Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson was born in December 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested for him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This all changed in eighth grade when an astute teacher gave Brandon Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly. Brandon thoroughly enjoyed this book and went in search of anything similar. He discovered such authors as Robert Jordan, Melanie Rawn, David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, and Orson Scott Card. Brandon continued to be an avid reader through junior high and high school. He liked epic fantasy so much that he even tried his hand at writing some.

While a student at Brigham Young University, Brandon began writing in earnest, taking a job as the night desk clerk at a hotel because they allowed him to write while at work. During this era he went to school full time during the day, worked nights to pay for his schooling, and wrote as much as he could. He says it made for a rather dismal social life, but he finished seven novels during his undergraduate years. Brandon submitted many manuscripts for publication … and accumulated quite a pile of rejection letters. In spite of this he continued to be a dedicated writer.

Brandon’s repertoire expanded into the children’s market when Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, a middle-grade novel, was published in October 2007. Three more volumes of the series have been released so far. In addition, Brandon’s novella Infinity Blade: Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games, accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series.

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. 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. He has hit the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list six times. Brandon’s books have been published in over 20 languages.

 

Alcatraz series

Mistborn series

Reckoners series

Stormlight Archive series

Wheel of Time series

 

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians audio preview

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