Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce

One of the many stunning authors born in December is Tamora Pierce, a writer of middle grade & teen fantasy. Her books introduce readers to fascinating, intelligent, strong, female protagonists. December 13 is her birthday, & we’ll celebrate by enjoying a few quotes from Ms. Pierce & her characters.

From her novel Lady Knight
Threats are the last resort of a man with no vocabulary.

From her novel Page
If arrogance were shoes, he'd never go barefoot.

From her novel Squire
Haven’t you ever noticed that people who win say it’s because the gods know they are in the right, but if they lose, it wasn’t the gods who declared them wrong? Their opponent cheated, or their equipment was bad.

From her novel The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
Men don't think any differently from women - they just make more noise about being able to.

From various interviews:
I'm of the Samuel Goldwyn school of writing: If you need to send a message, call Western Union.

 I distrust any advice that contains the words 'ought' or 'should'.

Girls are 50% of the population. We deserve to represent 50% of the heroes.

You look as scary as a buttered muffin.

And from her story collection Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales
Without reading, we are all without light in the dark, without fire in the cold.

If you haven’t wallowed around in the fantasy worlds of Tamora Pierce, I highly suggest you put her on your reading list.

Big thanks to this week’s sources Dare to Be Stupid, The Atlantic, Goodreads


  1. Just looked up Tamora Pierce on Goodreads; she's 61. I think you (to use a word she dislikes) should update her photo.

  2. What a fantastic writer! These are brilliant quotes. I'm going to have to take a look at her books.

    And Flora Bunda, as Margaret Atwood says, "All fat women look 42." Nobody believes my age either and I'm older than Ms. Pierce.

  3. Hey Anne & Flora - thanks for visiting. As to the photo, I chose the one she uses to identify herself on her blog. I think she looks pretty classy. Anne, it'll be interesting to see what you think - her work is "sword & sorcerer" fantasy, which typically isn't your style, but I think you'll like her heroines.