Patricia A. McKillip: Biography

Patricia A. McKillip

29 feb 1948

Patricia A McKillip is an American writer who is best known for her science fiction and fantasy novels. She was born in 1948, and spent her childhood divided between the United Kingdom, Germany and Oregon. She attended San Jose State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English in 1971. She continued to study at San Jose, completing her masters’ in 1973. Her first two novels, The House on Parchment Street and The Throme of the Erril of Sherril were first published in this same year that she graduated from her masters’ course.

Most of McKillip’s novels are set in a place and time which is reminiscent to the Middle Ages. Her readers are drawn to her plots which often take place in castles, forts and forests with characters who are often knights, lords, queens, court officials and wizards. Many of her novels follow a character who is caught up in a magical and mystical situation, with mysterious powers they can’t explain or understand.

These novels, most famously the Riddle-Master trilogy, have earned her a string of awards. She won the World Fantasy Award for The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, The Mythopoeic Award for Something Rich and Strange and the Locus Award for Harpist in the Wind. In addition to these highly sought prizes within her genre, McKillip’s works have received nominations and been finalists for many others. In 2008 she was honoured with a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement during her writing career.

Patricia A McKillip is still writing novels and now resides in Oregon with her husband, the poet David Lunde.