TEN RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME
My first job was building and testing Atari game systems in my parents’ garage. I was eleven. They looked like this:
I love it when it rains. (shh… don’t tell anyone or they’ll kick me out of California)
In high school, I worked at Taco Bell where learned how to shoot a sour cream gun with near-perfect precision (at my co-workers, not at the food).
In the late ’90s, I worked with Apple. I led the PR team that launched the first iMac. And I got to meet with Steve Jobs every week. But working on the Think Different campaign team and being in the room when this incredible ad was created, was the most memorable, life-changing experience. It taught me to appreciate “the crazy ones”… and made me realize that I am one.
I adore a good love story (especially a first-love story), but I’m not much of a romantic. I don’t believe in one-true-love’s or meant-to-be’s, and I’ll take an thought-provoking ending over a happily-ever-after any time. Sorry (not sorry).
I listen to music while I work. Whenever song lyrics speak to me, I write them down in a notebook that always sits on my desk.
I saw the original Star Wars movie thirty-two times—in the theater. When my dad and I arrived for #20, they let us in free.
All my books have one thing in common: My female lead characters save themselves in the end. Always.
We moved a lot when I was growing up. I was “the new kid” eight times (and I still never figured out how to be the cool new kid).
I’ve been collecting the Post-it’s from my book signings ever since the first one in 2012. I love knowing that I’ve met all these readers. And if I ever need a character name, I just reach into the bowl…
TAMARA IRELAND STONE is the author of Time and Time Again, a collection of her two novels Time Between Us and Time After Time, and the New York Times best seller Every Last Word.
A Silicon Valley-native, she has worked in the technology industry all her life, first testing Atari game boards in her parents’ garage, and later, co-founding a woman-owned marketing strategy firm, where she worked with small startups as well as some of the world’s largest software companies. She enjoys skiing, music, movies, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
4.19.16 | INTERVIEW | Cybils Awards | On Inspirations, Writing, and Mental Heath in YA Literature
1.28.16 | INTERVIEW | School Library Journal | #MHYALit: Author Tamara Ireland Stone Interviews a Teen Called C about OCD
10.6.15 | ESSAY | Justine Magazine | I was a bully and a bullying survivor
6.20.15 | INTERVIEW | Gone with the Words | An interview with the 16-year-old who inspired Every Last Word
6.20.15 | ESSAY | Gone with the Words | An interview with the 16-year-old who inspired Every Last Word
6.16.15 | ESSAY | Salon.com | The Awe-inspiring Power of a Mind that Works Differently
6.16.15 | INTERVIEW | An Inspiring Mind: On Writing a Positive Character with OCD
6.15.15 | INTERVIEW | Forever Young Adult | Words are beginning to gather here
6.14.15 | INTERVIEW | Mom Advice | Sundays with Writers: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
5.18.15 | INTERVIEW | ReachOut | Living with a mental health challenge can sometimes mean living with a secret
5.8.15 | INTERVIEW | Justine Magazine | On inspiration, the power of music, and working with Steve Jobs
2.24.15 | INTERVIEW | Publishers Weekly | Publishers Weekly’s PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Tamara Ireland Stone
3.25.14 | INTERVIEW (VIDEO) | Channel 3 News, Memphis | Live interview with the Girls Gone Sci-fi Tour
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