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Jane Johnson

UK flag (b.1960)

aka Jude Fisher, Gabriel King

Jane Johnson is from Cornwall and has worked in the book industry for 20 years, as a bookseller, publisher and writer.

She was responsible for publishing the works of J R R Tolkien during the 1980s and 1990s and worked on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, spending many months in New Zealand with cast and crew. Under the pseudonym of Jude Fisher she wrote three bestselling Visual Companions to the films. She has also written several books for children.

In 2005 she was in Morocco researching the story of a distant family member who was abducted from a Cornish church in 1625 by Barbary pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa (which formed the basis for Crossed Bones / The Tenth Gift), when a near-fatal climbing incident caused her to rethink her future.

She returned home, gave up her office job in London, sold her flat and shipped the contents to Morocco. In October she married her own 'Berber pirate' and now they split their time between Cornwall and a village in the Anti-Atlas Mountains.

She still works, remotely, as Fiction Publishing Director for HarperCollins.

Genres: Historical, General Fiction
Eidolon Chronicles
   1. The Secret Country (2005)
   2. The Shadow World (2006)
   3. Dragon's Fire (2007)
   1. The Tenth Gift (2008)
     aka Crossed Bones
   2. The Salt Road (2010)
   3. The Sultan's Wife (2012)
   Maskmaker (2010)
   Goldseekers (2011)
   Pillars of Light (2016)
   Court of Lions (2017)
   The Sea Gate (2020)
   The White Hare (2022)
   The Black Crescent (2023)
Jane Johnson recommends
The Fair Folk (2024)
Su Bristow
"Dark and brooding and half-familiar, the tale steals over you till you're half-in, half-out of a dream."
The Rose Trilogy (2023)
(Rose Trilogy )
Carol McGrath
"Great storytelling and superb research."
The Secret Shore (2023)
Liz Fenwick
"Liz Fenwick has created a stirring tale of intrigue, passion and espionage, set in a corner of Cornwall she knows intimately, against the backdrop of WWII. The compelling and unusual love story at its heart - will sweep you away on dangerous tides."

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Books containing stories by Jane Johnson
Flotsam Fantasique (2013)
The Souvenir Book of World Fantasy Convention 2013
edited by
Stephen Jones

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