About Me

2015-05-06-irene-bday-lunchWhere I come from

An isolated homestead in northern Canada, with no phones, no power and no school except by mail. During warm weather I worked outside with machinery or animals and wandered the wilderness on my own. During the long, cold winters, I developed a passion for books.


Where I’ve worked 

Many places, from rep theater in San Francisco to accounting on Vancouver Island.


What I like

Books, learning, books, research, books, cats, books, and food. And oh, did I mention books? Favorite science: geology.

What I don’t like

Marketing, traveling, television, noise, anchovies. 

What I write

Humor (about cats), science fiction, wild and tame, mainstream novels and short stories. So far I’ve completed 21 books, ditched 4, published 17. I’ve been writing fiction for 30 years.

Where I’m going

Who knows? The world has infinite possibilities.

Favorite nickname

Sneaky Pete. Apparently my plots kinda sneak up on you!


CONTACT: ibltassie at gmail dot com

  One thought on “About Me

  1. Pete
    July 12, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Super job with this web site Irene.


  2. Karen Hornyak
    February 3, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Ms. Tassie, I recently discovered your Adriana Island series. The characters in “Cats in Clover” were so real, I was stunned when I realized it wasn’t an autobiography. Accidentally reading the others out of order didn’t diminish my enjoyment one bit. Major kudos for your ability to write a series where the story continues seamlessly, yet each book stands well on its own. I’m looking forward to devouring more of your work. If the others are even half as good as the books I’ve already read, you have a permanent place on my “favorite author” list – right up there with Anne McCaffrey and Stephen King. (If you’re an Anne McCaffrey fan too, you’ll recognize my email address as a tribute to her as well as a play on my own name.) I’ll be singing your praises every chance I get!


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