Kelley Armstrong

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Kelley Armstrong
Kelley Armstrong.jpg
Born Kelley L. Armstrong
(1968-12-14) 14 December 1968 (age 46)
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Pen name Kelley Armstrong
Occupation Novelist
Language English language
Nationality Canadian
Period 1999–present
Genre Fantasy, horror, crime, romance
Children 3
Website
www.kelleyarmstrong.com

Kelley Armstrong (born 14 December 1968)[1] is a Canadian writer, primarily of fantasy novels since 2001.

She has published twenty-one fantasy novels, thirteen to date in her Women of the Otherworld series, two in her Cainsville series, six in her Darkest Powers series and one in the Age of Legends series. She has also published three middle-grade fantasy novels in the Blackwell Pages Trilogy, with co-author Melissa Marr. As well, she is the author of three crime novels, the Nadia Stafford trilogy. She has also written several serial novellas and short stories for the Otherworld series, some of which are available free from her website.[2]

Biography[edit]

Kelley Armstrong was born on 14 December 1968, the oldest of four siblings in a "typical middle-class family" in Sudbury, Ontario.[1]

After graduating with a degree in psychology from The University of Western Ontario, Armstrong then switched to studying computer programming at Fanshawe College so she would have time to write.

Her first novel Bitten was sold in 1999, and it was released in 2001. Following her first success she has written a total of 13 novels and a number of novellas in the world of the Women of the Otherworld series, and her first crime novel, Exit Strategy, was released July 2007. Armstrong has been a full-time writer and parent since 2002.[1]

Her novel No Humans Involved was a New York Times bestseller in the hardback fiction category on 20 May 2007.[3] Also, her YA novel The Awakening was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller in the Children's Chapter books category on 17 May 2009.[4]

Description of work[edit]

Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series is part of a recently popular contemporary fantasy subgenre of the fantasy genre that superimposes supernatural characters upon a backdrop of contemporary North American life, with strong romantic elements. Within that subgenre, she is notable for including many types of supernatural characters, including witches, sorcerers, werewolves, necromancers, ghosts, shamans, demons and vampires, rather than limiting herself primarily to a single type of supernatural creature. Most of her works have a mystery genre plot, with leading characters investigating some novel situation or unsolved question.

In the Otherworld novels, most supernatural powers are either hereditary, or arise from the act of an existing supernatural of the same type. The Otherworld, while it has overarching conflicts and plotlines that span multiple novels is, thus far, not an epic battle between good and evil. The novels are largely episodic with the continuing plotlines primarily involving the developing lives of the main characters.

Her contemporary fantasy writings share genre similarities with writers Charlaine Harris, Laurell K Hamilton and Kim Harrison.

Kelley Armstrong signing autographs for a fan at a book signing.

Bibliography[edit]

The Women of the Otherworld series[edit]

  1. Bitten (2001)
  2. Stolen (2002)
  3. Dime Store Magic (2004)
  4. Industrial Magic (2004)
  5. Haunted (2005)
  6. Broken (2006)
  7. No Humans Involved (2007)
  8. Personal Demon (2008)
  9. Living with the Dead (2008)
  10. Frostbitten (2009)
  11. Waking the Witch (2010)
  12. Spell Bound (2011)
  13. Thirteen (2012; final novel)
  • Witch Magic (SFBC Omnibus Edition), released in 2004 in the UK, was a republication of Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic in one volume.

Complete Works in this Universe[edit]

Below is a complete, in-universe chronological list of novels, online work, short stories, novellas and contributions to anthologies, based on the timeline given on Kelley Armstrong's official website.[5]

Stories in the "Online release" column may be found on one of two pages on her website. If marked as "Short story", they are on her "Free Online Fiction"[6] page. If marked otherwise, they are in the "Otherworld Stories" section of her "Books" page.[7]

Number (novels only) Title Online release Collected in Narrator(s)
Rebirth Tales of the Otherworld Aaron
Infusion Men of the Otherworld Malcolm
Savage Men of the Otherworld Clay
Ascension Men of the Otherworld Clay
Bewitched Tales of the Otherworld Eve
Demonology Otherworld Nights Talia
Birthright Tales of the Otherworld Logan
Beginnings Tales of the Otherworld Clay & Elena
Becoming Graphic novella Elena
The Case of the Half-Demon Spy Spellcasters (omnibus; exclusive to Canada) Adam
Expectations Tales of the Otherworld Lucas
Truth and Consequences Short story Elena
Territorial Short story Karl
01 Bitten Novel Elena
Ghosts Tales of the Otherworld Jeremy
Escape Short story Eve
02 Stolen Novel Elena
03 Dime Store Magic Novel Paige
04 Industrial Magic Novel Paige
Wedding Bell Hell Tales of the Otherworld Paige
05 Haunted Novel Eve
Adventurer Short story Kenneth
Chaotic Novella Hope
Bargain Short story Xavier
06 Broken Novel Elena
The Case of El Chupacabra Tales of the Otherworld Lucas
07 No Humans Involved Novel Jaime
Framed Short story Nick
Twilight Otherworld Nights Cassandra
Stalked Otherworld Nights Clay
08 Personal Demon Novel Hope & Lucas
Chivalrous Otherworld Nights Reese
The Ungrateful Dead Otherworld Secrets Jaime
09 Living with the Dead Novel Multiple; 3rd person
Kitsunegari Men of the Otherworld Jeremy
Zen and the Art of Vampirism Otherworld Secrets Zoe
Angelic Otherworld Secrets Eve
Learning Curve Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong Zoe
Lucifer’s Daughter Otherworld Nights Hope
Checkmate Short story Elena
Recruit Short story Elena
10 Frostbitten Novel Elena
The List Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong Zoe
Hidden Otherworld Nights Elena
Forbidden Otherworld Secrets Elena
Counterfeit Magic Otherworld Secrets Paige
Off-Duty Angel The Hunter and the Hunted (collection) Eve
V Plates Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong Nick
Amityville Horrible Novella Jaime
11 Waking the Witch Novel Savannah
12 Spell Bound Novel Savannah
13 Thirteen Novel Savannah
From Russia with Love Otherworld Nights Elena
Vanishing Act Otherworld Nights Savannah
Brazen Novella Nick
Bounty Hunt Graphic novella Reese
Forsaken Novella Elena
Life After Theft Otherworld Secrets Hope
The Puppy Plan Gifted (collection) Logan

In addition, the following seven stories exist, but their position in the timeline has not been identified:

Title Collected in Narrator(s)
Driven (to be released January 2016) Online Novella
Bamboozled Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong Non-series character
Branded Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong Non-series character
Life Sentence Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong Non-series character
Young Bloods Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong Non-series character
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word Expiration Date Zoe
Paranormal Romance Blues Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance Non-series character

The Nadia Stafford series[edit]

  1. Exit Strategy (novel, published July 2007)[8]
  2. Made to be Broken (novel, published February 2009)
  3. Wild Justice (novel, published late 2013)[9]

The Darkest Powers series[edit]

Main article: Darkest Powers

The Darkest Powers trilogy[edit]

  1. The Summoning (novel, published July 2008)
  2. The Awakening (novel, published April 2009)
  3. The Reckoning (novel, published April 2010)
  • Also contains the short stories Dangerous, and Divided with Derek as the narrator, which are available online.
  • A short story called Disenchanted is narrated by Tori and a very small portion in Simon's view.

The Darkness Rising trilogy[edit]

  1. The Gathering (novel, published 12 April 2011)
  2. The Calling (novel, published 10 April 2012)
  3. The Rising (novel, published 2 April 2013)

Cainsville series[edit]

  1. Omens (novel, published 20 August 2013)[10]
  2. Visions (novel, published 19 August 2014)[11]
  3. Deceptions (novel, to be published August 2015)[12]

The Age of Legends series[edit]

  1. Sea of Shadows (novel, published 2014)
  2. Empire of Night (novel, published 2015)
  3. Forest of Ruin (novel, to be published 2016)

The Blackwell Pages Trilogy[edit]

  1. Loki's Wolves (as K. L. Armstrong, with Melissa Marr) (2013)
  2. Odin's Ravens (as K. L. Armstrong, with Melissa Marr) (May 2014)
  3. Thor's Serpent (as K. L. Armstrong, with Melissa Marr) (May 2015)

Other short stories[edit]

Kelley Armstrong Collections[edit]

  1. Men of the Otherworld (2010)
  2. Tales of the Otherworld (2012)
  3. Otherworld Nights (2014)
  4. Darkest Powers Tales (2015)
  5. Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong (multi-series collection, September 2015)
  6. Otherworld Secrets (January 2016)

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