Tracy is a writer and editor, 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 did a stint as a Department of Justice lawyer, and coordinated western assistance to a couple of emerging foreign democratic parliaments—not in that order. But when the first kid came along and the 5:00 p.m.-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. Since then, Tracy has founded and written a longstanding adoption and parenting blog, Uncharted Parent; become a contributor both to the popular fiction-writing blog, Writer Unboxed and its 2016 book, Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published; and published dozens of essays, articles, reviews and a story in places such as Experience Magazine, The Drum, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, The Washington Post’s On Parenting, and Adoptive Families magazine. 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. has descended into crisis, Tracy has 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 a part of the leadership team of an all-volunteer, grassroots organization based in Concord, the state capital.
Tracy lives in central New Hampshire with her husband, two teenage children, two cats, one goldendoodle and never enough coffee or dark chocolate. When not writing or in meetings, she can usually be found on Twitter, especially if she’s supposed to be doing something else.