Harrison during the Q & A at book signing event for A Perfect Blood, Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Pen name||Kim Harrison|
|Period||2002 to present|
Kim Harrison is a pen-name of American author Dawn Cook. Under the name of Harrison, she is best known for her Rachel Morgan urban fantasy series set in an alternate history where a worldwide pandemic caused by genetically modified tomatoes led to the death of a large portion of the world's human population. Under the name of Dawn Cook, she is best known for her Decoy Princess and Truth series, published in the first few years of the 21st century.
Kim Harrison was born and raised in the Midwest. A self-proclaimed "former tomboy," she grew up the only girl in a family of boys. She discovered her talent for writing at the age of 15, when she began writing down the stories that she conceived. Despite her love of writing, she took an unorthodox approach to writing, and claims to have avoided English courses beyond the basic requirements in high school and college.
At first, Harrison tried her hand at writing traditional science fiction, but began writing contemporary fantasy after deciding to focus more on character development. She spent the better part of a decade struggling as an aspiring author before meeting her current agent at a writing convention. He then introduced her to Diana Gill, who became Harrison's editor. Together, they produced Dead Witch Walking, and her first book was published in paperback by HarperTorch in 2004. Since then, she has written ten more books in the Hollows series, also called the Rachel Morgan series, (most with titles punning off Clint Eastwood movies) and contributed to multiple anthologies, with prequels to the Hollows books, and one with a young adult story.
After the success of her first novel, Harrison was able to resign from her day job, devoting herself to writing full time. Her favorite author is Ray Bradbury. She references music as one of her strongest writing influences, providing song lists for several of her characters. In her spare time, she communicates with fans via her self-maintained website. She currently splits her time living in South Carolina and Michigan.
Harrison is a member of the Romance Writers of America and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The first two Truth books were originally one book, which was split into two separate books for publishing. That the two are the same, and that Cook was Harrison, was disclosed in a May 2009 Locus magazine article.
"I'm glad it's out in the open, because it is hard to maintain these two separate identities, and remind your friends or family when you go out, 'I'm Kim today, so don't call me Dawn.' The division has served its purpose. I'm still going to be Kim, but now if somebody calls me Dawn I won't have to say 'Shut your mouth!'"
Bibliography as Kim Harrison
Rachel Morgan / The Hollows series
- Dead Witch Walking (April 2004, ISBN 0-06-057296-5)
- The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (January 2005, ISBN 0-06-057297-3)
- Every Which Way But Dead (June 28, 2005, ISBN 0-06-057299-X)
- A Fistful of Charms (June 27, 2006, ISBN 0-06-078819-4)
- For a Few Demons More (March 20, 2007, ISBN 0-06-078838-0)
- The Outlaw Demon Wails (Where Demons Dare in the UK) (February 26, 2008, ISBN 978-0-06-078870-4)
- White Witch, Black Curse (February 24, 2009, ISBN 978-0-06-113801-0)
- Black Magic Sanction (February 23, 2010, ISBN 0-06-113803-7)
- Pale Demon (February 22, 2011, ISBN 0-06-113806-1)
- A Perfect Blood (February 21, 2012, ISBN 0-06-195789-5)
- Ever After (Release Date January 22, 2013, ISBN 0-06-195791-7)
- The Undead Pool (TBD)
Thirteen novels are planned for the series.
- Blood Work: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel (July 12, 2011, ISBN 0-345-52101-3)—Illustrated by Pedro Maia and Gemma Magno.
- Blood Crime (October 30, 2012, ISBN 0-345-52102-1)—Illustrated by Gemma Magno.
- The Hollows Insider: New fiction, facts, maps, murders, and more in the world of Rachel Morgan (October 25, 2011, ISBN 0-06-197433-1)
- Dead Witch Walking (July 2007, ISBN 978-1-4001-0471-0)—Tantor Media, Read By Marguerite Gavin
- The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (November 2007, ISBN 978-1-4001-0472-7)—Tantor Media, Read By Marguerite Gavin
- Every Which Way But Dead (January 2008, ISBN 978-1-4001-0473-4)—Tantor Media, Read By Marguerite Gavin
- A Fistful of Charms (January 2008, ISBN 978-1-4001-0474-1)—Tantor Media, Read By Marguerite Gavin
- For a Few Demons More (May 2007, ISBN 978-1-4001-0453-6)—Tantor Media, Read By Marguerite Gavin
- The Outlaw Demon Wails (February 2008, ISBN 978-0-06-145298-7)—HarperAudio, Read By Gigi Bermingham
- White Witch, Black Curse (February 2009, ISBN 978-0-06-171469-6)—HarperAudio, Read By Marguerite Gavin
- Black Magic Sanction (February 2010, ISBN 978-0-06-197747-3)—HarperAudio, Read By Marguerite Gavin
- Pale Demon (February 2011, ISBN 978-0-06-113806-5)—HarperAudio, Read By Marguerite Gavin
- A Perfect Blood (February 2012, ISBN 978-0-06-211580-5)—HarperAudio, Read By Marguerite Gavin
- Ever After (Release Date 22 January 2013, ISBN 978-1-47-083873-7)—HarperAudio, Read By Marguerite Gavin
- This Witch For Hire (February 2006, ISBN 0-7394-6380-2)—Science Fiction Book Club Omnibus Edition, includes Dead Witch Walking and The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
- Dead Witches Tell No Tales (July 2006, ISBN 0-7394-7083-3)—Science Fiction Book Club Omnibus Edition, includes Every Which Way But Dead and A Fistful of Charms
- Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond (October 9, 2012, ISBN 0-06-197432-3)—Includes all previous Rachel Morgan series short stories, a new related short story from Trent's perspective, and two new short stories unrelated to the series.
Novellas and short stories
- Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil
- A novella prequel centered on the character Ivy Tamwood, in Dates from Hell (April 1, 2006, ISBN 0-06-085409-X)—anthology with Kelley Armstrong, Lynsay Sands, and Lori Handeland.
- Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel
- A novella prequel centered on the character Rachel Morgan in Holidays Are Hell (October 30, 2007, ISBN 978-0-06-123909-0)—anthology with Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu, and Vicki Pettersson.
- "Dirty Magic"
- A short story centered around the banshee Mia in the anthology Hotter Than Hell. (June 24, 2008, ISBN 978-0-06-116129-2)—anthology with Lilith Saintcrow, Tanya Huff and others
- "The Bridges of Eden Park"
- A short story included in the paperback edition of For a Few Demons More.
- "The Bespelled"
- A short story about Ceri and Algaliarept, included in the paperback edition of The Outlaw Demon Wails.
- "Ley Line Drifter"
- A short story focused on Hallows characters Jenks and Bis working together to solve a case in Unbound (August 25, 2009, ISBN 0-06-169993-4)—anthology with Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, and Jocelynn Drake.
Madison Avery trilogy
- Once Dead, Twice Shy (May 26, 2009, ISBN 978-0-06-171816-8)
- Early to Death, Early to Rise (May 25, 2010, ISBN 978-0-06-171817-5)
- Something Deadly This Way Comes (May 24, 2011, ISBN 978-0-06-171819-9)
Novellas and short stories
Bibliography as Dawn Cook
- First Truth, May 28, 2002, Ace Books, ISBN 0-441-00945-X
- Hidden Truth, November 26, 2002, Ace Books, ISBN 0-441-01003-2
- Forgotten Truth, November 25, 2003, Ace Books, ISBN 0-441-01117-9
- Lost Truth, November 30, 2004, Ace Books, ISBN 0-441-01228-0
Decoy Princess series
- The Decoy Princess, November 29, 2005, Ace Books, ISBN 0-441-01355-4
- Princess at Sea, July 25, 2006, Ace Books, ISBN 0-441-01424-0
With Friends Like These
- A story about a vampire and his roommate, in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2 (September 22, 2009, ISBN 978-0-7624-3796-2)—anthology with Jordan Summers, Deborah Cooke, Karen MacInerney, Caitlin Kittredge, Dina James, Camille Bacon-Smith, Rosemary Laurey, Patti O'Shea, Angie Fox, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Jamie Leigh Hansen, Carole Nelson Douglas, Diane Whiteside, Jaye Wells, Stacia Kane, Jennifer Ashley, Justine Musk, Jennifer St. Giles, Nancy Holder, Larissa Ione, Jeanne C. Stein, Tiffany Trent, Ann Aguirre, and Devon Monk.
- Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com.ezproxy.hclib.org/servlet/BioRC
- "FAQs". Kim Harrison's website. May 27, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2009. "I've always liked the characters that Clint Eastwood has played, especially the westerns where the guy comes in off the plain, able to solve the town's problems with a bully, but not all that eager to, but after some persuasion, he does. Not only does he take care of business, but he does it in a just, not necessarily legal way. I sort of see Rachel like that, if Clint had a pixy instead of a gun, and a convertible instead of a horse."[dead link]
- "Kim's Bio". Kim Harrison's website. June 10, 2007. Retrieved May 31, 2009.[dead link]
- Farrell, Shaun (June 15, 2005). "Shaun Farrell interviews Kim Harrison". Shaun's Quadrant. Retrieved May 31, 2009.
- McCune, Alisa (March 2005). "A Conversation With Kim Harrison". SF Site. Retrieved May 31, 2009.
- "The Music". Kim Harrison's website. May 31, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2009.[dead link]
- "Kim Harrison". Kim Harrison's website. April 11, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- Dark Star (July 19, 2008). "Dawn Cook Interview (english)". fantasy-news.com. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
- "Kim Harrison: Secret Identity". Locus. May 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2009.
- "The Books, , Revised: 01/09/2013. Retrieved on 13 January 2013.
- "And the Next Hollows Book Will Be Called". Kim Harrison's blog. May 21, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
- "Bakers Dozen". Kim Harrison's blog. April 2, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
- Kim Harrison official page
- Kim Harrison at Harper Collins
- Kim Harrison at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database