Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth-grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.


Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its follow up The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series were released by Scholastic, and his novella Infinity Blade: Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series.


Three more novellas, Legion, Legion: Skin Deep and The Emperor’s Soul, were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Produced three young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor, Steelheart and Firefight from Delacorte.


The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings and was on the short list again in 2012 for The Alloy of Law. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has also won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Epic Fantasy twice and has been nominated three other years. He was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and he won’s third annual Tournament of Audiobooks. The Rithmatist was nominated for an Audie award in 2014 an award he won in 2015 for Words of Radiance. He has hit the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best-Seller List seven times, with all three Wheel of Time books hitting the #1 spot. A Memory of Light closed out the series by hitting the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best-Seller List top ten for a Wheel of Time record eight straight weeks. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians was optioned for film by DreamWorks Animation, Mistborn was optioned by Paloppa Pictures, Legion was optioned by Lionsgate, and The Reckoners series has been optioned by Fox. A Mistborn video game, Mistborn: Birthright, is in production with Little Orbit for multiple platforms. Brandon’s books have been published in over 20 languages, and he has won Spain’s UPC Science Fiction Award.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. With Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Dan Wells, he also hosts the Hugo Award-winning writing advice podcast Writing Excuses, which has thrice won a Parsec Award.

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