While attending a series of stifling churches, she set out on her own to become a writer. In 2003, she earned her bachelor’s degree in writing from Boise State University where she won first place in the President’s Writing Awards, critical essay category for the essay “Which Lazarus is Spoken of in ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’?” Tracy has also authored “Idaho’s Small Wonder,” Middleton Gazette, a story about a tenaciously successful undersized racehorse, “Eager Alumna Gives Time to Boise State,” Focus Magazine, and a series of articles criticising the foster care system for Foster Parent Magazine. These articles caught the attention of Idaho Senator Larry Craig and afforded Tracy an invitation from the senator to speak as an advocate for foster children. On the lighter side, Tracy has also written It’s Not Fattening If, or 120 Reasons for Enjoying Good Food Anyhow, a humor book that provides some of the best excuses to enjoy eating just about anything.
Today a satisfied member of Boise’s Grace Chapel, Tracy is active in her new religious community volunteering in its hospitality ministry and international refugee ministry. She and her husband also enjoy hosting foreign exchange students in their home. Recently Tracy has begun to tell others out about the painful chuch experiences in her past, leading to invitations to speak at local churches and community groups.
Last but not least, Tracy is also an avid dog trainer who enjoys the challenge of competing with her attitude-filled West Highland White terriers in American Kennel Club obedience events. In addition to obtaining six obedience titles on her dogs, two of her dogs have achieved status among the top ten West Highland White terriers in the nation as determined by the Delaney System, a system that ranks dogs who place first through fourth in AKC obedience competition based upon the dogs they beat during a given calendar year.