Subterranean Press Special Guests

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Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie was born in Lancaster, England, on the last day of 1974. He was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, then moved to London and spent ten years working as a freelance TV editor, mostly on documentaries and live music, cutting concerts for bands from Iron Maiden to Coldplay.  For much of this time he was spending his late nights bent over the keyboard, working on his take on epic fantasy.  The Blade Itself was published in 2006, and now has publishers in more than 20 countries.  Its sequels, Before They are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings, followed in 2007 and 2008.  Best Served Cold, a standalone book set in the same world, was published in June 2009, and a second standalone, The Heroes, in January 2001, when it made no. 3 on the Sunday Times Bestseller list.

Joe now lives in Bath with his wife, Lou, and his daughters Grace and Eve.


Peter V. Brett

The first non-school book without pictures Peat ever read was The Hobbit. Around the same time, his older brother left a copy of X-men #162 lying around. These two seemingly random events would shape the course of his life to come.

After some years of failed attempts to become a comic book artist, Peat began writing in earnest in high school, finishing his first novel, AN UNLIKELY CHAMPION, in 1990. (Not so very) tragically, the manuscripts for that awful, awful, book are lost.

He went on to the University at Buffalo, where he studied Dungeons & Dragons, fencing, and girls. Somehow, he also managed to earn a (totally useful!) Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Art History in 1995.

Following college, Peat spent approximately 8 months managing a comic shop and pondering what to do with his life. He then went into medical publishing, squandering ten years of his physical prime sitting in a cubicle. He contented himself with writing books he never hoped to sell.

In June of 2007, his hard work and perseverance paid off, as he sold his 4th novel, The Painted Man, along with two sequels, to Del Rey Books. Several international sales for the book followed, and in October of 2007, he left his day job to pursue writing full time.

Peat lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Dani, their new daughter Cassandra, and their evil cat, Jinx.


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Brent Weeks

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana.  After getting his paper keys from Hillsdale College, Brent had brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung Fu, tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. He doesn’t own cats or wear a ponytail.


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Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb is a fantasy novelist best known for her stories set in the Realm of the Elderlings. Fitz and the Fool, characters whose tales span nine books or three trilogies are perpetual reader favorites. Their story began in The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, Assassin’s Quest). The Liveship Traders Trilogy (Ship of Magic, Mad Ship, and Ship of Destiny) continue the chronicle of that world, followed by The Tawny Man Trilogy (Fool’s Errand, Golden Fool, and Fool’s Fate.)

Robin’s most current work is The Inheritance, a story collection that also contains work by Megan Lindholm, Robin’s other pseudonym.

The Rain Wild Chronicles are also set in the Realm of the Elderlings and feature some of the characters from the Liveship Traders Trilogy. Those tales being with Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven. A third volume will be published in 2012.

Robin Hobb currently lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband Fred. She cherishes her fond memories of growing up in Alaska. Her experiences there have definitely flavored many of her book settings. She has four grown offspring who also live in Tacoma, and three rambunctious grand-children.