I’m a New Zealander of European and Maori descent who now lives in Melbourne, Australia with my husband and three children.  Since the beginning of 2011, I have worked part time as a teacher aide at a local primary school, an occupation that has become my third biggest passion behind my familyprofile lomo art 1 and writing. I’m also a dog lover, and I put my money (or more accurately, time) where my mouth is by volunteering for a Melbourne-based dog rescue group.

You might find the occasional recipe,  cute little story about my kids (biological and ‘adopted’ students) or dogs, or highly opinionated piece ranting about something or other I’ve read on the Net.  But this blog is mostly about the writing.

I’m a short story writer who has lofty ambitions to write novels. When I first started writing, I experimented with literary and mainstream fiction, but these days I stick with speculative fiction. Dark, dark speculative fiction…

My first short story was published in 2004, and since then my work has been published or is forthcoming in over 80 print and electronic publications.  In 2008 I won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best New Talent. A few of my stories have been shortlisted here and there for other national awards (i.e. Aurealis Awards, Shadows Awards).

I’ve involved myself in other aspects of the writing and publishing world, too; I read slush for Dark Moon Digest, am an active member of the Horror Writers Association and a member of the Australasian Horror Writers Association, have served on judging panels for the latter’s Shadows Awards, and was the vice-president of Dark Continents Publishing during its four years of existence. That was the small press that published my first collection, Ghosts Can Bleed (so you could say it was self-published), but these days it’s kept in print and e-book by Creativia, and is available on Amazon. A second collection is in the works.

And I love hosting guest posts.  If you’re a writer or genre fan or anybody else who has something to say and thinks this would be a good place to say it, then email me at traciemcbride@hotmail.com.


  1. chithankalai says:

    I happened to see your comment in ‘iambeggingmymothernottoreadthisblog’. Looking forward to read more of your penning. Regards

  2. ladysoket says:

    I like horror as well. I mainly write dark fantasy and erotica though. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  3. ALAN NAYES says:

    hi tracie, i saw your comment on fb in kindle horror books. i have a new release from samhain publishing, GIRL BLUE, coming out 4/3. if you have any writer interview spots, i would be happy to participate. thx. alan nayes

  4. David AET says:

    Ms. McBride,
    I am also an associate editor at Dark Moon, I live over in Southern California.
    I Was reading ‘Barking’ from issue #2 in the digest and I would love to do an author interview with you for the Last Writes Dark Moon digest blog. Please contact me I have some interview questions and such to send your way.

    Best Regards,

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