A fictional chronicler of historical events. W.L. Tracy has always been intrigued by historical events, and the people that have made these changes in the world possible. As an inquisitive seeker of truth, W.L. Tracy realized that many individuals within the LGBTQIA community have been influential in America’s history, yet often overlooked in the stories that have chronicled these events.
Although the truth is fascinating and what she strives to reveal, there is a side of this storyteller who enjoys adding a bit of flare to these tales. This is why instead of writing biographies of true unsung heroes within the community, her passion lies in creating fictional characters that have the luxury of enjoying a historical background. Readers can enjoy W.L. Tracy’s ability to invigorate historical events with unforgettable characters that pay homage to the LGBTQIA community with the passion and respect of a family member.
W.L. Tracy’s first published writing was the short story Titilayo in the anthology Longing, Lust, and Love: Black Lesbian Stories. The story centers around Mae West, a grandmother who shares how she met the love of her life, Margaret Hayes with her granddaughter after receiving a letter. Most of the story is set in 1965 when Mae was a senior in high school. This is the same year the United States was embarking on several significant events in civil rights, which is touched on in the story.
Funny thing, growing up, I liked history, but it was never a passion of mine. Later, I realized how important history is in not only my work but also to my growth as a writer and a citizen of the world.
Why does W.L. Tracy focus on history?
As a young child, W. L. Tracy wrote stories just for her. These were stories of underdogs that go about their lives being the best version of themselves that they can. Her characters were patterned on how she viewed her life. The child of a single parent, W. L. Tracy often felt as though she did not belong. She wasn’t sure if it was because she was an introvert, dark-skinned, or a lesbian, or all of the above. But what she was sure about was the fact she didn’t feel as if she fit within her family dynamics. On the other hand, her love for reading gave her the feeling of inclusion that she so desired.
Currently, W. L. Tracy is working on her next story, Unapologetically Eugene. It is a story set in the late 1950’s and addresses a part of our population that has been often overlooked, the trans community. In, Unapologetically Eugene, the main character is a female to male (FTM) trans man. During this time in history, Eugene wasn’t afford the surgery or finance to officially transition to the man he really wanted to be.
The story addresses life as a person that identifies not as their assigned birth sex during a time when racism and sexism were at an all-time high in the United States. Although there are challenges Eugene faces, this is a story of a man that comes into his own and can follow his true passion, music.
Are you ready to be transported back in time with Eugene? Then turn on our favorite golden oldies playlist and experience the 50’s through a different lens.