Tracy Townsend is the author of The Nine, book one of the Thieves of Fate series (Pyr, forthcoming November 2017), her fantasy debut set in a world where theology is a science, three sentient species live in an uneasy truce, and the fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of nine unsuspecting individuals. Her domestic fantasy short story “Late Arrivals” appeared in Luna Station Quarterly in March 2016.

By day, Tracy teaches creative writing and speculative fiction at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a boarding school for gifted STEM students. By night, she wrangles her ten-year-old son and five-year-old daughter, two bumptious hounds, and one snarky husband. While her students have gone on to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Alpha Workshop, and assistant editor positions at Gizmodo, BuzzFeed, and Uncanny, her children seem intent on sticking around for awhile. She can be found online at and on Twitter (@TheStorymatic).