Tracey M. Cox
author / illustrator

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    I was born in Rochester, NY one cold December day.
    Would you believe I walked to school everyday... even when there would be three feet of snow? I did! It wasn't too bad though. I lived right behind my school. So all I had to do was walk out the front door, go to the corner, wait on the Crossing Guard to cross the street, walk up the hill, and go around to the front of the school building.

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    My family moved over 1,000 miles when I was in the sixth grade. I went from being a "BIG CITY" girl to "COUNTRY" girl. We moved to a very small town in South Georgia. It is so small you can't find it on a national map! I learned how quiet it can be... smelling the rain before it came... I even rode the school bus to school.

    I have loved storytelling since I was a little girl. My papa use to tell me stories before bedtime every night. I loved listening about heroes and villains, giants and bears, and all sorts of other characters, and the adventures they all went on. I would fall asleep curled up against my papa with those stories swirling in my head.
    In school, I loved creative writing. Discovering different lands, new characters, tragedies, triumphs, and all the different styles of writing. I never took those stories any further than a grade though.
    When I got older, I married my high school sweetheart, Tim, and we have three sons, Nelson, Austin, and Cameron. We moved out to my husband's family farm house.



    We have all kinds of critters around the house. My fur-babies are on the side of the page. Their names are: Roxi, Yankee, Ginger, & Drake.

    We also have cows, bunnies, turtles,
    Canadian Geese, and anything else
    that likes to come around.
    When the boys were little, I told them stories at bedtime. Stories of heroes and villains, giants and bears, and all sorts of other characters, and the adventures they all went on. One night Austin asked if I knew any other stories. I thought really hard and remembered my papa's story of three frogs and how they had to find a new home. When I finished the story Nelson said, "Mom, THAT would make a cool book!" and he fell fast asleep. I thought, "Why not?"

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    That January night in 2000 was when I decided to become a children's writer. I haven't looked back since. I have stepped forward by joining organizations, taking classes, doing writing challenges, reading a lot of 'how-to' books, attending conferences, and talking with my fellow children's writers.


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    Now I am published in:
    • newspapers
    • blogs
    • magazines
    • books


    I love to be invited to schools for Author Visits. I let them know I am just like them.

           



    I enjoy going to businesses for book signings.

           



    I also have been a
    guest speaker.




    I not only write.
    I support literacy!

    There are two projects I am involved in.

    I am the co-administrator for the FaceBook Group and Pinterest Boards of KidLit.Tv. Julie Gribble asked me to join her team in 2014. We began brainstorming immediately and knew who we would like to help...
    Authors and illustrators in the children's community (#kidlit). We wanted a place where we all could gather (virtually) and find great visual content to help us as entrepreneurs. Julie has taken off and gathered a team of people to keep the content current and informative. Feel free to JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP and to FOLLOW US ON PINTEREST.
    I the founder and director of an event to help support and encourage literacy in South Georgia!
    I saw a need in my local communities with the literacy rate. In 2012, I started the Book Love & Taters Book Festival.
    During the Books Love & Taters Book Festival, authors and illustrators come to Ocilla and meet the public, offer their books for sale, take pictures, sign autographs, and talk, talk, talk about their love of the written word to those who have questions. I hope in the future this will encourage my local community to be more involved in reading. The Books Love & Taters Book Festival is held in Ocilla, Georgia on the last Saturday in October every year during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival.
    Click HERE to go to the Book Love & Taters Book Festival web site.