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Unbound Worlds Interview

Earlier in October, Tammy spoke with Unbound Worlds at NYCC 2017. In addition to talking about the writing process, she speaks frankly about the feminist themes in her books:

I write female heroes, by and large, and I write female characters taking action when action is needed. I write female characters undertaking tasks that are often described as tasks women can’t do. I write realistically as I can how they would go about undertaking those tasks in a way that people in our world would understand without ringing any false notes. I was raised a feminist. My mother was a feminist.

Check out the full interview here: Tamora Pierce: ‘No is Not a Word You Should Tell Me’

Interview with Leigh Bardugo

Last week, bestselling author Leigh Bardugo interviewed Tammy for Parnassus Books’s AuthorsIRL blog. The two go into the world of Tortall, the writing process, and the future of Tammy’s books– and the YA genre as a whole:

As times have changed, I’ve tried to bring more variety in my characters to my books. It’s important that readers feel part of my universes—there’s too much exclusion and battering in this one.

Read the whole interview here: Leigh Bardugo Interviews YA Legend Tamora Pierce

(And, if you’re in the Nashville, TN, area, be sure to stop by Parnassus Books this evening to meet Tammy and her Spy’s Guide co-author, Julie Holderman!)

Re:Fiction Interview

In a recent interview with Re:Fiction, Tammy discusses her experiences as an author, from the beginnings of her career to the writing process itself. For writers everywhere, Tammy’s advice is to:

Keep writing. If one idea gives out on you, go to work on another. The more you do, the longer your work will get, and the better it will get, until you’re finishing projects. Write what entertains you. That will keep you working on a project.

Read the full interview here!

SYFY WIRE on Why There Ought to Be a Tortall TV Series

Check out this recent SYFY WIRE article by Tricia Ennis: Tamora Pierce’s Tortall Books Deserve to Be an Awesome TV Series! Alas, there aren’t any Tortall TV shows in the works right now, but maybe there’s a network out there listening to all of Tricia’s great points.

After all, there are a lot of good things happening with fantasy in TV these days. Isn’t it about time for a prestige series for girls?

NYCC 2017: Extraordinary Enchantments

Earlier this month, Tammy joined authors Lisa MaxwellKatherine ArdenK. Arsenault RiveraS.A. Chakraborty, and V. E. Schwab at New York Comic Con, to speak on the Extraordinary Enchantments panel:

“Fantasy is the realm of idealism,” Pierce said. “Science fiction is the realm of the future. We can game out how the future is going to grow from the seeds we have now. But fantasy is about idealism, is about justice, is about the effects of the rule of law, is about the effects of tyranny, is about the effects of poverty; and we put these things in fantasy so that readers don’t feel preached at.”

Read more about the ensuing discussion here: “Fantasy is the Realm of Idealism”: Tamora Pierce in Conversation with the Female Fantasy Authors She Inspired

An Interview with SPY’S GUIDE Co-Author Julie Holderman

Congrats to Julie Holderman, Tammy’s longtime assistant and co-author of Tortall: A Spy’s Guide, for her win in the 2017 Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest! In her recent interview with Script Magazine, Julie discusses the writing process, her winning screenplay, and her beginnings as a student (and, later, a teacher) at the Alpha Workshop. About her script:

It follows two young female science students in 1890s Chicago, after the murder of their teacher. In trying to find out who killed her, they discover her shady dealings with one of Chicago’s foremost businessmen. They have to choose whether or not to bring him to justice for her murder, exposing their teacher and ruining their own future careers, or staying silent. He’s very invested in making sure they can’t say a word.

Click here to read the interview in full: Meet Julie Holderman, Winner of Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest

Fan Appreciation Project

As you can imagine, the past few years have been eventful for Tammy and her helpers. Between writing new books, making appearances at schools and conventions across the country (and even overseas!), and a few special somethings on the horizon (you’ll have to wait for the announcements…), there’s always something going on.

This is thanks to Tammy’s fans— new and old. You keep Tortall and the Circle going! Because of you, more and more people are joining Alanna, and Kel, and Daja, and Briar, and Daine, and (soon) Numair on their journeys. This newfound popularity has been a wonderful surprise— and a major adjustment. In recent years, it’s been difficult to keep up with fanmail. To be honest, we’ve fallen woefully behind.

But now we’re undergoing a big project: we’re making a concerted effort to send a response to every single fan letter that’s been sent to Tamora since 2010. That’s right: all of them!

(Though regretfully, some letters may have been lost to spam filters, so if you still don’t have a response to your letter by the time this fan appreciation project is complete, that’s the most likely culprit.)

Be sure to check this space for updates. In the meantime, thanks, all of you, for your continued support of Tammy!

Upcoming Appearances & Scheduling Change (Buffalo Street Books)

With the upcoming launch of the long-anticipated Tortall: A Spy’s Guide, Tammy and her co-authors will be making appearances at Books of Wonder (New York City), Politics and Prose (Washington, DC), and Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN). The coming months are shaping up to be very busy, so be sure to take a look at the Events page to see if Tammy’s coming to your area!

Please note that Tammy’s appearance at Buffalo Street Books (Ithaca, NY) has been moved to Saturday, December 2nd, from 2 – 4 pm.

Favorite Books of 2017 (January – May)

Mainstream (Young Adult)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy (Young Adult)

Mainstream (Adult)

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