Fantasy authors: Page 5

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.

Lorne Rothman

Lorne Rothman was born in 1964 in Montreal, Canada. He spent most of his childhood in Toronto, back in the day when you could live in a big city, and explore fields and farmlands just beyond your front door.

Lucinda Hare

Lucinda Hare was born in Edinburgh in 1958 and spent her childhood in rural East Lothian, where she spent much of her time roaming the beaches and woods. It was there that her lifelong passions for animals, history, reading and drawing began. She spent years daydreaming about the Roman legions, medieval knights and the American west and rather than write about the dreams and stories in her head, she drew them purely from her imagination.

Madeleine LEngle

Madeleine was born on November 29th, 1918, and spent her formative years in New York City. Instead of her school work, she found that she would much rather be writing stories, poems and journals for herself, which was reflected in her grades (not the best). However, she was not discouraged.

Maggie Furey

Maggie Furey was born in the northeast of England in 1955. Her debut fantasy series, The Artefacts of Power, was an instant success and Furey quickly became one of the most thrilling fantasy authors to have emerged from the United Kingdom in many years. The late David Gemmell described her work as “infinitely enchanting”.

Marc Gascoigne and Christian Dunn

Marc Gascoigne was the developer or editor of several classic boardgames in the mid-1980s, including Blood Bowl and Dark Future. After ten years as a freelance editor, notably for Puffin's Fighting Fantasy gamebook series, he returned to the Nottingham-based company in 1997 to help establish the Black Library fiction imprint. Starting as editor he became publisher and overall manager of the Black Library Publishing family of imprints, that now also includes Black Industries and Solaris Books. It was announced on the 11th of Sept 2008 that he had joined HarperCollins to create a new science fiction andamp; fantasy imprint to be called Angry Robot.

Marcus Alexander

After several incident-filled years of travelling the armpits of the world Marcus Alexander decided to pack in all serious attempts at reaching maturity and instead embraced the much more suitable world of parchment scribbling for a living.

Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent in 1968 and is an acclaimed children’s author and illustrator. Sedgwick is renowned for the dark-themes that he incorporates into his young-adult novels. His first book Floodland was published in 2000, winning the Branford Boase Book Award for best debut children’s novel.

Margaret Weis

Margaret Weis was born on the 16th March 1948 in Independence, Missouri and is a New York Times best-selling author of fantasy books. Missouri in the 1950s was not an ideal setting for a budding young fantasy author but the young Weis was not to be deterred and enthralled her kindergarten friends and then her classmates in school with her stories.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

It is difficult to praise Weis and Hickman in a manner that they haven't rightly heard before.

Margit Sandemo

Margit Sandemo is Scandinavia’s most popular author. Her flagship multi?volume fantasy?historical saga The Legend of the Ice People, now about to be published in English for the first time, has made her something of a living legend among writers because it alone has sold 25 million copies in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

Margo Lanagan

Margo Lanagan has worked as a kitchen hand and encyclopedia seller, and spent ten years as a freelance book editor. She is now a technical writer as well as a creative one. Ms. Lanagan's critically acclaimed North American debut, Black Juice, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and won two World Fantasy Awards. Black Juice also received the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction, a Golden Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story, and a Bram Stoker Award nomination from the Horror Writers of America. The author lives in Sydney, Australia, with her partner and their two sons.

Maria V Snyder

Maria V. Snyder published her first novel Poison Study in 2006, a title which went on to win the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. Continuing this remarkable fantasy series, Maria soon wrote Magic Study and then Fire Study, which became a New York Times Best Seller. Storm Glass, her fourth title, begins a new trilogy, continuing the magical journey of character Opal Cowen.

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Marion Zimmer Bradley was born on the 3rd June 1930 and sadly died in 1999. She was an American science fiction and fantasy author who was well known for the feminist and Christian themes within her books. Her most famous piece of work is probably The Mists of Avalon, which was in essence a retelling of an Arthurian legend from the female perspective and her Darkover novels.

Mark A Cropper

Mark A. Cropper is an English fantasy author who was born in 1947 and is still going. A self-confessed “aged hippy”, he was once a psychiatric-nurse and is now a writer.

Mark Anthony Tierno

Mark Anthony Tierno lives in Monrovia, California and is a lifelong fantasy and Sci-Fi reader. Mark completed his first novel Maldene in 1996, a novel that was finally published in 2006 following ten years of agent rejections.

Mark Chadbourn

Critics have praised Mark Chadbourn for the astonishing detail and realism he brings to his novels. The reason: the kind of research most people would go out of their way to avoid. For his first novel Underground, set in an isolated mining community, he worked hundreds of feet beneath the earth, crawling along tunnels barely two feet high, experiencing the same kind of brutal lifestyle as his coal miner characters.

Mark Charan Newton

Mark Charan Newton was born in 1981. He has a degree in Environmental Science and lives in Nottingham, UK. Charan is an Indian name (he ishalf-Indian). Newton writes for Tor UK/Pan Macmillan and his first book is Nights of Villjamur. He is represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence works as a novelist and a research scientist in the field of artificial intelligence.

Mark Walden

Mark Walden spent ten years designing and producing video games for a living before the Higher Institute of Villainous Education crept into his mind, and he decided to become an author. The unlikely inspiration behind the top-secret school of villainy was, in fact, a Persian Blue cat named Otto. On noticing Otto's uncanny resemblance to the cat that Blofeld owned in the James Bond films, Mark began to wonder exactly how the world's evil genius's honed their skills and where the nefarious villains of tomorrow were trained ... and so H.I.V.E. was born.

Markus Heitz

A fantasy author, most famous for his four-book Dwarves saga, Heitz has in the last couple of years gained popularity within Europe.

Martin Waddell

Born 10th April 1941 during a bombing raid on Belfast, children’s author Martin Waddell is a prolific children’s writer both under his own name and the pseudonym ‘Catherine Sefton’ which her uses for books with a more serious subject matter for older children. He now publishes all his books under his own moniker. A resident for most of his life in Newcastle, Co. Down, Martin has never shied from writing about difficult situations that children have to sometimes deal with, this was never more so reflected in his books ’Starry Night’, ‘Frankie’s Story’ and ‘The Beat of the Drum’ which addressed the difficulties, anger and grief attributed to the political troubles in Northern Ireland but from a teenager’s perspective.

Martine Leavitt

Martine Leavitt was born 1953 in Taber, Alberta, Canada. She attended the University of Calgary where she graduated with first-class honours. Her first three books (the award-winning Marmawell fantasy trilogy) were written while she was studying writing at the University of Calgary. Published under her then-name Martine Bates, the trilogy follows Marwen's adventures as she progresses to her destiny as a wizard, on the way falling in love with a prince.

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley (1797 - 1851) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.

Matt Haig

Matt Haig was born in 1975. He is the author of The Last Family in England (2004), and the forthcoming children’s novel, Shadow Forest. His website is at

Matthew Skelton

Matthew Skelton was born in the UK but spent most of his childhood in Canada. He started writing while working as a teaching assistant at the University of Mainz and continued when he cam back to Oxford to work as a research assistant. In 2002 he won Richard and Judy’s short story competition.

MC Burnell

MC Burnell was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1980. She spent the next two decades roaming the nation with her family, following the romantic, itinerate lifestyle for which scientists and accountants are famed. Since then, the author has somehow acquired a number of degrees and a decent library. She currently lives with her husband in Chicago.

Melaine Bryant

Melaine Bryant knew she wanted to be a writer from the moment she learned how to hold a pencil. To the consternation of her teachers and parents, she preferred writing to paying attention in school, and spent many happy hours composing stories, books, and screenplays. She grew up immersed in The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, the stories of King Arthur, and many other fantasy books by authors such as John Christopher, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Lloyd Alexander.

Melissa and Emily Boverhof

Melissa Boverhof, age 18, and Emily Boverhof age 16, are both home school’ers from Grant Michigan; were they live with their parents, Steve and Nancy Boverhof, and their younger siblings, Lynn , age 6, and Justin, age 3.

Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Peake was born in 1911 in Kuling, Central Southern China, where his father was a medical missionary. Within a year, the family moved to the Northern city of Tientsin. Peake was educated at Tientsin Grammar School then at Eltham College in South East London. During the Second World War, whilst serving with the army, he established a reputation as a gifted book illustrator with his pictures for Ride a Cock Horse (1940), The Hunting of the Snark (1941) and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1943). Titus Groan was published in 1946 and was followed, in 1950, by Gormenghast and the third volume of the Gormenghast saga, Titus Alone, was published in 1959. His other works include Shapes and Sounds (1941), Rhymes Without Reasons (1944), Letters from a Lost Uncle (1948) and Mr Pye (1953) and a play, The Wit to Woo (1957). He died in 1958.

Michael A Stackpole

Born in USA, on 27th November 1957. Full name Michael Austin Stackpole. Writes both sf and fantasy. Best known for his Rogue Squadron Star Wars series. Awarded GAMA's Meritorious Service Award, in 1993, for work on the Game Manufacturers Association's Industry Watch Committee.

Michael Ende

Michael Ende (1929-1995) was post-war Germany’s most successful writer of children’s books. His father was a surrealist painter banned by the Nazi regime. Michael worked as an actor, film reviewer and political sketch writer and his first children’s book was published in 1960. He was criticised for filling children’s heads with escapist, fantasy stories instead of confronting them with the social realism that was believed in at the time. The attacks hurt him and he moved to Rome to live in 1971.

Michael J Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan is an American author of epic fantasy and widely regarded as one of the most successful self-published fantasy authors. He has written two series, The Riyria Revelations, a six book epic fantasy series, and The Riyria Chronicles, an ongoing series.

Michael Moorcock

Michael Moorcock was born in London in 1939. He began to write while still at school, starting a magazine, Outlaw's Own, in 1950. He continued to produce similar fanzines until 1962. After leaving school, he began to contribute professionally to Tarzan Adventures and edited that magazine from 1957 to 1958, writing for it his first heroic fantasy series.

Michael Morpurgo

Born in 1943 Michael Morpurgo describes himself as ‘oldish’. Married to Clare, father to three children and grandfather to six he has written over 100 titles for children over the course of his career.

Michael Scott

An authority on mythology and folklore, Michael Scott is one of Ireland’s most successful authors. A master of fantasy, science fiction, horror and folklore, he has been hailed by the Irish Times as ‘the King of Fantasy in these isles’. He lives and writes in Dublin.

Michelle Moran

Michelle Moran was born in California. She worked as a teacher before her novel, Nefertiti, was published around the world in 2007. She has travelled around the world - including to Israel, where she participated in an archaeological dig that inspired her to begin writing historical fiction. She lives in Southern California.

Michelle Paver

Michelle Paver is a novelist that is best known for the six books that make up The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. She was born in 1960 in Malawi (then known as Nyasaland) to a South African father and a Belgian mother. Her father ran and wrote for the local Nyasaland Times whilst her mother contributed the gossip column.

Mike Wilks

Londoner Mike Wilks is an award-winning artist and best-selling author of The Ultimate Alphabet and The Ultimate Noah’s Ark. His paintings, which have been described as ‘meticulous and eye-bending’, can be found in public and private collections in Europe and the USA. The Mirrorscape books transport the reader into Mike’s compelling inner world.

Myke Cole

As a security contractor, government civilian and military officer, Myke Cole’s career has run the gamut from Counterterrorism to Cyber Warfare to Federal Law Enforcement. He’s done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik was born in New York in 1973, a first-generation American, and raised on Polish fairy tales, Baba Yaga, and Tolkien. She studied English Literature at Brown University and did graduate work in Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide. Over the course of a brief winter sojourn working on the game in Edmonton, Canada (accompanied by a truly alarming coat that now lives brooding in the depths of her closet), she realized she preferred the writing to the programming, and, on returning to New York, decided to try her hand at novels. Temeraire was her first.

Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams was born in 1981 in the newly born country of Zimbabwe on the purple carpeted Jacaranda Lane of African/Irish descent. Life was filled in her early years with Irish fairy tales written by her grandfather and inspirational imaginings in the world of Narnia and Grimm’s’ Fairy Tales. In the inspiring world of Africa, she began her journey as a writer winning an Honours award for her poem “The Thicket and the Musgrove” at the age of nine. Years later, she now launches her first poetry collection drawing on the inspirations of her life and imagination.

Neal Asher

Essex-born author Neal Asher was writing short science fiction for many years before he embarked on his full-length novel Gridlinked, followed by four others which have been translated into nine different languages.

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.

Nicola Rhodes

My name is Nicola Rhodes and I am 37 years old. I live in Derbyshire, England and have been writing novels for about six years.

NK Jemisin

Nora Jemisin is an author of speculative fiction short stories and novels who lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to writing, she is a counseling psychologist.

Oisin McGann

Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He started writing and illustrating stories in copybooks when he was about six or seven, setting himself on a path that would steer him well clear of ever obtaining of a proper job.

Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers is an artist, designer, illustrator and writer from Northern Ireland.

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was born in 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. After studying at Oxford University, where he had been greatly influenced by Walter Pater’s Aesthetic Movement, Wilde became a poet. His first collection, Poems, was published in 1881 and a successful tour of America followed.

Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs, born 1965 in Butte, Montana, is an award-winning fantasy author. Shortly after her sixth birthday, she discovered there were dwarves living in the mines and elves in the forests. The hob in the garage really startled her the first time she met him, but they've been good friends ever since. The urge to share her discoveries with the rest of the world led her to writing. She now resides in Washington state.

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