Tamra Wilson’s first book, Dining with Robert Redford & Other Stories, was published in 2011 upon her graduation from the Stonecoast Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine. Later, she teamed with novelist/playwright Elizabeth Searle to edit Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Life. It was the first-ever anthology of women writers on their teen idols.
Tamra’s short stories and essays have appeared in a variety of literary journals including storySouth, North Carolina Literary Review, Epiphany, The New Guard and elsewhere. She has contributed to WFAEats, a food blog affiliated with NPR in Charlotte. Her fiction has been anthologized by Chicken Soup for the Soul, Main Street Rag and the New American Press, among others.
Tamra was honored with the Jesse Stuart Prize for Young Adult Fiction. She is a three-time winner of the Children’s Story Contest sponsored by Charlotte Writers Club and a two-time finalist for Press 53 Open Award for the Novella.
Her slice-of-life column inspired Going Plaid in a Solid Gray World. She lives near Newton, North Carolina.