Tina Connolly

The Short Bio:

Tina Connolly lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her first fantasy novel, IRONSKIN (Tor 2012), was nominated for a Nebula, and the sequel COPPERHEAD is now out from Tor. She narrates for Podcastle and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.

The Bio Full of Interesting Facts:

Tina Connolly is a writer, narrator, and face painter who lives in the splendidly green and drizzly city of Portland, Oregon. She was born in St. Louis and has lived in Northern California, but mostly where she grew up is the lovely college town of Lawrence, Kansas. She and her family live with their two thousand books in an old house on a hill that came with a dragon mural in the basement and blackberry vines in the attic.

In 2006 she spent six weeks in Seattle at the science fiction writing workshop Clarion West. Since then, her stories and poems have appeared in Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Asimovs, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Highlights, and Spider, podcasts including Escape Pod and Podcastle, and anthologies including UNPLUGGED: Web's Best SF 2008. Her debut fantasy novel, IRONSKIN (a "lyrical and utterly marvelous debut" -- RT Book Reviews), was nominated for a Nebula in 2013. Other novels in the trilogy include COPPERHEAD, and the forthcoming SILVERBLIND. Also forthcoming is the unrelated YA novel SERIOUSLY WICKED.

When she's not writing, she works as a face painter. Before that she worked for local theatres painting backdrops and olios, but when she moved to Portland she met an itinerant Russian/New Orleans face painter and discovered that face painting was a real thing you could do as a profession. Since then she paints every summer at local festivals, fairs, and corporate events, painting surfing cats, warthogs, robots, B-movie monsters chasing screaming girls, and every other awesomely unusual thing she gets asked for.

She used to do a lot of theatre. Like really a lot. But writing and face painting kind of took up all the theatre time. Luckily she discovered podcasting, so nowadays she narrates stories for Podcastle and Beneath Ceaseless Skies (among others), as well as running her own Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast, Toasted Cake. She's working on writing a full-length play for production with Portland's Pulp Stage. And sometimes if you catch her at a convention you might find her holding a room party dedicated to performing 10-min SF plays.

Things she really likes include argyle socks, pale ale, tiger lilies, metaphorically fiery maples, ridiculously sharp cheddar, creeks, spectacles, plums, and pie. Things she really does not like include sugar, driving, and ice cubes.

She is represented by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.


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* Description, purchase information, and review quotes as an .rtf

* Ironskin book cover .jpg

* Copperhead book cover .jpg

* Silverblind book cover .jpg

* Book Trailer - .mov or .wmv (Or here on youtube.)


* Author: tinaconnolly on gmail.

* Agent: Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown.

* Publicist: Desirae Friesen at Tor.