Sunday, July 1, 2012

Radio interview with KMSU Weekly Reader

Last week, I talked with Amy at KMSU Weekly Reader. A huge thanks to Amy for being so professional and prepared.

During our interview, Amy and I discuss the themes within Eyes Right and the impact of journalism on my writing. We also talk about creative writing, and whether writing requires natural skill, or whether writers can be taught skills.    

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Annette Gendler asks the tough questions (love it!) about my memoir, Eyes Right, Confessions from a Woman Marine, for the new interview at the Washington Independent Review of Books.

I love it when an interviewer has actually read the book! Thanks for such a fine job, Annette.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Publishers Weekly reviews EYES RIGHT

Every now and then through this process of seeing a book venture out in the world, you find a moment for heavy exhaling.

Such was the case when I stumbled across this week's Publishers Weekly review of EYES RIGHT.

How many ways can you spell grateful? I guess just one, although PW found a new way to spell court martial in its review. :)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Radio interview about EYES RIGHT with Paul Harris

I've been so embroiled in the details of my daughter's May 5 wedding (!) that I forgot to post a link to the radio interview chat about EYES RIGHT with talk show host, Paul Harris, at KTRS.

Here's the link, if you'd like to listen.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I was an AOL news story...for a day

It's the ultimate shot of adrenaline. More powerful than a combination of espresso with a Red Bull chaser. It's the 7 a.m. text from your mother: Tracy, you're a lead AOL news story this morning.

And sure enough. There I stood at the position of attention, wearing those giant 1980s' glasses, as my commanding officer promoted me to sergeant in front of my fellow Marines in our Okinawa, Japan, office. I'd just given birth to twins (nearly eight pounds each) only seven weeks earlier.

But the AOL headline...salacious for attention grabbing....oh, those marketing wizards. They certainly know how to spin a good tale.

The link took readers to an excerpt of Eyes Right on the Huffington Post blog. As of today, more than 400 readers have commented. Most of them so negative I had to warn my husband, my daughter, my ex-husbands, and my closest friends.

Actually, I agree with many of the negative comments. Those who complain the excerpt didn't tell them enough about the "affair" are absolutely right. Unfortunately, I wasn't involved in the shaping of this excerpt for HuffPo. Had I been, I'd have delivered a more direct read.

As for the comments about how dare I air my dirty laundry in public...I get those, too. This book took me nearly ten years to write for that very reason. To write a memoir -- a good one, anyway -- a writer must be willing to expose the dark side of her moon. I resisted for a long time. Instincts for self-preservation run deep, especially for a woman with an abusive childhood background.

Thankfully, writing mentors called me out for glossing over too many issues, and I forced myself to examine the motives behind my relentless drive to succeed in the Marines and the affair that ended such a promising career. Is this airing dirty laundry? Sure. As are addiction memoirs, grief memoirs, etc. Airing dirty laundry is inescapable in memoir.

So for the better part of yesterday, I was an AOL news story. My cell phone burned up with supportive calls from friends and family who thought I must be bruising from all the negativity. Sure, the exposure felt Jerry Springer like, but my calm about it all, my acceptance and even understanding for all the negativity, seemed to surprise everyone but me.

I wrote an entire book that exposes how I faced ten years of negativity as a U.S. Marine. I think I can handle one day as an AOL news story.

Monday, March 12, 2012

My interview about EYES RIGHT with editor Mary Akers

By now, you've probably heard the book is out there. Yes, even in Barnes & Noble, no less. Some are finding EYES RIGHT placed with new releases, and some of us are finding it in the military section.

But this morning, I answered a few questions for editor, Mary Akers. Here's the entire interview. Link

Friday, December 30, 2011

Excerpts from EYES RIGHT published by literary journal, r.kv.r.y

A huge thanks to r.kv.r.y editor Mary Akers for soliciting a few excerpts from my forthcoming memoir, EYES RIGHT.

You can read them here.