A New Yorker, Tricia Tierney spent her college years living in Kentucky where she studied with sculptor and master teacher, Mike Skop and earned a BFA. Fascinated and inspired by Japanese rock gardens, she moved to Kyoto, Japan where she lived for more than 3 years, sculpting and painting. Back in New York she landed a job as a Public Information Assistant at the United Nations 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she married the deceptively charming but haunted British relief worker who is the co-subject of her recently completed, unpublished memoir.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 the past decade, Tierney has worked at a high-profile, Barnes & Noble in the Connecticut suburbs where she has organized author events for writers such as JK Rowling, Frank McCourt and Martha Stewart.