Tanya Konerman is a full-time children’s writer, with a focus on fiction and nonfiction board books and picture books, as well as middle grade nonfiction. She writes in both prose and verse, and was the IN SCBWI’s 2020 Helen Frost Mentorship Selectee. Before writing for children, Tanya was a freelance writer and editor. She has over 30 years of experience writing for magazines, newspapers, websites, and an educational publisher of teacher’s guides, as well as 15+ years of experience in advertising copywriting and public relations. Tanya has a dual B.A. in Journalism and Psychology (with a focus on childhood development) from Indiana University.
Tanya’s work has been published in At-Home Mother, Parents, Career Woman, and Employment News, as well as several technical magazines. She has written frequently for several Bloomington, Indiana publications, including Bloomington Business Network and the Herald-Times. Her writing can also be found online at Livestrong, TheBump, e-How, and GlobalPost Parenting.
Tanya is an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), serving as the Indiana chapter’s Newsletter Coordinator (find her latest newsletter via the link on this page: https://indiana.scbwi.org/) and volunteering at many events. She is the selectee/winner of IN SCBWI’s 2020 Helen Frost Picture Book Mentorship. Tanya is currently active with the Friends of the Library (Monroe County), serving on the Marian Armstrong Exhibit Committee, and served previously as a Literary Arts representative on the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington’s Board of Directors. She is also involved in The Writers Guild at Bloomington, AGPI (Association for Games & Puzzles International), Audubon, Courage to Create, and the 12×12 Challenge Gold Level.
Tanya lives in the beautiful woods of Bloomington, Indiana with her husband, daughters, senior Goldendoodle, and two cats who are lobbying hard to move indoors before their next birthday. She enjoys outdoor adventures in Indiana and the Southwest, including hiking, kayaking and canoeing, and birdwatching, as well as indoor time reading and puzzling.