Tonya Rice

Fiction author, based in Richmond, Virginia

I write women’s fiction. These stories are contemporary and historical (which I love to write because: Research!). I was also a participant in the very first year of the University of Virginia Young Writer’s Workshop and have known since those early days that all I ever wanted to do was write and publish stories like Jackie Collins. God-willing, I'm on my way!

My stories about Southern, Black women present social issues through their lives in various challenging and thought-provoking situations which they seek to overcome and discover their strengths. I also write to explore the world, my local landscape – past and present – and my characters give me the opportunity to do just that.

I am a native of Richmond, Virginia. My B.A. is from Hollins College and my M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Emphasis in Fiction) is from National University. In addition to the blog, Front Porch, Sweet Tea, and a Pile of Books, I write and manage the classic film blog, Goosepimply All Over. I am also a member of James River Writers. I live in Virginia with my family, which includes our cats with whom I share my office and ultimately my desk.

When I'm not writing, reading or coding, I'm happy watching classic movies, spending time with my family, powerwalking, swinging at a driving range, doing some home decorating, or watching Steelers football.

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