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General Information

Name:  Tracy Ahrens  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1970 in Kankakee, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Ahrens was born in Kankakee, Illinois. She graduated from Eureka College.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tracy Ahrens graduated with a degree in English from Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. Since then, she has been a journalist and eventually became an editor. She has written for a chain of 10 weekly newspapers based in the south Chicago suburbs, owned by Russell Publications. While there, she was also a feature story editor. Currently, she is a freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune. She also is a freelance writer for magazines and other publications. Her professional writing memberships include the Illinois Woman's Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women. She is also a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and Cat Writers' Association. Ahrens has published three children's books, two non-fiction and one book of poetry. She illustrated two of her children's books. Five of her books are by traditional publishers, one was self-published and funded by a university.

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Titles At Your Library

Cloud Jumpers
ISBN: 1933090537

Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. 2007

Children often imagine that clouds look like animals and numbers. "Cloud Jumpers" live in these shapes and are looking back at you. The poetic text encourages children to examine the world around them. 14 Full Color illustrations, Seek & Find Activity Page.

Giant Hero
ISBN: 074144948X

Infinity Publishing. 2013

Giant Hero is one couple s intimate story about infant loss, choosing life over abortion, spiritual growth and a valuable resource guide for a rare congenital birth defect called Potter s Syndrome.

What if the Moon...?
ISBN: 1933090561

Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. 2008

The moon transforms into a grape, an orange and chocolate chip cookie and more in “What if the Moon …” The poetic text expands a child’s imagination while teaching about colors and shapes.

Raising My Furry Children
ISBN: 0982487673

Weaving Dreams Publishing. 2011

Raising My Furry Children is an affectionate account of one person's experiences with her beloved furry children. Originally introduced in a newspaper column, these humorous, and sometimes sad, recollections will touch the heart of every pet owner. Anyone who ever owned a pet will relate to many of the experiences that Tracy Ahrens shares with her readers. If you are a pet lover, this is a book you should read.

Nature Will Heal
ISBN: 1599249952

Finishing Line Press. 2012

A poetry chapbook.

Sammy Sparrow's First Flight
ISBN: 161633584X

Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. 2014

Parents set rules for their children for a reason. Sammy Sparrow quickly learns why while trying to fly alone at night. His wings are weak and Sammy falls into a bush below. The world looks scary from the ground. A friendly owl flies Sammy back home to sleep under his parents' wings. Suggested age range for readers: 2-8

I Am
ISBN: 1635342511

Finishing Line Press. 2017

Every intimate relationship can be summed up in a poem, a poignant signature that leaves a lasting impression. “Always honest, sometimes scathingly sad, (Tracy Ahrens’) words are like a stone thrown through a window breaking upon the page as sharp and crystal clear as tears,” said L.B. Johnson, Award Winning Author of Small Town Roads, about Ahrens’ poetry book, I Am. Ahrens’ poems “take us on a spiritual journey, reminding us that each person is a piece of a puzzle wondering where we belong,” noted Loren Logsdon, teacher, editor and short story writer.


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