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Tracy Frank is a journalist in Fargo, North Dakota. She writes about parenting, health, and the lives of the extraordinary people in her community.
Stories have always been a huge part of her life. Some of her favorite things to do as a child were to have stories read to her and to make up adventures with her brother and cousin. Reading is still one of her favorite past-times. She also performs stories by acting, singing and dancing in musicals through the Rural Cass Community Theatre.
Tracy was inspired to write “In the Darkness” after covering the end of a four-and-a-half-year investigation in the murder and disappearance of a teen girl from Hallock, Minnesota in 2003. On the ride home, she couldn’t stop imagining the horror the girl’s parents must have been going through, wondering what had happened to their child.
Nearly a year later, when Tracy was pregnant with her first child, she reported on the disappearance of a 22-year-old woman from a mall parking lot in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The woman’s abduction and murder devastated the community and entire region. Strangers came together to search through snow and bone-chilling cold for anything that could help find her. The tragedy and Tracy’s pregnancy renewed her drive to continue her novel.
In an attempt to, in some small way, help the parents who have lost a child and the children who have been stolen, Tracy pledges to donate ten percent of her proceeds from the sale of “In the Darkness” to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Tracy lives in North Dakota with her husband and two children. She is working on writing her next novel.