Brought up in Manhattan, Tracey comes from a large extended Irish family.
“We spent a lot of summers in Northern Ireland,” she says. “My Dad comes from County Down, and Mum’s family came from Dublin and Donegal a few generations back.”
A voracious reader, Tracey has always enjoyed writing, but felt it wasn’t something she could do. After university, she worked in the behavioural healthcare profession, working with children and families, before, eventually starting a healthcare company with her husband.
“The work entailed a lot of writing – telling people’s stories and doing assessments.”
Six or seven years ago, she stepped out of the company, and decided to give writing a go.
“The money from selling the company allowed me to do so.”
She learned through writing an unpublished novel.
“At the same time I was taking classes,” she says. “Once I’d put the first novel away, I landed on the idea for the Brennans. It started with someone coming back into the family fold having been gone for a few years.”
Who is Tracey Lange?
Date of birth: 1970 in the Bronx
Education: High school in Manhattan; Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, Psychology. After 2 years took a break and finished a diploma in New Mexico College; Stamford University, 2-year online Creative Writing Course.
Family: Husband Fred. Sons Will 20, Ben 18.
The Day Job: Fulltime writer at the moment.
In Another Life: “I’d be a lawyer. I’d love to work with people who had been falsely accused. It’s such a worthy cause.”
Favourite Writers: Wally Lamb; John Boyne; Ann Patchett; Frederik Backman; Tana French.
Second Novel: “I’m working through the drafts.”
Top Tip: “Find a good writer’s group. This will give you support, accountability and feedback.”
Website: www.Traceylange.com Twitter: @tracey_Lange.
The Debut: We Are the Brennans. Macmillan: €17.70 Kindle: €10.13.
Sunday Brennan returns home after several years away. Her large and close family have questions. Why did she desert them five years before? Life isn’t easy for the Brennans. Each family member has a secret; but it’s an incident from Sunday’s past that threatens the family’s financial future.
The Verdict: A riveting tale about a captivating, if dysfunctional, family. There’s tension, there are twists, but its full of heart. I loved it.
Published in the Irish Examiner on 12th February
© Sue Leonard. 2022.