Posts Tagged ‘Links’ Tamora Pierce Writes Fantasy That Changes Lives

Last month, Meghan Ball at 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

The Daily: Tamora Pierce book reading emphasizes the importance of YA for all audiences

If you weren’t able to see Tammy when she was in Seattle, you can still read about her University Bookstore event! The Daily has a write-up of the event, which also featured authors Rachel Hartman and Lish McBride. Check it out for some highlights of the event. As the author notes:

YA fiction, which is full of brave, headstrong, mostly female heroines who stand up to authority and earn the right to be taken seriously, has been one of the most positive forms of media that I consumed while growing up. And I still do read it, despite snide comments from adults and peers that they “don’t count” as “real” novels.

Remember: you’re never too old to read YA!

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Bustle: This Tamora Pierce Series Helped Me Understand How It Feels To Be The Only Woman In The Room

There’s a lot of advice to be found in books for women who work in male-dominated workplaces: lean in, be a girlboss, find your magic, etc. But, to be honest, I learned the most about working in male-dominated spaces from books I read while I was still a child — namely, Tamora Pierce’s fantasy novels, and especially the Protector of the Small series.

The excerpt says it all! In this article, Melissa Ragsdale over at Bustle delves into Kel’s experiences in knight training, and how they reflect some real-world challenges women face in male-dominated industries.

Click here to read it in full: This Tamora Pierce Series Helped Me Understand How It Feels To Be The Only Woman In The Room


KUOW: Girls can be heroes, depending on what books you read growing up

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!

Goodreads: Tammy’s Favorite Books for Traveling

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:

Pack Your Bags: The Books Tamora Pierce Is Bringing on Tour

And, if you want to see more of what Tammy’s reading, her list of Favorite Books of 2017 is up!


Tempests and Slaughter is just around the corner, and it’s already generating buzz around the internet! Here’s a roundup of a few links…

Times of India covers TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER

The countdown to Tempests and Slaughter begins! With the book’s release just days away, the hype’s spread worldwide! Just last week, the Times of India covered Tempests, calling it:

[A]n enthralling fantasy full of adventure. A perfect read for all those looking for a good fantasy fiction.

Upon hearing the news, Tammy had this to say: “I’m a major Bollywood fan, and a fan of numerous Indian movies and books, so to be carried in an Indian magazine is a major thrill for me! One day I’ll get to visit India in person!”

You can read the article here: Tempests and Slaughter – A New Addition in Tamora Pierce’s Tortall Universe

Resources for Writers

[Note: Originally posted on Tammy’s tumblr, a few years ago.]

You need a good thesaurus and a good dictionary.  You can’t always rely on your computer’s thesaurus and dictionary, any more than you can rely on its spell check function.  A computer thesaurus will cough up a hairball over an alternate for “peripheral,” and spell check won’t catch homonym errors.


Author biographies: Read as many as you can manage.  The only way to understand that everyone must work out how to write for themselves is to read how other writers did it, and try it out.  I particularly recommend biographies written for kids.  They concentrate more on how the person actually writes, and less on drama.

Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights, compiled and edited by Jon Winokur

Author Talk, compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus
A kids’ book, it’s great for any writer. Marcus has the writers he interviews describe his/her work style, idea sources, work space, and how they came to what they do. He includes a manuscript page that each author has rewritten, so the reader sees the kind of work individual writers put into getting it right. It shows what I keep saying: There’s no right or wrong way to write, there’s only what works for you.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
People I respect say this is the best book on the subject they have ever read.  I respect them, so I pass their advice on to you.

Danse Macabre by Stephen King
Written in the 1980s, this is a specialized book about horror: how it works, when it fails, who the good horror writers and filmmakers are, by the guy who is arguably the best.  It’s not up-to-date, but he has a good academic background in both horror and writing, and he’s happy to share.  It’s amazing how many tricks that work for horror also work elsewhere.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
A humorous approach to fiddly grammar bits.

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
More help with those nasty fiddly grammar bits.  A volume every writer should have.

Fairy Tales for Writers by Lawrence Schimel
Cautionary tales and very good advice wittily disguised as fairytales in poetry form.  Fun!

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
He’s controversial for his views on things that aren’t part of his writing, but he has a clear understanding of what it takes to get a good story on paper, which is one reason why he is so popular with teenagers.  He is a great storyteller, which means he speaks intelligently and clearly about the key to writing for a wide audience.  Easy to find.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Oh, he’s nasty and he swears, does Steve, but he has a lot to say about how a person can make himself into a writer and just what it takes to stay a writer.  Part of this is autobiography, about his childhood and about his recovery from an auto accident that nearly killed him.  He’ll also tell you that his way to do it is the only way.  He’s wrong about that, but he still knows a great deal about writing, and he’s worth listening to.

The Portable Dorothy Parker, introduction by Brendan Gill
From Part Two: Later Stories, play reviews from Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, and book reviews.  Parker turns a critic’s relentless eye on what is overdone, what looks good and turns out badly, and what falls on its nose in writing, and she writes it all down with a razor dipped in ink.  You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll cringe.  Learn what not to do.

Telling Lies for Fun and Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers by Lawrence Block
One of the best books about writing straightforward fiction, telling it right and telling it directly, without any weird chants or ceremonies.

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel by Diana Wynne Jones
Though written as a travel guide, this is a very wicked, very POINTED guide to all the over-used and illogical tropes of high fantasy (and too many other kinds of fantasy as well).  Save yourself grief and rejections if you want to write fantasy, and find this book.

The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy, compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus
Interviews with writers like Lloyd Alexander, Susan Cooper, Brian Jacques, Garth Nix, Terry Pratchett, and other superstars of the kids’ fantasy universe, along with sample manuscript pages, suggestions for getting unstuck—this book is a treasure trove.

The Writer’s Quotation Book, edited by John Charlton
Sometimes the only thing that will convince you that you’re not the biggest screw-up in the history of creativity is to read the words of someone else who’s in the same mess. That’s what this book is for: to show you that Winston Churchill, Margaret Drabble, Somerset Maugham and Fran Lebowitz have all been there before you.

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
A series of essays by a master of literary science fiction, his reflections on the genre, descriptions of his own process for generating ideas, and thoughts on the nature of writing and writers in general.

Online Resources:

Little Details
You can ask other detail experts for help and help other writers with your own areas of expertise.

Society for Creative Anachronism
If you are into the medieval period or the Renaissance, these are the nutter butters for you.

Pictoral Glossary of Armor Terms
Not as thorough as Stone’s Glossary of Arms and Armor, but cheaper.

When is–?
Holiday dates around the world.

Writer’s Market
The Writer’s Market online site, with agent and publisher listings.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
For picture books through teen, for writers just starting out to long-term pros, good for assisting first-time writers with connections with editors and agents and questions about the field.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
More friendly to adult writers than writers of kidlit; covers sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.

Horror Writers Association
More genre-intensive than SFWA.

Romance Writers of America
Don’t sneer, there’s a lot of crossover with sf/f/horror being written these days, and some of our brightest lights are writing it!