• SCBWI’s US Regional Advisor Coordinator, Tracy Barrett, is the author of both fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including the award-winning Anna of Byzantium (Delacorte, 1999). Her most recent publications are The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard, The Stepsister’s Tale (Harlequin TEEN), and the four-book series The Sherlock Files (Henry Holt). She holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is married and has two young-adult children. She lives in Nashville, TN, where she recently retired from teaching at Vanderbilt University. Tracy is SCBWI’s RA Emerita for the Midsouth and was awarded the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant in 2005.Read More


  • Nobody is a secondary character in her own life. I like to examine the untold story of a historical person forgotten to history, or a fictional sidekick or antagonist who exists in a story only to make the “main” character shine. My novel Anna of Byzantium (Random House) tells the fictionalized story of a real medieval princess whose astonishing life is little known to the general public. King of Ithaka (Henry Holt) explores Telemachos, the son of Odysseus (hero of Homer’s Odyssey), in a coming-of-age story where the great Greek wanderer loses some of his lustre. Dark of the Moon (Harcourt) shows us the myth of the Minotaur from the points of view of Ariadne, the “monster’s” sister, and Theseus, his killer. My most recent novel, The Stepsister’s Tale (HarlequinTEEN) gives a new view of Cinderella, and my most recent nonfiction, The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard, introduces readers to some little-known Greek myths.

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