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Jody Lynn Nye

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Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as "spoiling cats." She lives northwest of Chicago with two of the above and her husband, author, packager and game designer Bill Fawcett. Nye was born in Chicago, and except for brief forays to summer camp and college has always lived in the area. She was graduated from Maine Township High School East and Loyola University of Chicago, where she majored in Communications and English, and was an active member of the theater groups, the student radio stations, and the speech team (original comedy and oratorical declamation). She has three younger brothers: a pediatric neurologist, an electronics trouble-shooter, and a CPA. Her mother is a nurse and an artist, and her father owns his own accounting firm.

Before breaking away to write full time, Jody worked at a variety of jobs: file clerk, book-keeper at a small publishing house, freelance journalist and photographer, accounting assistant, and costume maker.

From 1981 to 1985, she was on the technical operations staff of a local Chicago television station, WFBN (WGBO), serving the last year as Technical Operations Manager. During her time at WFBN, she was part of the engineering team that built the station, acted as Technical Director during live sports broadcasts, and worked to produce in-house spots and public service announcements. She also wrote mystery game materials free-lance for Mayfair Games.

Since 1985 she has published 20 books and over 50 short stories. Among the novels Jody has written are her epic fantasy series, The Dreamland, beginning with Waking In Dreamland, four contemporary humorous fantasies, Mythology 101, Mythology Abroad, Higher Mythology, The Magic Touch, and two science fiction novels, Taylor's Ark and Medicine Show. Jody also wrote The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern, a non-fiction-style guide to the world of internationally best-selling author Anne McCaffrey's popular world. She has also collaborated with Anne McCaffrey on four science fiction novels, The Death of Sleep, Crisis On Doona, Treaty At Doona and The Ship Who Won. She also wrote a solo sequel to The Ship Who Won entitled The Ship Errant. Jody co-authored the Visual Guide to Xanth with best-selling fantasy author Piers Anthony, and edited an anthology of humorous stories about mothers in science fiction, fantasy, myth and legend, entitled Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear!, "a science fiction book you can actually give to your mom."

Her newest book is The Grand Tour (August 2000), third in the Dreamland series. Also in the works, a contemporary fantasy co-authored with Robert Lynn Asprin, License Invoked, and a fourth in the Mythology series, Advanced Mythology.

Over the last fifteen years, Jody has taught in numerous writing workshops and participated on hundreds of panels covering the subjects of writing and being published at science-fiction conventions. She has also spoken in schools and libraries around the north and northwest suburbs.

When not occupied in petting cats or writing fiction, Jody reads, travels, does calligraphy, bakes, or gardens.


Doona (with Anne McCaffrey)
2. Crisis on Doona (1992)
3. Treaty Planet (1994)
     aka Treaty at Doona
Doona (omnibus) (2004)

Wolfe Pack
1. Strong-Arm Tactics (2005)
Griffen McCandles (with Robert Asprin)
3. Dragons Deal (2010)
4. Dragons Run (2013)
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Non fiction series
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Jody Lynn Nye
Short stories
If the King Like Not the Comedy (1993)
The Party of the First Part (1994)
Psychic Bats 1000 for Accuracy! (1994)
Theme Music Man (1994)
The Growling (1995)
Muchness (1995)
Sword Practice (1995)
The Bridge Over the River Styx (1996)
Calling Them Home (1996)
Souvenirs and Photographs (1996)
What's the Magic Word? (1996)
What? And Give Up Show Business? (1996)
The Billion-Year Boys' Club (1997)
Bird Bones (1997)
Take Me to Your Leader (1997)
Don't Break the Chain! (1999)
Eagle's Eyes (1999)
Spinning a Yarn (1999)
Conscript (2000)
The Piper (2000)

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