Joanne Bertin

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Author Review: Joanne Bertin (? Ė Present)
Review Written By: Diane

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Biography

With the release of two books in two years and a third on the way, Joanne Bertin has entered the science fiction/fantasy writing field in a big way. Despite these recent publications, little biographical data is available on Bertin. Our best source was Bertinís own homepage, from which we learned that her first sale was in 1995. Her short story "Dragonlord's Justice" was submitted for an anthology of dragon stories and accepted. "Dragonlordís Justice" was actually a forerunner to her first novel, The Last Dragonlord. By Bertinís own admission, she has been writing stories set in the Dragonlord universe for over twenty years now, since her high school days. The world of the Dragonlords evolved from an art class picture whose characters stayed in her imagination and insisted their stories be told.

In addition to her writing, Bertin also holds a day job. She lives in Connecticut with her significant other, Sam, and an ever-changing number of ferrets fondly known as the Weasel Patrol. She is currently building a Celtic harp (from a kit) as a means of researching material for her upcoming novel, Bardís Oath.

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Writing Style

Iíve only had the pleasure of reading Bertinís first novel, but it seems that she is well versed in the art of fantasy writing. The requisite characters and plot twists were present in The Last Dragonlord ó evil sorcerers, good but troubled heroes, steadfast friends, etc., etc. Her plot line was well thought out and the universe of the Dragonlords is rich with history and people ó not surprising considering how long Bertinís been developing it! There were intriguing hints of past events, not enough to be confusing or annoying, just enough to want to hear more of this interesting world. Her secondary characters are not mere shadows, created only to move the main plot of the story along. Rather, they are well developed and seem to be quite outspoken, with minds of their own. It will be enjoyable to see how this world, and Bertinís writing skills, continue to grow and develop.

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Body of Work

Dragonlord Series

The Last Dragonlord (1998)
Dragon and Phoenix (1999)
Bardís Oath (working title, publication date TBD)

Short Stories

Dragonlordís Justice (A short story published in the anthology, The Ultimate Dragon) (1995)

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Dragonlords - Joanne Bertin's official home page.

Tor Publishing - Joanne Bertin's publisher and the publisher of many other fine science fiction and fantasy authors.

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