I was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. By junior high I had lost interest in the novels suggested to me, and I never cracked a book if I could help it. Then an eighth grade teacher, Mrs. Reader, gave me Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.
I was finishing my thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth I had written. In 2005 I held my first published novel, Elantris, in my hands. Tor also published four books in my Mistborn series, along with Warbreaker and then The Way of Kings, the first in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. Four books in my middle-grade Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series were released by Scholastic. I was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; the final book, A Memory of Light, was released in 2013. That year also marked the releases of YA novels The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.
Currently living in Utah with my wife and children, I teach creative writing at Brigham Young University. I also host the writing advice podcast Writing Excuses with Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells.
- JoinedJuly 9, 2013