I was born Tracy Lynn Partridge on January 24th, 1962, in Salem, Oregon. My dad was an aeronautical engineer, and Mom was a church organist. They already had three other children before I joined the family. There was a fourth; their second child was a daughter who unfortunately only lived six-weeks before she died of pneumonia. So, technically, I am the fifth child. I also have a younger sister and brother.
(See some other fun childhood photos HERE.)
Due to the nature of dad’s work, we traveled the states by car quite a bit when I was young. For much of his professional career, he worked on government contracts, designing aircraft for the military. So, we moved wherever his job took him; Georgia, Ohio, Colorado, and Utah, where we settled down because our family was Mormon (Latter-day Saint/LDS). Mom wanted to stay put in one location so that we could put down roots.
We stayed in Utah for the rest of my childhood, except for a short time in Long Island, NY, during my junior year of high school.
Shortly after we returned to Utah, I met and married my first husband, who joined the U. S. Army a few short months later. That lifestyle took us to several different locations; Washington state, four years in Germany, Kansas, and finally back to Utah. Along the way, I gave birth to my three children and did many different things to earn an income and gain an education.
In 1997 my first husband and I split up, and I moved back to Oregon. There I met my sweetheart and life-partner, Jeff, and we built a life together, along with our children. I helped him run his software development business, and he helped me launch and run my gourmet coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and biscotti business: Brown Paper Coffee Company (BPCC), which consumed much of my time for nearly four years.
Jeff and I purchased 20 acres of bare land on Central Oregon’s High Desert. We lived an off-grid lifestyle together with our combined six kids, ages 6 – 16, for a year and a half.
During that time, I taught myself how to make handcrafted jewelry and ultimately turned that craft into a small business.
While in the desert, I also taught myself the art of pyrography (burning art and lettering onto wood or leather.) I also turned that skill into a small business.
International travel and culture are a huge passion of mine, and I feel very fortunate to have lived in one foreign country (Germany) and traveled to 7 other international destinations (Canada, Mexico, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, Italy, and Greece)
- In December 2019, I published The Golden Telescope, the first in my MG (Middle Grade) fantasy fiction series called Jack and the Magic Hat Maker.
- In November 2020, I published Book Two: The Kidnapping King.
- I’m currently working on Book Three: Ross and Faith, which has a scheduled release date of June 15th, 2021.
- There are seven more books outlined for that series, and if all goes well, I will publish all of them over the next three years.
- Series 2: Jack and the Immortals will follow.
- Partridge is my maiden-name and no longer my legal name. I decided to start using the hyphenated version after joining Facebook and thought adding the name my school pals knew me by “back in the day” would make it easier for people to find me and reconnect. My mother liked that I adopted my birth name as part of my public image, so it stuck. I decided to use it as my official pen name.
- I also spend some time working as a professional literary editor –