Fantasy authors: Page 3

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.

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in Cheetham Hill, Manchester on 24th November 1849. Burnett’s father died when she was five, so her mother was left to raise her and her four siblings alone. The family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1865 – two years later, her mother passed away, leaving Burnett to care for two younger siblings by herself.

Frank Hoyle

Sir Fred Hoyle FRS was an English astronomer and mathematician noted primarily for his contribution to the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis and his often controversial stance on other cosmological and scientific matters—in particular his rejection of the "Big Bang" theory, a term originally coined by him out of ridicule for the main rival of his own theory. In addition to his work as an astronomer, Hoyle was a writer of science fiction. He died in Bournemouth, England, after a series of strokes.

Frank P Ryan

Frank Ryan is a distinguished and multiple-bestselling author, in the UK and US. He is one of those rare writers who can write fluently and engagingly in both fiction and non-fiction.

Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine grew up in New York City and has been writing all her life. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor Book. Other books include Ever, Fairest, Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish, The Fairy's Return, The Two Princesses of Bamarre, and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and the picture book Betsy Who Cried Wolf, illustrated by Scott Nash.

Garth Nix

Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, and spent his childhood in Canberra. Before attended the University of Canberra from 1984-1986 he spent time travelling in the UK. Emerging in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional writing, Nix soon became heavily involved in the publishing industry after moving to Sydney, working his way up the corporate ladder until finally becoming a senior editor in 1991 with HarperCollins Australia.

Gary Gibson

Prior to becoming a professional writer, Gary Gibson worked for an environmental agency, but left shortly after other members of staff attempted to levitate a local bridge as a protest against road traffic. Following this, he worked as a graphic designer for a printing firm that turned out to be run by a gang of convicted forgers, hastening his departure: and then for a small publishing company otherwise notable only for producing a Freddie Mercury impersonator well-known on the Scottish cabaret circuit. Until recently he resided in Taipei with his wife, and is pleased to say that the only lunatic he has to answer to these days is himself.

Gene Rowe and Andrew Schofield

Gene Rowe was born in the exotic town of Bedford. He rapidly escaped - though only as far as Suffolk, where he was condemned to attend a rural comprehensive school. Andrew Schofield came into this world fully formed; a bit like Venus except for the beautiful bits. He too survived the state school system, shining in the subjects of skiving games, acne and chemistry.

George RR Martin

Born on the 20th September 1948, George Raymond Richard Martin began writing at a very early age; creating scary monster stories and selling them to the other children that lived in the neighbouring area. He had his first book published in 1971; the book was called The Hero and Martin was 21 years of age.

George Udenkwo

The author, George Chyke Udenkwo, was born in 1967 in the troubled town of Newry, Northern Ireland. Half Nigerian, half Irish, he was raised in 70's England and to his everlasting chagrin missed out on the Punk era by a hairs breadth. andquot;We left for Nigeria in '76, anarchy was just over the British horizon and art was about to change forever.andquot; But Nigeria was to reshape George's views in other ways.

Geraldine McCaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean was born in London and at first intended to become a teacher. Instead she began writing after taking a job in a major publishing company. In 1987 A Little Lower than the Angels won the Whitbread Children's Novel Award. A Pack of Lies received the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award in 1988, and in 1994, Gold Dust was the winner of the Beefeater Children's Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Smarties Book Prize.

Giles Kristian

Born in Leicester in 1975 to an English father and Norwegian mother, Giles has led a varied and somewhat unconventional life. His rock 'n' roll singer father had nurtured a dream that would lead Giles to the bright lights of fame. His degree in English Literature and Language at UCE was cut short when he was offered a place in 90s boy band Upside Down as their lead singer. Giles has sung for H.R.H. The Prince of Wales and has performed as such venues as The Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena, alongside artists such as Eric Clapton, Dame Shirley Bassey, The Back Street Boys and Meat Loaf, to name a few.

Glen Cook

Glen Cook first began writing in high school, providing the occasional article for the school newspaper. After high school Cook spent time in United States Navy before working full time at a General Motors assembly plant. It was while he was at GM that Cook began writing in earnest, producing as many as three books a year. Outside of writing Glen Cook is an avid stamp collector and enjoys watching the Cardinals play baseball.

Glenda Larke

Glenda larke was born in Western Australia, the daughter of a farmer. She was educated at government state schools and the University of Western Australia, where she obtained a degree in history and a diploma in education. Married to a Malaysian scientist, she has grown-up children, and now lives in Malaysia, where she is actively involved in rainforest conservation.

Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock is the author of The Sign and the Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, Keeper of Genesis, Heaven’s Mirror, Supernatural and other bestselling investigations of historical mysteries.

Graham Thomas

Graham Thomas lives and works in South East London. He has written five novels and is currently working on a four-part mini-cycle which fits inside a sixteen part saga.

Greg Hamerton

Greg Hamerton has always been fascinated with magic and fantasy. He lives in Cape Town where he writes in an old green shed at the end of the garden, among many books and a stone dragon called Qwert. He is an outdoors enthusiast and enjoys soaring over clouds and getting lost in the mountains on his paraglider. The Riddler’s Gift is the first novel in the Lifesong cycle.

Greg Keyes

Gregory Keyes (April 11, 1963) is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy. He is most famous for his quartet entitled The Age of Unreason, a steampunk/alchemical story starring Benjamin Franklin and Isaac Newton.

Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his own short films. At the age of 21, del Toro executive produced his first feature, Dona Herlinda and Her Son (1986). Del Toro spent almost 10 years as a makeup supervisor, and formed his own company, Necropia in the early 1980s. He also produced and directed Mexican television programs at this time, and taught film.

Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay was born on the 7th November 1954 in Canada. He is still based out of Toronto. At the beginning of his career Gavriel Kay aided Christopher Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien's son) in the editing of Tolkien's great work, The Silmarillion. The pair met when at university together in Manitoba.

H David Blalock

H. David Blalock has been a writer for print and the internet in speculative fiction for more than 35 years. Inspired by the science fiction and horror writers of the early and middle 20th century, he continues to try to bring that sense of wonder and awe he felt at that reading to his audience through his stories and novels.

Harriet Goodwin

Harriet Goodwin read medieval English at Oxford University before training as a professional singer. She sang and toured with a number of acclaimed ensembles, and after the birth of her fourth child she had a vivid dream about a boy who fell through the surface of the Earth into the Underworld - thus the novel was born. Harriet lives in Staffordshire with her family.

Harry Sidebottom

Dr Harry Sidebottom teaches classical history at the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of St Benet's Hall and a lecturer at Lincoln College. He has an international reputation as a scholar, having published widely on ancient warfare, classical art and the cultural history of the Roman Empire. Originally from Newmarket in Suffolk, he now lives with his wife and two sons in Woodstock near Oxford.

Helen Lowe

Helen Lowe lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and writes fantasy and sci-fi novels, poetry, and short fiction. She also does books and writer interviews for Women on Air, Plains 96.9 FM.

Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria in 1984 and moved to London when she was four. She is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Icarus Girl,which she wrote while she was still at school, and two plays, Juniper's Whitening and Victimese. Her second novel, The Opposite House, was a nominee for the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

Hobb Whittons

I was born in Lincoln, England, in 1962. My background is in teaching (English) and journalism. 'Tales of the Pahleen: Blue Fire Burning' is my first novel; the first, hopefully, of many.

Holly Black

Holly has also been a frequent contributor to anthologies, and has co-edited three of them: Geektastic (with Cecil Castellucci, 2009), Zombies vs. Unicorns (with Justine Larbalestier, 2010), and Bordertown (with Ellen Kushner, 2011). Her first collection of short fiction, Poison Eaters and Other Stories, came out in 2010 from Small Beer Press. She has just finished the third book in her Eisner-nominated graphic novel series, The Good Neighbors, and is working on Red Glove, the second novel in The Curse Workers series. White Cat, the first in the series, is out as of May 2010, and is about capers, curse magic, and memory.

HP Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born at 9 a.m. on August 20, 1890, at his family home at 454 (then numbered 194) Angell Street in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother was Sarah Susan Phillips Lovecraft, who could trace her ancestry to the arrival of George Phillips to Massachusetts in 1630.

Ian C Esslemont

Ian Cameron Esslemont was born in 1962 in Winnipeg, Canada. He is best-known for his contributions to the Malazan Book of the Fallen epic fantasy series popularised by his friend and collaborator, Steven Erikson (a fellow archaeologist). Esslemont is the co-creator of the Malazan world.

Inez Kelley

I hear voices. But more than that, I see faces and stories that unfold in my mind in full vivid color and sound. I thought it was just my burden (yes, burden) until I put pencil to paper. (Yes, pencil and paper. This was a bazillion years ago before computers came into my world.) I have poor vision and have worn glasses since age three. This somewhat limited my ability to take part in sports or whatever outside. I have limited depth perception, which means I walked into my share of walls. The sun was too bright and would zero in through my lenses, blinding me. Plus, I didn’t like getting sweaty. So I would read. And did I read!

Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle Jane Carmody was born in the 16th of June 1958. She is an Australian writer of science fiction, fantasy, children's and young adult literature. Carmody began work on the highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles at the age of fourteen.

Jack Hessey

Born and raised in Mansfield, England, I am currently in full time education, and am part way through the first year of a degree course studying Zoo Biology at Nottingham Trent University. Whilst there I have met some great, interesting people and learnt a lot as most of the lectures are really interesting. Once my education is over I'd love to work either abroad in Wildlife Conservation or here in the UK at a Zoo or a Sea-life Centre whilst also continuing with my career as an author.

Jacqueline Carey

Jacqueline Carey is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Kushiel's Legacy series of historical fantasy novels and The Sundering epic fantasy duology.

Jaine Fenn

Jaine Fenn is a British science fiction author (with a fantasy twist). Born to middle-class parents in England, she wrote her first novel at seven, typing on her father's typewriter and illustrating it in felt tip pen. It wasn't SF, but it did feature characters having an improbably difficult time. Aged nine she found a copy of 'A Wizard of Earthsea' in a gift shop, and discovered the world of fantastical literature.

James A Moore

James A. Moore is an award winning author of novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror.

James Barclay

When I first encountered the purple and black book that was Dawnthief, written by James Barclay, a name I had never heard, I was hopeful. It was the beginning of the year and I had chosen six book number ones from six different authors that I was going to start reading. By the end of the year I had read five of the authors, but it was Barclay who claimed the number one spot for that year.

James Clemens

James Clemens was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1961. With his three brothers and three sisters, he was raised in the Midwest and rural Canada. There, he explored cornfields, tadpoles, and frozen ponds, dreaming of worlds and adventures beyond the next bend in the creek.

James Johnson

Richard ‘James Johnson’ was born in Derby, England in 1976. Having studied Graphic Design at Bedfordshire University he went on to win a prestigious Dandamp;AD first award. Developing a taste for writing early on in life, his passion for storytelling culminated in two books (he’d rather forget) at the age of twelve. In addition to his work as a writer, he’s also an accomplished Illustrator and Graphic Designer, which he also lectures on and leads a degree level course in Nottingham. The Enemy’s Son is his first novel.

James Lovegrove

James Lovegrove is the author of several acclaimed novels and books for children. Born on Christmas Eve 1965 a short story of his won a college competition. The prize was £15, and it had cost £18 to get the story professionally typed. This taught him a hard but necessary lesson in the harsh economic realities of a literary career.

James Maxey

James Maxey lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. His novels include the superhero tales Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn, and the Dragon Age trilogy of Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed. His multi-book epic, Dragon Apocalypse, is an enthusiastic blend of the superhero and fantasy genres (Greatshadow (2012), Hush (2012) and Witchbreaker (2013).

James Palumbo

James Palumbo was born with many advantages. My family was wealthy and I had the best education, going to Eton, then Oxford. He was brought up in a beautiful house near Windsor, which now belongs to the Jordanian royal family.

James Patterson

James Patterson is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year — a record-breaking feat he's accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (56 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.

James Roberts

My name is James Roberts, of Cyncoed, Cardiff. Some of you will know me from Cardiff High School, others from University College London where I am in the second year of my law degree. My novel, ‘Samuel Deksis and the Castle of the Kings’ is available to order in print today.

Janny Wurts

Janny Wurts is the author of Traitor's Knot and To Ride Hell's Chasm and twelve other novels, a short story collection, as well as the internationally best selling Empire trilogy, co authored with Raymond E. Feist. Her most recent title in the Wars of Light and Shadow series, Traitor's Knot, culminates more than twenty years of carefully evolved ideas. The cover images on the books, both in the US and abroad, are her own paintings, depicting her vision of characters and setting.

Jason Starr

Jason Starr was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1966. He worked as a dishwasher, telemarketer, financial reporter, publishing assistant and computer networking salesperson before publishing his first novel in 1997.

Jasper Fforde

Jasper began his career in the film industry, and for nineteen years held a variety of posts on such movies as Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment. Secretly harbouring a desire to tell his own stories rather than help other people tell their's, Jasper started writing in 1990, and spent ten years secretly writing novel after novel as he strove to find a style of his own that was a no-mans-land somewhere between the warring factions of Literary and Absurd.

Jasper Kent

Jasper Kent was born in Worcestershire in 1968. He attended King Edward's School, Birmingham and went to study Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, specialising in Physics.

Jayel Gibson

By her grandmotherandrsquo;s side, Jayel Gibson listened with eager anticipation as her grandmother wove traditional Celtic folklore and fairy tales into stories. These tales fascinated and captivated her imagination, greatly influencing the direction of her own writing and storytelling. This love for mythology drove Gibson to eventually craft the andldquo;Ancient Mirrors Tales,andrdquo; a series of fantasy novels that delve into an ancient, magical world where humans live alongside dragons and wizards.

JC Marino

Originally from Boston, JC has several degrees, including Criminal Justice, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, and Creative Writing. He's written several screenplays that were optioned and/or made advanced placement in both the Nicholls and Austin Screenwriting Competitions. JC's background and experiences include Security Specialist while serving in the USAF/USANG, Knowledge Engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation, 3D Animator for Camber Corp, and Information Security Engineer for FOX.

Jeff Shanley

Jeff Shanley has been a fan of fantasy fiction since first reading J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. He was inspired by Tolkien's detailed descriptions of the history and languages of Middle-earth, which led him to creating his own. Mr. Shanley currently lives in Cooper City, Florida. Mathion was his debut novel.

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.

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