Recent Blog Posts
Women Heroes in the Seven Petaled Shield
From the outset, I knew that this story had to be told primarily through the experiences of women and would require a huge canvas...and a different kind of heroine.
Ethics in Fiction: Don't Glamorize Murder
Don't say it's only entertainment. That's just an excuse for not paying attention to human suffering.
World-Building in Collaborators: Designing a Gender-Fluid Race
Humans tend to think of sexuality in binary terms. The encounter of humans and a gender-fluid race becomes an exploration of power and domination that drives the story.
Heroic Fantasy According to Deborah
He who has the most generous heart and the greatest soul, not the biggest sword, wins.
Deborah J. Ross is an award-nominated writer and editor of fantasy and science fiction. She served as Secretary to the Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and is currently on the Board of Directors of Book View Cafe.
Her novels include Lambda Literary Award Finalist Collaborators (as Deborah Wheeler), The Seven-Petaled Shield trilogy, Jaydium, and Northlight.
In addition, she has continued the "Darkover" series created by the late Marion Zimmer Bradley with The Fall of Neskaya, Zandru's Forge, A Flame in Hali, The Alton Gift, Hastur Lord, The Children of Kings, and three more novels under contract.
Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's, F & SF, Realms Of Fantasy, Star Wars: Tales From Jabba's Palace, Sisters of the Night, and Sword & Sorceress. She's edited a number of anthologies, including Lace and Blade, The Feathered Edge: Tales of Magic, Love, and Daring, Beyond Grimm: Tales Newly Twisted, Mad Science Cafe, Across the Spectrum, Stars of Darkover, and Gifts of Darkover.
When she's not writing, she knits for charity, plays classical piano, and studies yoga and dog training.