“The Queen of Black Horror”
Tananarive Due is a 4-Time AALBC.com Bestselling Author
Tananarive Due is Currently #5 in Voting for Favorite Author of the 21st Century
Tananarive Due was Voted the #38 Favorite Author of the 20th Century
Tananarive Due (pronounced tah-nah-nah-REEVE doo) is the American Book Award-winning author of nine books, ranging from supernatural thrillers to a mystery to a civil rights memoir.
Due has a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Leeds, England, where she specialized in Nigerian literature as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Due currently teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Due has also taught at the Hurston-Wright Foundation’s Writers’ Week, the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and the summer Imagination conference at Cleveland State University. She is a former feature writer and columnist for The Miami Herald.
Due lives in Southern California with her husband, novelist, and screenwriter Steven Barnes; their son, Jason; and her stepdaughter, Nicki.
…I’d had it drummed into my head in creative writing workshop courses that one could not expect to be a respected writer when writing commercial or genre books. Legitimacy has always been very important to me…Finally, though, I said the heck with all of it. I wasn’t going to try to be Toni Morrison or Joyce Carol Oates, I was just going to be me, and I was going to write about the people I know…”
Listen to an Interview of Tananarive Due Interviewed by Lee E. Meadows on Detroit’s WPON’s “Book Beat” November 4, 1998
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