Tracy Darity was born, raised, and currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is the mother of three daughters, Morgan, Jasmin, and Shaunte. Tracy currently works in the benefits industry as a Relationship Manager but has long dreamed of becoming a published author.
As a child she had a creative imagination and a love for reading. In her early teens she began writing short stories as a hobby. It was not until she attended the 1997 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, that she decided she wanted to fulfill her dream of becoming a novelist. The words of Tavis Smiley inspired her. During his speech at one of the forums she jotted down this message, "We all have a God given talent but if you don't have the desire to define, develop, and deliver your talent, you will always be in the audience and never on stage."
Tracy returned home from the festival energized and began penning her first novel. Although the manuscript was completed in late 1998, she became discouraged after receiving rejection letter after rejection letter from the publishing industy. She shelved her manuscript but every now and then she would pull it out and do minor rewrites. The desire to have her work published still simmered deep inside. In 2004 the flame inside of her reignited and she made the decision to pursue self-publishing. As time passed she began to feel discouraged again but refused to give up. She did research, talked with other self-published authors, and continued to believe that her dream would one day become a reality.
Today, Tracy has penned three novels, He Loves Me He Loves Me Not!, Love...Like Snow In Florida on a Hot Summer Day, and The Red Bear Society released February 7, 2012, in conjunction with National Black AIDS Awareness Day. Books are available in print and via Kindle and Nook.
Cyber-lounges (where I chill when on-line)
- Michael Baisden Book Club
- African-American Book Club
- 40 and Over Club
- Women & Friendships
Authors (what's on my bookshelf in numbers)
Octavia Butler * Connie Briscoe * Pearl Cleage * J. California Cooper * Eric Jerome Dickey * Tananarive Due * Lolita Files * John Grisham * E. Lynn Harris * Margaret Johnson-Hodge * Beverly Jenkins * Tayari Jones* Tina McElroy Ansa * Bernice L. McFadden * Toni Morrison * Omar Tyree * Valerie Wilson Wesley
Music (in active rotation)
Kem * Anthony Hamilton * Mary J. Blige * Seal * Marvin Sapp * Robin Thicke * India Arie * Rihanna * T.I. * Corrine Bailey Rae
Basketball - Orlando Magic * Miami Heat * Phoenix Suns * Dallas Mavericks
Baseball - Tampa Bay Rays
Football - Carolina Panthers * Jacksonville Jaguars * Indianapolis Colts * Tennesee Titans
Tennis (female)- Venus Williams * Ana Ivanovic * Dinara Safina *
Tennis (male) - Novak Djokovic * Jo Wilfred Tsonga * Guillermo Canas * Roger Federer
TV (must see)
News - CNN
Series - 24 * Grey's Anatomy * House * Law & Order (all) * CSI Miami
Reality - The Hill's * Dancing With The Stars * Real Housewives * The Amazing Race * Flip This House * Flip That House
Love to Catch - Martin * Living Single * Imitation of Life * Color Purple * Wizard of Oz * Gone With The Wind