About the Author
Joe Abercrombie was born in Lancaster, England, on the last day of 1974. He was educated at the stiflingly all-boy Lancaster Royal Grammar School, where he spent much of his time playing computer games, rolling dice, and drawing maps of places that don’t exist. He went on to Manchester University to study Psychology. The dice and the maps stopped, but the computer games continued. Having long dreamed of single-handedly redefining the fantasy genre, he started to write an epic trilogy based around the misadventures of thinking man’s barbarian Logen Ninefingers. The result was pompous toss, and swiftly abandoned.
Joe then moved to London, lived in a stinking slum with two men on the borders of madness, and found work making tea for minimum wage at a TV Post-Production company. Two years later he left to become a freelance film editor, and has worked since on a dazzling selection of documentaries, awards shows, music videos, and concerts for artists ranging from Barry White to Coldplay.
This job gave him a great deal of time off, however, and gradually realising that he needed something more useful to do than playing computer games, in 2002 he sat down once again to write an epic fantasy trilogy based around the misadventures of thinking man’s barbarian Logen Ninefingers. This time, having learned not to take himself too seriously in the six years since the first effort, the results were a great deal more interesting.
With heroic help and support from his family the first volume, The Blade Itself, was completed in 2004. Following a heart-breaking trail of rejection at the hands of several of Britain’s foremost literary agencies, The First Law trilogy was snatched up by Gillian Redfearn of Gollancz in 2005 in a seven-figure deal (if you count the pence columns). A year later The Blade Itself was unleashed on an unsuspecting public. It now has publishers in thirteen countries. The sequels, Before They are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings were published in 2007 and 2008, when Joe was a finalist for the John W. Campbell award for best new writer. Best Served Cold, a standalone book set in the same world, was published in June 2009, and a second standalone, The Heroes, came in January 2011 and made no. 3 on the Sunday Times Hardcover Bestseller List. A third standalone, Red Country, was both a Sunday Times and New York Times Hardcover Bestseller in October 2012.
The three parts of his Shattered Sea series: Half a King, Half the World, and Half a War, are due to be published between July 2014 and July 2015.
Joe now lives in Bath with his wife, Lou, his daughters Grace and Eve, and his son Teddy. He still occasionally edits concerts and music festivals for TV, but spends most of his time writing edgy yet humorous fantasy novels…
Read them. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be so excited you might even wet your pants a little.
- 2014, a wide ranging conversation on the Rocket Talk podcast with Justin Landon.
- 2014, at Den of Geek on writing for younger audiences.
- 2014, some perceptive questions on Best Served Cold in Italian and English at Portal of Dreams.
- 2014, a podcast with Jonathan Strahan and Gary Wolfe on Half a King, grimdark, epic fantasy, and much more.
- 2013, a video interview with Boomreads, filmed at New York Comicon
- 2013, an interview with the organisers of the Gemmell Awards on Red Country.
- 2013, an interview with the SFX blog on the First Law comic series.
- 2013, another interview with Fantasy Book Critic
- 2012, an interview with my US publisher, Orbit on Best Served Cold.
- 2012, a wide-ranging Ask Me Anything at Reddit.
- 2012, a podcast with the guys from Fantasy Faction.
- 2012, a podcast interview with Speculate!
- 2012, a 60 second quickie with SciFiNow
- 2012, a 90 second interview with my UK publisher, Gollancz on The Heroes.
- 2011, at Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist on The Heroes and your money.
- 2011, with Jeff Vandermeer at Omnivoracious.
- 2011, a podcast interview on Sword and Laser.
- 2011, an extensive interview at Fantasy Faction.
- 2009, talking to Wired.com’s GeekDad about fatherhood and writing.
- 2009, an hilarious conversation with author Patrick Rothfuss.
- 2009, at Book Spot Central on cursing, female characters, and depressing sex.
- 2009, much merriment at SF Signal.
- 2008, a three part interview with Juliet Marillier on the writerly craft.
- 2008, a video interview at Sci-Fi London.
- 2008, an extensive and hilarious Q&A with the participants of Joe Mallozzi’s Book Club.
- 2008, at A Dribble of Ink, on Cockiness, Top Marks, and Last Argument of Kings.
- 2007, with Jeff Vandermeer – A round table interview of me, Karen Miller, Brandon Sanderson, and Brian Ruckley for amazon.com – Part I, Part II.
- 2007, an early interview with Fantasy Book Critic, Mihir Wanchoo
You can catch me ranting, pontificating, discussing my work with members of the public, and even (very occasionally) being slagged off, at:
- The Other Fantasy section of Westeros.org, the George R. R. Martin Forum.
- The Fantasy section of the SFFWorld Forums.