Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Tanya collects stories the way some people collect coins. She loves tales about rogue scientists, obsessed adventurers, and risk-takers who’ve changed the world. 

While writing DNA Detective (2015), Tanya decided that storytelling is in her genes. Not because her parents are writers, but because they’re party animals. They spend much of their time gathering groups of friends and telling tales. 

Unable to keep up with her parents’ partying ways, Tanya turned to paper early in life. She started writing poems and stories and half-finished novels in high school, and continued at the University of Victoria. She’s now written more than fifteen books for middle-grade and young adult readers, on topics ranging from poison to underwear.

Tanya lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband Min. She balances writing time with parenthood, caring for her daughter Julia and her son Matthew. 

Tanya’s latest book, Eyes and Spies: How You’re Tracked and Why You Should Know (Spring 2017), tackles the timely topic of how information is gathered, shared, and used in the era of social media.

Tanya’s recent book, Extreme Battlefields: When War Meets the Forces of Nature (2016),examines some of the most dramatic episodes in history, when seemingly indestructible armies were defeated because of weather or geography. 

In When the Worst Happens: Extraordinary Stories of Survival (2014), Tanya explores tales of extreme survival. Her book Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood (2012) delves into both the mythical and factual history of blood.

50 Body Questions: A Book That Spills Its Guts (2014) reveals all sorts of fascinating bodily functions. 50 Underwear Questions: A Bare-All History (2011), takes an amusing look at the role underwear has played through the ages. 50 Poisonous Questions: A Book With Bite (2011) examines all sorts of toxins in the world around us, from venomous snakes to noxious gasses. 50 Burning Questions: A Sizzling History of Fire (2010) is a humorous but highly informative look at how fire shaped our planet, our history, and our imaginations. Tanya also wrote Burn: The Life Story of Fire (2007).

Rescues! (2006), ten remarkable, fast-paced, and tension-filled stories from around the world, is her second book for the True Stories from the Edge series. A fan of non-fiction and fast-paced, action-packed stories, Tanya’s husband came up with the idea for Fires! (2004), her first book for the series. Perhaps Tanya was drawn to the idea because of her own experience with fire. In grade eight, she and her friend Michelle were working in her bedroom, creating a science fair project about lightning. For the display, they hung a static generator through some cotton ball “clouds.” Unfortunately, the cotton balls proved flammable—and so did the bedroom! 

The Blue Jean Book (2005) is the story of denim’s rise from its origins with hardscrabble miners and cowboys to its popularity among laborers, rebels, and the incurably hip. An updated version, including comic-style illustrations, was published in 2011 under the name The Lowdown on Denim.

Tanya lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband Min. She balances writing time with parenthood, caring for her daughter Julia and her son Matthew.