Tiffany Trent is the author of eight young adult books, including the award-winning novel THE UNNATURALISTS and its sequel THE TINKER KING. Born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, she has stayed true to her Appalachian roots with a deep interest in the natural world and folklore, which is apparent in both her fiction and nonfiction.
In 2013, THE UNNATURALISTS won the Green Earth Book Award Honor. Her first book, IN THE SERPENT’S COILS, was named a BookSense (IndieBound) Children’s Pick in Autumn 2007 and a New York Public Library Book of the Teen Age in 2008. She was also the recipient of the 2008 SCBWI Work-in-Progress grant. Her short story “Blackwater Baby” in MAGIC IN THE MIRRORSTONE was given Honorable Mention for the Year’s Best Horror 2008. She has published short stories in WILLFUL IMPROPRIETY, several Mammoth Book collections, CORSETS & CLOCKWORK, and many others. She has also given lectures, presentations, and been on panels across the US at many conventions, festivals, libraries, and universities.
As communications manager for a research institute at Virginia Tech, she has written about science topics ranging from bioinformatics to the human microbiome. While her specialty and first love remains with environmental and wildlife conservation topics, she is also deeply interested in the history of Western science and how science, technology, and the humanities intersect. Her essays have been published in Orion, Appalachian Voice, and Camas, and she has participated in the Santa Fe Science Writing and Launchpad Astronomy Workshops. She also won the Goldfarb Fellowship in Nonfiction at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Ever up for an adventure, she pulled up stakes after finishing her MA in English at Virginia Tech to complete an MFA in Creative Writing and MS in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. She has traveled around the world, first as an exchange student in Japan, and then living and working in Hong Kong and on mainland China, where she chased bears with her wildlife biologist husband.
Tiffany currently lives with her husband, daughter (affectionately known as The Doomlet) and an assortment of critters, including bees and chickens.
No bears were harmed in the making of this bio.
Thirteen Weird Things About Tiffany:
- She has never broken a bone in her body, though she is missing part of her spine.
- Her favorite ice cream flavor is green tea. In fact, pretty much anything green tea-flavored is her favorite.
- She once averted international crisis by singing “Country Road” to a bunch of Tibetan village leaders.
- She has an undying fondness for draft horses. Well, for heritage breeds of any farm animal, really.
- In 8th grade, she competed in the city spelling bee. Whoever made the nametags for the bee spelled her name wrong.
- She loves writing horror but hates reading or watching it. (Though some people have been able to sneak it in on her when she wasn’t looking!)
- Her favorite movie of all time is … yeah, she’s not sure, either. But probably the closest thing that comes to her all-time favorite is the movie 9. Or Spirited Away. Or…
- She is still a devoted fan of Duran Duran, and has been to see them six times in concert. In 2012, she and her best friend flew to New York to meet bassist John Taylor at the book signing for his autobiography.
- She met her husband when she was 14 in a kung fu studio. He had just returned from training with Jet Li at the Beijing Wushu Academy that summer.
- She does not much like guns, but loves swords and antique weapons.
- Her love of classic cars derives from her father, who won a 1958 convertible Corvette in a drawing when she was 12.
- In high school, her friends nominated her for Homecoming Queen as a joke. She did not win.
- However, she did win her first major writing prize in high school—the $1000 Edmond Hamilton/Leigh Brackett Creative Writing Scholarship from RoVaCon for her dark fantasy short story “White Tigress,” which featured a Chinese assassin in the Tang dynasty.
Photos courtesy of Alisa Moody.