Friday, November 13, 2009

Author Fridays Presents...Tracy Moody-Williams!

Welcome to another edition of Author Fridays!  Sit back, get comfortable and read about this week's featured author, Tracy Moody-Williams!


Tracy Moody-Williams is the authr of "Ghetto to Godly", published by Xulon Press

and "Ghetto to Godly re-visited", currently in the editing stage with Publish America.


Tracy is married with one child.  It took her many years to find God's purpose in her life, and it took many detours down the wrong roads in order to get where she is now.  She loves to write poetry, but says that her passion is being a servant.  "I volunteer at a local shelter and try to instill purpose into the women there, who are facing some of the obstacles that I faced, once, and I get so much joy seeing a little hope in their eyes."


When it comes to reading, Tracy says she gets bored too easily, and the only reading she does is research or when reading her daily Scriptures.


As for writing, Tracy says, "I knew I had to be a writer when I woke up one day and looked at my life and did not like what I saw.  Growing up, friends would always ask me to write love letters, cards, poems, and even obituaries for them or their loved ones , and the way people responded to my writings, I knew I had the tools to change someone's' life and bring forth healing through my words.  The environment I grew up in, it was not such a good one, and writing took me away from that place, so I would have to say watching my single mother raise three kids on her own and not miss a beat, was what inspired me."


"My first book "Ghetto to Godly" was an autobiography, which was self published. Ignorant of self publishing the book was released prematurely with a great deal of formatting errors.  The sales were amazing, but my spirit grieved, because I was not representing the God I serve , so I had to revisit my book and get it out the second  time with a more hands on approach.  After submitting my manuscript, Publish America has signed me to Re-visit "Ghetto to Godly"."


When I asked Tracy what makes her book so special, she told me, "Honestly, my book is not for everyone. There are details in my book that some people in the church have called disgusting.  But, if you know anyone who has ever been raped, molested, abused, addicted to drugs or tried taking their own life, than this book is for them.  The truth about a part of society, is what they will get out of reading my book; that part of society people disregard, the broken, battered and the bruised, who have given up on themselves, and so have many in society."


"Be patient, be proactive, be thorough, and never leave your destiny in someone else's hands."  That is Tracy's advice to someone who wants to become published..


When I asked Tracy if there was anything else she would like to share, she answered, "I just want to thank you for this opportunity, for allowing myself and all the other authors your platform."


To learn more about Tracy Moody-Williams and her book, please visit her website


Thank you for joining me for another edition of Author Fridays!  Come back next week, same time, same place to read about our next featured author, Chelynne Nicole!

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