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Tracy Thompson

Tracy Thompson is a reporter and essayist who has written about subjects ranging from psychiatry to law to the Civil War. She is the author of The Beast: A Reckoning with Depression and The Ghost in the House. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband, their two daughters, one tabby cat, and an enthusiastic beagle named Max.
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Tracy Thompson
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Walt Kelly

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Abraham Lincoln. I'd ask him how he learned to write, and after he told me that I'd get him to talk about his mother.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Reading a good book on a beach in the Caribbean. Or maybe beside a nice fire at home.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Gardening. I love to garden, which is not the same as being good at it.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Sense of humor.

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