Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey had always written from her early teens, and developed this hobby by writing fan-fiction for various amateur magazines. In the 1980's she took a job programming computers for a major airline and as a consequence moved to Oklahoma, where she continued to write. At this time she met both Marion Zimmer Bradley (author of The Mists of Avalon, and .C J Cherryh, both of whom helped mentor her from the ranks of the amateur into those of the professional writers.

In 1985 her first book was published. Since then, she has 126 books in print, with five being published in 2003 alone, and some of her foreign editions can be found in Russian, German, Czech, Polish, French, Italian, Turkish, and Japanese. She is the author, alone or in collaboration, of the Heralds of Valdemar, Elemental Masters, Secret World Chronicles, 500 Kingdoms, Diana Tregarde, Heirs of Alexandria, Obsidian Mountain, Dragon Jouster, Bedlam Bards, Shadow Grail, Hunter, and other series and standalone books.

A nightowl by nature, she is generally found at the keyboard between 10 PM and 6 AM.