Elaine Cunningham is a New York Times bestselling fantasy author whose publications include 20 novels, about four dozen short stories, and a graphic novel. She's best known for her tie-in fiction in settings such as the Forgotten Realms, Star Wars, EverQuest, Spelljammer, and Pathfinder Tales. A freelance writer for over 25 years, she's also a history geek and a classically trained mezzo-soprano. As one might expect, many of her characters are bards. The rest are elves. (That's an exaggeration, but only a slight one.) She lives in New England with her high school sweetheart, and commutes to a fantasy version of Elizabethan England, the setting of her next novel.