Hi! I'm Tina. I'm a writer in Portland, Oregon, which is green and drizzly and lovably weird.
I was born in St Louis and have lived in Northern California, but mostly
where I grew up is the lovely college town of Lawrence, Kansas.
I have a husband,
two little kids,
and two thousand books,
and we all live in an old house on a hill that came with a dragon mural in the basement
and blackberry vines in the attic.
I've been publishing stories for awhile now, and my Nebula-nominated novel Ironskin came out from Tor in October 2012, followed by Copperhead and Silverblind. Next up is Seriously Wicked from Tor Teen.
Other things I do: In the summer I work as a face painter at local festivals and fairs. For a long time I performed in theatre, though in the last few years I've been too busy. However, I frequently narrate stories for Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and more. (Check out my Parsec-winning flash podcast, Toasted Cake!)
In 2006 I spent six weeks in Seattle at the speculative fiction writing workshop Clarion West. I highly recommend it. I met a whole bunch of fantastic people and learned more than my brain could hold.
Things I really like include argyle socks, pale ale, tiger lilies, metaphorically fiery maples, ridiculously sharp cheddar, creeks, spectacles, plums, and pie. By pie I mean all fruit pies and all nut pies. I do not include chocolate in my list of pie. I chalk this up to learning how to make french silk pie at 14 and subsequently overdosing.
Things I really do not like include sugar, driving, and ice cubes.
I am currently focusing on fantasy novels, and I am represented by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown.
Press kit: Bios, photos, etc.
A Few Teaching Type Things:
Two-Part Flash Fiction Workshop, Garden Home Library, Portland, OR (January 2013)
Workshop Leader for Cascade Writers Workshop. (2012, 2014)
A Few Interview Type Things:
I'm on Lawrence M. Schoen's blog for his Eating Authors feature -- I talk about the tastiness of fat, salt, and Lawrence, KS. (October 2012)
Alethea Kontis has me on her Month of Artist & Author Interviews to talk about Ironskin, favorite books, and how someday I'll go to Hollywood. (July 2012)
Guest Post on Inkpunks: In Which We Consider Flash. (June 2012)
Amber Sistla has me on Writer Wednesday to talk about Ironskin, other books, and Toasted Cake. (Jan 2012)
Copperhead reading at Powell's Cedar Hills, Monday, February 3rd at 7pm.
Cascade Writers Workshop in Kent, WA, July 17-20, 2014
I'll be doing a talk on the IRONSKIN series at the Ledding Library in Milwaukie, Oregon. Aug 7th, 2014, 7-8pm.
Silverblind reading at Powell's Cedar Hills, Tuesday, October 7th at 7pm.
Talking about SILVERBLIND, SHBS, and Nanowrimo at the St Helens Library in St Helens, Oregon. Oct 23rd, 2014, 7-8pm.
World Fantasy in Washington DC, Nov 6-9, 2014
Think Universally, Read Locally: Oregon Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors at the Hillsdale Library in Portland, Oregon. Dec 6th, 2014, 3-4:30pm.
2015 Appearances & Beyond:
I've co-written a serial play with Matt Haynes, called BOX, and it will be performed in three parts as part of Portland's Fertile Ground, at the Hipbone Studio. Part 1 - Jan 26. Part 2 - Feb 2. Part 3 - Feb 8 & Feb 9. All performances run from 7:30-8:30.
Campbell Conference in Lawrence, Kansas, 2015 (tentative)
WorldCon in Spokane, WA, Aug 19-23, 2015
World Fantasy in Saratoga Springs, NY, Nov 5-8, 2015
WesterCon in Portland, OR, July 1-4, 2016
WorldCon in Kansas City, Aug 17-21, 2016
Future cons: I generally get to Orycon (Portland), Norwescon (Seattle), sometimes the Campbell Conference (Lawrence, KS), and as many World Fantasy Cons as I can swing.
Social Networky Things:
Here I am on Twitter, G+, GoodReads and LibraryThing. LibraryThing is mostly the books I own and GoodReads mostly the books I've been reading. . .when I get around to updating them, that is! You can also follow me on Facebook or my much-neglected blog. Whew! That's plenty of options, right? Lately my focus has been using the public option on Facebook to post random stuff, because short soundbites are all I have time for. So if you're looking for me, try there.
At tinaconnolly on gmail.
headshot photo by Caroline Yoachim, reading photo by Philip Weiss