Jane Johnson (writer)
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Jane Johnson (born 1960) is an English writer of books for adults and children and fiction book editor. As a writer she has used the pseudonyms Gabriel King, jointly with M. John Harrison, and Jude Fisher, as well as her real name.
From 1984 to 1992, she was the editor responsible for the J.R.R. Tolkien list at George Allen & Unwin Publishers and commissioned both John Howe and Alan Lee to illustrate Tolkien's work, including Lee's acclaimed illustrated Tolkien-centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings. The publishing house was later bought by HarperCollins, where she remains a Publishing Director working across the Voyager fantasy and science fiction list and crime/thrillers. Her authors there include George R.R. Martin, Raymond E. Feist, Robin Hobb, Dean Koontz, Stuart MacBride, Jonathan Freedland, Tom Knox as S.K. Tremayne, and Mark Lawrence.
Johnson traveled to North Africa in 2005 to investigate a family legend about the abduction of a family in 1625 from a Cornish church by Barbary pirates, and there met the man who was later that year to become her husband, a Berber tribesman. She now splits her time between the UK and a small town in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Her first adult mainstream novel was The Tenth Gift, based on the Barbary pirate story. This was followed by a desert epic, set in the Sahara among the Tuareg nomads, The Salt Road. The Sultan's Wife (2012) is set in the 17th-century court of Sultan Moulay Ismail and tells the story of two slaves, an African chieftain's son Nus-Nus and an Anglo-Dutch woman Alys. It also includes an account of the embassy sent from the Moroccan sultan to the court of King Charles II which is documented in John Evelyn's Diary. Her novels are translated and sold in more than 20 countries.[clarification needed]. Living part of the year in Morocco, Johnson has made good use of her acquired knowledge of Moroccan culture and history as a background for the novels. She has a 12th-century epic, Pillars of Light, coming out from Random House in January 2016.
Her magical fantasy novels for children include The Eidolon Chronicles (Legends of the Shadow World in a US omnibus edition): The Secret Country, The Shadow World and Dragon's Fire. Two single volume stories followed: Maskmaker in 2010 and Goldseekers in 2011. They have won and been shortlisted for a number of awards for children's literature.[which?]
Works as writer
As Jane Johnson
- The Eidolon Chronicles (Simon & Schuster); US omnibus edition, Legends of the Shadow World (2010)
- The Secret Country (2005)
- Shadow World (2006)
- Dragon's Fire (2008)
- Maskmaker (2010)
- Goldseekers (2011)
For adults, three novels set in Morocco:
- Crossed Bones (Viking Penguin UK, April 2008); US and paperback title The Tenth Gift
- The Salt Road (Viking, 2010)
- The Sultan's Wife (Viking, 2012) – based on the life of Ismail Ibn Sharif
As Jude Fisher
- Fools' Gold
- Sorcery Rising (Earthlight, 2002)
- Wild Magic (2004)
- Rose of the World (2005)
- Visual Companion books
- The Fellowship of the Ring: Visual Companion ("The Lord of the Rings" S., 2001)
- The Two Towers: Visual Companion (2002), with introduction by Viggo Mortensen
- The Return of the King: Visual Companion (2003)
- The Lord of the Rings: Complete Visual Companion (2004)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Visual Companion (2012)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Visual Companion (2013)
- The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies: Visual Companion (2014)
As Gabriel King
- Tag, the Cat
- The Wild Road (1997)
- The Golden Cat (1998)
- The Knot Garden (2000)
- Nonesuch (2002)
- "Jane Johnson - Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 2015-02-27. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
- "Jane Johnson: Author of the Month". Scholastic. Retrieved 20 March 2010.[page needed]
- Fisher, Jude (2005). The Rose of the World (1 ed.). New York: DAW. p. dust jacket. ISBN 0-7564-0187-9.
- "The Author: Jane Johnson". Janejohnsonbooks.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02.
- "Penguin Random House". Randomhouse.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02.
- Official website
- Interview by WritersNewsWeekly.com (archived)
- Jane Johnson at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Jane Johnson at Library of Congress Authorities, with catalogue records
- Jude Fisher at LC Authorities
- Gabriel King at LC Authorities, with 3 records (joint pseudonym with M. John Harrison)