I write novels featuring strong women, realistic romances, and tight female friendships. I believe in cultivating worlds where women support rather than compete with one another, and first kisses happen en route to new adventures, instead of in lieu of them.
Tracy Banghart is a cheesy movie–loving, fantasy football–playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She grew up in rural Maryland, with a cornfield in her backyard and flying squirrels in her bedroom walls, and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All that isolation and pretty scenery led to a reading addiction, writing obsession, and several serious book boyfriends.
After high school, Tracy escaped to North Carolina, where she got her BA in English from Davidson College. After college, she sampled city life in Canada and D.C. before jetting off to England, to pursue a master’s degree in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. When she returned stateside, Tracy dabbled in various publishing jobs but didn’t give up on her dream of being a published author. Her husband convinced her that writing full time made perfect sense given the unpredictability of his job, thus affirming her conviction that he was better than any book boyfriend.
Tracy now lives with her husband, young son, and sundry pets in North Carolina, but it won’t be long until the Army sends them off on new adventures.
Fun (Random) Stuff
I’ve lived in Canada, the UK, and Italy, in addition to many places along the US East Coast.
I was once rescued by helicopter while on a canoe trip with my dad.
My husband (AKA MAJOR HOTSAUCE) originally expressed his romantic interest by daring me to eat a raw potato at a party.
The first story I ever wrote was called The Dog, Cat, and Bird. I was five.
The authors I discovered an everlasting love for when I was a “young adult”: Robin McKinley, Cynthia Voigt, Madelaine L’Engle, L. M. Montgomery, Charles Dickens. Etc. Etc. Etc. ;-)
My high school role model/icon, to whom I am still grateful for making me want to be a strong, kickass chick: Buffy Summers