about traci foust

“Foust writes like a possessed Lynda Barry” – D.A. Kodelenko, San Diego City Beat Magazine

Traci Foust is the Author of the newly released book Nowhere Near Normal- a Memoir of OCD (Simon and Schuster/Gallery) acclaimed by National Public Radio, the San Diego Union Tribune and Marie Claire. Her work has appeared in several journals including The Nervous Breakdown and the Southern Review.

Her recent short story, The Cruelty of Children, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and will appear in the Fall 2011 issue Echo Ink Review and the Trey Stories Award Series.

She is currently working on her second book Love and Xanax, A cautionary collection of essays on mixing Vicodin with vodka and why dating your psychiatrist isn’t always the best way to get your own prescription pad. She lives in a place where her love of cigarettes and bacon is frowned upon.

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8 Responses to “about traci foust”

  1. alison June 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    hey there, tracie – just saw you on 7live here in SF and really thought you came across as thoughtful and super-smart. looking forward to reading the book!

    good luck and take care!

    @bravegirl on twitter

  2. Autumn June 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Thank you for your insightful look into a serious disorder. As a helping professional I’ve been involved with many adults and children who need assistance in dealing with serious compulsions and seen them struggle with relationships, the law, and feeling like a “stranger in a strange land.” I’ve recommended your book to those I know as a look into the reality of someone with OCD. I look forward to further offerings from you. My best to you – now and always.

  3. Charlie Dyer June 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Thanks again for the interview for Conversations. It was excerpted on the KNews Morning Report and then the full interview was posted in the Podcast Center on our website for download. http://podcasts.sixradiosites.com/knews/kncpodcast.html

  4. DervTallman November 3, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Thank you Traci for sharing your gift. Your book is amazing and although I am not very pro on medication, I have to say, your humorous spin on the subject makes me wish I could get my hands on some prozac. OCD is a helluva disease. I am thankful to have found an author who writes about it with such candidness and style. You’d be something else to meet in real life. Cheers! Derv.

  5. Joanne March 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I just finished “Nowhere Near Normal” and thought it was a true bare naked look at mental illness from the inside out. My daughter suffered with undiagnosed depression from childhood, and this book mirrored many of the struggles that she and our entire family went through. Reading Traci’s story was a comfort to me. I’m sending it on to my daughter. Thank you.

  6. Jules April 18, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Thank you for writing this book. OCD. As someone with a close family member who suffers from OCD, it really helped me understand what’s going in their head. And you managed to be as funny as hell at the same time. You’re a really great writer and I wish you all the best!

  7. bclaypolewhite April 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    I do not have OCD but my grown son does. This is my world, and yet I always want more–more truth, more understanding. I loved this memoir and have recommended it to so many people. I’m waiting for the follow-up, which is coming…when?

  8. Barbara Claypole White April 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    I do not have OCD but my grown son does. This is my world, and yet I crave more–more truth, more understanding, more shared stories. I have recommended this memoir to so many people–not just to those in my OCD community. Would love to see a follow-up.

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