Thursday, May 1, 2014

Will the Real Kate Davidson Please Stand Up?

by Sparkle Abbey with Tracy Weber

Today we'd like to share a guest post from our friend and fellow dog-lover, Tracy Weber.

Take it away, Tracy!

I’m delighted to be here today with The Stiletto Gang, this fabulous group of authors. Most of you probably don’t know me. I am, after all, fairly new to the writing business. My first mystery, Murder Strikes a Pose was published this past January.

Long before my book arrived at your local bookstore, my mother received a personal laser-printed copy of the manuscript. Of course she told me she liked it.  What self-respecting mother wouldn’t? One of her comments caught me off guard, however.

“I’m not very far into the book yet. I just reached the part where you found the body.”
“Mom,” I replied, a little concerned. “You do know this is fiction, right?”

Let me assure you, I have never found a body near my yoga studio—or anywhere else for that matter. And although a part of me exists in every character, my books aren't autobiographical. Still, people often tell me that they see me in my yoga teacher sleuth, Kate Davidson. So, for the record, here are some ways Kate and I are similar—and different.

        1. We both own yoga studios in Seattle.
Kate and I both teach yoga in the Viniyoga tradition, and we both prefer it to other, more strenuous, types of yoga. Although we both own small neighborhood yoga studios, mine (Whole Life Yoga) is dedicated to the Viniyoga lineage. Kate’s (Serenity Yoga) offers a mixture of yoga classes and styles.
        2. Kate and I both have body image issues.
Kate and I are both short, and we both have “normal” body types (whatever that means). But when we look in the mirror, we see the “before” image in a Jenny Craig commercial. We’re working on that.
3      3. Kate and I both live with a horse-sized German shepherd.
Kate fosters Bella, the German shepherd in the series; I own a German shepherd named Tasha. Both of our dogs have Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, will weigh over 100 pounds when full grown, and have, shall we say, “quirky” personalities. But in spite of their issues, Kate and I would be lost without them.
4      4. Neither Kate nor I are perfect yogis, but we keep trying.
Occasionally a reader tells me that Kate isn’t believable as a yoga teacher. She’s not thin enough, emotionally well-balanced enough, or flexible enough. I’m not a typical yoga teacher, either. Kate can’t do advanced yoga poses; neither can I. Kate wants to live according to yoga philosophy but often fails. So do I. If Kate’s not a realistic yoga teacher, then I’m not either. Hopefully my yoga students won’t figure that out any time soon.

Here’s Where We’re Different:

1      1. I’m not afraid of commitment.
Kate has what she terms “relationship ADD,” meaning she can’t stick with a relationship for more than a date or two.  I, on the other hand, seek commitment. Just ask my husband. I pestered and goaded and hounded him for three years before he finally gave in and asked me to marry him.
2      2. Kate and I had different childhoods.
Kate was raised as the only child of a single-parent Seattle cop. I grew up with both of my parents on a dairy farm in Billings, Montana. Kate’s a city girl through and through. I’m a farm girl who has taken root in the city.
3      3. My neuroses are different than Kate’s.
I’m as neurotic is the next yoga teacher, but I’m neutral to facial hair. Kate has a very real phobia called pogonophobia. Being near a man with a beard makes her feel anxious, itchy, and subtly nauseated, which really sucks for her since she has a crush on Michael, the bearded owner of Pete’s Pets, the pet store near her studio.
4      4. I adore dogs to a fault.
Kate likes animals, but she never wanted one of her own. I, on the other hand, yearned and planned and plotted for over ten years before my husband gave in and agreed to adopt our German shepherd. And unlike Kate, I knew that cute little fur ball would be the love of my life the moment I laid eyes on her.

To be honest, personality-wise, I’m think I’m closer to Rene, Kate’s best friend: a plotter, a jokester, a prankster, a conniver. Unlike Kate, I don’t throw coffee mugs at the heads of little old ladies, and it’s pretty rare for me to yell at anyone.

I’m too busy plotting murder.

Tracy Weber is a certified yoga teacher and the founder of Whole Life Yoga, an award-winning yoga studio in Seattle, where she current­ly lives with her husband, Marc, and German shepherd, Tasha. She loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any form possible. When she’s not writing, she spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sip­ping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house. Murder Strikes a Pose is her debut novel.  You can connect with Tracy on her website or on Facebook. 

Thanks for visiting The Stiletto Gang, Tracy. What a great post! The only way Caro and Mel, the cousins in our Pampered Pets Mystery Series, are like us is their love of animals and their choice of coffee drinks. Other than that...uhm...not so much.

Tracy has offered to give away a copy of her book to one lucky reader who leaves a comment. So, please leave a comment below for a chance to win! We'll do a random drawing from all the contributors and announce the winner right here tomorrow. Good luck!


  1. Thanks so much for having me here today! Please feel free to ask questions in the comments, and good luck!

  2. sounds like Tracy has a very interesting life-I would love to read her book!

  3. Good luck, Carol! If you read it, please let me know what you think! I love hearing from readers!

  4. Oh--and I DO have an interesting life. But not nearly as interesting as Kate!

  5. I live in Woodinville so Seattle isn't that far from where I live. I absolutely LOVED your book and can hardly wait for the next one to come out.

  6. I'm so glad you liked it, Susan! The next one comes out in January 2015. I'm working on #3. Are you subscribed to my newsletter? I send out an e-mail once a month with yoga tips, mystery recommendations and writing news....

  7. A wonderful post thank you. Tasha is beautiful.

  8. Thanks, Mary! I think she's gorgeous, but I'm biased. ;-)