read it! My boyfriend has already started it, but he’s a fast reader. 🙂

Here are some of my favorite book series. Not in any particular order. There are more of course, but these are some of the best.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore ~ and all the other books in the series

An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart ~ Third in the Merlin and King Arthur series

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis ~ The Narnia Series

The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien ~ The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Firebrand by Kristen Britain ~ The Green Rider Series

It’s interesting that I seem to be drawn to fantasy when I write science fiction/paranormal novels.

What are some of your favorites?

Buy links to Catalyst below.

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