Kristen Britain

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Kristen Britain is an American author. She wrote Green Rider (which was nominated for the Crawford Award),[1] First Rider's Call, The High King's Tomb, Blackveil (which was nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award),[2] and Mirror Sight. The sixth book in the Green Rider series, "Firebrand," was released February 28, 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Britain grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, where she started her first novel — an undersea fantasy featuring herself and her friends — at the age of nine. She published her first book, a cartoon collection called Horses and Horsepeople, at the age of thirteen.[3]

After completing her degree in film production, with a minor in writing,[4] at Ithaca College in 1987, she went to work for the National Park Service in 1988[4] after a conversation with a park ranger during a visit to Women's Rights National Historical Park.


Her first ranger job was a seasonal position at Clara Barton National Historic Site in Maryland.[5] At the time of the publication of her first novel, Green Rider, she was working full-time as a park ranger at Acadia National Park, and she drew much of the inspiration for the landscape of Sacoridia from the park.[6] Her many years as a park ranger enabled her to work in a variety of natural and historical settings, from 300 feet below the surface of the Earth to 13,000 feet above sea level on the Continental Divide; and from the textile mills of the American Industrial Revolution to the homes of Americans who changed the course of history.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in New Mexico.[7]

Literary career[edit]

Kristen Britain's first novel, "Green Rider", was published by DAW Books in November 1998. It was nominated in 1999 for both the Locus Award for Best First Novel[8] and the William L. Crawford - IAFA Fantasy Award, short Crawford Award.[9]

Published works[edit]

Green Rider Series[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • Linked, on the Lake of Souls in DAW 30th Anniversary Anthology: Fantasy 2003
  • Avalonia Out Of Avalon 2001
  • Justine and the Mountie in Imaginary Friends 2008
  • Chafing the Bogey Man in Misspelled 2008


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