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Pierce was born in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania in Fayette County, on December 13, 1954. Her mother wanted to name her “Tamara” but the nurse who filled out her birth certificate misspelled it as “Tamora”. When she was five her sister Kimberly (whom she based Alanna on) was born and a year later her second sister, Melanie, was born.

From the time she was five until she was eight, she lived in Dunbar. In June 1963 she and her family moved to California. They first lived in San Mateo on El Camino Real and then moved to the other side of the San Francisco Peninsula, in Miramar. They lived there for half a year, in El Granada a full year, and then three years in Burlingame. She began reading when she was very young and started writing when she was in the sixth grade.

Her interest in fantasy and science fiction began when she was introduced to J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and so she started to write the kind of books that she was reading.

After her parents divorced, her mother moved her and her sisters back to Fayette County in 1969, where she spent two years at Albert Gallatin Senior High. When her family moved again, she spent her senior year at Uniontown Area Senior High School, acting, singing, and writing for the school paper. She is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn).

In the year following her departure from Penn (she would not officially graduate for yet another year), she wrote the single novel that she would later turn into The Song of the Lioness quartet. The first book of this quartet, Alanna: The First Adventure was published by Atheneum Books in 1983.

Pierce lived with her husband Tim Liebe (Spouse-Creature) in New York City, with their four cats and multiple other pets, until they moved to Syracuse, New York where they more than doubled their number of cats.

In 2008, she donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.

Tamora is author of both the Tortall and Circle of Magic series, with forays into comics alongside her husband Tim Liebe (White Tiger: A Hero’s Compulsion) and Gail Simone (Legends of Red Sonja). She is Co-editor of the YA anthology of short stories, Young Warriors: Stories of Strength.


Tamora looks forward to meeting all her fans in Sydney and Perth in June 2016, and will participate in signing sessions on Friday in Sydney (2:30pm – 5:30pm), and throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) in both cities.

This information is correct at the time of writing but please check the Event Programme for the final timetable, including time and location within the events.

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Previous Appearances

  • Perth 2016
  • Sydney 2016

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