Sunday, November 9, 2008

Weekly Geeks #24: Fun facts about authors

From: deweymonster

How to:
1. Choose a writer you like.
2. Using resources such as Wikipedia, the author’s website, whatever you can find, make a list of interesting facts about the author.
3. Post your fun facts list in your blog, maybe with a photo of the writer, a collage of his or her books, whatever you want.
4. Come sign the Mr Linky with the url to your fun facts post.
5. As you run into (or deliberately seek out) other Weekly Geeks’ lists, add links to your post for authors you like or authors you think your readers are interested in.

Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes was born on June 24, 1950, in Chicago.
She was named for actress Mercedes McCambridge.
She graduated from Purdue University in 1972 with a degree in biology.
In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music.
Mercedes has written nearly 70 books in a career that has spanned two decades.
She is married to author Larry Dixon, with whom she has written several novels.
She has also worked with fantasy authors Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Piers Anthony.
Her first sale was to Friends of Darkover.
Mercedes Lackey lives with her husband outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She has won 5 Pegasus Awards, mostly for her songwriting.
Queen's Own is her official fan club.

Lackey is one of my favorite women authors, and I'm glad she's so prolific. My favorite series are:
Diana Tregarde (a trilogy, no more forthcoming)
Elemental Masters
Five Hundred Kingdoms

and I want to start reading:
Doubled Edge (a historical fantasy series based on Elizabeth I)

Here are links to a few other Weekly Geeks and the authors they chose (either favorites of mine, or ones I want to read):
Harmony (Anne McCaffrey)
Ali (Christopher Moore)
Jill (Neil Gaiman)
Juliann (Alexander McCall Smith)


Maree said...

Very interesting. I've never read any of Mercedes Lackey's books but I think I"ll have to add her to the list. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Marina! I remember you from bookcrossing...which I pretty much dropped out of quite awhile ago. How fun to see you here at Weekly Geeks!

Steven at Book Dads said...

One of our favorite authors too.

Terri said...

Welcome to WG!

Bogsider said...

I am becoming more and more sure that I need to take up my interest in reading sci fi and fantasy again. The past years it has only been vampirebooks and not so much sci fi. But I get so many good recommendations these days! Thanks for an interesting post.


Ali said...

I haven't read any of her books, but I think it's cool that she writes songs as well!

Nymeth said...

She really is very prolific! I had no idea she had a degree in biology.

gautami tripathy said...

I have not read anything by her!

Here is WG #24 post