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Tamora Pierce

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Hey, folks! I just discovered that apparently I have given some very popular books single-star ratings--except I haven't. How do I know I haven't? Because I haven't read those books at all. So before you go getting all hacked off at me for trashing your favorites, know that I've written GoodReads to find out what's going on.

I return to my regularly scheduled profile:
Though I would love to join groups, I'm going to turn them all down. I just don't have the time to take part, so please don't be offended if I don't join your group or accept an invitation. I'm not snooty--I'm just up to my eyeballs in work and appearances!

Also, don't be alarmed by the number of books I've read. When I get bored, I go through the different lists and rediscover b
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Gloria Steinem claimed that women who support Bernie Sanders do so to meet men. She has apologized for it since--and far be it from me to deny any actual apologies made for an asshole statement--but isn't this the kind of statement that we would have thought was never in her vocabulary as a feminist--as one of our primary feminists? And the statement that preceded it, "When you’re young, you’re... Read more of this blog post »
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message 1: by Sanah (last edited Nov 30, 2008 07:35PM)

Sanah hi Ms.Pierce. i had some questions about writing a book, is it okay if i asked you?


Tamora Pierce Okay, but it may take me a while to answer, because I leave Friday for a week of school visits. Are there any questions you have that can be answered by material I've already posted on my webpage? I put a lot of stuff there for other writers so they wouldn't have to be dependent on waiting for me to reply.

Otherwise, ask away, and I'll answer when I can!

Tammy


Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* Wow!!! Hi Tamora Pierce! I'm so glad you accepted my friend request. I really like your books. Yay for fellow fantasy writers! >< ttyl
-Brigid :)


Tamora Pierce Janeen-san wrote: "HAVE YOU EVER READ THE EARTHSEA BOOKS? ARE THEY GOOD?"

They're classics now. They're interesting, and they're not like any other fantasy you're going to read. Are you going to give them a try?

Tammy


Tamora Pierce Sanah wrote: "hi Ms.Pierce. i had some questions about writing a book, is it okay if i asked you?"

Did you ever get my reply to this?

Tammy


Thomas Hello from Australia, my new e-friend


Tamora Pierce Thomas wrote: "Hello from Australia, my new e-friend"

Hello, Australia! Have you gotten any rain?


message 8: by Mary

Mary Thanks so much for adding me. I just wanted to say that I love your books, all of them. I think it is amazing to read the works of someone who places importance on strong, witty, and fierce female characters. Keep up the good work. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Bloodhound.


message 9: by Cindy

Cindy thank you for adding me, tamora. it is such an honor! my debut comes out in less than three months and i'm on a roller coaster ride of emotion. you're an inspiration!


message 11: by Tamora

Tamora Pierce ::salute::


message 12: by Marisa

Marisa Hello! I just thought I'd swing by and see how you're doing :)


message 13: by Tamora

Tamora Pierce As ever--working away on the current book, reading, spoiling the cats! What are you up to?



message 14: by Marisa

Marisa I'm not up to a whole lot. My kids have been keeping me pretty busy since we have actually had some nice weather! Have a great weekend!


message 15: by Deva

Deva Fagan Thank you so much for the goodreads add, I feel very honored, especially as I really enjoyed the Alanna books as a girl (how I longed for purple eyes!). You are an inspiration to all of us trying to write books with strong girl heroes!


message 16: by Megan

Megan I had the pleasure of seeing you on the SciFi, Fantasy, and Supernatural authors panel at NYComicCon. I loved what you had to say about not feeling bad about having "things" that you get obsessed with for a time and then put away, because they become part of a mental file cabinet for your writing! Suddenly all of my "things" seem like possibilities instead of failures. Inspiring!


message 17: by Olivia

Olivia Hello, Tamora!
Your my favorite author. I absolutely LOVE your books so much! I met you at a book festival, and at the time I had never read any of your books. but now I'm so excited to have met you even more.
I love your writing and would someday love to be a writer like you. Your such an inspiration to me, and your work as an author is incredible and extremely memorable. I love everything that you say, express, and otherwise write in your books. their exciting, tragic, nail biting, (even though I don't nail bite) and I couldn't stop reading them. In fact, the day I got your book from the festal I had finished it the next day. the next day I bought the second, and finished it in two/one (can't remember)days.
Please keep up the good work, your really an incredible woman.
-Livey


message 18: by Tamora

Tamora Pierce Livey wrote: "Hello, Tamora!
Your my favorite author. I absolutely LOVE your books so much! I met you at a book festival, and at the time I had never read any of your books. but now I'm so excited to have met yo..."


Livey, thanks so much! I'm honored to have inspired so much passion in you, and to have given inspiration to a woman capable of so much passion! So often people sneer at enthusiasm, when anyone with half a brain knows that it's the people who have it that change the world. I hope you always feel this way about my books and about ideas in general.

I hope we get to meet again one day!

Many thanks again,
Tammy Pierce


message 19: by Mary

Mary What book are you currently working on? Another Circle Reforged?


message 20: by Tamora

Tamora Pierce Mary wrote: "What book are you currently working on? Another Circle Reforged?"

No, my publishers and I decided I should finish off the Beka Cooper series first, so I'm doing the last book in that, MASTIFF. The Yanjing book, for Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy, will come after that.


Anna-Lisa I was very excited to read that you are working on finishing the Beka Cooper series first. I have been dying for the second book to be published!
And I have to ask- Do you know if you'll be doing any appearances in Massachusetts anytime soon?


message 22: by Janni

Janni Heh. Mastiff and the Yanjing book are the two I most want to read right now, so I feel like I win out twice over. :-) (I enjoyed Bloodhound, by the way! :-))


message 23: by Fran

Fran I'm pleased to hear that Mastiff will be coming out before the Yanjing book. I've just finished Bloodhound and loved it (review up here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/.... I also reviewed Terrier here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...) so I'm glad there isn't such a long wait before Mastiff.

I was floored by Terrier when I first read it, I honestly feel you've surpassed yourself with the quality of writing in Terrier (and now Bloodhound). Thanks.

Hope the recuperations are going well. My Best Wishes.


message 24: by Tamora

Tamora Pierce Fran wrote: "I'm pleased to hear that Mastiff will be coming out before the Yanjing book. I've just finished Bloodhound and loved it (review up here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/.... I also review..."

Thanks so much for saying you think my writing's improving. I hope it is, but I'm a little too close to it to judge. I really appreciate it when it's something a reader chooses to comment on without me asking.

And you'll see I read the BLOODHOUND review. I tried to read the TERRIER one, but it went to another book you reviewed.

Thanks so much, Fran!


message 25: by Fran

Fran Whoops, my apologies, I have indeed put the wrong link there. The correct link to my Terrier review is: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

The Terrier and Bloodhound reviews are sort of linked, because I wrote them consecutively. I go into more depth on my thoughts about your writing in the Terrier review.

Thanks so much for reading, and commenting upon, my review. I was a little bowled over! I put a lot of thought into both, and I feel it was good for my writing too. Very much looking forward to reading (and reviewing ;) Mastiff.

All the best!


message 26: by Tamora

Tamora Pierce Fran wrote: "Whoops, my apologies, I have indeed put the wrong link there. The correct link to my Terrier review is: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

The Terrier and Bloodhound reviews are sort of..."


Thanks for the revised link--I did some reply commenting, including some bits of how things came about in TERRIER, that I thought you might like. While I have no intention of doing the journal format again, and I want a rest from first person, I think the next Tortall venture will still have some of the freshness you liked. It's two books about Numair, and the first one takes place entirely outside Tortall. The second one will give us a peek at what life was like in the realm during those ten years between the Alanna and Daine quartets, when Numair was trying to stay alive and fed.

Anything we write is good for our own writing, and talking with other writers about work helps us, too. I have done a lot of reviewing in the past, and it always helped me with my own stuff.

Many thanks again!

Tammy


message 27: by Anneke (last edited Apr 13, 2009 02:47PM)

Anneke Hello from het Nederlands! Have you been to Europe yet?


message 28: by Tamora

Tamora Pierce Anneke wrote: "Hello from het Nederlands! Have you been to Europe yet?"

Sadly, no. The closest I have come is England and Scotland. I wish my Danish, Swedish, German, and Dutch publishers would combine resources to bring me to Europe!


message 29: by Nicole

Nicole Hello Tamora. Wow you read a lot of books! And I thought I read a lot. I think it is cool that you still take time to read even though you are probably VERY VERY busy.


message 30: by Cinda

Cinda Tammy, congrats on making #1 on the NYT list with Bloodhound!!
Cinda


message 31: by Ralph

Ralph Hello, Tamora. I just finished reading your novel Bloodhound and I wanted to let you know that I loved it! I can't wait to read more of your books.


message 32: by Cindi

Cindi Thank you so much for adding me as a friend. I admire your writing very much, and the stories greatly. I have had to loan them from the library, so I have not gotten to all of them yet, but I will.


message 33: by Athena

Athena Hi Tamora.I finished the Alanna series and i just wanted t let you know that they were briliant and I can't wait to read more. :)


message 34: by Tamora

Tamora Pierce Athena wrote: "Hi Tamora.I finished the Alanna series and i just wanted t let you know that they were briliant and I can't wait to read more. :)"

Thanks, Hena!


message 35: by Olivia

Olivia Tamora--

I'm currently reading Trickster's Choice, and I am finding myself more and more entranced by your tales and wishing I'd written them, or to the same effect yet eighty-times greater, that they were really history of our world.
You are by far the very best author on the world, and I give you an quintillion thumbs up multiplied my the trillions plus...
Long story short, I love your writing.


message 36: by Robbie

Robbie Meeting you at Sirens in October and reading Alanna now for first time. Why didn't I read it sooner?!?!?


message 37: by Emily

Emily I am completely obsessed with your books. I just finished rereading Terrier and I think I just may go crazy since there are 53 holds on Bloodhound at my library. Thank you for writing such wonderful books!


message 38: by Taylor

Taylor Thank you so much for adding me as a friend! I adore your Tortallan books, they are the books I reread most often. Tortall is one of my favorite worlds to get lost in, and I am thrilled to know that you are writing more about Tortall.

I also can't wait to read your National Novel Writing Month pep talk (I am participating again this year!). I love both reading and writng.

Are you coming to Arizona anytime soon? I would love to meet you in person!


message 39: by Lillian

Lillian You are absolutely amazing. I'm sure you hear that a lot from other people, but I just had to tell you myself. I almost fainted when I saw an email titled "you are now friends with Tamora". I don't want to freak you out or anything, but you, Tamora Pierce, glanced at my name(hopefully)! I feel so honored. You probably have no idea how many lives you have changed by writing these lovable intelligent heroines. I have no idea how you make them so real, but I'm glad you did. Thank you so much for opening my eyes to Alanna, Kel, Daine, Aly, and Beka. Can't wait for Mastiff!



message 40: by Tamora

Tamora Pierce Lillian wrote: "You are absolutely amazing. I'm sure you hear that a lot from other people, but I just had to tell you myself. I almost fainted when I saw an email titled "you are now friends with Tamora". I don't..."

Lillian, thanks! I hope you always feel this way about my girls--and I'm working away at MASTIFF!

Tammy


message 41: by Mariela

Mariela Just finished Bloodhound! AMAZING!


message 42: by Hannah

Hannah I just finished, Will of the Empress. Wow. It's easily my favorite of the Circle Series, and I think maybe my favorite of all your other books! Your astounding!! :)


message 43: by Diana

Diana Thanks for creating some of my most favourite literary women and men! :)

When I was a teenager, I got purple contacts so I could look like Alanna. Not sure I achieved that, exactly, but... :D


Charlotte Emery Thank you so much for accepting my friend request I'm absolutely ecstatic that I'm your friend I never though I would get the chance to meet you and Im on the edge of my chair waiting for Mastiff to come out (yay rosto).
Thank you,
Charlotte


message 45: by Brianna

Brianna winter I just finished re-reading Bloodhound and it was even better the second time! im so excited for Mastiff!


message 46: by Olivia

Olivia Dear Ms. Pierce,

I own all Kel, Daine, Alanna and Aly books and have loved your literature many a year, re-reading them about fifty times each. You are by far my favorite author!
Sincerely,
Olivia (and her kitty Whitey)


message 47: by Amanda

Amanda Thanks for adding me as a friend! ^_^


Charlotte Emery Mary wrote: "Thanks so much for adding me. I just wanted to say that I love your books, all of them. I think it is amazing to read the works of someone who places importance on strong, witty, and fierce femal..."

i agree and i am utterly desperate to read it


message 49: by Mariela

Mariela I'm reading the Protector of the Small Series again, and I have to say this is my favorite series of them all.That's not to say that I don't love all the powerful women in all your stories. Which I do! But First Test was the first book I ever read by you. Kel was the one that lead me to read them all and I absolutely fell in love with them. I can say that reading them again now that I am older, gives me more an understanding in ife. I loved it in high school, and now college I have a better perspective on the struggles of life. I love Kel's discpline of herself and her determination above all. And I have been trying to applied that to my life. It's working so far. :)
Thank you for sharing your stories and proving that women can be more than what society has demanded from us. We can be great.


message 50: by Katelyn

Katelyn Patterson happy birthday!


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