While at Denver Comic Con, Tammy sat down with Michelle and Emily from Beyond the Trope. Together, they chatted about cats, the status of Emelan, current and upcoming projects, and the inspirations behind Tammy’s characters.
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Tammy’s latest AMA is over, but you can read it all at the link below. Thanks to everyone who participated, and we hope you had as much fun as Tammy did!
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!
During the Tempests and Slaughter tour, Tammy made an appearance on The Record to speak with writer and columnist Lindy West. The two discussed Tammy’s early writing, the experiences that shaped her, and the stories to elevate in today’s landscape.
The only place in the 1960s where you could reliably find [female heroes] were historicals. To this day, I still reread “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” and “Mara, Daughter of the Nile.” But at the end of each, those characters were asked to come down and live the lives of proper young ladies — or wives, in Mara’s case. And they acquiesced. So I kept looking. But it was Anne McCaffrey who taught me that women could be the hero of the book.
You can read highlights, and listen to the interview here: Girls can be heroes, depending on what books you read growing up!
A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to see Tammy on the first leg of the Tempests and Slaughter tour! Though she’s resting now, in a few days, she’ll be on the road again. From the 16th – 18th, Tammy will be at Boskone, New England’s longest-running sci-fi & fantasy convention. After that, the Tempests and Slaughter tour will continue, with a stop in Brookline, MA on the 19th!
In the meantime, if you’re wondering what books Tammy’s reading between stops, you can check out this interview with Goodreads:
And, if you want to see more of what Tammy’s reading, her list of Favorite Books of 2017 is up!
A few days ago, Tammy appeared on NPR Weekend Edition Saturday, to speak with Scott Simon about Tempests and Slaughter, her beginnings as a writer, and the ways that fantasy can expose kids to real life themes and challenges. You can read an excerpt and listen to the interview here: Tamora Pierce Writes One For The Boys (But Just One) In ‘Tempests And Slaughter’
In the lead-up to Tempests and Slaughter, Tammy did a series of short video interviews with Penguin Random House, available exclusively at Unbound Worlds! Check them out: Tamora Pierce on Her New Book, Tempests and Slaughter.
That’s not all, however! Tammy also sat down for a Q&A with Underlined, where she talked about writing– and even shared some teenage anecdotes. You can read all about it here: Exclusive Q&A with Legendary Fantasy Author Tamora Pierce.
Last month, Tammy spoke with Adventures in YA Publishing about Tortall: A Spy’s Guide, the writing and publishing processes, and her current projects. (She even teases at a scene in the upcoming Tempests and Slaughter.)
Check out the interview here: Tamora Pierce, author of Tortall: A Spy’s Guide, on making a difference!
io9: Let’s start with the new book, Tortall: A Spy’s Guide. Why do this kind of in-world expansion/set of information?
Tamora Pierce: People are always asking me—and if not me, friends of mine who know the universe well—details that don’t normally get included in the books, or details of story that haven’t come out yet. I was talking with my editor at Random House about just a basic dictionary or travel guide, or something of the sort that would have just bits and pieces that people would like that was pretty much insider information. I’d seen that there were several books of that kind that had come out at that point and I thought, “Yeah, we can do this.” That was my first mistake.
(There’s even a little tidbit about the upcoming Numair Chronicles in there…)
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’