Kristen Britain is an American author. She wrote Green Rider (which was nominated for the Crawford Award), First Rider's Call, The High King's Tomb, Blackveil (which was nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award), and Mirror Sight. The title for the sixth book in the Green Rider series "Firebrand" was released April 22, 2015 with a US release date of March 7, 2017 confirmed by Kristen Britain's Facebook page.
Early life and education
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.
After completing her degree in film production, with a minor in writing, at Ithaca College in 1987, she went to work for the National Park Service in 1988 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 site in Maryland. 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. 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.
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 and the William L. Crawford - IAFA Fantasy Award, short Crawford Award.
Green Rider Series
- Green Rider (1998, ISBN 0-88677-858-1 US paperback; ISBN 0-671-03303-4 UK paperback)
- First Rider's Call (2003, ISBN 0-7564-0193-3 US paperback; ISBN 0-7434-0894-2 UK paperback) (initial working title was Mirror of the Moon)
- The High King's Tomb (2007, ISBN 0-7564-0266-2)
- Blackveil (2011, ISBN 978-0-7564-0660-8, hardcover)
- Mirror Sight (2014, ISBN 978-0-7564-0879-4, hardcover)
- 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
- Kristen Britain Biography
- "Fantasy-writing alumna to give storytelling tips," The Ithacan, 2009-04-16
- Kristen Britain Interview, Future Fiction
- "Into the Woods: An Interview with Kristen Britain," Amazon UK
- "The Locus Index to SF Awards". Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "Science Fiction Awards Database".
- Kristen Britain's official website
- SciFan page
- Interview at SFFWorld.com
- Photo, covers, reviews at Fantasy Literature
- Kristen Britain at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- The story behind the Green Rider Series - Online Essay by Kristen Britain at Upcoming4.me