This week, I’d like you all to meet Tracey Fletcher!
Here’s a little bit about her:
Tracey Chizoba Fletcher, born to a British father and a Nigerian mother, lives in Lagos, Nigeria. She is an Author, International award-winning writer, Columnist, Voice-over artist, and Editor. She won the Afritondo Alternative Ending Competition in 2019, and has a short story “Chudi’s Hustle” published on their platform. Her novella, The Chase, was shortlisted for the Phoenix Quill Writing Contest. She was recently awarded “Best Selling Author” by the Influential Writers and Authors Community. She is theAuthor of Feminine Shades.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I realized I wanted to be a writer in 2017, after a soul search and fellowship with the Holy Spirit to find direction and purpose for my life.
Tell me a little about your writing journey, thus far.
I wrote my first novella in 2017, and since then, I have written six works of fiction. Feminine Shades which is of the Chick-lit genre is already published. Two of my works will be released this month, The Chase – a crime story, and The Wrong Turn, which is fantasy. They are all traditionally published. I equally won the Afritondo Alternative Ending Competition in 2019, and have a short story, Chudi’s Hustle, published on their platform. Also, I run a column “Motivational Talk” on a print Magazine called Rainbow Magazine, which is published monthly.
What do you do outside of writing?
Aside FROM writing, I am a voice-over artist, red carpet host, editor, and proof reader.
What genre do you write and why?
I don’t write on a specific genre. I write what comes to my mind, and flow with it. My six works revolve around historical fiction, fantasy, crime, adventure, and a teeny bit of romance added to it.
What are you currently working on in life, or in writing?
Right now, I am looking forward to the release of two of my works like I mentioned earlier, and equally working on getting other works published, too. They are all meant to be read. That’s why we write.
What inspired you to write?
I want to categorically state that my primary source of inspiration is the Holy Spirit. Other secondary factors are happenings around me, and me seeing myself as a channel and voice to relay the messages of those silent voices that aren’t heard. My book, Feminine Shades, reflects that, as it is very central to the female gender, and shines a beacon of light on the plight and experiences of an average woman, played out through the stories of the different female protagonists.
What are your top 5 favorite books?
My top favorite books are the Bible, The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, the Millennium series by Steig Larsson, If Tomorrow Never Comes by Sidney Sheldon, and The Santangelo novels written by Jackie Collins.
What does literary success look like to you?
Literary Success in my interpretation is having my works discovered, read, and appreciated.
What is your writing routine?
When I feel compelled to work on a new project, I set everything else aside, and make sure I write at least a chapter each day.
How do you incorporate feedback into your work?
Feedback is very important. Sometimes you don’t get to see things until they are pointed out to you. I feel happy when I get positive feedback, and when it’s the other way around, I pick the good out of it, and apply it immediately, in order to improve my writing.
What advice would you like to give to aspiring authors?
There is this general belief that writers aren’t worth a dime and shouldn’t be a route to take. My advice is this, not everyone can write. You were given that skill to write and those brilliant ideas in your head that need to be expressed. The greatest joy of a writer is penning those words down, so get to work and put down those words. You owe yourself that, and all those who will benefit from reading your work of art. Be all that you can be.
You find Tracy’s works here:
Amazon Print: https://amazon.com/Feminine-Shades-Tracey-Chizoba-Fletcher/dp/B08HTM69ZF/
Amazon Kindle Edition: https://amazon.com/dp/B08HWWR1V9