Video: Bestselling Author Tamora Pierce Talks with About Writing Strong, Female Heroes

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Award-winning, New York Times Bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce knows a thing or two about how to write memorable female heroes who are tough, yet self-aware. On this International Women’s Day, Pierce shares with (a site run by Penguin Random House) some insight into how she crafts strong characters who happen to be women, books she personally rebels against and the women whose writing serves as her inspiration.

The video is also available on the YouTube channel Signature Views, which is the video arm of, a site run by Penguin Random House.

Books by Tamora Pierce

Tempests and Slaughter: Book 1 of The Numair Chronicles 

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Series)

First Test: Book 1 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

Trickster’s Choice: Book 1 of the Trickster’s Duet Series


Photo:Stephen Mosher

TAMORA PIERCE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. In 2013, she won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, and their cats, birds, and occasional rescued wildlife. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter at @TamoraPierce.

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