Fantasy authors: Page 4

Below you will find a list, ordered alphabetically by first name, of every fantasy author for whom we have a biography, bibliography or book reviews on Fantasy Book Review. Simply click on the author's name to go through to the author's page, which contains the full information.

Jeffrey Ford

Jeffrey Ford was born November 8, 1955 in New York. He is an American fantasy writer whose work is characterized by a sweeping imaginative power, humour, literary allusion, and a fascination with tales told within tales.

Jennifer Fallon

Jennifer Fallon was born in Carlton (a suburb of Melbourne, Australia) and lived in Caulfield until she was 11 when her father, a senior public servant, transferred to the national capital, Canberra. She lived in and around Canberra for about 8 years and went to school at Catholic Girls High School (now Mercy College) in Braddon. She is the ninth child in a family of thirteen girls.

Jeremy de Quidt

Jeremy de Quidt was born in London but grew up in Essex, and has lived at various times in London again, Norwich, Oxford and near Wells in Somerset.

Jerry Ibbotson

Jerry Ibbotson was born in London in 1969. He worked as a BBC radio journalist for almost ten years before leaving to run his own sound production company in 2000.

Jes Battis

Jes Battis was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and currently lives in New York City. He is a writer and academic whose research focuses on popular culture, gay and lesbian youth studies, and disability. His previous publications include Blood Relations and Investigating Farscape. He has taught English and film studies at Simon Fraser University and Hunter College, and the most recent academic project focuses on the history of gay and lesbian teen writing. Look for his forthcoming book of essays, A Dragon Wrecked My Prom: Teen Wizards, Mutants, and Heroes, with Rowman andamp; Littlefield, to be released in 2010.

Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles including Ryukyu Kempo, Tae Kwan Do, Gojo Shorei Ryu, and a sprinkling of Kung Fu. He is a skilled rider and has worked as a summer camp horse wrangler and performed in front of large audiences in both drill riding and stunt riding exhibitions.

JK Rowling

Joanne Rowling, better known and indeed, EXTREMELY well known around the world as JK Rowling was born in the town of Yate, South Gloucestershire in 1965. She is the most successful literary author of all time and her world-famous Harry Potter series has so far sold a staggering 380,000,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into over sixty different languages.

Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie was born in the famous English town of Lancaster, England, on the 31st of December 1974. He was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School before studying Psychology at Manchester University. Joe Abercrombie then moved to London, finding work at a TV Post-Production company. Two years later he left to become a freelance film editor, and worked documentaries, awards shows, music videos, and concerts for artists ranging from Barry White to Coldplay.

Joe Schreiber

Joe Schreiber is the author of the horror novel Death Troopers, released in October 2009. He is a well known horror writer, his works including Chasing The Dead and Eat The Dark. Death Troopers was his first, but not only contribution to the Star Wars universe. He will also be doing a prequel to the novel, which is set to be released on December 28, 2010.

Joel Shepherd

Joel Shepherd was born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1974, but when he was seven his family moved to Perth in Western Australia. He studied film and television at Curtin University but realised that what he really wanted to do was write stories. His first manuscript was shortlist for the George Turner Prize in 1998, and Crossover was shortlisted in 1999.

John Lenahan

John Lenahan is a popular TV magician who became the first person in 85 years to be expelled from the Magic Circle. He has had a prime time BBC1 TV show called 'Secrets of Magic' and also a BBC2 series 'Stuff The White Rabbit'.

John R Fultz

John R. Fultz is the author of the Books of the Shaper trilogy. He live in the North Bay Area, California, but is originally from Kentucky. His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies WAY OF THE WIZARD (Prime Books) and CTHULHU’S REIGN (DAW Books), as well as the magazines BLACK GATE, WEIRD TALES, LIGHTSPEED, SPACE and TIME, and the comics ZOMBIE TALES and CTHULHU TALES. The graphic novel of epic fantasy, PRIMORDIA, was published by Archaia Comics as a three-issue miniseries in 2007-08.

Jon Sprunk

Jon Sprunk grew up in central Pennsylvania, the eldest of four children. He attended Lock Haven University and graduated with a B.A. in English in 1992. During his college years he developed a broader passion for literature and began his first awkward forays into fiction writing. Encouraged by professors and peers, he set out after graduation to become a serious writer. His first fantasy novel failed to find a publisher. Over the next decade he married, changed jobs, and after much soul-searching, returned to writing. After many more rejections he joined Pennwriters and attended their annual conference in 2004. He read about the art of writing and since then has seen some success. Several short stories have been published and in June 2009 he signed a multi-book contract with Pyr Books.

Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford and grew up in St Albans. He always had a burning desire to write a full-length work of fiction which he would have wanted to read when he was younger, and so after graduating from York University he embarked on a publishing and writing career in the game book and non-fiction department at Walker Books. He moved to Kingfisher Publications to edit children's non-fiction, and for a time juggled working with writing; but Jonathan is now a full-time writer.

Joseph Delaney

Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher living in Lancashire. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church.

JR Mitchell

JR was born on the Tweed River and grew up in Murwillumbah, Northern New South Wales. She discovered the love of fictional characters at an early age and grew up believing that fairies, goblins, dwarfs and other mystical creatures were real.

JRR Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien was born on the 3rd January 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He served in the First World War as a second lieutenant before coming down with trench fever at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Julia Donaldson

Born in 1948, Julia Donaldson was born and raised in North London with her younger sister, parents and extended family all sharing the family home. Her first interests were firmly rooted in music, her father being a Cello player and her mother a keen singer; herself and her sister were also members of the Children’s Opera Group. Attending Bristol University to study French and Drama, Donaldson met Malcolm, her future husband and together they busked their way around Europe, making up songs in the language of the country they were visiting, before marrying and settling in Glasgow.

Julia Knight

Julia Knight was born in 'ooh look what's that over there?'. When struck down with ME in 2004 she took up writing as a defence against daytime TV and found she couldn't give up the habit. Always fascinated with fantasy and sci fi since that first delve into Lord of the Rings, it remains one of her favourite books, to the point she has a tattoo of the Rohirrim flag. Other favourites include CJ Cherryh, especially the Chronicles of Morgaine, Terry Pratchett, Robert E Howard and Jim Butcher. When not writing she likes motorbikes, watching wrestling (it’s the muscles, sweat and baby oil combo) and exploring new ways to get a giggle out of life. Julia is a member of the T Party writers' group. Her first book, Ilfayne's Bane, is released in autumn 2009 in the USA.

Julian May

Born in Chicago, Illinois on July 10, 1931, Julian May discovered science fiction pulp magazines at the age of sixteen. She got involved in the world of science fiction fandom, exchanging letters with other fans. She eventually formalized her club as Science Fiction International and became publisher of its fanzine. At a convention she met future husband Ted Dikty (they were married from 1953 until his death in 1991) who would, in later life, serve as her editor and literary agent.

Juliet E McKenna

Juliet E McKenna is a UK author born in 1965 who, she says, was influenced at a young age by reading folk tales and Greek myths. This grew over the years until she started table top and live action role playing at university and began the creation of new games and role play events, which, she says, taught her what makes a good novel.

Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier was born on July the 27th, 1948 in Dunedin, New Zealand. An author of historical fantasy, she currently has eleven novels in print. Her books have won a number of awards over the years, the most recent being the 2008 Sir Julius Vogel Award for young adult novel, won by Cybele’s Secret.

Karen Brooks

Associate Professor Karen Brooks is Deputy Head of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University in Lismore and has a PhD in cultural studies. Renowned internationally for her work on popular culture, Karen is also a dynamic and award-winning teacher.

Karen Miller

After graduating with a BA Communications from the University of Sydney she headed off to England and lived there for 3 years. When not writing she is heavily involved with the Castle Hill Players, her local community theatre group, as an actor, director, prompt, stage manager and publicity officer. Her favourite books and films include: Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Firefly, X-Men, Buffy, Angel, Supernatural, The Professionals, Forever Knight, Due South, The West Wing, The Shield, Sandbaggers, Homicide, Wiseguy, The Shield and The Closer. She refers to herself as an only child with an overactive imagination, 3 dogs, 2 cats and not enough hours in the day.

Karen Traviss

Karen Traviss is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of three Star Wars: Republic Commando novels: Hard Contact, Triple Zero, and True Colors; three Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novels: Bloodlines, Revelation, and Sacrifice; as well as City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, The World Before, Matriarch, and Judge.

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott published her first novel in 1992. Her Novels of the Jaran, set in a speculative future, follow the changes in the culture of the nomadic people known as the Jaran after their first contact with the technologically more advanced society of Earth.

Kate Griffin

Kate Griffin is the name under which Carnegie Medal-nominated author, Catherine Webb, writes fantasy novels for adults.

Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Since childhood I’ve always been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. I began writing novels at 21, over forty years ago now, and have had fourteen (nine romantic horror, one historical romance, one romantic suspense, one romantic time travel and two murder mysteries) previous novels and eight short stories published from Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books and Eternal Press

Kelly Link

Kelly Link’s stories have won three Nebula awards, a Hugo and a World Fantasy Award. She was born in Miami, Florida and once won a free trip around the world by answering the question, ‘Why do you want to go around the world?’ (‘Because you can’t go through it.’)

Kelly McCullough

Kelly McCullough writes fantasy, science fiction, and books for kids of varying ages.

Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 8 March 1859. Excelling in both academic and sports pursuits whilst attending St. Edward's School in Oxford, Grahame did not continue on with his dream of a university education due to financial constraints. In 1879 Grahame obtained a position within the Bank of England as a gentleman clerk but he found the routine so dulling that, from his rooms on Bloomsbury Street, turned his pen to writing stories. His first published story was titled By A Northern Furrow (1888), and his most famous short story is, still, "The Reluctant Dragon" (1898).

Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks always wanted to be a writer. After being turned down by a number of publishers, Kevin Brooks sent his Martyn Pig manuscript to The Chicken House, who published it in the spring of 2002. The book was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal and won a Branford Boase Award for best first novel.

Kevin Hearne

Born and raised in Arizona, Kevin Hearne attended college at Northern Arizona University, earning a degree in English Education. It was during this time that he first got the writing bug, thanks to Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He worked for the college newspaper both as an editorial cartoonist and as a feature columnist, and started a novel that he never finished. He taught high school English for three years in California before returning to teach in Arizona.

Kevin J Anderson

Kevin J Anderson was born on March 27, 1962. and is an American science fiction author with many bestsellers to his name. He has written novels for series ranging from Star Wars and StarCraft to Titan A.E and The X-Files. And with Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity.

Kevin Lane

I'm writing for adults who have full time jobs, spouses, possible offspring, and high-maintenance 'fixer-uppers' they call home. With all these responsibilities we need an occasional escape. But we cannot afford the full trappings of an alter ego in a parallel universe. We have to slip in and slip out on the sly. Get me my fantasy fix and give it to me quick. My lunch break is almost over!

Kim Newman

Kim Newman, born 1959, is an English journalist, film critic, and fiction writer. Raised in Somerset he was educated at Dr. Morgan's Grammar School in Bridgwater. He studied English at the University of Sussex. He has won the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and the BSFA award.

Kristen Britain

Kristen Britain grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, where she started her first novel - an undersea fantasy featuring herself and her friends - at the age of nine. She published her first book, a cartoon collection called, Horses and Horsepeople, at the age of thirteen.

Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore has written for The Horn Book Guide, The Looking Glass: An Online Children’s Literature Journal, and Children’s Literature in Education. She received a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College. Graceling is Ms.Cashore’s first novel. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

KS Turner

Kate-Sarah Turner, grew up in Norwich, studied Art and Design at Central Saint Martins and Middlesex University in London, and now lives in Somerset with a posse of fluffy animals. Kate has a juxtaposition of unusual interests, from playing music to playing chess, and from sculpting bold pieces of art to studying maths.

KV Johansen

K.V. Johansen's has M.A. degrees in Medieval Studies and in English Literature. She was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor was born 1971 in Chico, California. She moved around a lot growing up (Hawaii, Italy, Belgium, Virginia, California) and can speak some French and Italian. She graduated from Fountain Valley High School in Orange County CA in 1989 and then from UC Berkeley with a degree in English in 1994.

Larry Correia

Larry Correia is the New York Times bestselling novelist who originally self-published in 2008. His novel, Monster Hunter International, reached the Entertainment Weekly bestseller list and he received a publishing contract with Baen Books. Monster Hunter International was re-released in 2009 and made the Locus bestseller list. The sequel, Monster Hunter Vendetta, was also a New York Times bestseller, as was the third book in the series, Monster Hunter Alpha. Correia was a finalist for the John W. Campbell award for best new science fiction/fantasy writer of 2011.

Laurell K Hamilton

Laurell K Hamilton is an American author best known for two series of fantasy novels, which centre on Anita Blake, a vampire killed and animator of the dead, and Meredith Gentry, a faerie princess and private investigator.

Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, best-selling South-African novelist who also writes comics, screenplays and TV shows.

Lauren Kate

Lauren Kate recently finished her M.A. in Creative Writing at UC Davis, where she also teaches. She lives and writes in an old farm house in Winters, California. Her first novel, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove goes on sale one month before Fallen.

LE Modesitt Jr

LE Modesitt Jr is the bestselling author of over forty novels encompassing two science fiction series and three fantasy series, as well as several other novels in the science fiction genre.

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman was born in 1969, the son of two English professors, and grew up in a suburb of Boston. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in literature and went on to the Ph.D. program in comparative literature at Yale, although he left after three years without finishing a dissertation.

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll is well known throughout the world as the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Behind the famous pseudonym was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a mathematical lecturer at Oxford University with remarkably diverse talents.

Liam Sharp

Sharp made his debut in the 1980s for the famous science fiction magazine 2000 AD after a year's apprenticeship with the legendary Don Lawrence. His works included many Judge Dredd stories and the ABC Warriors series. He then moved to Marvel UK, for which he drew the famous mini-series Death's Head II. Thereafter he began working mainly in the United States on books as diverse as X-Men, Hulk, Spider-Man, Venom, Man-Thing, Superman and Batman.

LJ Smith

Lisa Jane Smith is the NY Times Bestselling author of the Vampire Diaries and Night World series. Recently her work Dark Visions debuted as Number 1 on the list. She has written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and has enjoyed writing every one of them. She lives in the Bay Area of California, but is happiest in a little cabin near Point Reyes National Park, which has lots of trees, lots of animals, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike. She once, while hiking with a friend, saw a snow-white buck which allowed her to follow it nearly half a mile. She also likes to collect things: tiny boxes from different countries or of fanciful shape, 1800s (and earlier) children's literature, and books about quantum physics - especially about the mystery of the dark energy in the universe. She is a militant optimist, part of the velociraptor sisterhood (a fancy way of saying that she likes to read, write and discuss books with strong female characters), and has traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East.

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