Kelley Armstrong

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Kelley Armstrong
Kelley Armstrong.jpg
Born Kelley L. Armstrong
(1968-12-14) 14 December 1968 (age 45)
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Pen name Kelley Armstrong
Occupation Novelist
Language English language
Nationality Canadian
Period 1999–present
Genres Fantasy, horror, crime, romance
Children 3

www.kelleyarmstrong.com

Kelley Armstrong (born 14 December 1968)[1] is a Canadian writer, primarily of fantasy novels since 2001.

She has published nineteen fantasy novels to date in her Women of the Otherworld series and the Darkest Powers series. She has also written three crime novels. Armstrong has confirmed contracts with her American, British and Canadian publishers for novels three through six of the Darkest Powers series. She has also written several serial novellas and short stories for the Otherworld series, some of which are available free from her website.[2]

Biography[edit]

Kelley Armstrong was born on 14 December 1968, the oldest of four siblings in a "typical middle class family" in Sudbury, Ontario.[1]

After graduating with a degree in psychology from The University of Western Ontario, Armstrong then switched to studying computer programming at Fanshawe College so she would have time to write.

Her first novel Bitten was sold in 1999, and it was released in 2001. Following her first success she has written a total of 12 novels and a number of novellas in the world of the Women of the Otherworld series, and her first crime novel, Exit Strategy, was released July 2007. Armstrong has been a full-time writer and parent since 2002.[1]

Her novel No Humans Involved was a New York Times bestseller in the hardback fiction category on 20 May 2007.[3] Also, her YA novel The Awakening was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller in the Children's Chapter books category on 17 May 2009.[4]

Description of Work[edit]

Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series is part of a recently popular contemporary fantasy subgenre of the fantasy genre that superimposes supernatural characters upon a backdrop of contemporary North American life, with strong romantic elements. Within that subgenre, she is notable for including many types of supernatural characters, including witches, sorcerers, werewolves, necromancers, ghosts, shamans, demons and vampires, rather than limiting herself primarily to a single type of supernatural creature. Most of her works have a mystery genre plot, with leading characters investigating some novel situation or unsolved question.

In the Otherworld novels to date, most supernatural powers are either hereditary, or arise from the act of an existing supernatural of the same type. The Otherworld, while it has overarching conflicts and plotlines that span multiple novels is, thus far, not an epic battle between good and evil. The novels are largely episodic with the continuing plotlines primarily involving the developing lives of the main characters.

Her contemporary fantasy writings share genre similarities with writers Charlaine Harris, Laurell K Hamilton and Kim Harrison.

Kelley Armstrong signing autographs for a fan at a book signing.

Bibliography[edit]

The Women of the Otherworld series[edit]

  1. Bitten (2001)
  2. Stolen (2002)
  3. Dime Store Magic (2004)
  4. Industrial Magic (2004)
  5. Haunted (2005)
  6. Broken (2006)
  7. No Humans Involved (2007)
  8. Personal Demon (2008)
  9. Living with the Dead (2008)
  10. Frostbitten (2009)
  11. Waking the Witch (2010)
  12. Spell Bound (2011)
  13. Thirteen (novel, released on 24 July 2012)

Thirteen will be the 13th and final book in the Women of the Otherworld series as planned by the author. She will launch a new adult series in 2013.

  • Witch Magic (SFBC Omnibus Edition), released in 2004 in the UK, was a republication of Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic in one volume.

Complete Works in this Universe[edit]

Below is a chronological complete list of online work, short stories, novellas and contributions to anthologies, along with novels. Works that are part of a series are arranged in chronological order within that series[5]

Note: the bold titles denote works which have been published in print.
  • "Rebirth", narrator Aaron (short story, released 2005, published in Tales Of The Otherworld April 2010)
  • "Infusion", narrator Malcolm Danvers (short story, released 2005; published in Men of the Otherworld in Jan 2009)
  • "Savage", narrator Clayton Danvers (novella, released 2003; published in Men of the Otherworld in Jan 2009)
  • "Ascension", narrator Clayton Danvers (novella, released 2003; published in Men of the Otherworld in Jan 2009)
  • "Demonology", narrator Talia Lyndsay (short story, released 2005)
  • "Bewitched", narrator Eve Levine (short story, published in Tales Of The Otherworld April 2010)
  • "Birthright", narrator Logan Jonsen (short story, released 2005, published in Tales Of The Otherworld April 2010)
  • "Beginnings", narrators Clayton Danvers and Elena Michaels (novella, released 2004, published in Tales Of The Otherworld April 2010)
  • "'Becoming'", graphic novella about Elena Michaels (novella, 2007)
  • "The Case of the Half-Demon Spy", (short story, released 2005)
  • "Expectations", narrator Lucas Cortez (short story, released 2005, published in Tales Of The Otherworld April 2010)
  • "Truth and Consequences", narrator Elena Michaels (short story, first published February 1996 in Lost Worlds magazine and later re-released online)
  • "Territorial", narrator Karl Marsten (short story, released 2005)
  1. Bitten, narrator Elena Michaels (novel, published 2001)
    • "Ghosts", narrator Jeremy Danvers (short story, released 2005, published in Tales Of The Otherworld April 2010)
    • "Escape", narrator Eve Levine (short story, released 2005)
  2. Stolen, narrator Elena Michaels (novel, published 2002)
  3. Dime Store Magic, narrator Paige Winterbourne (novel, published 2004)
  4. Industrial Magic, narrator Paige Winterbourne (novel, published 2004)
    • "Wedding Bell Hell", narrator Paige Winterbourne (short story, released 2005, published in Tales Of the Otherworld April 2010)
  5. Haunted, narrator Eve Levine (novel, published 2005)
    • "Adventurer", narrator Kenneth Okalik (short story, published 2005)
    • "Chaotic", narrator Hope Adams (novella, published 2006 in Dates from Hell anthology)
    • "The Case of El Chupacabra", narrator Lucas Cortez (novella, released 2006, published in Tales Of The Otherworld April 2010)
    • "Bargain", narrator Xavier (short story, released 2005)
  6. Broken, narrator Elena Michaels (novel, published 2006)
  7. No Humans Involved, narrator Jaime Vegas (novel, published 2007)
    • "Framed", narrator Nick Sorrentino (novella, released 2007)
    • "Twilight," narrator Cassandra DuCharme (published 2007 in Many Bloody Returns)
    • "Stalked," narrator Clayton Danvers (published 2007 in My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon)
  8. Personal Demon, narrators Hope Adams and Lucas Cortez (novel, published 2008)
    • "Chivalrous" in Subterranean's TALES OF DARK FANTASY 2 Anthology (Narrator: Reese) (Published 30 April 2011)
    • "The Ungrateful Dead," narrator Jamie Vegas (published 2009 in Blood Lite)
  9. Living with the Dead, third person narration, primary viewpoints Hope Adams and Robyn Peltier (novel, published 2008)
    • "Kitsunegari," narrator Jeremy Danvers (novella, published 2009 in Men of the Otherworld)
    • "Zen and the Art of Vampirism," narrator Zoe Takano (novella, published 2008 in A Fantasy Medley)
    • "Paranormal Romance Blues," other narrator (short story published 2009 in The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance)
    • "Angelic", narrator Eve Levine (novella, published December 2009 in a limited run by Subterranean Press)
    • "Learning Curve," narrator Zoe Takano (short story, published 2010 in Evolve)
    • "Checkmate", narrator Elena Michaels (short story, released 2009)
    • "Recruit", narrator Elena Michaels (short story, released 2009)
  10. Frostbitten, narrator Elena Michaels (novel, published 2009)
    • "Life Sentence," Other narrator (February 2010 in The New Dead)
    • "“Young Bloods" in THE BITTEN WORD (Narrator: Non–Series Character) (26 March 2010)
    • ""The List" in EVOLVE 2: VAMPIRE STORIES OF THE FUTURE UNDEAD Anthology (Narrator: Zoe Takano) (15 August 2011)
    • "Counterfeit Magic," narrator Paige Winterbourne(novella, released 2010 in a limited run by Subterranean Press)
    • "Lucifer’s Daughter," narrator Hope Adams (published October 2010 in Blood Lite 2: Overbite)
  11. Waking the Witch, narrator Savannah Levine (novel, published July 2010)
    • Hidden, narrator Elena Michaels (novella, to be release late 2011)
  12. Spell Bound, narrator Savannah Levine (novel, published July 2011)
    • "V Plates," narrator Nick Sorrentino (published May 2012 in Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste)
  13. Thirteen, narrator Savannah Levine (novel, published July 2012)

The Nadia Stafford series[edit]

  1. Exit Strategy (novel, published July 2007)[6]
  2. Made to be Broken (novel, published February 2009)
  3. Wild Justice (novel, to be published in late 2013)[7]

The Darkest Powers series[edit]

The Darkest Powers trilogy[edit]

  1. The Summoning (novel, published July 2008)
  2. The Awakening (novel, published April 2009)
  3. The Reckoning (novel, published April 2010)
  • Also contains the short stories Dangerous, and Divided with Derek as the narrator, which are available online.
  • A short story called Disenchanted is narrarated by Tori and a very small portion in Simon's view.

The Darkness Rising trilogy[edit]

  1. The Gathering (novel, published 12 April 2011)
  2. The Calling (novel, published 10 April 2012)
  3. The Rising (novel, published 2 April 2013)

Cainsville series[edit]

  1. Omens (novel, published 20 August 2013[8])

Other short stories[edit]

References[edit]

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