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In the early 1980s, she worked for Warp Graphics as an art assistant on Elfquest, providing inking assistance on the black and white comics and coloring on Books 2 and 3 of the original graphic novel reprints. Reprint editions omitted her name from the art credits, and later graphic novel editions used different coloring.
She adapted portions of C. J. Cherryh's Gate of Ivrel, the first novel in Cherryh's Morgaine series. Gate of Ivrel: No. 1 (1985) was a self-published black and white comic that lasted one issue. Fancher expanded the material in color intending a series of graphic novels: Gate of Ivrel: Claiming Rites (1986) and Gate of Ivrel: Fever Dreams (1987). The adaptations were done in collaboration with C. J. Cherryh. She did not complete the series, but the experience led to Fancher becoming a prose author herself, as well as frequent professional collaboration and marriage with Cherryh.
Fancher's books include the "Groundties" series, as well as the "Dance of the Rings" trilogy: Ring of Lightning (1995); Ring of Intrigue (1997), and Ring of Destiny (1999).
Fancher was born in Renton, Washington on October 24, 1952.
Fancher currently lives in Spokane, Washington with her 'spousal unit', science fiction writer C. J. Cherryh (Carolyn Janice Cherry), after living with her for years in a domestic partnership. The couple were married on May 17, 2014.
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Illustrated adaptations with C J Cherryh
Gate of Ivrel: Fever Dreams (April 1989)
Gate of Ivrel: Claiming Rites (April 1989)
Elfquest Book 2 by Wendy and Richard Pini (June 1982) 0898652464
As J.S. Fancher
GroundTies (October 1991)
Uplink (March 1992)
Harmonies of the 'Net (October 1992)
As Jane S. Fancher
Dance of The Rings series
Ring of Lightning (June 1995)
Ring of Intrigue (January 1997)
Ring of Destiny (December 1999)
As J. Fancher
Blood Red Moon: Nights of the Blood Red Moon Vol 1 (April 2011)
Rings of Change: Allizant
Nights of the Blood Red Moon Flux: A BRM Short Story A Tale from the Alexander Years (2011)
'Netwalkers: Part I Partners
'Netwalkers: Part II Of Mentors and Mimetrons 'Netwalkers: Omnibus (prequel to GroundTies), containing Partners and Of Mentors and Mimetrons
'Netwalkers: Book II Wild Cards
'Netwalkers: Book III NeXus