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Tori Minard has published eleven romance and erotic romance novels and three novellas, in addition to a handful of short stories, both under her own name and as Tessa Tremaine. Her series include The Amaki, Legends Of A Dark Empire, Avery’s Crossing, Fortunata: The Jhidris Conspiracy, and Tales Of The Demon Kin.
Tessa wrote her first story in elementary school, with a lamentable lack of punctuation. In high school, she spent more time writing fiction than doing homework. Her early stories featured demonic dogs, dolls possessed by evil spirits—no, she’d never heard of Chucky—and politically incorrect post-apocalyptic romance.
She discovered science fiction in the sixth grade, with her dad’s recommendation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ At the Earth’s Core, the first book in his Pellucidar series. Prior to that, her reading had included ghost stories, animal stories and adventure tales. Around the same time, she was discovering the joys of erotica by sneaking her mom’s books and reading all the naughty bits. Her mom claims to have skipped those parts.
After a long detour for such grown-up pursuits as working boring full-time jobs (State of Alaska, U.S. Postal Service), getting married and having a child, she returned to her first love—storytelling. She was born and raised in Alaska, and now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, son, and micro-dog