Interested in space and the fantastic since childhood, Janny Wurts studied astronomy, art and creative writing while in college. Since graduation in 1975, she has published six novels in the U.S. and Great Britain, and three collaborations in the Empire series with Raymond E. Feist. The concluding novel in the triology, MISTRESS OF THE EMPIRE, was recently #1 bestseller in Australia. Her cover for her novel, MASTER OF WHITE STORM, was awarded Best in Show at the World Fantasy Convention for two consequtive years. her short story and illustrations for DREAMBRIDGE received Cauldron Awards for art and writing, from Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine; and her painting WIZARD OF THE WOLS won a Chesley Award for Best Unpublished Work, 1992.
At present, she is at work on a five book fantasy series that begins with CURSE OF THE MISTWRAITH, released by Harper Collins in England, and just out in hardcover from Penguin USA.
Janny Wurts and Don Maitz share a real world magical encounter as a married team with similar creative goals, at times painting side by side in their studio and occasionally pooling their efforts in projects like the Empire series, where Janny co-write the novels with Ray Faist and Don created the covers. Magical Encounters is the first time their work has been featured together in one collection.