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In the Booth with Ruth – Tracey Helton, Writer

Tracey Helton

What’s your writing background, when did you begin writing and what inspired you? 

I began writing as a child. I used to write poems and stories. I wrote a book as a 13/14 year old by hand. I really used reading books and writing as an outlet from my depression. I stopped writing for a few years and started again as I first began getting into drinking and and hard drugs. I imagined myself being a modern day Dylan Thomas at the end of the bar with some witty stories. This did not come true as a spiraled deeper into heroin addiction.

I did not write for many years after I got off drugs. I slowly started writing pieces here and there for myself. In January of 2013, I decided to have a go at starting a blog. My blog is a way for me to tell my story in my own words. Because of the documentary Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street, I felt as if people had all sorts of ideas of who I was without asking me. I like to write my own narrative. I have been branching out lately and doing more journalistic pieces. This is a new genre for me. Very exciting stuff. 

How often do you write, and how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments? 

I write at least one blog post a week. I write on my phone, on a break at work, any free time I have gets filled up with writing if I am in that zone. I take breaks here and there to recharge my batteries. My main subject is my life so there are times when I get sick of hearing my own voice. 

In which genre do you most enjoy writing?

I spend a lot of time on memoir. This may change over time. I am still at an age where I can remember things that happened to me that are worth capturing in the written word. In the years to come, these events may not be as crisp. I need to capture them now. 

What draws you to write in that genre? 

I feel that as a survivor of abuse and addiction, I have a story that might inspire others. I truly feel I was given a second chance at life. I feel it is selfish to waste it by keeping these details to myself. As a semi-public figure in the US, I am not afraid to share all the gory details. 

Can you tell me about your current project(s)?  

I am working on a book on relationships, I have a blog, and I do some freelance pieces related to harm reduction.

What are your writing plans for the future? 

I plan on writing as long as the motivation stays with me. I feel I have a unique point of view that can be used to educate the public on the topics of abuse, addiction, and recovery. People need accurate information – the truth – not the sensational.

Where can people find out more about you?

They can email me at or check out my blog.

  • To read Burgundy Leggings a piece of non-fiction by Tracey Helton click here.
About Ruth Jacobs (296 Articles)
Author of Soul Destruction: Unforgivable, a novel exposing the dark world and harsh reality of life as a drug addicted call girl. The main storyline is based loosely on events from my own life. In addition to fiction writing, I am also involved in journalism and broadcasting, primarily for human rights campaigning in the areas of sex workers' rights, anti-sexual exploitation and anti-human trafficking.

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