Juliet E. McKenna

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Juliet McKenna
Juliet E. McKenna at P-Con in Ireland (2011)
Juliet E. McKenna at P-Con in Ireland (2011)
Lincolnshire, England
Pen nameJuliet E. McKenna

Juliet E. McKenna (born 1965) is a British fantasy author with over fifteen epic fantasy novels.


McKenna was born in Lincolnshire in 1965, and studied Greek and Roman history and literature at St Hilda's College, Oxford.[1] After college McKenna had a career in personnel management before a changing to work in book-selling. She also fitted in becoming a mother around her writing.[2] McKenna is one of the British boom of fantasy writers.[3][4] As well as her various novel series McKenna writes articles and reviews for magazines.[5][6] She has worked as a judge for various awards such as the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2013, the 2011 James White Award and the World Fantasy Awards in 2018.[7][8][9][10] McKenna is also a contributing editor for the Irish anthology magazine Albedo One.[11] In 2013 McKenna was the chair of the British National Science Fiction Convention, EightSquaredCon.[12][13]

She was also one of the authors, along with others such as Sarah Ash and Mark Chadbourn, behind The Write Fantastic, which was an initiative by a group of fantasy authors to promote the fantasy genre, and to display the scope of current fantasy writing.[14][15][16] McKenna joined forces with a group of micro business owners to form EU VAT ACTION resolve the VAT issue caused by the EU VAT regulations which came into force on 1 January 2015. She spent considerable time working with businesses and experts in the UK and EU to create a way that small businesses online could work with the VAT regulations.[17][18][19][20]

She regularly attends fantasy conventions and hosted FantasyCon 2015's awards night, gives talks, and teaches creative writing courses.[21][22][23]

Critical reception[edit]

Financial Times reviewer James Lovegrove described McKenna's 2012 She-who-thinks-for-herself, as "a cunning, funny... feminist rewrite" of H. Rider Haggard's She: A History of Adventure.[24]




The Tales of Einarinn[edit]

  1. The Thief's Gamble (1999)
  2. The Swordsman's Oath (1999)
  3. The Gambler's Fortune (2000)
  4. The Warrior's Bond (2001)
  5. The Assassin's Edge (2002)

The Aldabreshin Compass[edit]

  1. Southern Fire (2003)
  2. Northern Storm (2004)
  3. Western Shore (2005)
  4. Eastern Tide (2006)

The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution[edit]

  1. Irons in the Fire (2009)
  2. Blood in the Water (2010)
  3. Banners in the Wind (2010)

The Hadrumal Crisis[edit]

  1. Dangerous Waters (2011)
  2. Darkening Skies (2012)
  3. Defiant Peaks (2012)

Standalone novels[edit]

  1. Shadow Histories of the River Kingdom (2016)
  2. The Green Man’s Heir (2018)

Other fiction[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  1. Losing Track of Time (2003) (a Big Finish Short Trips story)
  2. Urban Renewal (2006)
  3. Identify Theft (2006)
  4. Now You See Him, Now You Don’t (2006)
  5. The Wizard’s Coming (2007) (in The Solaris Book of New Fantasy)
  6. Walking Shadows (2008)
  7. Noble Deceit (2008)
  8. Is This My Last Testament? (2008)
  9. Patience: A Womanly Virtue (2009)
  10. Reflections (2010)
  11. Fear Itself (2010)
  12. The Grand Tour (2010)
  13. An Unforeseen Legacy (2010)
  14. The Wisdom of the Ages (2011) (in Voices From The Past)
  15. She-who-thinks-for-herself (2012) (in Resurrection Engines: 15 Extraordinary Tales of Scientific Romance)
  16. Remembrance (2010)
  17. An Unforeseen Legacy (2011)
  18. Game, Set and Match (2013)
  19. The Legend of the Eagle (2013)
  20. The Ties That Bind (2013)
  21. Do You Want to Believe in Magic? (2014)
  22. Coins, Fights and Stories Always (2015)
  23. Notes and Queries (2015)
  24. Truth, Lies and Consequences (2015)
  25. A Warning Shiver (2016)
  26. Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick (2016)
  27. The Sphere (2016)
  28. Through the Veils/Trace Elements (2016)
  29. A Constant Companion (2017)
  30. The Road to Hadrumal (2017)

Short fiction featuring characters from The Tales of Einarinn[edit]

  1. The Tormalin Necklace (2001)
  2. The Wedding Gift (2003) (illustrated)
  3. Turns and Chances (2004) (novella)
  4. Win Some, Lose Some (2005)
  5. A Spark in the Darkness (2006)
  6. A Few Further Tales of Einnarin (2012) (electronic publication collecting "The Wedding Gift", "Win Some, Lose Some", "A Spark in the Darkness", "Absent Friends", "Why the Pied Crow Always Sounds Disappointed" [which had originally been published as The Tormalin Necklace] and the illustrations from "The Wedding Gift")


  1. ^ "Write Fantastic biography". 30 May 2008. Archived from the original on 22 December 2005.
  2. ^ "Juliet E. McKenna". Solaris Books.
  3. ^ Andrew M. Butler (2003). "Thirteen Ways of Looking at the British Boom". Science Fiction Studies. 30 (3): 374–393. JSTOR 4241200.
  4. ^ Mark Bould (2002). "Bould on the Boom". Science Fiction Studies. 29 (2): 307–310. JSTOR 4241092.
  5. ^ Francesca T Barbini (2017). Gender Identity and Sexuality in Current Fantasy and Science Fiction. Luna Press Publishing. ISBN 978-1-911143-24-6.
  6. ^ Sophia McDougall (27 February 2014). "I don't want to be a rare successful female writer. I just want to be a successful writer". The New Statesman.
  7. ^ "James White Award History". James White Award. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  8. ^ "2018 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced". Locus Online. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  9. ^ Liz Williams (4 April 2013). "Why this feminist chose an all-male Clarke prize shortlist". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "I was once patient X". Albedo One. 2012.
  11. ^ "Albedo One Team". Albedo One. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  12. ^ "EightSquaredCon The 2013 Eastercon". 2013-02-04. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  13. ^ "JB Priestley to be 'ghost of honour' at Eastercon science fiction convention". The telegraph and argus. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Get write ideas from top authors CITY CENTRE". Birmingham Evening Mail. 9 August 2007. Archived from the original on 25 July 2018.
  15. ^ Juliet McKenna (18 April 2014). "The genre debate: Science fiction travels farther than literary fiction".
  16. ^ Alison Flood (21 February 2014). "Women's fantasy fiction: join the quest for a world unknown to bookstores". The Guardian.
  17. ^ Joe Stanley-Smith (15 April 2015). "EU to review B2C digital services rules".
  18. ^ "EU VAT Action".
  19. ^ Andrew Bounds, Enterprise Editor (4 December 2014). "Treasury listens to VAT fears of digital entrepreneurs". Financial Times.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  20. ^ Nalewajk, Jolanta (2016). "Influence of the recent changes in EU VAT regulations on the financial situation of British micro businesses providing digital services to end consumers". Degree Programme in International Business University of Finland. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Guest of Honour". Novacon46.
  22. ^ "A Life Fuelled By Fantasy". 15 March 2008. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008.
  23. ^ "Sci-fi fans descend on Glasgow for Satellite 4 convention". BBC. 18 April 2014.
  24. ^ Lovegrove, James (19 January 2013). "Resurrection Engines: 16 Extraordinary Tales of Scientific Romance". Financial Times. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  25. ^ David Barnett (26 October 2015). "Frances Hardinge's Cuckoo Song casts spell over British Fantasy awards". The Guardian.
  26. ^ "The British Fantasy Society Awards Winners". The British Fantasy Society.

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