Tamara Girardi writes children’s books often inspired by things her four children say or do. One of her writing challenges is to write a new picture book idea every day, and she succeeds by going stealth and spying on the kiddos in their natural habitats. No spying was necessary to develop her first book, Why, Daddy? Why? Her then four-year-old daughter regularly asked questions framed with the word parents everywhere dread: why! The book is set for release by Familius Press in May of 2022.
An author of young adult fiction as well, Tamara signed a book deal with Wise Wolf Books in June of 2021 for six young adult contemporary novels to release in 2022 and 2023. The first is Gridiron Girl, set for release March 3, 2022.
Also an academic, Tamara is an Associate Professor of English at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College where she teaches creative writing, technical writing, composition, and literature online. She has a PhD in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and studied fiction at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
She has co-edited the essay collections Young Adult Literature in the Composition Classroom: Essays on Practical Application (McFarland), Hero or Villain?: Essays on Dark Protagonists of Television (McFarland), and Theories and Strategies for Teaching Creative Writing Online (Routledge). She lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and adorably rambunctious children.