Tui writes on her website that she was born in Venezuela on July 31 (same birthday as Harry Potter) and named after a noisy New Zealand bird. Her family then moved to Paraguay, Miami and the Dominican Republic before finally settling in New Jersey where she went to high school and fell in love with theatre.
Tui attended Williams College and now lives in Boston with her husband, “two hilarious children, and my extremely patient little dog, Sunshine. … Much to my parents’ relief, I abandoned my theatrical aspirations after college for the far more stable and lucrative career of fiction writing :),” Tui writes.
Besides her most recent Wings of Fire series, she wrote the Menagerie trilogy with her sister. She also wrote the fifth book in the Spirit Animal series, Against the Tide.
Are you getting the feeling this author is REALLY prolific?
Sutherland Battles of the ClansYou would be right! Tui has written under many different names. As Erin Hunter, she writes books for the Warriors and Seekers series. As Heather Williams, she wrote a spin-off of Little House on the Prairie. As Rob Kidd, she wrote a Pirates of the Caribbean spin-off series titled Legends of the Brethren Court. One of those books, At World’s End,” hit the New York Times bestselling list. She also wrote the Pet Trouble series and the Avatars trilogy.
Looking for a romantic beach read? Check the bookshelves under her pen name Tamara Summers for He’s With Me, Save the Date and her vampire murder mystery, Never Bite a Boy on the First Date.
In 2009, Tui appeared on the famous gameshow Jeopardy!, winning a grand total of $69,800!