Award winning author and screenwriter, tammy creates gritty, redeeming, stories that honor queer lives. Her novel, SUGAR LAND, won an IPPY, was shortlisted for the Crook's Corner Prize, a finalist for a Forewords Indie Award, an Amazon #1 Bestseller, made the Advocate’s Best of 2018, was a Top Five for 2018 by Powell's booksellers, and starred by Kirkus Reviews.
The pilot for the series was a five-time Finalist (NY, ATL, PDX, Reno-Tahoe, SEA Intl Film Festivals in 2022) and the short film - "Nana Dara is Gay" - based on SUGAR LAND premiered at The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival in 2023! The pilot for her other TV series, LIMBO ("Dipso Maniac") won first place in the Portland Screenwriting Awards, 2023 (out of 1,000+).
She wrote "Dottie's Magic Pockets", the first kids show for children in queer-headed families and their friends, which played around the world, and is the co-founder of The Gertrude Writers' Conference.
tammy is a 2017 Sou-Wester Artist-in-Residence, a 2019 VCAA fellow, and the loser of a Million Writers Award and two Pushcarts. She's been published dozens literary journals and places like LitHub, Real Simple, and GoMag. In 2023 she served on AWP's subcommittee.
Stemming from what her grandmother called her "gypsy blood," tammy has lived in 17 cities in 3 countries, working as a gas station attendant, biscuit maker, medical experimentee, waitress in a Greek diner, house cleaner, and a college instructor – among other odd jobs. tammy now lives in Lake Oswego, OR with her lady and too many children. See a list of publications here.