Tracy didn’t start out as a writer. In her first career, she was a congressional staffer and a D.C. public policy advocate. She did a stint as a Department of Justice lawyer and coordinated western assistance to an emerging foreign democratic parliament—not in that order. But when the first kid came along and the 5:00-on-a-Friday meetings kept coming, she decided it was time for a change.
In 2003, Tracy exchanged her suits for blue jeans and fleece and moved with her family to New Hampshire. She’d always thought about creative writing but never had time to give it a try. So she took a class—and she was hooked.
Tracy writes the longstanding adoption and parenting blog, UnchartedParent.com. She contributes to the fiction-writing blog, Writer Unboxed, and is one of the authors of Writer Unboxed’s 2016 book, Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published. Tracy’s short story, “Cover Story,” was published at The Drum, and she has published dozens of essays, articles and reviews. Winner of a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Tracy is currently revising her first novel.
Tracy lives in central New Hampshire with her husband, two children, two cats, one goldendoodle and never enough coffee or dark chocolate. When not writing, she can usually be found on Twitter, especially if she’s supposed to be doing something else. In her spare time, she serves on the board of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, studies foreign languages, and embarrasses her children in public. She also periodically looks up the meaning of the phrase “spare time.”