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Tananarive Due's Biography

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Glendora, California
I have been married to novelist/screenwriter Steven Barnes since 1998.
Dec 2007

I'm Tananarive Due, and I won a 2002 American Book Award for my novel The Living Blood. I am best known as an author of supernatural suspense, but I also write mysteries and histories.

My newest novel, Blood Colony, will be published in June of 2008, the third in my African Immortals series that began with My Soul to Keep (1997) and The Living Blood (2001).

Currently, I am co-authoring a mystery series with my husband, Steven Barnes, in partnership with actor Blair Underwood. Our first novel was Casanegra, an Essence bestseller due out soon in paperback. (Publishers Weekly called it "seamlessly entertaining.") The next in the series, In the Night of the Heat, will be published in the fall of 2008.

Recommended Links


Ballantine Books
Harper Perennial
Washington Square Press

Interests & Hobbies

Reading and MUSIC. If I weren't a writer, I would have been a musician. I try to manage a little of both. I fulfilled a dream in the fall of 2007, when I played a Scott Joplin piano composition, "Solace," at the Scott Joplin House in St. Louis. There were actual people in the audience, and I got through it!

I play piano and keyboards, and I have taken up drumming in the wake of a new addiction to the game Rock Band.

I have played keyboards and sung backup with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band of authors such as Stephen King, Amy Tan and Dave Barry, founded by Kathi Goldmark.

Trivia note: On the CD Stranger Than Fiction (Don't Quit Your Day Job Records), a recording of singing authors, I sing a version of Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" with late rocker Warren Zevon singing Ike Turner's part.