Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between. Her first novel, With Nine You Get Vanyr (written with the late Teri Smith) finaled in both the science fiction/fantasy and humor categories of the 2008 Indie Awards. She has published stories in Asimov’s and many anthologies, including Athena’s Daughters, The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity, Tales from the Vatican Vaults, the award-winning Hellebore and Rue, Were—, and the multi-award nominated Dragon’s Lure.
Her first art book, Illumina: The Art of J.P. Targete, provided an in-depth look at award-winning artist J.P. Targete’s covers and conceptual art. Her second nonfiction title, Fantasy Art Templates, marries the superb illustrations of artist Rafi Adrian Zulkarnain with pithy descriptions of over one hundred fifty creatures and characters from science fiction, fantasy, folklore, and myth.
A former assistant producer of the local access cable TV program Mystery Readers Corner, Ms. Ward edited the respected webzine Crescent Blues (crescentblues.com) for eight years, and co-edited Unconventional Fantasy, a six-volume collection of fiction, non-fiction, and art celebrating the fortieth anniversary of World Fantasy Con. She has also contributed interviews and articles for publications as diverse as the then SciFi Channel’s Science Fiction Weekly, the bestselling military strategy volume Strategy Strikes Back, Romance Writers of America’s Romance Writers Report, and BUZZYMAG.com. Her website is JeanMarieWard.com.