Yazoo native to sign new book

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

A Yazoo County native is ready to tell her story of survival.

Tracie Green-Brown recently published her book, My Story: Surviving the Worst to Get to My Best, and will be present for a Yazoo City book-signing next week.

Originally from the Holly Bluff community, Green-Brown lived in Yazoo City for over two decades before relocating to the Canton area. 

She is currently employed as a professional school counselor with Yazoo City High School, where she makes a difference in many of the lives of the students there. 

Aside from her work in the professional world, Green-Brown is also a certified Christian life coach and mentor, and seeks to empower women to reach their fullest potential and be the best versions of themselves. 

"I motivate and facilitate as women navigate and find clear purposes for their lives and develop new perspectives by setting and achieving goals which will allow them to find a path to their own personal success," she said.

While Green-Brown had accomplished a great many things in her life, she felt God urging her to tell another part of her story that would greatly impact and motivate other women.  So, in the Fall of 2018, she began to pour her heart out into her computer, creating a detailed memoir on her experiences as a survivor of an abusive relationship.

"I've known for many years that I wanted to share my story," Green-Brown said. "My life was very tumultuous.  I lived a life that was based upon appearances.  Although my life appeared normal, it wasn't normal."

Green-Brown said that she was motivated to write this book because as a survivor of abuse she felt compelled to fully embrace the power of transparency, telling her story in the hopes of empowering other women in similar situations to get out and live their best lives freely.

For months, Green-Brown carried a small portable flash drive in her purse so that she could add to her story when a sudden thought would hit her. 

By the end of December, Green-Brown had completed the first draft of her book and set out to find a way to get it published.  Green-Brown said that it was by the grace of God that she was connected to a series of individuals through social media who helped her through every stage of the publishing process.

"It was just so easy how it fell into place," she said. "Just by God connecting me to one person.  And everybody that I came into contact with to publish the book, from the editor to the formater, was in the ministry."

Green-Brown's book, My Story: Surviving the Worst to Get to My Best, was officially published March 16 of this year.  Since publishing, she has sold nearly 200 hard copies, and has sold a large number of copies online through Amazon and on Kindle.

A brief summary of the book is that it takes the reader on an emotional journey though Green-Brown's life as she moves from being a victim of abuse into a survivor.  Though the book does not directly name the people or characters mentioned, it is intertwined with scriptures from the Bible which are meant to guide and encourage any individual who is living in a similar situation.

"The book shows the reader how I got there, my thoughts and feelings, my reasons for staying, and how I found the strength and the courage to leave the relationship," she said. "But there comes a point in your life where you come to yourself, you have an epiphany.  I finally realized that the life I was living just wasn't going to work for me any longer."

Since the book was published, Green-Brown has received a great deal of positive feedback from her readers in the community and online.  Her book as also achieved 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon from reviewers.

She did admit, however, that she has received some negative feedback about her book recently.

"I knew that my book would not be popular for some," Green-Brown said. "But I understand and I respect their decision to not support my book."

Some of the positive feedback that she has received include private messages from women thanking Green-Brown for having the courage to share her story.

"They express how they are currently in the situation or have been in that situation," she said. "I see women in the grocery stores and they share their personal stories with me on how they can relate to my story in so many ways."

Green-Brown said that she also delighted to have the support of the Yazoo City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. who will be sponsoring a Book Signing for her next week.  The event will take place on April 13, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Signaturez Restaurant, located on Main Street in Yazoo City.  The public is invited to meet and greet the author, and hear a reading of short excerpts from the book as well.  Copies of Green-Brown's book will also be available for purchase at the event, at $15 each.