Tammye Huf is a former teacher, and now works as a translator and copywriter. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, including Diverse Voices Quarterly and The Penmen Review. She was runner-up in the 2018 London Magazine Short Story Prize.
Originally from the USA, she moved first to Germany and then to the UK with her
husband and three children.
Interviews and Features
Best Book Covers of 2020 featuring A More Perfect Union, designed by Anna Morrison
Lit Hub chose A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf in their list of the Best Covers of 2020. Designed by the wonderful Anna Morrison, the cover features on the hardback edition, published in Autumn 2020.
‘Anna Morrison is such a talented book designer who can create stellar designs for every genre. This cover balances a bold feel with a subtle fragility through its deft use of type and illustration. The subdued palette is a nice touch as well.’
10 tips for writing historical fiction with Writers & Artists
Writers & Artists share 10 tips for writing historical fiction, written by Tammye Huf, debut author of A More Perfect Union…
History can be a wonderful source of inspiration, with all those worlds ready for your characters to inhabit, but historical fiction requires a particular commitment from a writer. On top of grappling with the usual elements of story, a writer must authentically represent the historical age.
Writing my historical fiction novel, A More Perfect Union, has taught me quite a lot about the particular challenges of this genre and I’ve boiled down some of what I’ve learned into my top ten tips on writing historical fiction.
1) The importance of research cannot be overstated. You can never know too much about your historical period (although you can certainly include too many historical details in your story – more on that later). Be prepared to go deep with research in order to write authentically. Gain the trust of your reader by providing enough specific historical details…
The Radio 2 Book Club with Tammye Huf
“I myself am in an interracial marriage and know first-hand – even in our modern, enlightened society – my husband and I have experienced moments of disapproval. So to think back to the middle of the 19th century to their situation and their story, and what it must have been like for them… It just really resonated with me.”
October Newsletter from Turnaround
‘The art is highly detailed and evokes both time periods perfectly, showing a level of research and care that many reader will appreciate. It is also a style that lends itself to several different tones whether it be gritty murder, or the almost supernatural ambience the story takes at certain times. This is another strong showing from Hannah Eaton and perfect for Halloween reading. All fans of horror comics will want to give this a look.’
Tammye Huf on Brighton Book Club
“I think knowing your history helps you to understand who you are. I think your past remains with you in your present; we are who we are because of who we’ve been and who our ancestors were.”
“My great-great grandparents were not alone in this interracial relationship in pre-civil war South; I found documentation a number of other couples who actually were able to get past the racial barrier and fall in love and be together.”
“For this particular book, during this strange racial climate that we’re in, with division and strife, I do hope that a book like this could help to…bring people forward.”
Listen again HERE.
A More Perfect Union and New Daughters of Africa in Stylist
‘A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf (out 15 October, £12.99, Myriad Editions) is an epic love story between an Irish immigrant and a Black slave that you should pre-order now. There’s also the paperback release of New Daughters Of Africa (£14.99, Myriad Editions, out now) edited by Margaret Busby, which embraces every genre you can think of: fiction, poetry, letters, drama and journalism from such jaw-dropping names as Roxane Gay, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Yrsa Daley-Ward.’
Love Reading: Must Read Novels by Black Writers
‘From thought-provoking literary fiction to coming-of-age life-changers that speak to all ages, our ever-growing collection of outstanding novels by black writers presents a richness of reading experiences. ‘
See the list in full HERE.