Tui T. Sutherland

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Tui T. Sutherland
Sutherland at the New York Comic Con
Sutherland at the New York Comic Con
BornTui Tamara Sutherland
(1978-07-31) July 31, 1978 (age 44)
Caracas, Venezuela
Pen nameHeather Williams
Erin Hunter (shared)
Rob Kidd (shared)
Tui T. Sutherland
Tamara Summers
OccupationAuthor
NationalityAmerican
GenreChildren's literature
Notable worksWings of Fire (novel series)
Website
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Tui Tamara Sutherland (born July 31, 1978 in Caracas, Venezuela)[1] is an American children's book author who has written over fifty books, both under her own name and several pen names.[2] In 2009, she appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy!, becoming a two-day champion and winning a grand total of $46,200.[3] Tui's books have sold over 15 million copies; she is perhaps best known for writing the Wings of Fire series of dragon fantasy novels.

Early life, education and literary career[edit]

Tui T. Sutherland was born on July 31, 1978 in Caracas. Her mother, who was from New Zealand, named her after the tui, a bird native to that country.[4] Tui lived in Asuncion, Miami and Santo Domingo for short periods before moving to New Jersey in high school. While in high school she began doing theater, which consisted mostly of backstage work.[5] Obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Williams College in 1998 as well as a Master of Arts in Art History shortly after, Sutherland decided to abandoned her ideas of a career in theater in favor of writing children's books after "she partook in creative writing courses over six months in New Zealand",[6] a decision she half-joked allowed her career path forward "to be more far stable and lucrative".[5] Her college thesis was about Ophelia from William Shakespeare's Hamlet.[7]

Tui began her professional literary career as an editor in Brooklyn, New York at Grosset & Dunlap, then at HarperCollins; she rose to initial notoriety after becoming a member of the Erin Hunter team alongside Victoria Holmes, Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry on the popular Warriors and Seekers series, from the perspective of cats and bears respectively. Her initial success during this time, coupled with what she learned about the inside workings of the publishing industry, helped her build the courage to publish books of her own and to eventually quit her position as an editor altogether to write full-time.[6]

With her first solo work, This Must Be Love (a retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream), being published in 2004, Tui not only wrote books under her actual name (or an initialized variation) but under additional pseudonyms and pen names, including Tamara Summers, Heather Williams and Rob Kidd.

After finishing the eighth and final installment in her dog-oriented Pet Trouble series, Tui approached the editing team at Scholastic Inc. about the idea of writing an epic fantasy series starring dragons as the heroes. With Amanda Maciel as her editor, the first Wings of Fire book was released on July 1, 2012 to generally positive critical reviews, as did subsequent entries; the series gradually amassed a substantial cult following over the years and became an international bestseller.

Personal life[edit]

The elder of two sisters, Tui and her sister Kari both served as editors; the two grew up sharing original ideas and exploring the classics. [5]

Though she has generally refrained from revealing private details about her life in the events she frequently holds, Tui's religious background has received some attention following acclaim for the spiritual aspects of Wings of Fire. Tui is known to borrow influences from a variety of religious traditions and backgrounds - she "attended a Baptist missionairy school in Paraguay, studied Buddhism in college" and is raising her children within a dual Judeo-Christian context, having "married a wonderful Jewish man". Though she has been noted to weave in philosophical and spiritual aspects from a variety of sources, she also notes that "religion isn't something talked about as freely" in her daily life, instead hoping that her writing can open up discussions among readers and pose questions to contemplate in the freer, larger-than-life fantasy worlds she creates.[6][8]

Tui is also known to borrow inspiration from locations she has travelled over the years, including the Waitomo Caves in New Zealand and the Amber Palace in India.[9]

A long-time fan of Jeopardy!, having even named the sixth dog in the Pet Trouble series after it retrospectively, she was a two-day champion on the show in 2009, winning a total of $46,200 over three episodes;[10] the former two she won by a fine margin, whereas she lost the latter game by not wagering enough money on the final clue; had she wagered everything, she would have won the game.[7]

Books[edit]

  • Kermit's Mixed-Up Valentines (January 2, 2001 with Emily Sollinger; Out of Print)
  • Meet Mo and Ella (February 1, 2001; Out of Print)
  • Fun with Mo and Ella (February 1, 2002; Out of Print)
  • Who Was Harry Houdini? (July 1, 2002 as Tui Sutherland; Out of Print)
  • This Must Be Love (September 1, 2004; Out of Print)
  • Avatars: So This Is How It Ends (October 1, 2006, Avatars Book #1; Out of Print)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - The Junior Novelization (April 10, 2007, Pirates of the Caribbean Junior Book #3)
  • He's With Me (May 1, 2007 as Tamara Summers; Out of Print)
  • Warriors: Secrets of the Clans (May 29, 2007 as Erin Hunter, Warriors Companion Book #1)
  • Nellie Oleson meets Laura Ingalls (September 1, 2007 as Heather Williams; Out of Print)
  • Avatars: Shadow Falling (October 1, 2007, Avatars Book #2; Out of Print)
  • Save the Date (April 29, 2008 as Tamara Summers; Out of Print)
  • Seekers: The Quest Begins (May 27, 2008 as Erin Hunter, Seekers Book #1)
  • Kingdom of Twilight (October 1, 2008, Avatars Book #3; Out of Print)
  • Legends of the Brethren Court: The Caribbean (October 14, 2008 as Rob Kidd, Legends of the Brethren Court Book #1)
  • Legends of the Brethren Court: The East (December 9, 2008 as Rob Kidd, Legends of the Brethren Court Book #2)
  • Legends of the Brethren Court: The Turning Tide (March 17, 2009 as Rob Kidd, Legends of the Brethren Court Book #3)
  • Pet Trouble: Runaway Retriever (April 1, 2009 as T.T. Sutherland, Pet Trouble Book #1)
  • Pet Trouble: Loudest Beagle on the Block (April 1, 2009 as T.T. Sutherland, Pet Trouble Book #2)
  • Seekers: Smoke Mountain (May 14, 2009 as Erin Hunter, Seekers Book #3)
  • Pet Trouble: Mud-Puddle Poodle (July 1, 2009 as T.T. Sutherland, Pet Trouble Book #3)
  • Legends of the Brethren Court: Wild Waters (August 18, 2009 as Rob Kidd, Legends of the Brethren Court Book #4)
  • "Skittering" (Half-Minute Horrors, Short Story Anthology, August 25, 2009; Out of Print)
  • Never Bite a Boy on the First Date (September 16, 2009 as Tamara Summers)
  • Legends of the Brethren Court: Day of the Shadow (November 1, 2009 as Rob Kidd, Legends of the Brethren Court Book #5)
  • Pet Trouble: Bulldog Won't Budge (November 1, 2009 as T.T. Sutherland, Pet Trouble Book #4)
  • Pet Trouble: Oh No, Newf! (February 1, 2010 as T.T. Sutherland, Pet Trouble Book #5)
  • Pet Trouble: Smarty-Pants Sheltie (May 1, 2010 as T.T. Sutherland, Pet Trouble Book #6)
  • Seekers: Fire in the Sky (May 11, 2010 as Erin Hunter, Seekers Book #5)
  • Pet Trouble: Bad to the Bone Boxer (August 1, 2010 as T.T. Sutherland, Pet Trouble Book #7)
  • Pet Trouble: Dachshund Disaster (November 1, 2010 as T.T. Sutherland, Pet Trouble Book #8)
  • Farmer Boy Goes West (February 14, 2012 as Heather Williams; Out of Print)
  • Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy (July 1, 2012, Wings of Fire Book #1)
  • Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir (January 1, 2013, Wings of Fire Book #2)
  • The Menagerie (March 12, 2013 with Kari Sutherland, The Menagerie Book #1)
  • Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom (May 28, 2013, Wings of Fire Book #3)
  • Wings of Fire: The Dark Secret (October 29, 2013, Wings of Fire Book #4)
  • "The Incredibly Important True Story of Me!" (Lucky Dog: Twelve Tales of Rescued Dogs, Short Story Anthology, January 28, 2014; Out of Print)
  • The Menagerie: Dragon on Trial (March 11, 2014 with Kari Sutherland, The Menagerie Book #2)
  • Wings of Fire: The Brightest Night (March 25, 2014, Wings of Fire Book #5)
  • Spirit Animals: Against the Tide (September 30, 2014, Spirit Animals Book #5)
  • Wings of Fire: Moon Rising (December 30, 2014, Wings of Fire Book #6)
  • The Menagerie: Kraken on Trial (March 10, 2015 with Kari Sutherland, The Menagerie Book #3)
  • Wings of Fire: Winglets #1 - Prisoners (March 31, 2015, Wings of Fire Short Story #1)
  • Wings of Fire: Winter Turning (June 30, 2015, Wings of Fire Book #7)
  • Wings of Fire: Winglets #2 - Assassin (September 29, 2015, Wings of Fire Short Story #2)
  • Wings of Fire: Escaping Peril (December 29, 2015, Wings of Fire Book #8)
  • Wings of Fire: Winglets #3 - Deserter (March 29, 2016, Wings of Fire Short Story #3)
  • Wings of Fire: Legends - Darkstalker (June 28, 2016, Wings of Fire Legends Special Edition #1)
  • Wings of Fire - A Winglets Collection: The First Three Stories (September 1, 2016, Wings of Fire Compilation of Prisoners, Assassin and Deserter; Limited Print)
  • Wings of Fire: Winglets #4 - Runaway (September 27, 2016, Wings of Fire Short Story #4)
  • Wings of Fire: Talons of Power (December 27, 2016, Wings of Fire Book #9)
  • Wings of Fire: Darkness of Dragons (July 25, 2017, Wings of Fire Book #10)
  • Wings of Fire - The Graphic Novel: The Dragonet Prophecy (January 2, 2018 with Mike Holmes, Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1)
  • Wings of Fire: The Lost Continent (June 26, 2018, Wings of Fire Book #11)
  • Wings of Fire: The Hive Queen (December 26, 2018, Wings of Fire Book #12)
  • Wings of Fire - The Graphic Novel: The Lost Heir (February 26, 2019 with Mike Holmes, Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #2)
  • Wings of Fire: The Winglets Flip Book (April 27, 2019, Wings of Fire Compilation of Assassin and Deserter; Limited Print)
  • Wings of Fire: The Poison Jungle (July 30, 2019, Wings of Fire Book #13)
  • Wings of Fire - The Graphic Novel: The Hidden Kingdom (October 15, 2019 with Mike Holmes, Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #3)
  • Wings of Fire: Legends - Dragonslayer (March 3, 2020, Wings of Fire Legends Special Edition #2)
  • Wings of Fire: The Winglets Quartet - The First Four Stories (October 6, 2020, Wings of Fire Compilation of Prisoners, Assassin, Deserter and Runaway)
  • Wings of Fire - The Graphic Novel: The Dark Secret (December 29, 2020 with Mike Holmes, Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #4)
  • Wings of Fire: The Dangerous Gift (March 2, 2021, Wings of Fire Book #14)
  • Wings of Fire: Forge Your Dragon World (May 4, 2021 with Mike Holmes, Wings of Fire Activity Book)
  • Wings of Fire - The Graphic Novel: The Brightest Night (December 28, 2021 with Mike Holmes, Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #5)
  • Wings of Fire: The Flames of Hope (April 5, 2022, Wings of Fire Book #15)
  • Wings of Fire: The Official Coloring Book (April 5, 2022 with Brianna C. Walsh, Wings of Fire Activity Book)
  • Wings of Fire - The Graphic Novel: Moon Rising (December 27, 2022 with Mike Holmes, Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #6)
  • Wings of Fire: A Guide to the Dragon World (September 1, 2023, Wings of Fire Companion Book)
  • Wings of Fire - The Graphic Novel: Winter Turning (TBA with Mike Holmes, Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #7)
  • Wings of Fire - The Graphic Novel: Escaping Peril (TBA with Mike Holmes, Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #8)
  • Wings of Fire - The Graphic Novel: Talons of Power (TBA with Mike Holmes, Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #9)
  • Wings of Fire - The Graphic Novel: Darkness of Dragons (TBA with Mike Holmes, Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #10)

Note: All books credited as Tui T. Sutherland unless otherwise stated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sutherland, Tui T. (2015-09-22). "Here be dragons…and griffins…and vampires…and puppies". TuiBooks. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  2. ^ "Honors and awards". Suburban News (Franklin Lakes, New Jersey). June 10, 2009. p. A8.
  3. ^ "Tui Sutherland". J! Archive. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  4. ^ "Tui Sutherland's Studio Tour". Andrea Skyberg. 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  5. ^ a b c Sutherland, Tui. "Meet the Author". Tuibooks. Retrieved June 19, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)Sutherland, Tui (November 2, 2020). "Covers and Voting and Hugs". Tuibooks. Retrieved December 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link) "Tui T. Sutherland". Scholastic. Retrieved December 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b c Sieben, Cole S. "Mastery of Morality and Wings of Fire". Substack. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  7. ^ a b "And SCENE". TuiBooks. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  8. ^ Frost, A. J. (2018-06-21). "INTERVIEW: Conjuring Up Prophecies and Dragon Adventures with WINGS OF FIRE author TUI T. SUTHERLAND". The Beat. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  9. ^ Biohazardia. "Rochester Book Fest: The Aftermath + Tui Answers". DeviantArt. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  10. ^ "Extreme Total Geekiness Revealed". TuiBooks. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2022-08-16.

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