A native of Pennsylvania, Tamora Pierce, born on this date in 1954, is a writer of fantasy fiction for teens, and best known for stories featuring young heroines. She made a name for herself with her first book series, The Song of the Lioness (1983–1988), which followed the main character Alanna through the trials and triumphs of training as a knight. Since then she’s written a dozen more books and several series, and in 2013 she was the recipient of the American Library Association’s “Margaret A. Edwards Award” for her significant
Pierce draws on elements of people and animals around her for inspiration. She said she gets most ideas from things she stumbles upon and then “adapts.” Her concept of magic as a tapestry of threads comes from her experiences in crocheting, and in her world all images are somehow based on British naturalist David Attenborough after watching his nature documentaries.
“What people tell me they take away from my books is that they can shape their lives, they can achieve their own dreams,” she said. “And certainly that's what I want them to take away.”
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