About Tracey S. Phillips

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

Her unpublished manuscript, Mother of Secrets, A Morgan Jewell Book, is a finalist for the Claymore award for Best Detective.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.  At her first Bouchercon she realized her dream of being a panelist and discussed Unusual Ways to Kill (in fiction, of course) with other debut authors. She is also the founder of Blackbird Writers, a group of authors who fly under the mystery umbrella. 

Tracey is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and The Author’s Guild. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and small dog. 

She writes romantic thriller under the pen-name Karissa Knight

If you are in Madison WI, please consider buying locally from A Room of One’s Own or Mystery to Me Books. Be sure to write a review on Amazon, Bookbub or Goodreads. Thanks!

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

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