Lyda Morehouse was born in 1967 in Sacramento, CA, which might explain her strange first name, except that her parents swear they were NOT hippies (beatniks, maybe, but NEVER hippies.) Plus, her folks came to their senses after only a few months under the California sun, and moved to LaCrosse, WI. Lyda spent her formative years in that magical town where three rivers meet, nestled in the valleys of the "driftless zone."
She moved to the Twin Cities in 1985 to attend Augsburg College, (not, unfortunately Oxford, which so many of her friends misheard "Augsburg" as.) While the college didn't particularly impress her, the Cities did, and she settled permanently there when she and Shawn Rounds bought a house in Saint Paul in 1997. Minneapolis/St. Paul is a haven for writers, especially science fiction writers, and Lyda would recommend it--winters and all--to anyone, anywhere.
At Augsburg, Lyda received BAs in English and history, despite the fact that everyone, including many of the department's professors, thought she was a studio arts major. Their assumption wasn't completely without substance as Lyda does dabble in the visual arts. Though she briefly sold some of her work as tarot greeting cards, these days, she mostly sketches the occasional "stud" or comic book superhero. However, she teaches cartooning on a semi-regular basis through Eden Prairie Community Education.
On August 5, 2002, Lyda became an "ima" (Hebrew for mother) to Ella Durene Mae Morehouse Rounds. Ella was stillborn, but she lives in our hearts. If you want to read about Ella, please check out Ella's page. We tried again as soon as Shawn was physically able, and we are now the proud parents the best little boy in the universe, Mason Gale Morehouse Rounds, born July 24, 2003. Lyda legally adopted Mason on December 5, 2003.
Lyda is currently attempting to live the life of a full-time writer. Due to the recent budget crunch in Minnesota, Lyda was recently laid-off from her job at the Minnesota Historical Society.
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[New July 2007] My alter-ego and I did a podcast for Adventures in SF Publishing with Shawn Ferrell that is available at http://adventuresinscifipublishing.blogspot.com/2007/07/aisfp-26-tate-hallaway-and-lou-anders.html.
A long, detailed interview about me by Lynne Jamneck appeared in the 24 July 2006 issue of Strange Horizons.
A very brief interview with me/Tate appeared on the Oshkosh Word Nerd blog: http://bkwriter.blogspot.com/2006/06/author-answers-with-tate-hallaway.html.
A very detailed article by Mary Anne Grossmann appeared in the Pioneer Press about the appeal of vampire chick-lit and writing as Tate. http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/entertainment/books/
John Joseph Adam's wrote a small article about my genre shift for SCIFI WIRE. You can find it here: "Morehouse Bites Into Chick Lit"
An article about Minneapolis/St. Paul science fiction writing women appeared in the City Pages. It's called Between Planets by Terri Sutton. Lyda is one of the featured writers.
An extended interview called "The Devil, God, and Cyberpunk: An Interview with Lyda Morehouse by Susan Harris is up on the Broad Universe site.
A short interview with Lyda appeared on the GLBT Fantasy Fiction Resource site.
Lyda was interviewed at the Chicago WorldCon (2000). You can read the transcript of the chat here.
A short (9 question) interview went up on "Wednesday Club." Wednesday Club is a website for self-titled "fanboyz" from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. You can find the interview Lyda did with Ron Callahan here: http://wednesdayclub.net/morehouse_interview.html
Lyda was interviewed for the August 2001 issue of Artist Interviews. You can find it under their large list of interviews (under L for Lyda... not, as one might assume under M, for Morehouse).
There is an article archived at the LaCrosse Tribune about Lyda. It's called "Logan Grad finds voice in science fiction," or something very similar to that.
Another news article (with a lot less information) showed up in the Pioneer Press archives. This one has the very clever title of "Following Protocol." Not much about Lyda, but still neat to see.
And, please don't feel like you shouldn't write Lyda! Lyda is always happy to answer questions about writing, books, or her universe any time!