When I was nine, I laughed, gasped, and cried my way through Alanna: The First Adventure – first book in The Song of the Lioness quartet – in two days, and emerged a fantasy fan. Because of Tammy, when I went out to find my next fantasy fix, I sought out books written by women, ideally featuring a female protagonist, not because I thought it was the right thing to do, but because it simply seemed natural to me. In Alanna, I’d been captivated by a girl who was powerful, who was chosen, who would save the world, all whilst dealing with getting her period and the drama of first love, and second love…and third love. She was bad tempered and unglamorous and ultimately flawed; she was real.
Tamora Pierce has been one of my favorite authors for years. Go read everything she’s written. All of it. Now.