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

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Raising two daughters. Hardest, too.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Those clerks at Home Depot who interrupt your shopping to ask you if you need help finding something, and then you tell them what you're looking for and they have even less of an idea where it is than you do.

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. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty. Self-awareness. Empathy.