Episode 112 – Tracy Levinson wrote about dating, love, nakedness, and faith for girls and young women.
- Tracy Levinson grew up with dyslexia and a learning disability but became a high school teacher. Her book Unashamed came out of a late night feeling that God was telling her to write. Young girls and women reached out to her with their questions about dating and sex. So she wrote Unashamed: Candid Conversations About Dating, Love, Nakedness, and Faith to give them a safe place to wrestle with these topics. In this interview we talk about how being dyslexic affected her writing, the processes she used to write the book and do a survey to collect content, how she got into five categories in Amazon – resulting in being number 1 in all five, and much more. She took a planned aggressive role in asking for endorsements.
My Writing Motivation
- I think my motivation was looking for desire. It was following my faith and what I think God wanted me to do. I wrote furiously and got the book done in 3 1/2 months.
On Asking for Endorsements
- I asked people to come alongside me and found people were very supportive – even before the book was done.
My Most Difficult Writing Challenge
- It’s my phone. Being distracted. Sometimes it’s a text from a girl who is struggling.
My Most Rewarding Moment as an Author
- There are two of them. One is just the writing of the book. When I was writing, I just had delight. The second is when a former student wrote me and shared some deep and very personal – and how the book’s message had set her free.
On Writing Nonfiction
- What I would say to writers is look at the “why.” Why do you want to do it? For me for this book it was I couldn’t take it any more. Can we stop all these young people who are hurting themselves? That was my why.
The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received
- I had lunch with Tammy Kling, an editor in the Dallas area and she told me, “The first sentence is everything.” Then she read me the best sentence she’s ever read. It challenged me.
My Best Advice for Struggling Writers
- I would encourage you to find someone who is very graceful to come alongside you.
What do you do on TheBlaze?
- I have my own, Tracy Levinson channel on TheBlaze. It features weekly videos of me, and sometimes a guest, talking about hot topics like faith, parteting, and sex.
What Writing Success Means to Me
- For me, it’s to hear God. I just want to be a child of God who hears God. There may be quiet seasons where I sit at his feet and I’m listening. He might call me to other seasons where I am teaching and writing.
My Favorite Book on Writing
- I have never thought of myself as a writer so don’t have a favorite book about writing.
How To Find Me
- Tracy’s website
- Tracy’s Facebook page
- Tracy’s Instagram page
- Tracy’s channel on TheBlaze
- Tracy’s Out Side the Nest website
About Tracy from Her Amazon Author’s page
- I don’t like rules – so I don’t make them. Instead, I am into an organic, delightful, and deeper motivation for direction in my life.
I am what you might call a paradox. I’m obsessed with beauty, design, sushi, and a perfect glass of wine. And yet, at a moment’s notice, this girl is fearless to deep-sea-dive into a simple or complicated spiritual insight. As a former atheist, I question everything and enjoy examining every possibility before deciding what I think…if…I decide at all.
- “True wisdom is both bold and humble. It is never afraid to say what it thinks it has seen, but will always covet other angles of vision.” – N. T. Wright
- By the way, my name is Tracy Levinson.
- We can ponder some important topics together: love, sex, marriage, parenting, beauty, truth, grace, freedom, and how all of that intertwines with an invisible God. I’m all about “living well.” It is an art worth exploring.
From My Perspective
- The From My Perspective segment of the show looks at The Writer magazine and their Markets section. The October 2017 issue focuses on 82 markets for niche magazines.
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