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Marina Loestetter

Jason LaPier

Jason was born and raised in Upstate New York and now lives happily with his wife and a long-haired dachshund in Portland, Oregon. He loves gardening, hiking, cooking, and music. During the day, he masquerades as a mild-mannered software engineer at Elemental Technologies. Jason’s debut novel, Unexpected Rain (2015), a science fiction murder mystery, led to the sequel, Unclear Skies, published in 2016, and the conclusion of the trilogy is planned for...

Laura Liddell Nolen

Laura grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent an excellent childhood playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. The Ark (2015) is the direct result of those stories and a lifelong devotion to space-themed television. The sequel The Remnant published this year and the third in the trilogy is expected to follow in 2017. Laura has a degree in French and a license to practice law, but both are frozen in carbonite at present. She lives in Texas with her...

Brian Lowry

Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey has a degree in biology from Purdue University. Like many writers she has worked at a variety of jobs, including short stints as a waitress, security guard and artist’s model. She lives outside Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband and collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, their several birds and two...

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing was one of the most important writers of the second half of the 20th-century and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007. In awarding the prize, the Swedish Academy described her as “that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny”. She wrote provocative, inventive and influential works, ranging from novels, short stories and science fiction to autobiography, drama, poetry, essays and operas. Her first novel, The Grass is Singing, was published in 1950, and her international reputation has flourished since then. Among her other celebrated novels are The Golden Notebook, The Summer Before the Dark and Memoirs of a Survivor. She also published two volumes of autobiography, Under my Skin (which received the James Tait Black Prize) and Walking in the Shade. Her later publications include the novels The Story of General Dann and Mara’s Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog and The Cleft, and Time Bites, a collection of essays. Her collection of short novels, Five, earned her the Somerset Maugham Award in 1954. The French translation of The Golden Notebook (1962) won the Prix Medici in 1976. In 1982 she received the Austrian State Prize for Literature and the Shakespeare Prize, Hamburg. Doris Lessing has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times: Briefing for a Descent into Hell (1971), The Sirian Experiments (1981) and The Good Terrorist (1985) and won the WH Smith Award in 1985. In August 1991, she received an honorary title of Distinguished Fellow in Literature in the School of English and American Studies conferred by University of East Anglia. In 2001 she was awarded the Spanish Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature, the David Cohen British Literature Prize and received a Companion...

Clive Staples Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics, the Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion...

Andy Livingstone

Born the son of a lawyer and a former primary school teacher on the first day of 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland, Andy has lived all his life in The Shire (or Lanarkshire, as it is really known). He is a press officer and former journalist who wrote news stories for 20 years despite a head full of fiction. He has written Hero Born and Hero Grown, the first two books in the Seeds of Destiny trilogy. The third book Hero Risen will publish in...

Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’. Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding...

Thomas Ligotti

Megan Lindholm

Robin Hobb is one of the world’s finest writers of epic fiction. She was born in California in 1952 but raised in Alaska. She raised her family, ran a smallholding, delivered post to her remote community, all at the same time as writing stories and novels. She succeeded on all fronts, raising four children and becoming an internationally best-selling writer. She lives in Tacoma, Washington...

H. P. Lovecraft

Renowned as one of the great horror-writers of all time, H.P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 and lived most of his life in Providence, Rhode Island. Among his many classic horror stories, many of which were published in book form only after his death in 1937, are ‘At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels of Terror’ (1964), ‘Dagon and Other Macabre Tales’ (1965), and ‘The Horror in the Museum and Other Revisions’...

Brian Lumley

Brian Lumley was born near Newcastle. In 22 years as a Military Policeman he served in many of the Cold War hotspots, including Berlin, as well as Cyprus in partition days. He reached the rank of Sergeant-Major before retiring to Devon to write full-time, and his work was first published in 1970. The vampire series, ‘Necroscope’, has been translated into ten languages and sold over a million copies...

Eric Lustbader

Eric Van Lustbader (he dropped his middle name Van, for several years due to a confusion about his last name) was born and raised in Greenwich Village. He is the author of more than twenty best-selling novels, including ‘The Ninja’, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fiction’s most loved and enduring heroes, ‘Black Heart’, ‘Angel Eyes’, ‘The Kaisho’, ‘Floating City’, ‘Second Skin’, and ‘Dark Homecoming’. His latest novel, ‘Pale Saint’, was published in June, 1999, by HarperCollins in the UK. His novels have been translated into twenty languages; his books are best-sellers worldwide and are so popular whole sections of bookstores from Bangkok to Dublin are devoted to them. He is also the author of a successful and highly regarded series of fantasy novels. Most recently, he has been working on a number of short stories and novellas which appeared in 1999: ‘Off The Beaten Path: Stories of Place’ for Farrar, Strauss and Giroux and ‘Murder And Obsession’ for Delacourt Press for Avon Books. He is a graduate of Columbia College, with a degree in Sociology. Before turning to writing full time, he enjoyed highly successful careers in the New York City public school system, where he holds licenses in both elementary and early childhood education, and in the music business, where he worked for Elektra Records and CBS Records, among other companies. He was the first writer in the US to write about Elton John, and to predict his success. As a consequence, he and Elton and Bernie Taupin, Elton’s lyricist became friends. Writing in ‘Cash Box’ Magazine, he also predicted the successes of such bands as Santana, Roxy Music, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, David Bowie, and The Who, among others. In his spare time, Mr. Lustbader serves on the...

Stephen Lawhead

Born and raised in America, Stephen Lawhead moved to the UK, to Oxford, in order to research into Celtic legend and history. He lives in Iffley with his wife, writer Alice Slaikeu Lawhead, and their two sons, Ross and Drake

Alan Lee

Alan Lee is the illustrator of the highly-successful centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings and diamond edition of The Hobbit. He studied graphic design and the depiction of Celtic and Norse myths and has illustrated a wide range of books, including Faeries, Merlin Dreams and Castles, and was conceptual designer for Terry Jones’ film Erik the Viking. He was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrated edition of Black Ships Before Troy. From 1998 he worked as Conceptual Designer and Set Decorator on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and he received the 2004 Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his work on The Return of the King. In 2007 he was commissioned to provide paintings for The Children of Húrin, one of the ‘Great Tales’ of Middle-earth written by J. R .R. Tolkien and edited for publication by his son, Christopher. The following year he provided pencil drawings for a new edition of Tolkien’s collected shorter works of fantasy, Tales from the Perilous Realm. In 2009 he returned to his post in New Zealand to work on Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films adapting The...

Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine grew up in New York City and has been writing all her life. Her poems have been published in two anthologies of teenage poetry. She and her husband, David, collaborated on a children’s musical that was produced by a theatre in Brooklyn. Today she, David and their airedale, Jake, live in a 200 year old farmhouse in Brewster, New...