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 . . .

What Kind of Bird are You?

I recall a summer day, not too long ago, when I was standing on my deck breathing the fresh Wisconsin summer air and watching the breeze flutter leaves in the canopy of maple trees overhead. And in the midst of this peaceful reverie, the distinctive chirt-chirtle  . . . Read More . . .

How is Setting a Character in Fiction?

It’s almost springtime in the state that I call home, but I’m not overly anxious for it. My  favorite room in our house was an add-on designed by my husband and is directly above our two-car garage. The four season sunroom faces south. Read More . . .

Musical Moment

Instruments play a chord. You know this music, the feeling it evokes draws on your emotions. The rhythm moves you and you don’t think about it,  your feet just tap the beat. Read More . . .

Who Are Your Heroines?

In the quiet days of quarantine, I had many opportunities to meditate on my life choices and personal behavior. I used the time for reflection on changes I wanted to see in myself and the world around me. So I considered the woman I’d like to become. Read More . . .

Writescast Network

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.

Isthmus Madison, WI

Madison Wisconsin Isthmus writer Michael Popke reviews Best Kept Secrets and discusses our interview. Here’s a link to the article.

Washington Independent Review of Books

In That’s What SHE Said: Lit Women Who Rock, K.L. Romo interviews Tracey S. Phillips about the story behind her debut novel Best Kept Secrets.

The Big Thrill Magazine

Tracey S. Phillips does an up close interview for the December issue of The Big Thrill, the magazine for International Thriller Writers.

Best Kept Secrets Book Review

Gareindeedreads posted a very nice review of Best Kept Secrets.

The Page 69 Test

On October 23, page 69 of Best Kept Secrets is featured on CAMPAIGN FOR THE AMERICAN READER’s Page 69 Test.

My Book the Movie

On October 20th, 2019 my guest column for My Book the Movie went live. It was fun imagining which actors might best portray the characters in Best Kept Secrets.

Suanne Schafer Interview

On October 15th, come to Suanne Schafer’s website for my very first interview! Suanne Schafer is the Debut Author of A Different Kind of Fire. And her latest book, Hunting the Devil Releases on September 15th 2019.

Why so many women read (and write) thriller and crime fiction

by Tracey S. Phillips

(This column was featured on Jungle Red Writers’ October 10th, 2019)

As your gaze skims the words on the page, you curl into yourself. Elbows tuck and your shoulders hunch. Your heart rate climbs from adagio to vivace. A fingernail sneaks between your teeth and you work it till you come to the end of the chapter and. . . “No!” You can’t stop there, the author’s left another cliffhanger!… Read the entire column at Jungle Red Writers’.

Traditional Publishing Contract: Nontraditionally

By Tracey S. Phillips

(This column was featured on ITW’s The Thrill Begins October 7th, 2019)

Once you’ve written a story, the dream is to publish, right? And, for those of us who don’t want to self-publish, we know to query and pitch, query and pitch. But sometimes the traditional process doesn’t work. Whether it’s a day job, kids, or taking care of aging parents, life can get in the way of our dreams. In this column, I’ll show you how to get your work seen faster and by more agents with just one pitch…Read the entire column at ITW’s The Thrill Begins.