Get To Know Trae Ferguson!

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Tracey Delisa also known as Trae Ferguson is a native of Baltimore, Maryland who found her love for reading at an early age. She started writing poems and stories as a teen, but always dreamed of one day writing a novel. In 2011, Trae made her dream a reality with the release of her jaw dropping debut novel, Sweet 16 that will open your eyes to sexual and physical abuse. She took a softer yet straight forward approach in 2012 with her book of short stories, which was written for teens, about teens titled Run, Tell That! In 2014 she continued to address real life issues in her most controversial book thus far, Two Face, Things Aren’t Always What They Seem, which takes you on a journey through the eyes of a 5 year boy who is diagnosed with gender identity disorder and In 2016 created her first teen magazine also titled Run,Tell That! Which was designed to encourage and inspire other teens. Trae invites you all to join her in her efforts to bring awareness and break the silence of abuse.

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1. When did you decide to become a writer?
Becoming a writer was never a decision I made, it was something I was born to do. I have been writing since I was a child. It started off as poetry and short stories, but  always knew one day I would write a book and in 2009 I did just that. I just started writing this story one day and six months later I had finished my first novel, Sweet 16.
2. Why do you write?
I write a lot of stories about abuse to be a voice for those to afraid to speak for themselves. I want victims of abuse to know they are not alone, it is not their fault. I want to bring awareness, encourage and inspire through the written word.
3. Which writers inspire you and why?
The three authors that have inspired me the most is Nisha Pettiford with her willingness to help and inspire others. She is such a beautiful person inside and out and then there’s Loretta Walls and Nikkea Sharee’ , they inspire me with they drive, dedication and determination and I am so proud of them both and a fan of their work.
4. What is your favorite book and why?
My favorite book is The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. This book grabbed my attention and didn’t let me go from start to finish. I feel as if I was apart of the story and it was very well written with a great storyline.
5. Of all of the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
My favorite character to date is Jovon Taylor of my debut novel Sweet 16, I see myself in this charactor as we share the keep it real attitude and the ability to accept the conquences of our actions. We don’t play the victim but revengeance will be ours.
6. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Yes I read my reviews and I admit I didn’t handle it well in the beginning but then I realized it was helping become a better writer. My advice is DON’T TAKE IT PERSONAL!!
7. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think I have evolved creatively because of the fearlessness I have in my subject matter. I like writing outside the lines and I won’t to be different. I don’t want to be like everyone else in the industry.
8. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
This is a hard one, I gotta think about this some more.
9. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
My advice to aspiring authors would be to do your research, make make Google your best friend. Build your library with books on editing, publishing,promoting and marketing. LEARN YOUR CRAFT AND INVEST IN IT.
10. Why do you think so many well-written books don’t sell?
.I think a lot of well written books don’t sell due to poor promotion and marketing, which I myself am guilty of. The easy part was writing the book, the hard work begins once it’s finished.
11. Where do you see publishing going in the future? How do you think we can promote and increase diversity within the literary industry?
I have no idea where publishing will be in the future because it changes every day.
12. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My future ambitions for my writing career would be to transform my debut novel Sweet 16 into a movie, that has been my dream from day one.
13. How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Facebook: Author Tracey Delisa
Instagram: trae_mac69
Twitter: @TraeFerguson or @TraeyDelisa
14. Are there any final words for the readers of Reading in Black & White?
I would like to thank Reading in Black & White to introduce myself to our readers and I hope you will join me on my mission to promote positivity, uplift and encourage our youth to make this world a better place.
two face
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Diane and Kristopher Michaels had been happily married for over five years when they were blessed with their first born son, Kristopher Jr. They thought this day would never come after two devastating miscarriages. Kristopher Jr. was a dream come true for the proud father, but his dream would soon turn into a nightmare. At the age of five Kristopher Jr. is diagnosed with gender identity disorder which leaves him feeling trapped in the wrong body. Kristopher Jr. faces heartache and constant rejection from his family and friends as he transforms into the beautiful Krisette. Krisette finally finds happiness and true love when she marries her high school sweetheart Derek McQueen, but what should be a happily ever after turns into a situation of deadly consequences once her secret is revealed.
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“Because I am a girl on the inside, but I look like a boy on the outside,” K.J. explained.
Yes, this book went there!! Two Face is the story of a boy who at a very young age knew he was in the wrong body and was supposed to be a girl. It not only explores his journey but that of his parents and how they dealt with it.
“I thought God didn’t make mistakes; well what in the hell do you call this? All I ever wanted was a son to carry on the Michaels name and now that I have one, he wants to be my daughter.”
It was quite interesting to read K.J.’s transformation from being a little boy into a young woman. I haven’t personally known anyone that has went through this so it was hard for me to have a connection with the main character. But, his parents were another story. One parent was accepting and the other couldn’t handle it. The parent’s reactions were mixed and I found that to be quite believable. I think the dad went to the extreme, but some folks do that and you will have to read the book to see what I am talking about. This book makes you ponder when you say you love someone unconditionally, do you really mean it or only when they fit into your image of them.

Two Face is a one of a kind book! It is unique in the subject matter and quite risky. This served as a wake up call to me because while I am friends with several homosexuals I have never met anyone that has surgically changed their gender. The experiences and events throughout the book were eye-opening.

I was fully into the book until K.J. received the actual surgery. From here, it seemed rushed and not as well-developed as the book up to this point. For this reason I dropped my rating from a four to a three. In conclusion, I applaud Trae Ferguson for being bold enough to write this book!!!

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