• 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). Spring, 2018 will see the publication of her 22nd and 23rd books for young readers: Marabel and the Book of Fate (Little, Brown) and Freefall Summer (Charlesbridge Teen). Her most recent publications are The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard, The Stepsister’s Tale (Harlequin TEEN), and the Sherlock Files series (Henry Holt).

    Tracy 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. Formerly on the faculty of Vanderbilt University, she lives in Nashville, TN. Tracy is SCBWI’s RA Emerita for the Midsouth and was awarded the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant in 2005.


  • 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 whose only purpose in a familiar story is 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. 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. My two 2018 releases depart from this pattern: Marabel and the Book of Fate is a fantasy about a kick-butt princess, and Freefall Summer tells the story of a skydiving teen.

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