My bio

My writing career began in the fifth grade. My teacher, Mr. DeLizio, encouraged creative writing and would read our projects in class every week. The class usually reacted positively to my story and Mr. D continued to encourage me to write. I began writing stories about my friends and our adventures. I still have all of those old stories in an old file cabinet.

Both in High School and in College I wrote for various student publications and would usually "bump heads" with the editor of the newspaper because I failed to follow the typical news-story structure.

After college I continued to write for professional publications, but it wasn't until 2003 that I finally wrote something just for fun. My first play, "Stan's Fantasy" was performed at community theater to rave reviews. I followed up with a second play, "The Doctor's Office," that also received good reviews from the local press.

Having spent the last twenty-some years in both the corporate world and then changing careers and opening a yoga and wellness center, I didn't have much spare time to give to my real passion: writing.

And then I turned forty.

And then my best friend died suddenly.

And I realized that life is too short and if I was really serious about writing, then I'd better just get on with it. So, in January 2009 I published my first novel, Butterfly and also co-authored two stories: the lead essay in Yoga in America and another in a soon-to-be published book with the working title Stories from the Yogic Heart.

My dream is to continue to provide the students of my wellness center with a safe, professional place to continue to heal their body, mind and soul, while feeding my own through continued yoga practice and my life-long passion of writing.

Namaste.
Tracey L. Ulshafer

WRITING EXPERIENCE headshot

Books:

Butterfly
Self-published, 2009

Yoga in America
Co-author, Lulu Publishing, 2009

Tales from the Yogic Heart
Co-Author, Due for release Spring 2009


Plays:

The Doctor’s Office”
headshot Performed October 2003, Lawrenceville Library.

“Stan’s Fantasy”
Performed April 2001, Montgomery Cultural Center.


Freelance/Contributing Writer:

Redbook

National Women’s Magazine, Contributing article for “Red in the Face,” December 2000.
Car & Travel

AAA Member Publication, 1990-2000.


Staff Writer:
Diamond Exchange
AAA Employee Newsletter, 1990-2000.
Venue
Glassboro State College Student Magazine, 1989-1990.
The College Voice
College Newspaper, MCCC, 1986-1988, 1990.

In addition to weekly written articles, also served as Advertising Manager, Entertainment Editor and Layout Designer.

BUSINESS OWNER
One Yoga & Wellness Center, East Windsor, NJ, 2003-Present

Offers yoga classes for adults, kids, teens, pre-natal, Teacher Training, Massage Therapy and other holistic treatments.


EDUCATION
Glassboro State College (Rowan University), Glassboro, NJ, BA Communications: Radio, TV, Film, 1990  
Mercer County Community College, Trenton, NJ, Liberal Arts & Science Major, 1986-1988
Certificate of Accommodation in Journalism 1988, MCCC.


OTHER CERTIFICATIONS
Baron Baptiste Yoga Teacher Training Level I, Maya Tulum, Mexico, 2003
Bach Center, Certified Bach Flower Essence Practitioner, Level I & II, 2002
Aquarian Dance Center for Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Healing, 500 hour Certified Yoga Instructor, 2001
Ordained Minister, Universal Life Church, Modesto, California, 2001
Health Choices Holistic Massage School, Belle Mead, NJ, Certified Massage Therapist, 2001
Aquarian Dance, Certified Reiki Practitioner, 2000