Fantasy authors: Page 6

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.

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.

Patricia L ONeill

Patricia L O’Neill was born in Chicago and earned a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles. After winning several national awards for her short fiction, she decided to write full time, and concentrated on historical fiction so she could combine creative writing, research skills and a scientist’s eye for unsolved mysteries.

Patricia McKillip

Patricia Anne McKillip was born on the 29th February (a leap year), 1948 in Salem, Oregon. The sea coast of Oregon instilled a great love of the sea and the cliffs and she likes nothing more than walking along the beach and admiring the views. McKillip grew up as part of a very strong family, full of love and support. Her father was an Air Force officer and Patricia found herself living with her family in Germany and England between 1958 and 1962 and this gave her an insight into the outside world and their cultures and languages, elements of which she has incorporated into her fantasy novels.

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss had the good fortune to be born in Wisconsin where long winters and lack of cable television brought about a love of reading and writing. His mother read to him as a child, and his father taught him to build things. If you are looking for the roots of his storytelling, look there.

Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough (North-Eastern England) in 1946. He had the usual education before studying at Durham for three years for the Catholic priesthood but decided not to proceed. He went to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, whilst there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt. He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.

Paul Kearney

In the eight years subsequent to the publication of The Way to Babylon, Kearney lived in Copenhagen, New Jersey, and Cambridgeshire, but at present he makes his home a stone's throw from the sea in County Down, with his wife, two dogs, a beat-up old boat, and far too many books.

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Paul Stewart was born in 1955 in London and lived for a year in Muswell Hill before moving to Morden in Southwest London.

Peter J Murray

Peter J Murray was born in 1951 and brought up on a council estate in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. He left school with few qualifications, feeling ill suited to a an academic lifestyle, and followed in the family tradition of working in the dangerous steel works of Sheffield. What happened over the next 30 years is an amazing story….

Peter S Beagle

Peter S. Beagle was born in 1939 and raised in the Bronx, just a few blocks from Woodlawn Cemetery, the inspiration for his first novel, A Fine and Private Place. Today, thanks to classic works such as The Last Unicorn, Tamsin, and The Innkeeper’s Song, he is acknowledged as America’s greatest living fantasy author, and his dazzling abilities with language, characters, and magical storytelling have earned him many millions of fans around the world.

Peter V Brett

Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books and Dungeons and Dragons, Peter V. Brett (“Peat” to his friends) has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his blissful life of fiction writing. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Danielle and two cats, Jinx and Max Powers.

Peter Ward

Peter Ward was born in 1958 and grew up in different places all over the Far East, England and Germany. Before graduating from Leeds University with a degree in English, Peter became a jack of all trades and had a varying list of employees. He is now self-employed. He lives with his wife, daughter and two sons in Putney, south-west London.

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman was born on the 19th October, 1946 in Norwich, England. Pullman is best known for the series of books entitled His Dark Materials, the award winning children’s literature consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

Pierre Pevel

Pierre Pevel, born in 1968, is one of the foremost writers of French fantasy today. The author of seven novels, he was awarded the GRAND PRIX DE L'IMAGINAIRE in 2002 and the PRIX IMAGINALES in 2005, both for best novel.

R Scott Bakker

R. Scott Bakker's work is dominated by a large series informally known as The Second Apocalypse, which Bakker began developing while in college in the 1980s. The series was originally planned to be a trilogy, with the first two books entitled The Prince of Nothing and The Aspect-Emperor. The third book has been referred to as The Book That Shall Not Be Named by Bakker, since the title of this book is considered to be a spoiler for the preceding volumes. However, when Bakker began writing the series in the early 2000s, he found it necessary to split each of the three novels into its own sub-series to incorporate all of the characters, themes and ideas he wished to explore. Bakker originally conceived of seven books: a trilogy and two duologies. This later shifted to two trilogies and one duology, with the acknowledgment that the third series may yet also expand to a trilogy.

RA Salvatore

Robert Anthony Salvatore was born in Leominster, Massachusetts on January 20, 1959. A graduate of Leominster High School, Salvatore attended Fitchburg State College to study computerscience, however, he changed his major to journelism after recieving a copy of The Lord of the Rings as a Christmas gift.

Rachel Aaron

Rachel Aaron is a US fantasy author who writes the Legend of Eli Monpress series for Orbit Books. She was born and raised in Atlanta and currently lives in Athens, Georgia. She writes full time and loves reading fantasy, Romance and Science Fiction.

Rachel Haimowitz

Rachel is a freelance writer and editor who's dipped her toes into cable news and book publishing and now helps would-be authors polish and publish, writes for websites and magazines, and ghostwrites nonfiction. Her professional interests vary widely; she's a Contributing Editor to Construction Source Magazine, a political/media blogger at the Huffington Post, a ghostwriter in the small business and motivational space, and a writer of niche erotica.

Ramsey Campbell

Ramsey Campbell has won multiple British Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards and several Bram Stokers and International Horror Guild Awards. He is the author of such classic works of horror and dark fantasy as Obsession, The Face Must Die, The Nameless, Incarnate and The Influence, and more recently The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Overnight and The Grin of the Dark.

Raymond E Feist

Raymond E. Feist (the E. stands for Elias) was born in Los Angeles, California in the year that the Second World War ended (1945). Feist was born with the surname Gonzales but was subsequently adopted by Felix E. Feist and took the Feist surname for his own.

Rebecca Maizel

Rebecca Maizel graduated from Boston University and the Rhode Island College master’s program. She teaches community college in Rhode Island and is studying to receive her MFA from Vermont College.

Reggie Oliver

Reggie Oliver has been a professional playwright, actor, and theatre director since 1975.

RF Long

R.F. Long always had a thing for fantasy, romance and ancient mysteries. The combination was bound to cause trouble. In university she studied English Literature, History of Religions and Celtic Civilisation, which just compounded the problem.

Ricardo Pinto

Ricardo Pinto is Portuguese, but has lived and studied in Scotland since he was a child. Previously he designed and programmed computer games. He lives in Edinburgh.

Richard A Knaak

Richard A. Knaak was born in Chicago on May 28, but now splits his time between Chicago and Arkansas. He has been published since 1987 and his works have been translated into German, Italian, French, Danish, Japanese, Spanish, Polish, Finnish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, and Russian.

Richard Adams

Richard Adams was born in Berkshire in 1920 and studied history at Bradfield and Worcester College, Oxford. He served in the Second World War and in 1948 joined the Cicil Service. In the mid-sixties he completed his first novel, Watership Down, the story of which he originally told to his children to while away a long car journey. Watership Down was awarded both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian award for children's fiction for 1972.

Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens.

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Wales on September 13th 1916. His parents were Norwegian and he was the only son of a second marriage. His father, Harald, and elder sister Astri died when Roald was just three. His mother, Sofie, was left to raise two stepchildren and her own four children (Alfhild, Roald, Else and Asta). Roald was her only son. He remembered his mother as “a rock, a real rock, always on your side whatever you’d done. It gave me the most tremendous feeling of security”. Roald based the character of the grandmother in THE WITCHES on his mother – it was his tribute to her.

Rob Thurman

Robyn Thurman writes under the name of Rob Thurman and is a New York Times best selling American novelist. She is currently writing three series for Penguin Putnam's imprint Roc Fantasy, as well as a brand-new mainstream series for Simon and Schuster's Pocket Books. Her work is dark, non-stop action from beginning to end, rife with purely evil sarcasm as sharp as a switchblade - and probably nearly as illegal. If one shoved Lord of the Rings, The Shining, and Pulp Fiction into a wood-chipper, the result would be what she aims to deliver in a novel or short story.

Robert C Auty

Robert enjoyed reading fantasy fiction for years before first trying his hand at writing in 1998. Rather than Tolkien, it was his favourite authors David Gemmel and David Eddings that have given him inspiration for his novels.

Robert E Howard

Robert Ervin Howard was born on the 22nd of January 2006. He is best known as the creator of both Conan the Barbarian and the sword and sorcery sub-genre of fantasy. Kevin Lane, author of the highly recommended Glammenport, explains why Howard’s Conan books are a must read for any fan of sword and sorcery novels.

Robert Holdstock

Robert Holdstock was born in Hythe, Kent. He became a full-time writer during 1976 and lived out the rest of his life in North London. He died in hospital at the age of 61, following his collapse with an E. coli infection. His breakthrough novel Mythago Wood was published during 1984. The book marked the beginning of the Ryhope Wood series and is recognized as Holdstock's first major fantasy work. From 2001 to 2007 he produced a trilogy of fantasy novels, the Merlin Codex, consisting of Celtika, The Iron Grail and The Broken Kings.

Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan was born on the 17th of October 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2006 he was diagnosed with the rare blood disease amyloidosis and died on September the 16th, 2007. Jordan will be best remembered for his best-selling fantasy series, The Wheel of Time, with 14 million copies having been sold in North America alone.

Robert Le Normand

Robert Le Normand was born in Jersey in June 1954. His parents left the island when he was very young.. They settled in Gloucestershire where Robert was educated at various schools.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850, into a family of famous lighthouse engineers. Robert soon realised that engineering was not for him; on trips with his father around the Scottish coast he instead discovered a love of adventures and stories, and by the age of twenty-one he decided to become a writer. His first books were accounts on his travels around Europe, but he later went on to write fiction, notably the children’s novel Treasure Island – featuring parrots, pirates and Long John Silver – and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, an early psychological thriller set in London.

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler has published eleven novels and five volumes of short fiction, one of which, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His Pulitzer book is comprised of stories in the voices of Vietnamese exiles in the United States and draws on the rich mythic storytelling traditions of the Vietnamese culture.

Robert Shearman

Robert Shearman has worked as a writer for television, radio and the stage. He was appointed resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter and has received several international awards for his theatrical work, including the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the World Drama Trust Award and the Guinness Award for Ingenuity in association with the Royal National Theatre. His plays have been regularly produced by Alan Ayckbourn, and on BBC Radio by Martin Jarvis. However, he is probably best known as a writer for Doctor Who, reintroducing the Daleks for its BAFTA winning first series, in an episode nominated for a Hugo Award.

Robert Stanek

Robert Stanek was born on the 3rd January 1966 in Burlington, Wisconsin in the United States of America. His father emigrated to the U.S.A. from Budapest in Hungary.

Robert von Stein Redick

Robert von Stein Redick also had the good fortune to live, work and travel extensively in Latin America, particularly Argentina and Colombia. In Cali, Colombia he worked with a human rights foundation and taught in a bilingual school. In Argentina he interviewed park rangers, park administrators, superintendents and biologists across the country, and wrote an extensive study of ranger training and park management practices. His novel, Conquistadors, is set during the Argentinian dictatorship of the late 1970s. The book was a finalist for the 2002 AWP/Thomas Dunne Novel Award.

Robert Ward

Robert Ward was born in Baltimore in 1943. In his senior year in college he wrote a short story which won a school literary prize called “The Value of Evolon.” After getting his MFA degree Ward got a job teaching at Miami University-Hamilton Campus in Hamilton Ohio. He had finished re-writing his novel, Shedding Skin, about his travels, and lunatic adventures, and it was accepted for publication by Harper and Row in 1968. Upon hearing of an opening for a teaching job at Hobart and William Smith College, Ward sent his novel to the head of the creative writing program, James Crenner. Crenner wrote him back saying that he thought the book was one of the greatest novels he’d ever read, and invited him to Geneva for an interview. Though his novel came out and won an NEA Grant as one of the best novels published in 1972, his attempt at a second book was a disaster, and he began to take opiates and drink whiskey to dull the pain of his total and his absolute failure of nerve.

Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb is a US fantasy writer, best known for her trilogies set in The Realm of the Elderlings. Readers were first introduced to that world with the publication of Assassin’s Apprentice, the first volume of The Farseer Trilogy, in 1995. The story is told in the first person from the point of view of FitzChivalry Farseer, an illegitimate scion of the royal family, during a time when the Six Duchies are being attacked by warships from the OutIslands. The boy grows up being trained as an assassin, but soon claims a place as a warrior as well. The influence of an enigmatic prophet, the Fool, forces young Fitz into a role that will influence the destiny of the entire Six Duchies. The trilogy was completed with Royal Assassin in 1996 and Assassin’s Quest in 1997. All three were nominated for the British Fantasy Society’s 'best fantasy' award. First published in the US, the books quickly appeared in the UK and Australia as well, and are now widely translated throughout the world, including France, Spain, Israel, China, Russia, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, and Japan.

Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

Roderick Gordon was born, grew up and went to university in London. He worked in corporate finance in the City until 2001. He counts a number of writers and poets among his ancestors such RD Blackmore, Philip Doddridge and Matthew Arnold plus two paleontologists and celebrated eccentrics, William and Frank Buckland. He recently moved with his family from London to north Norfolk.

Roger Zelazny

Roger Joseph Zelazny was born in Ohio on May the 13th, 1937. Zelazny's most celebrated fantasy works are The Amber Chronicles. He has inspired younger fantasy writers, with George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman being heavily influenced by his work.

Rowena Cory Daniells

Rowena Cory Daniells is passionate about writing. Her speculative fiction stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Dreaming DownUnder which won World Best Fantasy and Dreaming Again.

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1937). Poet, short-story writer, journalist and imperialist, Rudyard Kipling’s work remains one of the best accounts of the British colonial experience in India.

Russell Kirkpatrick

Russell lectures in Geography and manages a small map-making business. He lives in New Zealand with his wife and two children.

SA Rule

Sue Rule was born on the outskirts of Croydon, and now lives in Edenbridge, Kent. As well as being an author, she is a songwriter and musician: one quarter of family folk group Pig’s Ear.

Sara Douglass

Sara Douglass grew up in South Australia. After working as a nurse‚ she completed three degrees at the University of Adelaide‚ including a PhD in early modern English history. She worked as a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at La Trobe University‚ Bendigo. Sara now lives in Tasmania and is a full?time writer ?? and gardener.

Sarah J Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarwat Chadda

Sarwat Chadda’s love of storytelling began with his first game of Dungeons and Dragons. Face-to-face with his friends he spent long nights creating dark tales of adventure, weaving in real history, myths and legends from all sources, but most heavily from the Crusades. His passion is for the epic heroes of that period like Saladin and Richard the Lionheart, the paragons of Islam and Christendom. It was the Crusades that gave birth to the Knights Templar, so it was inevitable their mysterious history would be at the heart of his modern interpretation.

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