facts and fiction

Pills spilling out of bottle  I Am A Woman With A Mental Illness — an essay published in Role Reboot, June 12th, 2013.

My mother was 41 when she stopped taking her Lithium. For years she’d struggled with the side effects: weight gain, chronic dehydration, skin rashes. She chose instead to treat her mental illness with herbal supplements, a decision that would prove fatal. Read more…


Holds Us Herea short story published in Arch Literary Journal, July 2012.

On trash night, Jose from down the street comes around with his shopping cart and collects everyone’s recyclables. Sometimes Camille thinks it’s him when we hear a rustling at the end of the driveway. “My Mexican boyfriend,” she says.   Read more…


The Cruelty of Children  a Pushcart Prize nominated short story appearing in the Fall 2011 issue of  Echo Ink Review and Trey Stories Award Series.

It wasn’t a dead baby. It wasn’t cancer. There was nothing to be sad about. For God’s sake they should be celebrating. He says he believes she is right, but he can’t stop thinking about the teeth and the hair. There were also bones. Read more…


Are You Asperger’s or Just an Ass? — my views on Asperger’s Syndrome (appeared first in Hyperlexia Journal)

On a hot day in September of 1997, I sat in my psychiatrist’s office telling him about the job interview I’d just come from, but I was really there to discuss my results from the tests I’d taken.   Read more…


The Fastest Way Down — a new essay that will appear in the Spring 2012 issue of Emry’s Journal.

My mother hasn’t slept for forty-three hours. … She said her hands and forehead hurt from a touch of stigmata, then filled an old KPBS Premium Membership tote bag with coupons for every Spring-Into-Summer Sale from Macy’s to K-Mart. Now it’s Sunday evening, and she hasn’t been to bed since. Read more…


6 Responses to “facts and fiction”

  1. Traci Foust June 16, 2011 at 4:16 am #


  2. DervTallman November 3, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Can’t wait until the story comes out. This reminds me of a Lauren Groff story. I’d be interested to see who your fiction influences are. Cheers! Derv.

    • tracifoust November 3, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

      Wow! Thank you for that compliment.I adore Lauren Groff!

  3. Marcella November 4, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    I feel the disgust from the wife. The childlike wonder from the husband. Your words take me there. Inside their heads. Inside their bodies. The frustration. The emptiness. The need to know… what happens next… 😉

  4. Ali B November 4, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    I’m liking it so far. Looking forward to the full version.

  5. Steph November 9, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    I’m so glad I found this author. I loved Nowhere Near Normal and now I see her fiction is just as well crafted.

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