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Patricia A McKillip


(Patricia Anne McKillip)
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Patricia Anne McKillip was born in Salem, Oregon (USA) on February 29, 1948 – a leap year baby!  She started writing at 14, and according to the notes in the Riddlemaster trilogy, “she has been writing ever since – except for a brief detour when she thought she would be a concert pianist.” The House on Parchment Street has a neat quote about how she started writing – “In a fit of boredom one day when she was fourteen, she sat down in front of a window overlooking a stately medieval church and its graveyard and produced a thirty-page fairy tale.”

She went to the College of Notre Dame, Belmont, and San Jose University where she earned a BA in English. She then went on for a MA at the San Jose State University. McKillip then moved to San Francisco, then to the Catskill Mountains in NY, then Roxbury, NY and now lives in Oregon.

She won the World Fantasy Award in 1975 for The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, the Locus Award in 1980 for Harpist in the Wind, and the Balrog award in 1985 in the short fiction category for “A Troll and Two Roses”.

She is, very fittingly, married to a poet – David Lunde. You can read about him and his works on his web page at http://www.davidlunde.com, the only thing his page won’t tell you is that he is a gentleman and a very kind person.
 
Series
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Quest of the Riddle-Master Omnibus
Riddle of stars (1979)
Riddle-Master (1981)
     aka The Chronicles of Morgon, Prince of Hed
Quest of Riddlemasters (1982)
The Quest of the Riddlemaster (1983)
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Winter Rose
1. Winter Rose (1996)
2. Solstice Wood (2006)
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Series contributed to
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Anthologies containing stories by Patricia A McKillip
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Short stories
The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath (1982)
The Old Woman and the Storm (1985)
A Doorkeeper of Khaat (1989)
Fortune's Children (1990)
Lady of the Skulls (1993)
The Snow Queen (1993)
Xmas Cruise (1993)
Transmutations (1994)
The Lion and the Lark (1995)
Wonders of the Invisible World (1995)
The Witches of Junket (1996)
Oak Hill (1998)
A Gift to Be Simple (1999)
Toad (1999)
The Twelve Dancing Princesses (2000)


Awards
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1975) : The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
World Fantasy Best Novel winner (1975) : The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1980) : Harpist in the Wind
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1980) : Harpist in the Wind
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1990) : The Changeling Sea
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1992) : The Sorceress and the Cygnet
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1994) : The Cygnet and the Firebird
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book winner (1995) : Something Rich and Strange
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1996) : The Book of Atrix Wolfe
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1997) : Winter Rose
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1997) : Winter Rose
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1998) : Song for the Basilisk
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (2002) : The Tower at Stony Wood
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book winner (2003) : Ombria in Shadow
World Fantasy Best Novel winner (2003) : Ombria in Shadow
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2004) : In the Forests of Serre
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2005) : Alphabet of Thorn
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (2006) : Od Magic
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book winner (2007) : Solstice Wood
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2009) : The Bell at Sealey Head
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2011) : The Bards of Bone Plain
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book winner (2017) : Kingfisher


Patricia A McKillip recommends
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Dragonfield (1985)
Jane Yolen
"Jane Yolen's stories have become deeper and more complex, but still entertain, amaze, teach and enlighten. I strongly recommend this collection of dragon and faerie stories to old and young alike."
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Land of Dreams (1987)
James P Blaylock
"A marvelous train ride into untraditional fantasy."
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Daughter of Exile (2004)
Isabel Glass (Lisa Goldstein)
"An intriguing and fast-paced journey."
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Except the Queen (2010)
Midori Snyder and Jane Yolen
"Fast-paced and powerful... lovely, unpredictable."

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