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Lynn Flewelling

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Lynn Flewelling
BornLynn Elizabeth Beaulieu
(1958-10-20) October 20, 1958 (age 65)
Presque Isle, Maine, U.S.
OccupationFantasy author
Notable worksNightrunner Series

Lynn Flewelling (born Lynn Elizabeth Beaulieu on October 20, 1958) is an American fantasy fiction author.


Born at Presque Isle, Flewelling grew up in northern Maine, United States.[citation needed] She has worked as a teacher, a house painter, a necropsy technician[citation needed], and a freelance editor and journalist. She has been married to Douglas Flewelling since 1981,[1] and has two sons. She currently lives in Redlands, California, where she continues to write, and offers lectures and creative writing workshops at the University of Redlands.[2] Flewelling is a convert to Thiền Buddhism[citation needed], having taken her vows with Engaged Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and is a practitioner of Buddhist meditation.[3] Flewelling's writings promote feminism and LGBT causes, having said in relation to these topics, "I’ve always believed that people are people, and it’s wrong to discriminate against them just because of what gender or group they fall into."[4]


Her first Nightrunner novel, Luck in the Shadows, was a Locus Editor's Pick for Best First Novel and a finalist for the Compton Crook Award. Her novels Traitor's Moon (2000) and Hidden Warrior (2004) were both finalists for the Spectrum Award. Her novels are currently published in 13 countries, and in 2005, the first volume of the Japanese-language version of Luck in the Shadows[citation needed] was published. Flewelling is accessible to readers through her website, her LiveJournal blog, her Yahoo! group, and numerous guest appearances at conventions including Comic-Con and Smith College's ConBust.[5] Her work has been praised by other fantasy authors, including George R. R. Martin,[6] Orson Scott Card,[7][8][9] Elizabeth Hand,[10] Robin Hobb, and Katherine Kurtz.[11] Independent film company Csquared Pictures has acquired film rights to the first three books in the Nightrunner series,[12] but they have not yet started production.

Flewelling has cited a number of authors as being major influences on her work, including Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner, T. S. Eliot, Homer, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, William Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Mary Renault, Anne Rice, and Arthur Conan Doyle, and has also expressed her admiration for works by additional authors, including Isaac Asimov, William Kotzwinkle, Ellen Kushner, C. S. Lewis, Toni Morrison, Shirley Jackson, E. B. White, J. M. Barrie, and Michael Moorcock.[13]

Flewelling's work has frequently promoted LGBT themes as well as topics related to gender.[4] The protagonists of the Nightrunner books are both bisexual, and Flewelling has stated their creation was in response to the near-absence of LGBT characters in the genre and marginalization of existing ones.[13] The Tamir Triad, combining elements of psychological drama with ghost story horror, features a protagonist who transforms from one sex and gender to the other.[14] Flewelling's works have drawn academic attention in relation to these themes.[15]



The Nightrunner Series[edit]

  • Luck in the Shadows. Bantam Spectra. 1996. ISBN 0-553-57542-2.
  • Stalking Darkness. Bantam Spectra. 1997. ISBN 0-553-57543-0.
  • Traitor's Moon. Bantam Spectra. 1999. ISBN 0-553-57725-5.
  • Shadows Return. Bantam Spectra. 2008. ISBN 978-0-553-59008-1.
  • The White Road. Bantam Spectra. 2010. ISBN 978-0-553-59009-8.
  • Casket of Souls. Bantam Spectra. 2012. ISBN 978-0-345-52230-6.
  • Shards of Time. Del Rey. 2014. ISBN 978-0-345-52231-3.

Tamír Triad[edit]



  1. ^ "Flewelling". Archived from the original on 2014-01-06.
  2. ^ "Flewelling". Archived from the original on 2014-01-06.
  3. ^ "A Game of Questions with Lynn Flewelling! - The Hathor Legacy". 31 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Author Interview with Lynn Flewelling | Michele Fogal". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
  5. ^ "Conbust 2016".
  6. ^ "And Before That - George R.R. Martin".
  7. ^ "Invincible, Prospero, Bone Doll, and "romance" - Uncle Orson Reviews Everything".
  8. ^ "News, Schools, Mimi's, Lids, Christmas Music, Books As Gifts - Uncle Orson Reviews Everything".
  9. ^ "Uncle Orson's list of emergency Christmas gifts".
  10. ^ Wonder Women (April 7, 2002). "The feminization of sf culture, from Judith Merrill to Angela Carter and beyond. Elizabeth Hand". Washington Post. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "Random House, Inc". Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  12. ^ "csquaredpictures.com".
  13. ^ a b Flewelling, Lynn. "Interview: Lynn Flewelling" Archived 2008-07-27 at the Wayback Machine, "Strange Horizons", April 9, 2001.
  14. ^ Petty, Anne (2007). "Mythprint", Vol. 44, No. 4. Accessed at "www.sff.net/people/Lynn.Flewelling/s.triad.review.html" Archived 2010-06-12 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Battis, Jes (projected 2010). "Queer Break-Ins: Erotic Service in the Novels of Chaz Brenchley and Lynn Flewelling" "Are You Being Served", Ed. Jennifer Lokash, Columbia University Press. Accessed at "www.sff.net/people/lynn.flewelling/s.jes.battis.html" Archived 2010-06-12 at the Wayback Machine

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