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Tamora Pierce

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Full Name: Tamora Pierce
Born: December 13, 1954
South Connellsville, Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation: Novelist
Nationality: American


Tamora Pierce is a bestselling author of fantasy books for teenagers. Her books, known for their teenaged girl warriors and wizards, have received critical acclaim and a strong fanbase.

Tamora Pierce was drawn to books from a young age. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, the child of a "long, proud line of hillbillies," her family never had much. "We were poor, but I didn't know it then. We had a garden where my folks grew fruit and vegetables and our water came from a well," she explains. But one thing they did have was plenty of books. So Tamora read.

A self-proclaimed "geek," she devoured fantasy and science fiction novels, and by the age of 12 was mimicking her literary idols and writing her own action-packed stories. It was thanks to her father that Tamora began writing. "He heard me telling myself stories as I did dishes, and he suggested that I try to write some of them down," Pierce says.

But Tamora's novels had one major difference: unlike the books she was reading, her stories featured teenaged girl warriors. "I couldn't understand this lapse of attention on the part of the writers I loved, so until I could talk them into correcting this small problem, I wrote about those girls, the fearless, bold, athletic creatures that I was not, but wanted so badly to be."

Seventeen years later, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, a brief career in teen social work and some time spent writing for radio, Tamora Pierce held true to her childhood crusade, and published Alanna: The First Adventure, the first in a quartet about a valiant, young, female warrior. Pierce's heroine struck a chord with readers across the country and quickly earned her a loyal following.

Pierce is now a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has written twenty-five books, including her newest, BEKA COOPER #2: Bloodhound. "It's a pretty good life, if I do say so myself. Struggling along as a kid and even through my twenties, it's the kind of life I dreamed of but never believed I would get. Yet here I am, after a lot of work, a lot of worry, a lot of care for details, and a massive chunk of luck, the kind that brought me such strong friends and readers. Pretty good for a hillbilly, yes? And I never take it for granted," she says.

Pierce lives in upstate New York with her husband Tim and their three cats and two birds.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Beka Cooper / Provost's Dog

 1. (2006)
 2. (2009)
 3. (2011)

 Circle of Magic

 1. (1997)
 2. (1998)
 3. (1998)
 4. (1999)

 The Circle Opens

 1. (2000)
 2. (2001)
 3. (2002)
 4. (2003)

 The Circle Reforged

 1. (2005)
 2. (2007)
 3. (2013)

 Daughter of the Lioness

 1. (2003)
 2. (2004)

 The Immortals

 1. (1992)
 2. (1994)
 3. (1994)
 4. (1996)

 The Numair Chronicles

 1. (2018)

 Protector of the Small

 1. (1998)
 2. (2000)
 3. (2001)
 4. (2002)

 Song of the Lioness

 1. (1983)
 2. (1984)
 3. (1986)
 4. (1988)