The official bio that looks good on paper.

 

Tiffany Hawk is a former flight attendant with a BA from UCLA and an MFA from UC Riverside. Her debut novel, Love Me Anyway, was published in 2013 by St. Martin’s Press, and her short fiction and personal essays have appeared in such places as The New York Times, The Potomac Review, StoryQuarterly, and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She has also worked as travel editor at Coast magazine and as a freelance journalist for publications that include the Los Angeles Times, Sunset, CNN.com, GQ.com, and National Geographic Traveler. She is a private writing coach and has taught writing workshops at Rutgers University, Southern New Hampshire University, and The Writer’s Center in DC.

 
 

Something a little more personal.

I'm a mother of two, living on an Air Force base and trying to survive East Coast winters. Not such an easy task for a San Diego native! When I’m not playing with fire trucks, reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, or working with clients, I'm revising my second novel. It’s about a military wife, but no, it’s not my story…to say the least. She gets married after being knocked up by a one-night-stand whereas for us, conception involved the whole rigmarole of pills and shots. A steamy tryst in a Dubai hotel suite would have been infinitely more fun, but as you can imagine, my characters’ journey involves a lot more drama.

A few more interesting tidbits about me:

  • My coaching practice is inspired in part by my birth doula. I desperately hoped to avoid another difficult c-section recovery, and despite all my preparation and determination, I could not have made it through an all natural VBAC without her support, cheerleading, and advocacy.  Holy shit, that pain was unspeakable, but with Alison’s help, I did it. I’m pretty sure I’ll never do anything that hardcore again as long as I live. When it comes to challenging endeavors, I'm a huge believer in pro support. (Also, if I had another life to live and wasn't so passionate about writing, I'd probably be doula or labor and delivery nurse myself.)
  • I married a pilot. Cliché, I know. And we’re total airplane geeks. We quote Top Gun, talk in airline jargon, and we never tire of watching Air Force One fly by our home at Andrews AFB.
  • Since leaving home, I’ve moved 19 times and lived on both US coasts as well as in London. The longest I’ve spent in one residence is 2 1/2 years. The shortest is something like three months. Amazon may have questionable business tactics, but it sure comes in handy when you need to list 10 years of addresses on some form.
  • I’m an outspoken liberal, pretty much bordering on a socialist, and my husband is a Republican from South Georgia. Around here, political “discussions” can go into the wee hours.

What I Believe

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick to death of all the extremist rhetoric about publishing. The defeatists need to get a grip. People still read. Publishers are still acquiring books. Authors are selling directly to readers, too. But those chipper snake oil peddlers? Equally toxic. If someone tells you writing and publishing a book is easy, either they've never done it, or they're selling you something (follow my simple 1-2-3 formula and you’ll be rolling in cash!). These people aren't writers. They're marketers.


Here's what I think. We don't just want to write books. We want to write good books. We don't just want to make a buck. We want to lead fulfilling writers’ lives.


I'm on a mission to help writers build just that.


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Just for fun.

Love Me Anyway, The Movie

Thanks to the amazing animator Jerrold Ridenour, what started off as a trailer turned into a brilliant short film and stand-alone portrait of the flight attendant life. We were thrilled to be part of the DC Shorts Film Festival and hope you enjoy this deep look behind-the-scenes at 30,000 feet.

 

My love story in the New York Times

I got married a few months ago, but my husband — a proud Air Force pilot from a small town in Georgia — doesn’t know how we met. Rather, he doesn’t know the path that led me to him. By the time he was … [Read More...]