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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My Life in 8 Words

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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. 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. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Elizabeth I. Yes, I know that makes me sound grandiose. But ever since I saw the Glenda Jackson portrayal in a Masterpiece Theater production back when I was in high school, I've been obsessed.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Most of them are four-letter words which I have been trying for years (unsuccessully) to purge from my vocabulary.

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