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Tracey S. Phillips is the author of Best Kept Secrets published by Crooked Lane Books. The manuscript won a Hugh Holton award in 2018, and the unagented debut was released in 2019.

She is the founder of Blackbird Writers, a group of authors who fly under the mystery umbrella. Her live interviews are making an impact on YouTube.

At her first Bouchercon, the dream of being a panelist was realized when she sat with other debut authors discussing Unusual Ways to Kill, in fiction, of course. In March 2020, she was a debut author panelist at the first virtual Murder and Mayhem con.

Tracey is a serial artist. At Berklee College of Music she majored in music production and engineering, then owned a recording studio in Boulder Colorado. She teaches piano lessons and draws. She loves to grow vegetables in the summer and cook from scratch. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and 2 small dogs. 

Psychological Thriller is her love and female characters drive her stories. With its sociopathic characters and twists and turns, it gives a ride like no other. 

Her debut novel BEST KEPT SECRETS is available now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Powell’s and many other retailers. If you are in the Madison WI area, please consider buying locally from A Room of One’s Own or Mystery to Me Books. Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books.

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  • Coffee or any caffeinated beverage. Chocolate.
  • Anything infused with chilies.
  • Malolactic Chardonnay and occasionally, a good dirty martini!


  • Mean, spiteful people.
  • Generic rejection letters.
  • Creamed corn.

Death Row Meal:

  • Pumpkin pie – or any pie for that matter…with real whipped cream!

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Tracey is the founder of Blackbird Writers, a collective of mystery writers who want to share their stories with you. Join them for weekly blogposts, featured books, shared recipes and future book giveaways.

She is also a member of International Thriller Writers Association, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.