Deborah J. Ross

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Deborah J. Ross
BornApril 1947
NationalityUnited States
Known forFantasy and science fiction, collaboration with Marion Zimmer Bradley

Deborah Jean Ross (born April 1947), once Deborah Wheeler, is an American science fiction and fantasy author.


Ross was born in April 1947 and grew up in California. Ross attended Portland State University, graduating in 1973.[1]

Around this time, she became friends with Marion Zimmer Bradley. When Bradley was asked to edit the first Sword and Sorceress, Ross submitted a short story for the anthology, "Imperatrix" (1984). "Imperatrix" became her first published short story, under her married name of Deborah Wheeler. Deborah Wheeler continued to write for years, producing a number of short stories and two novels, Jaydium and Northlight, through DAW books.

Before Bradley's death in 1999, Ross was invited to work on a project with her set in Darkover.[2]


Novels as Deborah Wheeler[edit]

  • Jaydium (1993), DAW Books, ISBN 0-88677-556-6 (out of print)
  • Northlight (1995), DAW Books, ISBN 0-88677-639-2 (out of print)
  • Collaborators (2013), Dragon Moon Press, ISBN 9781897492635


Ross worked with Marion Zimmer Bradley on several books in the Darkover series.

The Seven-Petaled Shield[edit]

An original fantasy series, intended to be a trilogy

Darkover anthologies[edit]

The publication of the anthologies of Darkover restarted in 2013.[4]



  1. ^ Kirkland, Kathryn (2010-06-10). "Portland State Portland State Magazine: News: Fanfare: Spring 2010". Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  2. ^ Ross, Deborah J. "Deborah J. Ross's personal website". Deborah J. Ross. Archived from the original on 16 November 2016. Retrieved August 2007. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Deborah J. Ross's Darkover website Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ [1]

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