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Monday, December 14, 2020

'No Wrong Way To Write'

 “. . . 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 

Pierce was born in Pennsylvania on this date in 1954 and is a writer of fantasy fiction for teens, perhaps best known for stories featuring young heroines. She made a name for herself with her first book series, The Song of the Lioness, which followed the main character Alanna through the trials and triumphs of training as a knight.   Since then she’s written more than a dozen books and several series and earned the American Library Association’s “Margaret A. Edwards Award” for "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 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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