Traces of Me

Tracy Kiss  |  Published: Sep 8th 2015
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I have always loved writing ever since I was a tiny tot scribbling on my bedroom wall with crayons. I was ecstatic to be published at the ripe age of twelve for my poetry which cemented my dream to write and gave me faith in my ability. Today my love for writing is channeled into my blogging and I am extremely honoured and proud to have touched over three million people worldwide. If I had a pound for every time somebody told me that I should write a book then I'd be pretty stinking rich right now; but in my eyes writing is more than just an occupation, it's connecting people to an experience, to enlighten, inspire and bring meaning and reassurance to others.

At the age of twenty-seven I've set myself the task to publish my first ebook as it's something I've wanted to do for so long but I never knew where to start. Writing is something that doesn't always come easily, despite it being my passion words can fail me too. I wanted to bring justice to this piece of me that I share with the world and get it just right, yet trying to connect your thoughts and emotions to a specific number of words, delivered in a way that will keep the pages turning and attract a wide audience is a humongous task. 

I titled my first ebook 'Traces Of Me' because I believe that no matter what we go through in life, the ups and the downs, highs and lows, love and heartbreak, each experience and relationship makes us the person we are, and likewise we touch the lives of those we meet and leave behind a trace of ourselves. I was a very shy and insecure child and suffered many years of bullying for my bland appearance and nervous disposition, yet at the age of eighteen I became a published glamour model for a host of mens magazines and newspapers; from ugly duckling to graceful swan in the blink of an eye. I wanted to use my transition in life to help and inspire others to understand that true beauty comes from within, and judging people based purely on appearances is a great shame. 

I created the character of April to tell my story, a single girl approaching thirty and feeling that a piece of her life is still missing; true love. As well as dating she also explores her sensuality which is a huge part of forming relationships that we can all too often be too embarrassed or shy to talk about and assess. In my book I expand on the insecurities that men and women face about their bodies and appearance, the doubts and fears that you have when giving your heart, and how lust can become love. I guess 'Traces Of Me' is a modern day Bridget Jones meets Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Taking the leap of self-publishing has been a daunting yet eye-opening experience, and like everything else in life I have done it single-handed from writing 50,000 meaningful words to proof reading, publishing and marketing it all myself. Nobody can work as hard for you as you can yourself, and if something is worth doing then it's worth putting your all into it. If you're looking for a book that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page then visit Amazon where my ebook 'Traces Of Me' by Tracy Kiss is just £1.99.

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