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 in Fall 2013 and SILVERBLIND forthcoming in 2014.
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.
Speaker/Workshop Leader Type Things:
Two-Part Flash Fiction Workshop, Garden Home Library, Portland, OR (January 2013)
Workshop Leader for Cascade Writers Workshop. (July 2012)
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)
Erica Ryberg wrote a lovely article for the Spotlight about writers, the internet, and indie bookstores, and it features me. (Jan 2010)
2014 Appearances & Beyond
Copperhead reading at Powell's Cedar Hills, Monday, February 3rd at 7pm.
Cascade Writers Workshop in Kent, WA, July 17-20, 2014
As usual, there will probably be a reading here in Portland in October when Silverblind comes out - check back later in the year for more details!
World Fantasy in Washington DC, Nov 6-9, 2014
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.
Or! Contact me at tinaconnolly on gmail.
headshot photo by Caroline Yoachim, reading photo by Philip Weiss