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Women in Horror Month: Spotlight on Tanya Huff

As part of my Women in Horror Month blog series, I'll occasionally be popping in to do spotlight blogs on some of the women writers who've had an impact on me as a writer and/or reader. Today's spotlight is on Tanya Huff.

Tanya Huff is a Canadian horror, science fiction, and fantasy writer with more than 30 novels to her credit, including the wildly popular Blood Lines vampire series featuring detective Vicki Nelson. Those are the books that first brought her to my attention, back in the early 1990s. I eagerly devoured every one, and it’s pretty fair to say that her books, along with Fred Saberhagen’s Dracula series, stoked my love of contemporary fantasy and led me to similar series by Laurel Hamilton, Lee Killough, Scott Ciencin, and PN Elrod.

Although born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Tanya has spent most of her life in Ontario, which is the setting of many of her novels and stories. Her love of writing began at an early age; she sold two poems to a local newspaper when she was only 10. After a short stint as a Navy cook, she finished college and got a job as a retail clerk at North America’s oldest surviving science fiction book store. During that 8-year period, she wrote 7 novels, including the first Blood Lines book, and several short stories. Her first professional fiction sale was to Amazing Stories in 1985. Not long after that, she began writing full time and now has more than 30 novels and 80 pieces of short fiction to her credit. She’s won 2 Aurora awards for best Canadian SF/F, including her novel The Silvered in 2013, and been nominated for numerous other awards in science fiction and fantasy. In 2007 and 2008, Lifetime aired the series Blood Ties, based on her novels of the same name. Her most recent books are in the Enchantment Emporium series.
Tanya now lives in rural Ontario, with her wife, fellow fantasy writer Fiona Patton, several cats, and an “unintentional Chihuahua.” You can follow Tanya through her website,, and all of her books are available through Amazon.


Tanya Huff Bibliography:

Keeper's Chronicles
Claire is a Keeper, charged with keeping the fabric of the metaphysical universe together, who inadvertently finds herself in charge of a small hotel with a hole to Hell in the basement.
    Summon the Keeper
    The Second Summoning
    Long Hot Summoning

Quarters series
A world where musicians (or bards) create magic and an invasion from a neighboring country threatens the land.
    Sing the Four Quarters
    Fifth Quarter
    No Quarter
    The Quartered Sea

Wizard Crystal series
When the world's last wizard threatens the people of Ardhan with destruction, the Elder Races break their silence to gift the kingdom with a child whose magical powers represent her land's only hope.
    Child of the Grove
    The Last Wizard

Blood books
Detective Vicki Nelson joins forces with vampire Henry Fitzroy, illegitimate son of Henry VIII, to solve supernatural crimes and mysteries.
    Blood Price
    Blood Trail
    Blood Lines
    Blood Pact
    Blood Debt
    Blood Bank – a short story collection

Smoke books
A tie-in series to the Blood books.
    Smoke and Shadows
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Smoke and Ashes

Valor Confederation
Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr's aim is to keep both her superiors and her company of space marines alive as they deal with lethal missions throughout the galaxy.
    A Confederation of Valor
    Valor's Choice
    The Better Part of Valor
    The Heart of Valor
    Valor's Trial
    The Truth of Valor
    An Ancient Peace

Enchantment Emporium
Alysha Gale is a member of a family capable of changing the world with the charms they cast. Then she receives word that she's inherited her grandmother's junk shop in Calgary, only to discover upon arriving that she'll be serving the fey community. And when Alysha learns just how much trouble is brewing in Calgary, even calling in the family to help may not be enough to save the day.
    The Enchantment Emporium
    The Wild Ways
    The Future Falls


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