Tracy Davis has had a life that many of us cannot fathom.
Raised in Washington, D.C., and East Hampton, her politically connected family allowed her to know a lot of powerful people. Though republicans, the family was friendly with the Kennedy’s (Robert Kennedy claimed he would be her godfather and always treated her as a godchild). Eventually, she worked as a speech writer in the George Herbert Walker Bush White House. Today, her writing talents and political savvy continue as a Long Island columnist, a contributor on Fox News and now a novelist.
Her first novel is self-published. My Husband Ran Off with the Nanny and God Do I Miss Her has been a story with some real life experiences that has been inside Davis for more than 10 years. Once her children were grown, she concentrated on the book. However, it became sidetracked when 9/11 occurred.
But this is getting ahead of the overall story. The best place to start is at the beginning.
Political Exposure and Storyline
Bobby Kennedy arrived at the hospital when she was only nine hours old to announce that he would be her godfather. Since then, she has absorbed the political process from the professional and personal sides, with the family having close friends who have been senators, congressmen, supreme court justices, presidents and many others who have wielded power and influence.
Davis’ career began after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Framingham State University in Massachusetts with a degree in historical research and writing. Invited into a special program at Harvard University for gifted writers in the study of politics, she completed a screenplay optioned by Universal Studios but never produced. The screenplay, Envoy in Paris, addressed the complex relationship among President John Kennedy, French President Charles De Gaulle, Dean Rusk’s State Department and others.
Davis’ studies and talents eventually opened doors for her at RKO Productions in Manhattan as a writer and editor. She also obtained her Teacher’s Certification. After her children arrived, Davis and her husband moved throughout New England. They taught in Newport, Rhode Island, and Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Davis returned to DC as a divorcee with two children to work at the White House as a speech writer for President Bush. She worked closely with the late Tony Snow, who was the director of communications, seeing him as a mentor who she adored. After the 1992 election cost Bush a second term, Davis turned to real estate and started to dabble with her nanny novel.
“It is an embellished memoir,” said Davis. “It contains numerous parallels to my life, but it is fiction. The characters are drawn from my own experiences.”
Tina, the best friend of the book’s lead character, Carly, is a composite of four of the author’s friends. Timmy, Carly’s deceased brother, reminds Davis about her teenage years at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton.
“When I was 18, five really close friends died in a series of accidents,” said Davis, “and each of them is a part of Timmy, whose death in the book is related to a swimming accident at the end of Long Island.”
The theme of the book, according to Davis, is about a guy who turns a wife’s life upside down in seconds, how she copes with the drastic changes and how she moves on with her life.
The book was ready almost 10 years ago. However, as Davis began negotiating with publishers, the terrorist attack on America destroyed the market for anything that was light and witty.
“I put it aside and waited for the right moment to revive the story,” said Davis. “When I was ready, I then decided not to pursue the conventional way to publish a book. The process is not favorable for most authors, so I decided to go to Amazon’s print-on-demand program. It gives me greater control of the process and provides greater return on sales. It also places all the marketing on me.”
Marketing new books has changed in many ways during the last decade and more of it, including the public relations and advertising components, is handled via the Internet and social media. While the traditional media have been contacted about Davis’ book, the strategy also has been expanded to include the many blogs that focus on women’s issues. Messages and articles are circulated on Twitter, Facebook and other social sites.
Initial success for the My Husband Ran Off with the Nanny and God Do I Miss Her has included public readings, including the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, and a sold out table of books during last year’s East Hampton’s Library Authors Night.
More details about the storyline will appear in Examiner this Thursday. Readers who bookmark this article will find a link to the storyline here on Thursday morning. Anyone who can’t wait can obtain a sneak peak at Amazon.com. The book is available for $15.99. A portion of the proceeds is donated to an organization that helps women who are victims of domestic violence and abuse.