Jean Marie Ward

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. Her stories appear in many anthologies, including Tales from the Vatican Vaults, The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity, the award-winning Hellbore and Rue, the multi-award nominated Dragon's Lure, and Here Be Dragons: Tales of Dragon*Con.

Her first art book, Illunina: The Art of J.P. Targete, provided an in-depth look at award-winning artist J.P. Targete’s covers and conceptual art. Her most recent 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.

As a former assistant producer of the local access cable TV program Mystery Readers Corner, Ms. Ward edited the respected webzine Crescent Blues 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, Romance Writers of America’s Romance Writers Report and BUZZYMAG.com.