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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.

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 panelist at the first virtual Murder and Mayhem con.

Tracey didn’t always want to write. At Berklee College of Music she majored in music production and engineering, then owned a recording studio in Boulder Colorado. As a working-from-home mom, she fantasized for years about vacations alone with her computer. She teaches piano lessons and lives in Wisconsin with her husband and 2 small dogs who rule their lives. 

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 Jenny Chen and 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.