Rose Estes is the author of many fantasy and science fiction books, including full-length novels and multiple choice gamebooks.
As an employee of TSR, Rose Estes came up with an idea for a new sort of game, which would become the Endless Quest.:14 Estes wrote the first four books in the series, beginning with Dungeon of Dread (1982).:14 These first four Endless Quest books were on the Best Seller list for more than six months. TSR considered Endless Quest ultimately a fad, and worked to diversify its new mainstream publishing; Estes and James M. Ward thus formed an education department, which ultimately failed due to TSR's decision not to hire educational sales staff.:14 After contributing extensively to TSR, Inc.'s Dungeons & Dragons Endless Quest series (of which she wrote the first six, as well as others later down the line), she wrote her first full-length novel, Children of the Dragon (1985). After Gary Gygax left TSR, Estes wrote new books in the "Greyhawk Adventures" series, starting with Master Wolf (1987) and ending with The Eyes Have it (1989).:24 She continued to write for TSR by writing six volumes in a series of Greyhawk novels. She contributed to other series, but continued to write books and start series of her own that, like Children of the Dragon, take place in a fantasy or science fiction world created by her own imagination. She also wrote the Golden Book Music Video Sing, Giggle and Grin.
Rose Estes began reading at the age of two, and as a child she was already imagining fantastic places. Before becoming a writer, she "put in time as a hippie, a student, a newspaper reporter, and an advertising copy writer." She has traveled extensively throughout the Americas. She has four children.
Books in the Endless Quest series:
- Dungeon of Dread (Endless Quest Book 1) (1982)
- Mountain of Mirrors (Endless Quest Book 2) (1982)
- Pillars of Pentagarn (Endless Quest Book 3) (1982)
- Return to Brookmere (Endless Quest Book 4) (1982)
- Revolt of the Dwarves (Endless Quest Book 5) (1983)
- Revenge of the Rainbow Dragons (Endless Quest Book 6) (1983)
- Hero of Washington Square (Endless Quest Book 7) (1983)
- Circus of Fear (Endless Quest Book 10)(1983)
- Dragon of Doom (Endless Quest Book 13) (1983)
Find Your Fate
- Indiana Jones and the Lost Treasure of Sheeba (1984)
- The Trail of Death (1985)
- The Mystery of the Turkish Tattoo (1986)
- Master Wolf (Greyhawk Adventures, Vol. 3) (1987)
- The Price of Power (Greyhawk Adventures, Vol. 4) (1987)
- The Demon Hand (Greyhawk Adventures, Vol. 5) (1988)
- The Name of the Game (Greyhawk Adventures, Vol. 6) (1988)
- The Eyes Have It (1989)
Her novel The Eyes have It uses exactly the same cover artwork (a Keith Parkinson painting) as the first Endless Quest Crimson Crystal Adventures gamebook, Riddle of the Griffon by Susan Lawson. In most instances, The Eyes Have It is given no volume number. It is not directly identified as part of the Greyhawk Adventures series on most websites, as well as official Dungeons and Dragons publications.
- The Hunter (Questar Science Fiction) (1990)
- The Hunter: On Arena (Questar Science Fiction) (1991)
- The Hunter: Victorious (1992)
- Troll Quest (1995)
- Troll Taken (1993)
Rune Sword Series
- Skryling's Blade (Rune Sword, No. 2) (1990) (with Tom Wham)
- The Stone of Time (Rune Sword, No. 6) (1992)
Saga of the Lost Lands
- Blood of the Tiger (Saga of the Lost Lands, Vol. 1) (1987)
- Brother to the Lion (Saga of the Lost Lands, Vol. 2) (1988)
- Spirit of the Hawk (Saga of the Lost Lands, Vol. 3) (1988)
- Children of the Dragon (1985)
- Elfwood (1992)
- Mountain and Madness (Iron Dragons) (1993)
- The Case of the Dancing Dinosaur (Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators) (1985)
- Vintage Photos of Terriers (2002)
- The Chow Chow Club, Inc. Celebrates 100 Years: 1906-2006 (2006)
- Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
- hauser, rose estes, gary. "About Rose Estes, Gary Hauser: Hauser Gallery, Seal Rock, Oregon". Hausergallery.com. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
- Estes, Rose. Children of the Dragon, Random House 1985, from the about the author, page 207 -208
- estes, rose. "About Woof Gang: Rose Estes, Vintage Pet Photo Notecards of Dogs and Cats". Hausergallery.com. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
- "HugeDomains.com - ClaytonEmery.com is for sale (Clayton Emery)". Claytonemery.com. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
- Rose Estes at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Rose Estes at the Internet Book Database of Fiction
- Fantastic Fiction - Rose Estes Bibliography
- Hauser Gallery - Rose Estes business
- The Woof Gang - Rose Estes business
- "Rose Estes :: Pen & Paper RPG Database". Archived from the original on February 25, 2005.