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. His most recent series, the young adult Pathfinder series ("Pathfinder", "Ruins", "Visitors") and the fantasy Mithermages series (Lost Gate, Gate Thief, Gatefather) are taking readers in new directions. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy ("Magic Street", "Enchantment", "Lost Boys"), biblical novels ("Stone Tables", "Rachel and Leah"), the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with "Seventh Son"), poetry ("An Open Book"), and many plays and scripts, including his "freshened" Shakespeare scripts for "Romeo & Juliet", "The Taming of the Shrew", and "The Merchant of Venice". Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University. Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, where his primary activities are writing a review column for the local "Rhinoceros Times" and feeding birds, squirrels, chipmunks, possums, and raccoons on the patio.
Patricia Briggs steadfastly refuses to write a biography. She considers them narcissistic, and besides, she’d rather write something interesting! But… that is what a husband and trusty assistant are for (and if she doesn’t like it, she can’t complain!) Patricia is the #1 New York Times best selling author of the Mercy Thompson series and has written twenty four novels to date; she is currently writing novel number twenty five. She has short stories in several anthologies, as well as a series of comic books and graphic novels based on her Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series. Patty began her career writing traditional high fantasy novels in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. Moon Called was the first of her signature series about Mercy; the non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. The series has continued to grow in popularity with the release of each book. Patty also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels; what began as a novella expanded into a full new series, all of which debuted on the NY Times bestsellers list as well. Patty was born in Butte, Montana, back in 1965. If you’re good at math, you’ll have deduced that she’s currently twenty-nine. In fact, she’s been twenty-nine for a while and has no intention of getting any older. Fiction authors don’t obey the laws of space and time, they invent them. Don’t argue, or she’ll make up a dragon right behind you… Patricia was born book-privileged. Her mother was a school librarian, and she shared a room with an older sister who loved to read. Long after they had been put to bed, her sister would use the small night light to read Patty stories; her early favorites were fairy tales. Knights and castles, fair maidens, and monsters of every ilk became their nighttime companions. Soon, Patty learned to read, and whole worlds were hers to explore. She rode on the Black Stallion, and flew the skies of Pern on a dragon. Sometime during that period she stumbled onto a treasure trove. Her older sister had begun collecting comic books; pristine originals were place in cellophane sleeves and organized in cardboard boxes. When her sister was away, they were removed by grubby fingers smeared with peanut butter and jelly for a clandestine read, returning with a faint smudges and wrinkled pages from reading under the covers. To this day, her sister periodically calls Patty and tells her how much more her original copies of the X-Men would have been worth if left pristine in their sleeves. The number keeps going up. Patty is a prevarication professional. She lies for a living, telling whoppers and fibs so outrageous that people pay her to fib some more. Her only concession to honesty is that she tells people she’s lying to them, which is what separates a fiction author from a politician. She loves to play with her imaginary friends, and meeting with readers who know her imaginary friends is a treat. Her biggest complaint with writing is that she has far more ideas for stories than time to write them. Patty and her family reside in Eastern Washington near Tri-Cities, home of Mercy Thompson; yes, it's a real place! When not working on the next book, she can be found playing truant out in her horse pastures, playing with the newest babies.
Robin Hobb is a fantasy novelist residing in Washington State. She is best known for her work in the Realms of the Elderlings, a series of trilogies that began with "The Farseer Trilogy" and concluded with The Fitz and the Fool trilogy. The final volume, Assassin’s Fate, was published in May, 2017. In 2015, Fool’s Assassin won the Dutch Hebben Award, a reader-voted prize, for best translated work. (Translator: Ruud Ball) Her works have been translated into over 20 foreign languages. In 2015, her works were translated into Spanish and Portuguese for the Mexico and South American markets. She is a best-selling author in the UK, Australia, France and the Netherlands as well as in the US. Both "The Farseer Trilogy" and "The Liveship Traders" trilogy are available in France as graphic novels from Soleil. More recently, San Diego Comic Con awarded her an Inkpot award for her works. She also writes both fantasy and a bit of science fiction as Megan Lindholm. Her best known work as Lindholm is The Wizard of the Pigeons. Her short works have been finalists for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. Robin Hobb does most of her writing from a small farm in Roy, Washington, where she also raises chickens, ducks, geese and vegetables. Robin and her husband Fred have been married for over 40 years, and share four grown offspring and seven grand-children.