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J. Kathleen Cheney

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J. Kathleen Cheney

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Full Name: Jeannette Kathleen Cheney
Born: October 19, 1964
El Paso, Texas, USA
Occupation: Writer, Educator
Nationality: American


Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, J. Kathleen Cheney's parents actually were rocket scientists (they worked at White Sands Missile Range), which made for interesting dinner-time conversations. After graduating with degrees in English and Marketing, she worked as a menswear buyer for retail department store chains before changing careers to become a teacher, and taught mathematics ranging from 7th Grade Arithmetic up to Calculus. She also served a brief stint as a Gifted and Talented Specialist and coached the Academic Team and the Robotics Team and was the Chess Club sponsor.

In 2005, Cheney decided to pursue writing as a full-time endeavor and has had stories published in venues including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, The Sword Review, and Baen's Universe. Her novella Iron Shoes was a 2011 Nebula Award and PRISM Award finalist, and her debut novel, The Golden City, was a finalist for the Locus Best First Novel Award. Cheney twice attended the summer Writer's Workshop at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction under the tutelage of James Gunn, andd lists C. J. Cherryh, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer among the writers who influenced her most -- as well as Ansen Dibell, whose ghostly fingerprints can be seen all over her work.

When not writing, Cheney likes to don a mask and get sweaty fencing, both foil and saber. Quieter hobbies include putting on her Wellingtons and getting her hands dirty in the garden. She also enjoys traveling and taking care of her dogs... two large, hairy, dogs.

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Works in the WWEnd Database

 The Golden City

 0. (2016)
 0. (2015)
 1. (2013)
 2. (2014)
 3. (2015)

 Palace of Dreams

 0. (2018)
 1. (2016)
 2. (2019)
 3. (2020)

 Tales from Hawk's Folly Farm

 1. (2010)