DysCovered Publishing became a thing in August 2015, when, unexpectedly, I found myself self-publishing the first two books in my YA thriller series. Like many things in my life that have worked out for the best, this was largely unplanned. I fell into independent publishing backward after working with traditional publishers, and I like it!
Publishing my books myself is a lot of work, but it’s a lot of work I was already doing while under contract with my last publisher. I enjoy having creative control over cover art and editorial decisions.
I’m happy being a hybrid author. I’ll continue to work with McDonald & Woodward, the publisher of my nonfiction book, on new projects, and self-publish the Resistance Series. After that, who knows?
Retailers who are interested in stocking my books can order Counteract and Resist, the books in the Resistance Series, through CreateSpace.
Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More may be ordered through Ingram or from McDonald & Woodward Publishers at http://mwpubco.com/titles/fips,bots,doggeries,andmore.html
Tracy knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she could read. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Princeton High School. While in a student there, she was an editor for the school newspaper and news director for the Princeton Instructional Television station. She also worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Suburban Press weekly newspaper.
She was graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University in 1988, with a Bachelor of Science in Communication.
After working for a time in advertising and as an investigative analyst for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, Tracy settled into a career in the performing arts, teaching dance and choreographing musicals.
Tracy has had a long-time interest in her family’s history and genealogy, and she never lost the desire to write.
In 1990, her parents gave her a special Christmas present. It was a journal written by her great-great-great grandfather, Henry Rogers. He, his wife, Maria, and her parents traveled on a horse-drawn wagon from Cincinnati to Philadelphia, then on to Trenton, New Jersey, during the summer of 1838. The purpose of this working trip was to observe working mills so they could improve the family milling business, and also visit relatives in Ohio and New Jersey. During this trip, Henry kept a journal of what he observed along the way. Tracy enjoyed reading it, and became curious about many of the places Henry and his entourage visited.
After making most of the same trip herself by automobile–along with her young daughter–during the summers of 2003 and 2004, and keeping her own journal, Tracy was inspired to compare and share information about both trips–taken over a century and a half apart–in her first published book, Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More: Explorations of Henry Rogers’ 1838 Journal of Travel from Southwestern Ohio to New York City.
Pride of the Valley, a companion volume that focuses on the families that owned the mill during its 120-year history, is in the pipeline for 2017.
Tracy also enjoys writing fiction for young adults. Learn more about her award-winning novels in the Resistance Series here.
Tracy lives in Dallas with her husband, daughter, and two spoiled cats.