Tonya Hurley is an American writer and director in film, television, live performance, interactive media and the New York Times bestselling author of the book series ghostgirl (2008). The Blesssed, Hurley's upcoming trilogy, will be released by Simon and Schuster in Fall 2012.
Her work includes Kiss My Brain (1997); The Biblical Real World (1998); Solo-Me-O (1999), first broadcast on PBS in their documentary series Reel New York; Baptism Of Solitude: A Tribute To Paul Bowles (2000), Tribeca Film Festival selection which aired on the Independent Film Channel, nominated for a Rockefeller Foundation Award in film and is being distributed on a DVD through The United Nations; and Best Friend (2001), which premiered at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival and Edinburgh Film Festival and was broadcast on Trio, and a feature length script, "Good Mourning" which made the semi-finals of the Sundance Institute's Writer's Lab.
Hurley was co-creator and co-producer of the sitcom So Little Time (ABC Family) and the animated series Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action! (ABC) both starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. She was the primary provider of original content for the mary-kateandashley website and creator and co-executive producer of mary-kateandashley brand video games for PlayStation 2 and Game Boy. She wrote, produced and directed commercials for Warner Home video, PlayStation and Game Boy and developed mary-kateandashley dolls and boardgames for Mattel.
Hurley's most recent creation (as of 2008) is ghostgirl, launched in 2002 on ghostgirl.com and published as a Young Adult series from Little, Brown published on August 1, 2008. 
The first novel of the series has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly,Kirkus, VOYA and School Library Journal. It hit the New York Times best-seller list the week of September 14, 2008.
She's married to the publicist and artist manager Michael Pagnotta and her sister, Tracy Hurley Martin, is the wife of Vince Clarke, the composer and musician of the British band Erasure and founding member of the bands Depeche Mode and Yazoo.
Tracy Hurley Martin and Tonya Hurley own and operate the TV and film production company Kill Your Darlings, Inc.