Award Winner

2018 Writer's Digest Writing Competition

Blackbird Writers Member

Founder and member of Blackbird Writers, a group of authors who write under the umbrella of Mystery

Best Kept Secrets

Best friends tell each other everything.

Even their deepest, darkest secrets.

Morgan Jewell and Fay Ramsey are enjoying their last summer together before college. Fay is shy, with a controlling mother, and Morgan is the perfect, wild, loud-mouthed yang to Fay’s yin. But when Fay is found dead, Morgan’s entire world crumbles.

Best Kept Secrets

Reviews

This debut novel... deserves high praise for its ability to show how we all share the same complicated needs and emotions, whether we end up committing murders or solving them.
There's a "sway" to this novel that caught me off-guard in a good way. -Amazon Review
Excellent thriller!!!! Love it - one of the best! - Amazon review

Best Kept Secrets

Reviews

This debut novel... deserves high praise for its ability to show how we all share the same complicated needs and emotions, whether we end up committing murders or solving them.
There's a "sway" to this novel that caught me off-guard in a good way. -Amazon Review
Excellent thriller!!!! Love it - one of the best! - Amazon review
BBW_Anthology_Cover

May, 2022 release, Taking Flight is a compilation of short stories written by ten mystery authors. The anthology includes Forbiddance, an award winning story by Tracey S. Phillips. Other authors include, Laurie Buchanan, Timothy Chapman and Joy Ribar.

Boys mean trouble. Melanie Ann Matula hears her mother's voice as she breaks curfew to meet Larry, a boy she hardly knows. On the way, Larry's friend joins her. Melanie didn't know he invited someone else to their secret meeting. What else is up his sleeve? It's dusk and getting darker. Her mother's voice plays on auto repeat. Only killers and criminals stay out after dark. Will Melanie prove her mother wrong?

Find out in this FREE anthology. To get your edition, sign up for Blackbird Writers' newsletter here:

Tracey S. Phillips writing as Karissa Knight

The Mina’s Choice Series

Cover of The Client Mina's Choice Book One by Karissa Knight
Cover of The Contract Mina's Choice Book Two by Karissa Knight

Visit KarissaKnight.com to learn more

Author Interviews

Tracey often interviews other mystery authors for Blackbird Writers. Here’s her latest interview:

July 1st, 2022

Laurie’s latest project, The Devil and Daniella Webster is available as a serial on Kindle Vella. Here, she talks about publishing this way, what Vella is all about, and how it works. Vella is another vehicle for authors to get their work out there. Learn more about The Devil and Daniella Webster

https://www.lauriestevensbooks.com

For more author interviews, visit the Blackbird Writers YouTube Page.

Articles by

Tracey S. Phillips

103.5 Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Public Radio

Interview with Rex Owens

The interview aired on Monday, August 1st, 2022. Click here to listen! 

Blackbird Writers

How Do You Face Failure?

I’m proud to tell you that I’m a failure. Because on the other side of failure, is success. I wasn’t always proud to say it because I didn’t set out to fail. Read More . . .

Writescast Network

How Do You Face Failure?

Hear Tracey S. Phillips in a podcast interview with Writescast Network founder R. R. Campbell. She discusses getting a traditional book publishing deal in a non-traditional way.

Articles by

Karissa Knight

Karissa Knight is Tracey S. Phillips’ pseudonym. In June 2021, Tracey published Elements of Submission, the first book in a romantic suspense series. In October, 2021, she re-released the book with a new title, THE CLIENT. These articles refer to that book title, but the content of the book, is the same.

Romance Junkies

A Chemical Romance by Karissa Knight

Have you ever experienced that rushing waterfall of emotions when you first meet your true love? It happened to me when I met my husband. Read more. . .

Washington Review of Books

Why genre-spanning author Tracey S. Phillips embraced a pseudonym.

It’s clear that author Tracey S. Phillips is an expert in flexibility. Yes, she practices yoga, and yes, she’s a piano teacher. But she also writes novels across multiple genres and publishing platforms. Read more . .

About Tracey

Tracey S. Phillips’ unagented debut, BEST KEPT SECRETS, was released in 2019, published by Crooked Lane Books. The manuscript won a Hugh Holton award in 2018.

Her unpublished manuscript, Mother of Secrets, A Morgan Jewell Book, is a finalist for the Claymore award for Best Detective.

Tracey majored in music production and engineering at Berklee College of Music. A serial artist, she still teaches piano lessons and loves to draw. In the summer she grows vegetables and cooks from scratch.  

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