Tracy Auerbach is an author of science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. As an avid reader with a vivid imagination, she chose to study film, English, and education, and went on to teach and write STEM curriculum for the New York Department of Education. This helped to polish her writing skills and ignite her passion for science fiction and fantasy.
Her first scholarly article, published in Language Magazine, was about the value of active, creative learning in science.
On the fiction side, Tracy’s work has been featured in the online literary journal Micro-horror, The Writing Disorder fiction anthology, and the “(Dis)ability” short story anthology, in addition to her novels.
When she is not teaching or writing, Tracy is usually reading or spending time with her family. She lives in New York with her family.
YOUR WRITING STYLE: I love to take the villain’s perspective, and explore the flaws of human nature through a new lens. Psychology fascinates me and I often explore that in a roundabout way through my writing.
WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE AS A WRITER? I feel like I can grasp a lot of unique perspectives because I have seen the world through a lot of different experiences. I’ve tried many things and played many roles in my life.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU? I am totally inspired by amazing writers who worldbuild, like Brandon Sanderson, Susan Cooper and JRR Tolkein. I am also amazed by superb characters and fascinating takes on psychology (like Lord of the Flies).
WHAT CONSTITUTES A GREAT NOVEL? A great novel makes me connect to the characters in a way that makes me mourn their loss when the book is over.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE WRITING PROCESS? I love that moment at night when my head hits the pillow and I start thinking about where my story will go next. Then I wait through work and until I put the kids to bed the next day before I can finally get the words down.
ORGANIZATIONS: SCBWI NYCDOE