My most recent book is Who Said Peaches Were Perfect?
It’s based upon the lives of two young women, Torie, a sexy, confident, and independent massage therapist, and Lisa, a college student unaware of her beauty and all she has to offer. Both women are entangled in the struggle to figure out what life and love are truly about. Emotions suppressed from childhood, formative habits that leave lasting emotional scars and heavy baggage make it difficult for both women to know when to let go, and when to hold on. As you travel along their journey in this tantalizing read, you share in the moment when each must find the untapped strength within, to move forward and put the past in its place.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am a native of Atlanta. A real Georgia Peach! After graduating Florida A&M University with a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy, I studied fashion while I practiced. After opening my own clothing store in Atlanta I began to design and style for many well known people such as Chilli and T-Boz of TLC, Keshia Knight-Pulliam, Mary Mary, among many others. I also made time to serve various philanthropic causes, including helping homeless women and children, foster childen, and mentoring young women. Now, I’m continuing to help people in a different way through my writing. Everything I write has a message about life.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have been mentoring young girls for years and after having two girls of my own I wanted to write a story that could have an impact on their lives. I thought about the mistakes I made growing up and some of the lessons I learned over the years that were so important. Our teens are exposed to so much more now than years before. I want them to be able to talk about their issues in order to make informed decisions. While going through a divorce I was able to escape by writing.
How did you choose the title?
I chose Who Said Peaches Were Perfect? for the title to build some intrigue about the story. The two main characters are from Georgia. Women from Georgia are often referred to as Georgia peaches. The title is a rhetorical question because no character in the book is perfect. As you read and journey with the characters through their lives their flaws are uncovered and they have to deal with them.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I am almost finished with my next book. The title of it is ‘Landing’. Its about dealing with an unexpected loss. I want it to appeal to anyone who has lost someone in any way, ie. divorce, death, friendship.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
I would tell other writers to keep writing everyday. Research as much as possible on the publishing process. There are so many ways to get published and its very important to go the route that best fits your needs. Always get feedback on what you write and don’t be afraid of rewriting until it is exactly the way you want it.
Try reading all types of writing as well. Connect with the world through social networking. I’m @noperfectpeach on Twitter and tracy nicole on facebook.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I like to read all types of books from romance and comedy to mystery and self-help. My favorite authors are Terry McMillian, Pearl Cleage, John Grisham, Jodi Picolt, Nicholas Sparks. The list can go on. I enjoy reading the work of experienced writers who have a consistent voice. I love reading all different types of writing because I feel like it allows me to see so many aspects of the art and explore it.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Readers can learn more about my book through my website www.tracy-nicole.com.
You can find my book on Amazon.com in paperback or download it on kindle.
You can also go into any bookstore and order ‘Who Said Peaches Were Perfect?’ by Tracy Nicole