Tanya Huff

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Tanya Huff

Tanya Sue Huff (* 1957 in Halifax , Nova Scotia ) is a Canadian fantasy author.


Though born in Nova Scotia, she grew up in Kingston , Ontario . She published her first work at the age of ten. From 1975 to 1979 she was part of the Canadian Naval Reserve , where she worked as a cook. She then did her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto , Ontario.

In the early 1980s she worked at Mr. Gameway's Ark , a toy store. Subsequently (1984–1992) she worked at Bakka (Toronto), North America's oldest science fiction bookstore. During this time she wrote 7 novels and 9 short stories, which were gradually published. She was a member of the Bunch of Seven , a group of writers. In 1992 she moved to rural Ontario with her 4 cats, where she still lives with her partner Fiona Patton . Their current house community includes 6 cats and a Chihuahua . Huff is one of the most famous Canadian writers in the Contemporary Fantasy category . Many of her stories take place in places where she lived, Toronto, Kingston and more.


Keeper Chronicles

Claire is a guardian, destined to hold the universe together. One day she comes to a hotel with a hole in hell. Other characters in the series include Austin, a talking cat, Claire's friend Dean and her sister Diana, also a guardian. All translated by Dorothee Danzmann.


Contains a world around magical musicians (bards) and the invasion threat of the neighboring country. The first book is about the king's sister who becomes pregnant without permission. The second and third books are about a sibling and the fourth is set in a distant land.

Wizard Crystal / Wizard of the Grove

Both translated by Silvia Jettkant and Ralf Hlawatsch. The girl Crystal is born to be the last sorceress to face the evil Kraydak.

Victory Nelson - blood series (Victory Nelson, Investigator)

Victoria (Vicki, Victory) Nelson was a police officer who dropped out of duty due to her eye disease ( retinopathia pigmentosa ). She meets Henry Fitzroy, a vampire and writer of historical love stories. Henry is the illegitimate son of Henry VIII . Other characters include Mike Celluci, Vicki's former partner and lover, and Tony, an informant. Due to her illness, Vicky is semi-blind and works as a private investigator. She and Henry solve some supernatural crimes. The series takes place predominantly in Toronto. Blood Bank is not a stand-alone novel, here are the 8 Vicky Nelson short stories that Tanya Huff wrote for various anthologies (e.g. for Vampire Detectives, DAW 1995)

Tony Foster

Some follow-up stories to the Victory Nelson books, with Tony in the lead role. Tony works for a television station which ironically produces a series about a vampire detective. All translated by Dorothee Danzmann.

Confederation of Valor


Also plays in the Valor universe.

The Witches Chronicles (Gale Family)

Other novels

Short story collections

  • 1999: What Ho, Magic!
  • 1999: Stealing Magic
  • 2003: Relative Magic
  • 2007: Finding Magic

Short story anthologies by Tanya Huff

  • Vampire detectives
  • Virtuous vampires
  • Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
  • The Fortune Teller
  • Tarot Fantastic
  • Wizard Fantastic
  • Tales from the Eternal Archives 2: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
  • Vampire Slayers: Stories of Those Who Dare to Take Back the Night
  • Dracula in London
  • Oceans of Magic
  • Single White Vampire Seeks Same
  • Women of War , Ed. Tanya Huff
  • In the Hunt , A Collection of Essays on the TV Series Supernatural


In the summer of 2006, the Victoria Nelson stories began to be produced as a television series under the name Blood Ties . The series premiered on March 11, 2007 on Lifetime Network , a US television station. The series will also be shown on Canadian television in the spring. The main role is played by the Canadian actress Christina Cox . In Germany, the series has been broadcast on RTL II since October 26, 2008. The series has been shown on the Austrian private broadcaster ATV since February 2008 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Keith, Christie. "Behind the Scenes of Blood Ties March 7, 2007, afterellen.com ( Memento August 10, 2007 in the Internet Archive )