Tracy Townsend

Tracy Townsend

Tracy Townsend holds a master’s degree in writing and rhetoric from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from DePauw University, a source of regular consternation when proofreading her credentials. She is a past chair of the English Department at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, an elite public boarding school, where she currently teaches creative writing and science fiction and fantasy literature. She has been a martial arts instructor, a stage combat and accent coach, and a short-order cook for houses full of tired gamers. Now she lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois, with two bumptious hounds, two remarkable children, and one very patient husband. Her debut novel The Nine (Pyr), first in the Thieves of Fate series, was a finalist for Best Debut in the 2017 r/Fantasy Stabby Awards, was chosen as Black Gate magazine’s Best Read of 2017, and was Fantasy Book Critic’s Best Debut of 2017. Tracy is also a blog columnist for Luna Station Quarterly. You can find her online at or on Twitter at @TracyATownsend.


"Late Arrivals," Luna Station Quarterly, Issue 25, March 2016

The Nine (The Thieves of Fate, #1 – Pyr, Nov. 14, 2017)

Thieves of Fate #2 (Title Forthcoming – Pyr, Jan. 2019)

Awards and Memberships

Member, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Member, Science Fiction Research Association

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