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Tracy Lawson’s passion for storytelling led her first into the world of dance and educational theater. In a career that has spanned nearly three decades, she has been a dance teacher, a studio owner, and to date has choreographed 33 musicals for middle and high school students.

Her greatest adventures in musical theater included creating disco choreography for forty middle schoolers on roller skates in Xanadu, building cast members’ endurance during an extremely aerobic jump rope number in Legally Blonde, and wrangling a cast of amazingly enthusiastic teenaged tap dancers in Crazy For You.

When faced with a mid-life career change spurred by a cross-country move for her husband’s job, Tracy decided to pursue her goal to become an author and adopted the motto, ‘have laptop, will travel.’

Though she retired from a regular studio schedule, Tracy has maintained her ties to educational theater by returning to choreograph a few shows a year at Bexley City Schools in Columbus, Ohio, so she can continue to nurture students and share her passion for putting on a great show.

Her first book, Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, is based on the 1838 travel journal of her great-great-great grandfather and won Best Nonfiction History in the 2012 Ohio Professional Writers Association Book Awards. To satisfy her curiosity about other aspects of her ancestors’ lives, she wrote the companion volume  Pride of the Valley: Sifting through the History of the Mount Healthy Mill (McDonald & Woodward, 2017).

Eager to try writing fiction as well, Tracy chose a futuristic setting for Counteract (2014), Resist (2015), Ignite, (2016) and Revolt (2017), the Resistance Series novels. Resist was named Best YA Fiction 2016 by the Texas Association of Authors Book Awards, and won Silver in the 2017 international Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Ignite won Bronze in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

Currently Tracy has tapped into another family story for Answering Liberty’s Call, her debut historical fiction. While her body of work may seem varied, the common thread that connects all her books is her characters’ pursuit of individual liberty.

Tracy and her husband, economist Robert Lawson, both Cincinnati natives and graduates of Ohio University,  live in Dallas and have one grown daughter and two spoiled cats.

 SHORT BIO

Tracy Lawson’s passion for storytelling led her first into the world of dance and educational theater. In a career that has spanned nearly three decades, she has been a dance teacher, a studio owner, and to date has choreographed thirty-two musicals for middle- and high school students.

When faced with a mid-life career change spurred by a cross-country move for her husband’s job, Tracy adopted the motto, ‘have laptop, will travel.’ Within a few years, she had achieved a lifelong goal and published her first book, based on the 1838 travel journal of her great-great-great grandfather.

A series of post-apocalyptic novels aimed at young adults and a companion volume to her first nonfiction book followed. Currently Tracy has tapped into another family story for her debut historical fiction. While her body of work may seem varied, the common thread that connects all her books is her characters’ pursuit of individual liberty.

Tracy and her husband, economist Robert Lawson, both Cincinnati natives and graduates of Ohio University, have one grown daughter and two spoiled cats.


VERY SHORT BIO

Tracy Lawson’s passion for storytelling led her first into the world of dance and educational theater, and enjoyed a career as a dance teacher, studio owner, and choreographer that has spanned nearly three decades. A mid-life career change has yielded six books–a four-volume series of thrillers for young adults, and two nonfiction history books based on the lives of her pioneer ancestors. Tracy’s two newest novels are in the pipeline for release in 2020 and 2021. While her body of work may seem varied, the common thread that connects all her books is her characters’ pursuit of individual liberty.

 Tracy, who is married with one grown daughter and two spoiled cats, splits her time between Dallas, Texas and Columbus, Ohio.

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“We rarely see history–especially the history of war–from a woman’s perspective. I decided I should do something about that.”

“Dystopias are twisted versions of perfection, masquerading as stable, peaceful, carefully structured societies devoid of risk and pain.

“Beneath the surface, however, a dystopian society’s oppressive structure attempts to destroy humanistic characteristics. Protagonists may feel like misfits because they dare to question or reject the unnatural norms established by those in power. The dystopian novel explores whether human nature can be changed in such a way that people will abandon their longing for freedom, for dignity, for integrity, and for love.

“I write dystopian fiction so it will remain just that—fiction.”