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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!

Ask an Author: How to Survive High School

Recently, Tammy spoke with the folks at Underlined for the Ask an Author series. Watch the video below for her tips on surviving high school!

TORTALL: A SPY’S GUIDE Appearances

It’s just about time for the release of Tortall: A Spy’s Guide!  If you’ll be in the New York City area on Monday, October 30th, try to stop by the launch event at Books of Wonder, where you will meet Tammy and her Spy’s Guide co-authors, Julie Holderman, Timothy Liebe, and Megan Messinger. The event will run from 6 pm – 8pm, and will be the only chance to pick up a physical copy of Spy’s Guide before the official October 31st release!

Of course, if you can’t make it to Books of Wonder, there will be plenty of other opportunities to see Tammy. Check the Events page for a schedule of all upcoming appearances.

TRICKSTER’S CHOICE and TRICKSTER’S QUEEN, now on sale!

The e-book sale continues! Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen are on sale now, for $1.99 each. Join Aly, the daughter of Alanna the Lioness, as she carves her own path as a spy. This two-part tale is just the thing to read before diving into the secret files of Aly’s father: George Cooper, the spymaster of Tortall…

Tortall: A Spy’s Guide hits the shelves next Tuesday, October 31st. Pre-orders are still available!

(Just a note: if you can’t find the e-book edition at any of the provided links, you can search directly on the retailers’ websites!)

TORTALL AND OTHER LANDS, on sale now!

Right now, the e-book version of Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales is on sale for $1.99! If you haven’t had a chance to read these short tales, now’s the time to pick it up. Tortall and Other Lands features previously-unseen adventures of Alanna, Numair, and Daine– perfect to get you ready for Tammy’s two upcoming books.

And, if you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of Tortall: A Spy’s Guide yet, it’s not too late. There’s still some time before its October 31st release!

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!