"A writer." That's what I wanted to be aged 6 or 7, then during my pony mad phase "an international showjumper", finally returning to "writer" in my forties.
My first full-length book was hand-written during my Zoology degree and resides, for the good of the reading public, at the back of my wardrobe. (Surprisingly, I did pass my degree.)
Family, plus a career in the pharmaceutical industry, working first in Regulatory Affairs then Clinical Research, took up headspace and I didn't write anything for almost twenty years.
When my son was born several weeks early he spent a week in the special care baby unit at Eastbourne Hospital. The nighttime experience of sitting amongst the incubator babies inspired 'Household Gods', a story that was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize, then included in my MA in Creative Writing dissertation (Chichester University ) and is now part of my debut collection.
Taking a career break (I'm still on it!) meant I could focus on my son through his exam years. Suddenly my head filled with stories so I began writing fiction in 2010, and haven't stopped ...
A highpoint of my writing career was travelling to Singapore for the 2017 Commenwealth Short Story Prize giving and meeting a truly inspiring bunch of people. I was the Regional Winner for Canada & Europe, with the title story in my debut collection The Naming of Moths.
To keep fit I run three times a week, take a dance class and walk whenever, and wherever, I can.
I'm proud to be regularly invited to read for several international short story competitions, and enjoy leading workshops on writing fiction when asked.
I grew up in Devon, and am now currently writing a crime mystery novel set in my home city of Plymouth.
Like Trish, the narrator of 'Ten Good Reasons' (lead story in my debut collection), I love creating lists.
Where do stories come from?
Tracy Fells on the inspiration behind The Naming of Moths and other short stories
If you live in West/Sussex, or close enough to Steyning then it would be lovely to see you at this event: 22nd November, 7.30pm at the wonderful The Steyning Bookshop. Details of the evening and how to get tickets are below. There'll be an interview with me about the collection and my writing, a reading and a chance to buy The Naming of Moths (and get it signed).