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.

Books by this Author

The New Mind of the South

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

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 eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say banana pudding. I know I'd eventually get sick to death of it, but it would be a good death.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Raising two daughters. Hardest, too.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Same as most people's: that I'll lose someone I love. Also every mother's: that I'll die before my kids are ready to do without me.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The scorpion in Aesop's fable, who gets the frog to carry him across a river and then stings the frog anyway "because it's my nature." That explains villains pretty well, I think.