10 Questions with Tamora Pierce

Here’s what Tamora Pierce, creator of the ever-popular Alanna books, had to say when we asked her our 10 questions:

What was the last book you read?

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

What was your favourite book growing up?

I didn’t have any single favorites, but some of them are: Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and An Old-Fashioned Girl, Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey, J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Eloise McGraw’s Mara: Daughter of the Niles and Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

What literary character do you most relate to?

Meg Murry in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, Peewee in Robert Heinlein’s Have Space Suit, Will Travel, and Rose in Barbara Hambly’s Benjamin January mystery series.

“In these dungeons the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind.” Name that book.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

Describe your ideal day off.

Going someplace where I can look at and feed animals, hang out by a clean, hidden stream where I can putter in the water and watch birds and fish with a good friend or two, and have a very good dinner not too late in the evening.

If you could attempt any profession but your own, what would it be?

I’d like to edit books or do wildlife rehabilitation.

What would your pirate name be?

Soft-spoke Red.

What is your favourite word?


Who do you want to be when you grow up?

I don’t want to grow up. I like things just the way they are–me, my spouse-creature, our friends, our animals, and being able to tell stories to myself whenever I want to.

What is a Woozle?

An unseen creature from the Winnie the Pooh books. (My favorite Pooh character is Eeyore, who is not excitable the way everyone else is when Woozles come up.)

Tamora Pierce is the much-loved author of more than 25 books including the Lioness Quartet, the Circle of Magic Quartet and the Beka Cooper series. Her most recent book, Tortall and Other Lands, was released in February 2011 and is a collection of stories set in the magical realm of Tortall, the world that she has so vividly brought to life in many of her previous books.

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