If you’re familiar with this Sugar Pie Style blog, you know that we’re usually sharing info about our new tee designs, the fun markets and festivals that we will be attending or news about our various fab retail partners.
Today I’d like to share something different, exciting news about an inspiring and talented friend of mine who is pursuing her creative dreams and finding great success!
Tracy Lawson and I met 14 years ago when her daughter Keri and my son Will started Kindergarten together in Bexley, Ohio. We were both Room Mothers who enjoyed helping out in the classroom and we were very happy to discover that we had both graduated from Ohio University with creative degrees and had many things in common, in addition to our kids. We kept in touch on and off through the years and recently we’ve reconnected.
Fast forward to fall of 2014 – our kids are now both in college (Wow!), I own a thriving tee design biz with my husband Jason and Tracy is a successful non-fiction author….with her very first novel just released!
Tracy is truly inspiring and I’m SO thrilled for her and the success that she is experiencing with her new novel, COUNTERACT. Let me tell you a little bit about it:The year is 2034, and the United States as we know it is no more.
In the future, the concept of Big Brother has a whole new meaning. With the rampant threat of terrorism a constant presence, the government has taken extreme measures to ensure the public’s safety. The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense (OCSD) has been created as an offensive against terrorist attacks. And make no mistake, attack is imminent. Citizens in 2034 live in carefully monitored quadrants, with regulations governing food distribution, driving, entertainment, and much more. For college student Careen Catecher, and recovering accident victim, Tommy Bailey, life is far from carefree and easy. Anyone who loves a good dystopian thriller will find a new favorite in Counteract. Tracy Lawson joins ranks with Aldous Huxley, and his Brave New World and George Orwell, and 1984, as she raises the question of whether the government should be allowed to usurp personal freedoms under the guise of doing what’s best for the people. Readers will find themselves eagerly turning the pages as Careen and Tommy uncover the enemy in their own backyard and discover just how far they are willing to go to fight for their way of life.
Tracy knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she could read. While working toward her bachelor’s degree in communication at Ohio University, she studied creative writing with Daniel Keyes, author of Flowers for Algernon.
After short stints as a media buyer and an investigative analyst, she settled into a twenty-year career in the performing arts, teaching tap in Columbus, Ohio, and choreographing musicals. Though her creative energies were focused on dance, she never lost her desire to write and has two nonfiction books to her credit: Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, winner of the 2012 Ohio Professional Writers Association’s Best Nonfiction History Award (McDonald & Woodward), and Given Moments (Fathers Press).
Tracy shares that her love for writing New Adult fiction is sparked by all the wonderful teens in her life, including her daughter, Keri.
In a fun twist after all these years, our Sugar Pie Tees and Tracy’s books are now both being sold at one of our favorite SPT local retail partners, Mary B’s in German Village, Ohio.
A clothing designer and an author, who knew? I think I can speak for Tracy when I say that we never imagined that scenario, back in 2000 as Kindergarten Room Mothers planning classroom parties at Maryland Avenue Elementary School.
I truly find Tracy and her creative journey SO inspiring and that’s why I wanted to share it with you all here. She has some great advice for aspiring writers, which could also apply to many different creative dreams and endeavors:
“Don’t give up on your dream. Learn. Take webinars, read articles, and most of all read books!
Read all kinds of books but especially books in the genre you’d like to write. Find a mentor. Be a mentor. Write down your ideas on scrap paper and put them in a box or a folder. Every now and then, dump them all out on the table and mix them up before you read through them. Sometimes two ideas that end up next to each other by chance will inspire you.”
I love her advice…especially ‘Don’t give up on your dream.’ I truly believe in that and hope that sharing a little bit of Tracy’s story here has inspired some of you as well.
If you’d like more information about author Tracy Lawson and her work, please check out any of the links below:
Tracy Lawson on Amazon
Tracy Lawson on Facebook
Tracy Lawson’s Website
The Resistance Series on Twitter
Buddhapuss Ink’s Website