1. She once rubbed shoulders with Brad Pitt. Yes, she literally rubbed her shoulder against his as he passed her in a VIP room at the premiere of Guy Ritchie’s Snatch. She managed to get into the VIP room because she was working in PR after getting her English degree at Royal Holloway, University of London.
2. She got attacked by a kangaroo. Okay, ‘attacked’ might be a bit of an exaggeration. It tried to jump on her back while she was in Australia. Why was she in Australia? She was writing an article for the travel magazine she edited, a job she got after impulsively quitting PR one day. Sure, she loved the PR world, especially all the parties she attended while sipping champagne and eating all the canapés the stick-thin models bypassed. But she’d always dreamed of writing so quit her job to retrain as a journalist.
3. She wrote her first novel The Atlas of Us (Before I Say Goodbye in the US) after doing a short Open University course. That course was the OU’s Starting Writing Fiction course (now offered for free here), which she did while working for the university in the department responsible for co-producing popular series with the BBC such as Frozen Planet and Coast. She thenwent on to work in the OU’s social media team before leaving all that behind to pursue writing full-time!
4. She loves dogs. Tracy's first dog was a one-eyed Jack Russell called Archie. He has a starring role in The Atlas of Us, though when he got a copy of the novel, he didn’t seem too bothered. A sniff, a huff then back to chewing his paw. He sadly passed away but now Tracy's canine companion is Bronte, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who rules the roost alongside her daughter Scarlett and Tracy's fellow 'servant', her husband Rob. 5. Tracy is addicted to lip salve. It’s been an addiction since childhood. She owns about a hundred different lip salves but can never seem to find one when she desperately needs to. One of her friends believes this addiction suggests psychotic tendencies. Tracy disagrees. But who knows, one day she might write a novel about a lip salve-addicted serial killer...