Tracy is a writer, but she didn’t start out that way. Earlier in her career, she was a congressional staffer and a D.C. public policy advocate. She coordinated western assistance to a couple of emerging foreign democratic parliaments and did a stint as a U.S. Department of Justice lawyer. But when the first kid came along and the 5:00 p.m.-on-a-Friday meetings kept coming and collided with some health concerns, 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. Since then, her work has been published at Pangyrus, Experience Magazine, The Drum, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, The Washington Post’s On Parenting, Adoptive Families and numerous others. Tracy is a contributor both to the popular fiction-writing blog, Writer Unboxed and its 2016 anthology, Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published, and she founded and wrote a longstanding adoption and parenting blog, Uncharted Parent, for more than 11 years. Tracy also maintains a freelance writing, editing and consulting practice. She is the recipient of a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and is perpetually revising her first novel.
In recent years, as the U.S. descended into crisis, Tracy relied upon her politics and policy background to defend and promote democracy and related causes, writing columns and designing and teaching workshops on writing for advocacy. She also works as part of the leadership team of an all-volunteer, grassroots organization based in Concord, New Hampshire.
Tracy now lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, a golden doodle that can chew through two-by-fours, and a slightly bewildered cat. Yes, she’s still revising that novel.