“There is no right or wrong way to write - there's only what works for you. I was taught to write every day, but I know a writer (a bestseller at that!) who only writes on weekends.” – Tamora Pierce
A native of Pennsylvania, Pierce -- born Dec. 14, 1954 -- is a writer of fantasy fiction for teens and best known for stories featuring young heroines. She first made a name for herself with series, The Song of the Lioness, which followed the main character Alanna through the trials and triumphs of training as a knight.
She's now authored dozens of books and several best-selling series. In 2013 she was the recipient of the American Library Association’s “Margaret A. Edwards Award” for her significant and lasting contributions to Young Adult literature.
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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