Tananarive Due — pronounced tah-nah-nah-REEVE doo — is the
American Book Award-winning author of nine books, ranging from
supernatural thrillers to a mystery to a civil rights memoir.
Her newest novel,
Blood Colony (June 2008), is the long-awaited sequel to her 2001
thriller The Living Blood and 1997’s My Soul to Keep, a
reader favorite that Stephen King said “bears favorable comparison to
Interview with the Vampire.” Blood Colony continues the
saga of African immortals with healing blood.
Due also collaborates
with her husband, novelist and screenwriter Steven Barnes. They
recently sold their screenplay adaptation of her novel The Good House
to Fox Searchlight studios. In the summer of 2007, Due and Barnes
published their first mystery, Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel,
which they wrote in collaboration with actor Blair Underwood.
Publishers Weekly called Casanegra “seamlessly entertaining.”
The series will continue with In the Night of the Heat, scheduled
for publication later this year.
The Living Blood,
which received a 2002 American Book Award, “should set the standard for
supernatural thrillers of the new millennium,”said Publishers Weekly,
which named The Living Blood and My Soul to Keep among the
best novels of the year. The Good House was nominated as Best
Novel by the International Horror Guild. The Black Rose, based on
the life of business pioneer Madam C.J. Walker, was nominated for an
NAACP Image Award. My Soul to Keep and The Good House are
both in film development at Fox Searchlight.
Due’s novel Joplin’s
Ghost blends the supernatural, history and the present-day music
scene as a rising R&B singer’s life is changed forever by encounters
with the ghost of Ragtime King Scott Joplin. Due also brought history
to life in The Black Rose, a historical novel based on the
research of Alex Haley – and Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter
Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights, which she co-authored with her
mother, civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due. Freedom in the
Family was named 2003's Best Civil Rights Memoir by Black Issues
Book Review. (Patricia Stephens Due took part in the nation’s first
“Jail-In” in 1960, spending 49 days in jail in Tallahassee, Florida,
after a sit-in at a Woolworth lunch counter).
In 2004, alongside such
luminaries as Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison, Due received the “New
Voice in Literature Award” at the Yari Yari Pamberi conference
co-sponsored by New York University’s Institute of African-American
Affairs and African Studies Program and the Organization of Women
Writers of Africa.
Due has a B.S. in
journalism from Northwestern University and an M.A. in English
literature from the University of Leeds, England, where she specialized
in Nigerian literature as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Due currently
teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Antioch University Los
Angeles. Due has also taught at the Hurston-Wright Foundation’s
Writers’ Week, the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’
Workshop, and the summer Imagination conference at Cleveland State
University. She is a former feature writer and columnist for The Miami
Due lives in
Southern California with her husband, Steven Barnes; their son, Jason;
and her stepdaughter, Nicki.