Tracy Ruckman is an upside-down, inside-out kind of creature. She rarely does things the easy way, including raising a family at an early age and going back to college at age 47.

The same year she started back to college, Tracy’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to open two book publishing companies and during the years she earned her bachelor’s she also published 100+ books for more than two dozen authors, several of which have earned a variety of awards. Two years ago, she added a subsidy press to her offerings, and in 2016, placed the two traditional presses into the capable hands of another publisher. The subsidy press, TMP Books, continues to grow and expand as she helps writers achieve their dreams of publishing books.

After earning her degree, Tracy decided one diploma wasn’t enough and began seeking her MFA in Screenwriting. She will achieve that goal in December 2017. While in school, she’s begun work on more than a dozen feature-length scripts, most of which are currently in various stages of the writing and editing process.

With graduation in sight, Tracy expects to fill her days – and years – writing, pouring out stories and developing characters who have been more than patient during her school years. She’s seizing opportunities for networking and film experience as they occur, learning and growing each step of the way.

Tracy understands spare time as a figment of someone else’s imagination, but occasionally she dreams of long, uninterrupted hours to think and write, unencumbered days spent fishing and sunning, and all those unexplored roads calling her name.