Sharon Shinn has been writing since she was eight years old, though she didn't publish her
first book for another thirty years. Since that time, she has published 18 novels, including
the Twelve Houses books, the Samaria series of angel books, and four young adult novels.
Another book in the Twelve Houses series will be published in November 2008, and she has
sold another young adult book that will come out in 2009.
Sharon won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer for her first
book, and two of her novels have been named to the ALA's lists of Best Books for Young
Adults. She's currently working on a collection of four novellas set in the worlds she
created in Archangel, Heart of Gold, Summers at Castle Auburn, and Mystic and Rider.
In addition to writing fiction, Sharon has been an editor on a variety of trade magazines
for more than 20 years. In her rare free time, she reads across all genres, cheers on the
St. Louis Cardinals, haunts the cineplex, and practices her Sudoku skills.
Sharon earned a journalism degree from Northwestern and spent another four years in the
Chicago area (Evanston and Mount Prospect), holding down her first real job. She now lives
in St. Louis. She still misses Chicago, but when she remembers how cold it is there,
she's not tempted to move back.