About

Tracy is a North Carolina-based author, scholar, and geektivist fueled by caffeine and a passion for storytelling.  Tracy’s YA essay about growing up Black, female, and geeky will be published in OUR STORIESOUR VOICES, an anthology from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster in Fall 2018. Tracy’s debut YA contemporary fantasy series, DESCENDANTS, is set for Summer 2020 & 2021, also by Simon Pulse.

A life-long fangirl, Tracy is a champion for diversity and representation in science-fiction and fantasy literature and media.

When Tracy’s mother told her that the women in their family were Black Bene Gesserits, she believed her.


Long Bio:

Tracy Deonn Walker is a North Carolina-based author and scholar who writes fiction and non-fiction and has won awards for both. When Tracy’s mother told her that the women in their family were Black Bene Gesserits, she believed her.

Tracy’s YA essay about growing up Black, female, and geeky is published in OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES, an anthology out Fall 2018 by Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster. The first two books in her debut YA contemporary fantasy series, DESCENDANTS, pitched as a modern-day King Arthur retelling with Southern Black Girl Magic, will be published 2020 and 2021.

While at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tracy wrote her Master’s thesis and a fully-produced play about Superman, West African myths, and secret identities. Tracy was a graduate school playwright and post-grad theater director, and Tracy has taught theater to middle and undergraduate students and creative/academic writing at the university level. On the digital arts side, she was once a video game co-writer and producer.

In 2017, Tracy joined Women Write About Comics to develop and contribute to their Teaching Diverse Lit column. She is a graduate fellow in Duke University’s Story Lab. and her research project on #GeekGirls and fangirl fanworks was a featured event at Duke.

Tracy is currently co-creating a “Bechdel test for diversity” with The Color of Fandom, a fan group that examines media and literature through the lens of representation. She has moderated and presented on panels about diversity and storytelling at regional and national science fiction and fantasy conventions, including GeekGirlCon, illogiCon, Congregate, Raleigh SuperCon, Resistance Con, and NC Comic Con-Oak City.

 

Tracy’s Fandoms:

My fandoms are a part of me, so I’d like to share them with you. Shout out to the geeks!

  • Harry Potter (Books and Film. No, they’re not the same.)
  • Star Wars (EU old canon roll call!)
  • MCU/Marvel (Again, not the same.)
  • X-Men (Fave character is Iceman.)
  • Doctor Who
  • Susan Cooper – The Dark is Rising series
  • Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy series
  • Cassandra Clare – City of Bones trilogy
  • Leigh Bardugo – Grisha trilogy
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Steven Universe
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender