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Appearances and more housekeeping

It’s been a quiet month here at tamora-pierce.net, so here’s a quick update on all that’s been going on:

Tammy’s Schedule

Tammy’s back from YALLWEST, but she’ll be returning to California at the end of the month for BayCon and more. And, before her cross-country trip, she’ll be at the Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest on May 19th. Aside from her travels, she’s been hard at work with the next book in the Numair Chronicles!

Website & Fan Questions

Here on the website, we’ve revamped and relaunched the FAQ pages. They’re organized, updated, and now contain new questions and answers. If you have a question for Tammy, check the FAQs first—they might have the answers you’re looking for!

(The new Circle FAQ, in particular, answers the two most frequently asked questions: why the Circle audios are incomplete, and what happened to the book about Tris at Lightsbridge.)

Of course, you’re always welcome to send questions to Tammy via the fanmail account. Though responses are slow, your emails are appreciated, and Tammy does get to as many as she can, as quickly as she can with her busy schedule. Thanks for your patience!

Upcoming Announcements

We’ve got some exciting news coming this summer! If you’re feeling particularly curious and/or impatient, you might find a hint about it in one of the new FAQ pages…

Con or Bust 2018 Auction

Con or Bust’s 2018 auction is live! From now until Sunday, April 22nd (4 PM), you can bid on books, jewelry, services, and more. Proceeds go to help fans of color attend sci-fi/fantasy conventions—with the goal of helping as many fans as possible! Per the website:

Con or Bust is not limited by geography or by type of con-goer. It is not a scholarship or “merit based.” Its goal is to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves.

You can take a look at the auction, and the items up for bid, here. In support of this cause, Tammy’s donated autographed copies of The Immortals (the entire set!) and Tempests and Slaughter. Go ahead and check Tammy’s listings if you’d like to place a bid on these books!

Upcoming Reddit AMA (at /r/Books)

Get your questions ready! On Friday, April 6th, at 7 PM (Eastern Time Zone), Tammy will be doing an AMA at /r/Books.

AMAs stand for “Ask Me Anything.” If you’re curious about Tammy’s writing process, her inspirations, the fates of characters we haven’t seen in a while… or you just want to know her favorite snack, Friday’s your chance!

You can find Tammy’s older AMAs here (at /r/Fantasy) and here (at /r/Books).

Thank you!

Thank you all for spreading the word on STAR (Syrian Team for Animal Rescue) and the fundraiser to help Syria’s stray and injured animals!

Together, Tammy’s amazing fans gave donations totaling $140. With her $200 match, we were able to raise a total of $340 for the animals! Not bad, especially for such a quick event!

A very special thanks goes out to Carolyn, Katie, Madeline, Mary, Sarah, Laura, and Brett, for your generosity. And even if you couldn’t donate, your shares, retweets, and reblogs made a difference—and will continue to make an impact as the fundraiser goes on. As always, Tammy’s fans prove to be a kind, compassionate group.

(And if you’d still like to support STAR, but missed the match event, it’s okay! The fundraiser’s ongoing.)

Help the Syrian Team for Animal Rescue!

If you have a little bit to spare, STAR (The Syrian Team for Animal Rescue) needs help!

Based in Damascus, STAR rescues, rehabilitates, and provides ongoing care and shelter to stray and injured animals in Syria. This shelter depends on individual donations for its survival, and as of this post, STAR is still a ways from their $20,000 goal.

Help STAR look after injured animals in Syria

This is a cause Tammy strongly believes in. To make donations go that extra mile, she will be matching fans’ donations, up to a total of $1,000, from now until March 28th. Just send an email to tpiercemail@gmail.com with the subject line “STAR Fundraiser” and some confirmation of the donation and amount.

I believe in these people and their mission with all my heart.  They’ve been struggling for years to save as many pets (of those who couldn’t take their animals as they fled) and abandoned animals as possible.  They are heroes to me, and since I can’t support them all on my own, I’m hoping my friends and fans will feel the same way. Here’s to the animals cast aside and the hardworking people who rescue them!

—Tammy 

Please, donate if you can, and share. Together, we can raise $2,000 for STAR!

Some words from Tammy:

Whew!  I am back, bloody but unbowed, maybe a tad bit semiconscious, but what a wild ride!  This is absolutely the longest and wildest book tour I have ever had, including Firehouse Books at Fort Collins, Colorado; The Tattered Cover, Colfax Avenue (they have two stores now) in Denver; The King’s English in Salt Lake City; Barnes & Noble in Orem, Utah; Boskone (the science fiction convention) in Boston; Brookline Booksmith, near Harvard, Massachusetts; Escape Pod Comics, Huntington, NY, together with comics and book writer G. Willow Wilson; Barnes & Noble at Union Square, New York, NY; Books of Wonder, the new 84th Street store in New York, NY; Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY;  the University Bookstore hosting Rachel Hartman, Lish McBride, and me at the University Temple United Methodist Church in The Sanctuary in Seattle; three days of Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, then Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona!

By the way, as if my head weren’t spinning enough, Tempests entered The New York Times Young Adult Bestseller List at #1 right before I left!  Talk about a sign from the gods that things were going to go well . . .

I met many wonderful fans, familiar and new, got to talk with fellow authors and old friends, became acquainted with new landscapes, visited the Seattle Aquarium for the fourth (fifth?) time, saw the Grand Canyon from overhead,  and signed lots and lots and lots and lots of books.  So did my assistant Julie and my spouse-creature Tim, co-writers of Spy’s Guide to Tortall.  I drank way too much coffee, wore my funkiest-in-life-ever (funkier even than the miniskirts and hot pants I wore when I was much younger!) outfits, and came to hate tiny airline seats. And now I’m verblunget, as I say, with catch-up mail, unhappy kitties, new rescues to find homes for, and a book to write quickly!  But I’m home, and it snowed some more, and my office cat—the lovely Autumn—is curled up behind my butt, so all is good!

Back to the book, then!

—Tammy 

Tor.com: Tamora Pierce Writes Fantasy That Changes Lives

Last month, Meghan Ball at Tor.com wrote a wonderful, personal article about her experiences with Tamora’s books, and the ways in which they’ve made an impact.

Tamora Pierce should be a household name. We should all be crowded around our TVs every Saturday night watching The Song of the Lioness show on HBO. Her works should be considered a cultural touchstone that inspire generations. Prog rock bands should be creating epic concept albums based on her stories. There should be Funko Pops of Alanna of Trebond, Numair Salmalín, and Keladry of Mindelan.

But there aren’t. (At least, not yet.)

Thank you, Meghan, for the kind words!

Read the entire article here: Tamora Pierce Writes Fantasy That Changes Lives