Meet Guest Pre-Published Author, Traci L. Kenworth…

Finding Your Way

Our journeys are rarely a straight path. I know, for sure, mine hasn’t been. Though I’ve written stories as long as I can remember, it never occurred to me that I could do this writing thing growing up. I came from a family riddled with poverty. If I needed money, I worked for it on my own. I held down paper routes, two at once. In the summers, I worked for a county program when I turned sixteen. For me, college was the hoped-for way out. Except when you don’t have money, it’s hard to finance it. Loans only went so far. I lasted a year-and-a-half. I came home feeling defeated, like I’d never escape this black hole called poor. Except, around that last half of college, I went to a movie with some friends called Stand by Me. When Chris Chambers’s character says to Gordy that he was born to be a writer, I felt like he was talking to me.

Somehow, when the low-paying jobs I could find then, not having a driver’s license at the time and depending on my dad to drive me to my jobs, I held on to those words. I began to write what would become the first of four books. I didn’t know anything about series back then. I only knew this story was burning inside of me. I had some success in fan fiction at the time and had stories published. I also had a story published in the local newspaper. Hope spurred my writing. I could see a way out, if I didn’t give up. Unfortunately, I met my ex about this time and dreams took a back seat to his wants and needs. It was a nightmare of a marriage and finally, with my son and daughter, we went to the courts for help.

When it was over, I’d found a good-paying job and the kids, and I moved into a small house. I wish I could say things went smoothly from that point, but they didn’t. I was injured on the job and ended up in the office where I spent about four years before they decided they no longer had a position available for me. Things spiraled downhill from there and I had a breakdown. By the time it was over, I learned I had bipolar, something that ran in my family on my dad’s side. Once again, I feared the blackhole would swallow me and my children. Thanks to the mental health agency I went to, and the advice of a lawyer they recommended, I thankfully got disability. I was able to stay home with my kids who’d been through a slew of bad babysitters and I needed to find something else to focus on. That something turned into writing. The world of writing had changed since I’d wanted to write that first story. Back then, I scraped the money together for a word processor, now I had a home computer.

I discovered to my panic that despite the craft books I’d read, my knowledge of writing was limited at best. I spent years studying, trying to get things right. It’s only been in the last couple that I feel I have. I met a critique group that helped take my writing to new heights. Now, I’m trying to determine if going with a publisher or self-publishing is right for me. I really can’t afford the funds to do self-publishing well. I guess I’m at a crossroads. I’ve been blogging since 2009 but haven’t had much success with it until the past couple of years. I’m meeting more and more writers and heeding their advice. This year, I want to make an effort to strive to put myself out there as best as I can. Finding your way can take a long time, the paths can become jagged, but if you stick with it, you can make it. That’s my hope.

Traci Kenworth Bio:

I write all genres of YA as well as the occasional historical romance. I live in Ohio with my son and daughter and four cats. I have been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil.

Writing saved me from a dark period in my life. I will be forever grateful to God for this.

It gave me a way to bring in the light and conquer the darkness. That’s the type of hero/heroine I write about. A survivor and those they love. I want to give others hope, and a way back when they think everything is lost.

Some other things I enjoy: genealogy, riding horseback, and, of course, reading.

I hope you will all follow me on my adventure of getting published.

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61 thoughts on “Meet Guest Pre-Published Author, Traci L. Kenworth…

  1. Hi I still haven’t had the opportunity to appear on this guest author blog. If I could be sent the instructions on how to do it it would be much appreciated. My book The Hartnetts is available for download at Amazon. But fair play to you though Tracey, the best thing about writing is the way in which you can take yourself to places that can keep you safe from everywhere else when you are there.

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  2. Traci, if anyone is a role model for not giving up, it’s you. Your strength and courage are formidable. I have no doubt you will succeed in manifesting your dream of being a published writer. All of us in our blogging community support you. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I wish you all the best in all things ❤

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