Born in 1959 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tynia Thomassie spent most of her childhood with her Cajun French Grampa Clarence, Irish Gramma Netta, and Aunt Shirley, all positive influences who created what she called “her haven and heaven.” She studied
dance from age four until adulthood, and majored in theatre at Louisiana State University. After pursuing acting with some success throughout her early
twenties, she began taking children's book illustration classes at the New School in New York City, which led to her eventual publication.
Currently Ms. Thomassie lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with her husband, jazz guitarist Dave Stryker, and two sons. In addition to writing, she enjoys playing piano, watercoloring, and supporting public education in her hometown.
Her other books include Cajun Through & Through, and Mimi's Tutu.
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