Margaret Weis

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Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis - GenCon 2008.jpg
Margaret Weis (right) and Tracy Hickman at Gen Con Indy 2008
Born (1948-03-16) March 16, 1948 (age 66)
Independence, Missouri
Occupation Novelist
Nationality United States of America
Period 1984-Present
Genres Fantasy fiction/Science fiction
Spouse(s)
Children
  • David William Baldwin
  • Elizabeth Lynn Baldwin

www.margaretweis.com

Margaret Edith Weis (born March 16, 1948 in Independence, Missouri, United States) is a fantasy novelist who, along with Tracy Hickman, is one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world and has written numerous novels and short stories set in fantastic worlds.

Early life[edit]

Margaret Weis was born March 16, 1948 in Independence, Missouri, and later attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she graduated in 1970, with a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Creative Writing and Literature.[1] She discovered heroic fantasy fiction while in college, "I read Tolkien when it made its first big sweep in the colleges back in 1966. A girlfriend of mine gave me copy of the books while I was in summer school at MU. I literally couldn't put them down! I never found any other fantasy I liked, and just never read any fantasy after Tolkien."[2] She went to work for a small publishing company in Independence and became an editor there.[2] She worked as the Advertising Director for Herald Publishing House in Independence, Missouri from 1972 to 1983, and as the Division Director for Independence Press, the trade division of Herald Publishing House from 1981 to 1983.[1] In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Weis wrote children's books, including a biography of notorious frontier bandits Jesse and Frank James.[3] Weis wrote about subjects such as computer graphics, robots, the history of Thanksgiving, and an adventure book written at a 2nd-grade reading level (intended for prisoners), but eventually decided she needed a change.[3]

Soon she discovered what would become her real career: "I did see the beginnings of the D&D game — all of the little books — but was pretty much occupied by marriage, kids, and a career, and just didn't pursue it." Eventually, she saw an advertisement for an editorial position at TSR in Publishers Weekly and sent in her resume.[2]

Career[edit]

Dragonlance[edit]

TSR turned Weis down for the position of games editor, but they hired her as a book editor.[2] In 1983, Weis took a staff job in TSR's book department.[3] She was an editor in the book division of TSR Inc., from 1983 to 1986.[1] One of her first assignments was to help coordinate the new Dragonlance project.[2] Tracy Hickman had gotten Harold Johnson, Jeff Grubb, Carl Smith, and Larry Elmore in on the idea of Dragonlance before Weis and Douglas Niles joined them.[4]:16 Weis was assigned to edit "Project Overlord," as it was initially called, a novel intended to be coordinated with a trilogy of AD&D modules. Weis and her new partner, Tracy Hickman, worked to plot the novel; they had hired an author, who didn't work out, but by that time, Weis and Hickman were so into the project that they felt they had to write it.[3] Jean Black, the Managing Editor of TSR's Book Department, picked Hickman and Weis to write Dragons of Autumn Twilight and the rest of the Dragonlance Chronicles series.[4]:16 "We can write this book," Weis told Hickman in January 1983. "It's our story. Nobody knows it the way we do. Nobody else can tell it right."[2] "Project Overlord" grew into a trilogy of novels (Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Dawning, from 1984–85) and 15 linked modules, and it got a new name: Dragonlance.[3][5] Weis recalled having a wonderful time working on Dragonlance: "To my mind, what made the project so successful was that everyone was involved in it, excited about it, and believed in it."[3] Weis and Hickman also wrote the Dragonlance Legends trilogy, which was published in 1986.[4]:16 Hickman and Weis as a writing team produced several projects based on the popular Dragonlance saga, which included novels, short stories, art books, calendars in the product line.[2]

Post-TSR[edit]

Weis and Hickman later left TSR, and wrote the Darksword trilogy (1986–87) and the seven-book Deathgate Cycle (1988–94) for Bantam Books.[3] Weis also wrote the space opera Star of the Guardians novels, which she calls her favorite of her series.[3] Weis was diagnosed with breast cancer, and recovered in 1993.[3] She published a game based on Mag Force 7 from 1994–96, and married writer/game designer Don Perrin in 1996.[3] Weis returned to Dragonlance in 1995 with Dragons of Summer Flame, written with Hickman, and her next project was a solo novel called The Soulforge, based on her favorite character from the trilogy, the dark wizard Raistlin.[3] In 1998, she began working with Hickman on Sovereign Stone, a fantasy trilogy in a setting created by artist Larry Elmore, and published by Del Rey.[3] Wizards of the Coast published a new trilogy of Dragonlance novels by Weis and Hickman called War of Souls, beginning with Dragons of a Fallen Sun (2000).[4]:283

Most recently, she has completed the third novel in the Dragonvarld trilogy for Tor, Master of Dragons. Her third novel in the Dark Disciple series, Amber and Blood, was released to stores on May 6, 2008. She has finished work on the first novel in the Lost Chronicles series with co-author Hickman, entitled Dragons of the Dwarven Depths, which was released in July 2006.

Margaret Weis at the Lucca convention in October 2005.

In 1999 Pyramid magazine named Margaret Weis as one of The Millennium's Most Influential Persons "at least in the realm of adventure gaming."[6] The magazine stated that Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis are "basically responsible for the entire gaming fiction genre."[6] Weis was inducted into the Origins Hall of Fame in 2002, recognized in part for "one game line turned literary sensation: Dragonlance."[7]

In the late 1990s, Larry Elmore approached Weis and Hickman to pitch his fantasy world of Loerem, which they agreed to write about in the Sovereign Stone trilogy of books.[4]:351 Weis formed the company Sovereign Press with herself as CEO to publish the Sovereign Stone roleplaying game written by Don Perrin and Lester Smith.[4]:351 To support the setting, Weis and Perrin wrote a short story called "Shadamehr and the Old Wives Tale" which appeared in Dragon #264 (October, 1999).[4]:352 In 2002 Wizards of the Coast agreed to licence the Dragonlance setting to Sovereign Press for RPG publication; Weis and Perrin, along with Jamie Chambers and Christopher Coyle, wrote the Dragonlance Campaign Setting (2003) for publication by Wizards of the Coast, after which Sovereign Press was allowed to expand and supplement that book using the d20 licence.[4]:353 In 2004, Perrin left Sovereign Press and Weis founded the new company Margaret Weis Productions.[4]:353

In addition to her writing career, Margaret serves as the owner and chief officer of two publishing companies, including Sovereign Press, Inc., a game publisher based in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The company used to own the license to Larry Elmore's Sovereign Stone RPG world, hence the name of the company. It now produces the Dragonlance line of game products, licensed from Wizards of the Coast. Her newest company, Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd, publishes RPG line based on several licenses including Serenity and Battlestar Galactica as well as Ed Greenwood's new solo venture into roleplaying, Castlemourn.

Weis has served on the Board of Directors of Mag Force 7, Inc., the developer of the Star of the Guardians and Wing Commander Collectible Trading Card Game (CCGs).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Despite her fame as a fantasy author, she claims not to read fantasy books.[8]

On a personal level, Weis is a mother of two from her first marriage. She has also divorced her second husband, Canadian-born author Don Perrin.

Weis is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in 1993 and underwent successful chemotherapy. She kept herself busy writing The Seventh Gate during her treatment.[9]

Weis now lives in southern Wisconsin in a converted barn.

Bibliography[edit]

Dragonlance[edit]

Main article: Dragonlance

1 (co-author Tracy Hickman)
² (co-author Don Perrin)

Endless Quest[edit]

Main article: Endless Quest
  1. The Endless Catacombs (1984)

Darksword[edit]

Main article: Darksword

(co-author Tracy Hickman)

  1. Forging the Darksword (1987)
  2. Doom of the Darksword (1988)
  3. Triumph of the Darksword (1988)
  4. Legacy of the Darksword (1997)
  5. Darksword Adventures (1988)

Rose of the Prophet[edit]

Main article: Rose of the Prophet

(co-author Tracy Hickman)

  1. The Will of the Wanderer (1988)
  2. Paladin of the Night (1989)
  3. The Prophet of Akhran (1989)

Star of the Guardians[edit]

Main article: Star of the Guardians
  1. The Lost King (1990)
  2. King's Test (1991)
  3. King's Sacrifice (1991)
  4. Ghost Legion (1993)

The Death Gate Cycle[edit]

Main article: The Death Gate Cycle

(co-author Tracy Hickman)

  1. Dragon Wing (1990)
  2. Elven Star (1991)
  3. Fire Sea (1992)
  4. Serpent Mage (1993)
  5. The Hand of Chaos (1993)
  6. Into the Labyrinth (1994)
  7. The Seventh Gate (1995)

Mag Force 7[edit]

Main article: Mag Force 7

(co-author Don Perrin)

  1. The Knights of the Black Earth (1995)
  2. Robot Blues (1996)
  3. Hung Out (1997)

Starshield[edit]

Main article: Starshield

(co-author Tracy Hickman)

  1. Starshield: Sentinels (1996)
  2. Nightsword (1998)

Dragon's Disciple[edit]

(co-author David Baldwin, her son)

  1. Dark Heart (1998)

Sovereign Stone[edit]

Main article: Sovereign Stone

(co-author Tracy Hickman)

  1. Well of Darkness (2000)
  2. Guardians of the Lost (2001)
  3. Journey into the Void (2003)

Dragonvarld[edit]

Main article: Dragonvarld
  1. Mistress Of Dragons (2003)
  2. The Dragon's Son (2004)
  3. Master of Dragons (2005)

Angel Series[edit]

(co-author, Lizz Weis her daughter)

  1. Warrior Angel (2007)
  2. Fallen Angel (2008)

Dragonships of Vindras[edit]

Main article: Dragonships

(co-author Tracy Hickman)

  1. Bones of the Dragon (2009)
  2. Secret of the Dragon (March 16, 2010)
  3. Rage of the Dragon (April 24, 2012)

Dragon Brigade[edit]

(co-author Robert Krammes)

  1. Shadow Raiders (May 2011)
  2. Storm Riders (July 2013)[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Margaret Weis". Archived from the original on Feb 24, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Hickman, Tracy (April 1987). "TSR Profiles". Dragon (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR, Inc.) (#120): 90. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Varney, Allen (January 1998). "ProFiles: Margaret Weis". Dragon (Renton, Washington: Wizards of the Coast) (#243): 120. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  5. ^ Phillips, Casey (February 19, 2010). "QandA with Larry Elmore", Chattanooga Times Free Press. Distributed through McClatchy-Tribune News Service, February 19, 2010.
  6. ^ a b Haring, Scott D. (1999-12-24). "Second Sight: The Millennium's Best "Other" Game and The Millennium's Most Influential Person". Pyramid (online). Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  7. ^ "Origins Award Winners (2001) and Hall of Fame Inductees". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Archived from the original on February 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  8. ^ Margaret Weis (August 2003). Books I'm Reading. Archived from the original on 2005-11-19. Retrieved 2006-12-19. 
  9. ^ Margaret Weis; Hickman, Tracy (1999) [1999]. "An Interview with Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.". Realms of Dragons: The Universes of Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman (1st ed.). HarperPrism. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-06-105239-2. 
  10. ^ "Origins Award Winners (2000)". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Archived from the original on April 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  11. ^ "Dragons of the hourglass mage". WorldCat. OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 

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