Tricia Tierney



A New Yorker, Tricia Tierney moved to Kentucky at 18 to study with sculptor and master teacher, Mike Skop. Her BFA in sculpture provided her with the excellent lifting skills she used regularly as a banquet waitress for Weston Hotels. Not wanting to forever be earning her living wearing a uniform of white shoes and frilly apron, she moved to Kyoto, Japan where she lived for more than 3 years – sculpting, painting, teaching English and wandering Japanese rock gardens. After returning to New York, she landed a job  as a Public Information Assistant at the United Nations where she gave excellent English and awful Japanese tours before taking a post with the Peacekeeping Forces in Former Yugoslavia.

During her years in the countries of what used to be Yugoslavia, Tricia became adept at going long periods without electricity or water, learned to distinguish between incoming and outgoing mortar fire, was hosted for lunch by war criminals and met her late husband.  In 1994 she married the deceptively charming but haunted British relief worker who is the co-subject of her recently completed, unpublished memoir. The Things We Cannot Change was written in the early hours of the morning before going to her day-job.

For more than 15 years, Tricia has joyfully worked at a Barnes & Noble in the Connecticut suburbs where she has organized author events for writers such as JK Rowling, Frank McCourt and Martha Stewart.

Tricia can be reached at

Follow Tricia on Twitter @TriciaThings for tweets about books, tips for authors, nature and ‘things’.

24 Responses to Tricia Tierney

  1. Avatar Sarah says:

    Today I found your blog and feel so pleased to be able to read some of your writing….you have a beautiful voice…
    to know you are writing early in the am, and to have been there in your home this time last year give this all more meaning.
    Wonderful to hear that your memoir is completed.

  2. Is there a way to sign up for your blog? I know there is…so can you put it on the site? I don’t want to miss anything 🙂

  3. Avatar John says:

    Hey Guys,

    On January 12th, 2012 we’re hosting a live Q & A with Angelina Jolie to promote her film In the Land of Blood and Honey, her written and directorial debut. If you were interested in hosting the Live Broadcast of the Q & A on your website, as well as, getting some awesome In the Land of Blood and Honey swag, please feel free to email me and we can get you all set up! Don’t hesitate to come to me with any questions you may have about the event and I look forward to hearing back from you! Have a great day!

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  4. Avatar Lisa Winkler says:

    Like any award recipient, I want to congratulate my fellow winners! Congrats on receiving the Sunshine Award from Gabi Coatsworth. I hope to check out your blog soon.

  5. Avatar Nancy Goldstone says:

    Tricia, your blog is haunting. This is obviously what you should be doing. I am so glad that you told me about it. Keep going. Very best, Nancy

  6. Avatar admin says:

    Thanks Nancy. That means a lot – especially coming from you! Please stay in touch.

  7. Avatar Jacque Masumian says:


    I got caught up on your blog today. I do enjoy your writing! Yes, great voice. Keep it going!

  8. Hi Tricia,
    Just wanted to pass on my blog info.

    Hope all is well!

  9. Avatar Rita says:

    Tricia, Just found this site by googling you. Please send me a note if you have my contact info! Love, rita

  10. Interesting life full of adventures. My husband worked as a photographer in Bosnia at the end of the war, so would have had some similar experiences. Your memoir sounds intriguing indeed.

  11. Avatar Tricia says:

    Thank you! I’m sure he and I’d have lots to talk about – something of a sober tribe from that time…
    Appreciate your kick-ass commentary and voice.

  12. Avatar Jacque Masumian says:

    Caught your blog again today. Am really enjoying it– thoughts on fall and useless days and savoring the Times and dirt roads stretching up to the horizon. Love it.

  13. Avatar Tricia says:

    Thanks Jacque!

  14. Avatar Keri B. says:

    I like the title for your memoir.

  15. Avatar Tricia says:

    Thanks, Keri. Any nibbles on your’s yet? I hope you’re sending lots of queries out.

  16. Avatar Keri B. says:

    I’ve had two requests for full manuscripts so far. One took a few months deciding and then said no and the other I haven’t heard back from. I decided to take a step back and change a few things around, though, based on the one agent’s comments.

  17. Have tried several times to sign up for your blog. Each time, I get an error message — page/link not available.

  18. Avatar Tricia says:

    Hmm. I’ll have to look into this – I confess to stumbling around when it comes to the back-stuff on this blog. Twitter? @triciathings would find me. (and I’m very new to that!) In any case, thanks for reading and the heads up, Nancy.

  19. I’ve been reading your blog posts today. What a wonderful writing you are. I hope you get your memoir published. Sounds like you’ve have an amazing life!

  20. Avatar Tricia says:

    Thanks so much for reading, Deborah! I always love your pieces too. Kin spirit.

  21. Avatar cynthia says:

    Tricia, I’ve loved reading your blog posts. Thanks for leaving a comment at Catching Days and leading me here. It’s nice to know you!

  22. Avatar Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks Tricia. Pleased to have found your thoughtful blog. Looking forward to further visits. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.

  23. Avatar Tricia says:

    Thanks, Thom. Same here!

  24. Tricia, I just re-read your bio, and had forgotten that you went to art school in KY. Terri and I both graduated from UK, and after 40 years of moving around and wandering the globe, we moved back to Lexington to be closer to family. Small world huh? ~James

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