Tonya D. Price, Author
Short Stories, Novels, Non-fiction
I grew up in Ohio and spent a lot of time with relatives in the Appalachian part of Ohio as my parents grew up in Franklin Furnace and East Liverpool, Ohio. After graduating from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Government, Education and a Minor in Astro Geology. I worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and later completed my MBA in Marketing and Finance from Cornell’s Johnson School of Business.
My professional memberships include the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators, the Historical Writers of America, and the Mystery Writers of America. I am the past Program Coordinator and the business blog writer for the Sisters in Crime New England chapter My thriller short story, “Payback,” originally published in Fiction River’s Hard Choices anthology, appears in Best American Mystery Stories, 2019.
My mother loved to tell the story that when I was two years old I handed her a sheet of paper and a pencil and said, "I'm going to tell you a story and I need you to write it down." I have been telling and writing stories ever since. While I was growing up my parents and I had a deal I could write all night on Friday and Saturday as long as I was up and dressed for church on Sunday. My first love was short stories. As a kid, in addition to novels, I read every short story anthology I could find. I sold my first short story in 2000 and have sold over thirty short stories.
One of the short stories I didn't sell was "Children of Crystal City." The editor told me, "I almost bought the story, but I knew this needed to be a novel. Write that novel!" So, I did. The result is a YA thriller, Internment, which explores the devastating impact of imprisonment within the walls of the WWII Crystal City family internment camp on three first-generation American teenagers, a German-American, a Japanese American, and a South American German Jewish boy. The novel being submitted to agents and editors.
My husband and I live in Massachusetts with our COVID rescue cat who lets us know daily we are extremely lucky she agreed to live with us.